If you have not already read about the Presidential election of 1936, and the Literary Digest poll, or if you want to refresh your memory about it, click here before proceeding.

In this lab, you will relive those fateful days of yesteryear! This lab contains a list of the votes and demographic data of 60 "voters" that make up the population you'll be sampling from. This population is meant to simulate that of the United States in 1936. You are to take three different samples from this population: a simple random sample, a stratified random sample and a sample that mimics the Literary Digest sample survey.

The objective of this lab is to give you a practical understanding of simple random sampling and stratified random sampling as well as to demonstrate the advantages of stratified random sampling and show where and how the Literary Digest went wrong in 1936.