METHODOLOGY & POLICY

How Ratings & Polls are Calculated

CongressRatings was created to allow people to share their opinions of lawmakers and cast their vote regarding their job approval of these politicians.

Each visitor is permitted to cast only one vote for each politician. Visitors are identified by their unique IP address and a tracking cookie.

Job approval ratings are calculated on a scale of one to five points (stars), with one star being the lowest possible rating and five stars being the highest. Each star represents twenty percent so the minimum job approval rating that any politician may receive is 1 star, or twenty percent. The maximum job approval rating any politician may receive is one hundred percent or five stars out of five stars.

The job approval rating shown is calculated by adding the total number of points received and dividing by the number of individual votes cast. For example, if a representative has been voted on by fifty visitors for a total number of 175 points, the job approval rating would be 3.5 stars (175/50=3.5). This approval rating may then be represented in multiple ways, for example; 3.5 stars out of 5, 70%, and so forth.

To date, votes for polls and approval ratings have been recorded from internet visitors, paid and non-paid surveys and personal interviews.

Margin of error on polls and job approval ratings varies between plus or minus 2%-8%. The larger the sample is, the smaller the margin of error. For polls and approval ratings that have 2401 votes or above the margin of error is estimated to be plus or minus 2%. For polls and approval ratings that have approximately 1067 votes the margin of error is estimated to be plus or minus 3%. See also;

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