WAPOR 72nd Annual Conference
19-22 May 2019 ● Toronto, Canada

Register for the WAPOR conference!

If you wish to register for both WAPOR and AAPOR, please visit AAPOR’s registration site HERE.

See the interactive program online HERE!
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Just added: Training workshops (May 22)

Presentation Guidelines and Information

The World Association for Public Opinion Research (WAPOR) will hold its 72nd Annual Conference 19-21 May 2019 in Toronto, Canada. The WAPOR conference will convene immediately after and overlap with the last day of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) conference. The conference committee is reviewing proposals on topics related to public opinion broadly, especially those related to the conference theme.

Conference Theme: Public Opinion and Democracy

It has been over 800 years since the Magna Carta, and international survey research shows that liberal democratic values of respect for the will of the people, human rights, impartial justice and the rule of law have become widely adopted by citizens across the world. Given how central democratic principles are to the field of survey research, and how central a role public opinion polling plays in the practice of democracy, it is clearly time for social researchers to examine the relationship between public opinion and democracy in some detail.

Do we witness a decline in political and institutional trust and in the perceived legitimacy of democracy? Does the polling profession need to renew its own levels of trust and legitimacy with the public? How should public opinion research operate in order to better serve society and democracy? What is the role of stakeholder/expert research? How do the answers to these questions vary between established and emerging democracies?

WAPOR will offer one of five conference formats including: panels, round-table sessions, research papers (in oral or poster format) and case studies. The round tables will be presented in the new “Innovation Room” at our Toronto Conference.

Topics include:

  • Public opinion and democracy
  • New sources of information on public opinion and the use of social media to voice public opinion
  • News, media, journalism and public opinion
  • Political behavior, participation and culture
  • Electoral polls in emerging/incomplete democracies
  • Methodological challenges and improvements, including in the areas of sampling, measurement, survey design and survey response or non-response
  • Challenges of comparative research and International Survey Projects, cross-cultural concerns in data collection and measurement issues
  • Social media, big data, sentiment analysis, and emerging technologies
  • Best practice in stakeholder research and expert surveys

Queries about the Conference

Questions about the conference should be directed to WAPOR Executive Coordinator Renae Reis (renae@wapor.org).

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About the Conference Site

The WAPOR conference will convene at the Chelsea Hotel, Toronto, located in the heart of downtown Toronto, ideally situated for shopping, nightlife, and dining. The Chelsea is an easy 10-minute walk from the AAPOR conference hotel. It also allows for easy access to local tourist attractions and activities. WAPOR registrants can take advantage of sleeping room rates of 185 CAD (single or double), 215 CAD (triple), and 245 CAD (quad), plus applicable taxes.


In order to take advantage of the special group rate, you have until Thursday April 19, 2019 to make your reservation. All rooms not reserved will be released after this date. Please make your reservations using one of the following options:

  • Call the Reservations Department at 1-800-CHELSEA (243-5732), and reference the  “WAPOR 72nd Annual Conference” for your special rates
  • Send an Email to cstor.reservation@chelseatoronto.com and reference the “WAPOR 72nd Annual Conference” for the special rates
  • Use the exclusive online booking link, you will receive an instant confirmation number: WAPOR 72nd Annual Conference

Registration Information*: 

Register for the conference HERE


Full Registration Rates: On/before April 12, 2019: April 13, 2019 – thru the annual conference
WAPOR Member $390 $490
WAPOR Student Member $250 $350
Tier A Non-Member* $515 $615
Tier B Non-Member* $485 $585
Tier C Non-Member* $455 $555
Student Non-Member* $300 $400
Student First-time Attendee  $250 $350
Extra banquet ticket $115 $165
Training Workshops (May 22) $60 $60
Training Workshops – Student (May 22) $30 $30

Cancellation policy:

Notification of cancellation must be submitted to WAPOR headquarters in writing via email. A $100 cancellation fee will apply to cancellations received by April 28, 2019. WAPOR will accept cancellations, but no registration fees will be refunded for cancellations received after April 28.

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