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We are often surveyed. Governments do it to assess community needs. TV shows do it for game shows. Political groups do it to predict behavior. Businesses do it to check out customer preferences. Even school administrations survey their community and pupils to plan for future actions. Let us consider surveying by conducting several surveys.

checkmark Famous Americans Survey

1. Write down the 10 most famous Americans in history. No presidents or first ladies allowed.

Compile the data from your class using a spreadsheet. (No class data available? (Poll your family including extended family members)

Rank the people

What characteristics do they have in common?

What characteristics set them apart?

A survey was conducted of students from all 50 states. Here are their results.

How do your choices compare with those from the study?


Why do you think this survey was conducted? Read - Analyze a Poll


checkmarkConduct another survey -

Select the invention you could not live without from these five choices – toothbrush, automobile, personal computer, cell phone and microwave.

Compile the data from your class or extended family.


Here are the 2003 Lemelson-MIT Survey findings.

How many students did they survey in the study?


Do you think that is an adequate number of people to draw a conclusion about the whole nation?


Why did they conduct the survey?


checkmark Respond to this report on a survey of teens. - The Ethics of American Youth - 2008 summary



“Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident, and riches take wings.
Only one thing endures and that is character.” Horace Greeley


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posted 2/2008 by Cynthia J. O'Hora released to public domain. Updated 10/2023

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