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Freedom to Publish Opinion Polls

This is the fifth worldwide study on the freedom to publish opinion polls, conducted by the World Association for Public Opinion Research (WAPOR) and executed this time by the Public Opinion Programme at The University of Hong Kong (HKUPOP). A record number of 85 different countries or regions participated in this study, as compared to 49 in 1984, 57 in 1992, 78 in 1996 and 66 in 2002.

The worldwide study is an important effort by WAPOR to keep the research industry and the public aware of restrictions that may impact access to this critical tool. With the knowledge gained through the study, WAPOR will continue working to expand the rights of researchers around the world to conduct surveys and to freely publicize their results.

See the Report on the Freedom to Publish Opinion Poll Results Here

Previous version (2002): Report on the Freedom to Publish Opinion Polls

Report on a Worldwide Study

Table of Contents
Foreword from ESOMAR
Foreword from WAPOR 

1. Summary
2. Introduction
3. Freedom and Restrictions
4. Codes of Practice, Quality Aspects
5. Expectations for the Near Future
6. Opinion Poll Practitioners
7. Charts


  • Questionnaire
  • List of participating countries

Copyright © ESOMAR 2003
This study was supported in part by a grant from the International Social Science Council SRP 105-30a and SRP 106-30b

Previous version (1997): 1997 Freedom to Publish Report


The Foundation for Information is an independent organization registered in Amsterdam. It was formed in 1996 by ESOMAR. The Foundation will operate on a worldwide scale. It will take action to protect the rights of individuals and commercial enterprises to obtain and make use of information without any unfair or unnecessary restrictions. The Foundation will be actively involved in organizing training and education courses and will produce a range of publications.

Founded in 1948, ESOMAR-The World Association of Research Professionals is the international body representing established marketing specialists. With over 3,500 members in over 90 countries, ESOMAR stands for the highest possible standards, both professionally and technically.

Founded in 1947, the World Association for Public Opinion Research- WAPOR aims to further the use of scientific survey research in national and international affairs. There are over 450 members in more than 60 countries.

ESOMAR – The World Association of Research Professionals
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World Association for Public Opinion Research
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