Representing Many by Sampling Some

Congratulations! You have landed an internship with the mayor of Statsboro, a small municipality with a population of 500. The mayor has pledged to spend the town’s funds according to the will of the people, so she has given you the responsibility of gauging public opinion on four policy issues.

To know for sure what the people think, you could interview everyone in town. However, you have limited time and almost no budget, so that isn’t an option. When statisticians find themselves in this situation, they take a sample of the entire population. If the sample is large enough and representative of the population as a whole, then the results of the sample can be used to estimate what the results would have been if everyone were surveyed.

Select an issue and gauge public opinion:

  • SKATE PARK

    Skate Park
  • PET INSURANCE

    Pet Insurance
  • SUMMER
    CONCERT SERIES

    Summer Concert Series
  • PUBLIC
    COMPUTER CENTER

    Public Computer Center