University Relations and Communications

2012 State Poll Results Released

October 10, 2012 


Dan Carter, University Relations, 657-2269


MSU BILLINGS NEWS SERVICES — Montana State University Billings today released the latest poll of Montanan’s views of statewide and national candidates and issues. This is the 24th year the survey has been conducted and during that time, 26 surveys have been completed.


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The poll results will be released Wednesday and Thursday at press conferences at MSU Billings and a PDF of the results will be posted at 10:30 a.m. each day.


The co-directors of the 2012 poll are Dr. Craig Wilson (Political Science), Dr. Scott Rickard (Director of the Center for Applied Economic Research) and Ms. Jennifer Pope (Sociology). 


The poll reports summarize the results of a statewide random sample telephone survey of adult Montanans who said they were both registered and likely to vote.  The poll was conducted Sept. 27-30, 2012.  Students enrolled in the course Political Science 342, Media, Public Opinion, Polling completed 477 interviews for this survey. 


The survey was completed using random digit dial methodology, which selects both the phone numbers and members of a household to interview.  Land line and cell phone numbers were included in the sample. Of that sample, 43.3% were reached through cell phone.  The poll was conducted using MSU Billings’ CATI (Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing) software.  Multiple attempts were made to reach selected households. 


The survey results have a +/- 4.6% margin of error at a confidence level of 95% (95% of the time the results will fall within the +/- 4.6% margin of error).


  Poll Results - Day 1