AAPOR 79th Annual Conference Call for Abstracts

AAPOR 79th Annual Conference:
Impacting Communities: Surveys, Public Opinion Research, and Engaged Scholarship
May 15 – 17, 2024
Call for Papers, Methodological Briefs, Posters, Panels, and Roundtables
Submission Deadline: Wednesday, November 15, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. ET


The American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) is thrilled to announce that its 79th Annual Conference will be held in person at the Hilton Atlanta on Wednesday, May 15 through Friday, May 17, 2024. Take advantage of this opportunity to participate in the premier forum for the exchange of advances in public opinion and survey research.

The Conference allows attendees to network with colleagues, learn the latest updates and trends in the field, and make new connections. The meeting highlights innovative research and includes short courses and discussion forums for attendees of diverse disciplines from around the world.

Over the past several years, AAPOR has celebrated coming together, been challenged with disrupting public opinion research in the pursuit of equity and inclusion and focused on building collaborative partnerships and working together. In 2024, we will build on these themes to focus on impacting communities through the engaged scholarship work done by public opinion and survey research methods scholars and practitioners.

Public opinion and survey research impacts our communities in a variety of important ways. For example, this research plays an important role in democracy and governance by measuring the opinions and concerns of all members of communities. It is also a key source of information for developing and evaluating policies at all levels of government in multiple domains, including health, the environment, transportation, finance, disaster preparedness, social services, justice, and others. Finally, survey and public opinion research provides important data about disparities and inequity that can be used to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion. For the 2024 conference theme, we will be spotlighting the many ways that public opinion and survey research is having an impact on communities.

To this end, AAPOR members will be encouraged to submit abstracts that feature all the ways that surveys and public opinion research impact communities. Abstracts should include a (brief) description of the impact of the work in addition to relevant information about the research.

We look forward to this opportunity to learn about how the important work being done by AAPOR members impacts communities and celebrate the role of engaged scholarship.

If you do not already have an account on AAPOR.org, you must create one to begin a submission. You do not need to be a member of AAPOR to create an account. The link to create an account can be found here. When prompted to log in, please click ‘Set Up an Account’ and follow the prompts.

All abstracts should be submitted electronically by November 15, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Space on the program is limited. There will be some individual submissions that cannot be integrated into a session and will, unfortunately, not be accepted. Authors of individual papers have a greater chance of acceptance if they are also willing to be considered for a methodological brief or poster.

Inquiries: All questions should be sent to [email protected].

Presentation Tracks:

Attitudes and Opinions (Att)

Example topics: substantive issues and attitudes studied using survey research or other methods; attitudes towards the coronavirus pandemic, human rights, racial justice, immigration, LGBTQ issues, health care, taxes, race relations, police, civil rights, climate change, and other attitudes around justice, diversity, inclusion, and equity.

Data Collection Methods, Modes, Field Operations, and Costs (DataColl)

Example topics: Evaluating recruitment or data collection protocols; transitions from interviewer administered to other modes; survey modes, survey costs; contact tracing methods

Data Science, Big Data, and Administrative Records (DataSci)

Example topics: analysis of social media or search engine data; combining administrative data with survey data; applications of machine learning methods or artificial intelligence in social science research.

Elections, Polling, and Politics (Elec) 

Example topics: voting behavior among diverse communities; drivers of vote preference; election poll methods; polling accuracy; voter files; exit polling; presidential approval.

Media, News and Information Sources (Media)

Example topics: types of news, media and information sources; new media; discrediting legitimate news sources; correlates of media viewing and consumption behaviors; effects of media on attitudes and opinions.

Multicultural, Multilingual, and Multinational Research (3MC)

Example topics: substantive findings from 3MC surveys; methodological issues in 3MC surveys.

Probability and Nonprobability Samples, Frames, and Coverage Errors (Samples)

Example topics: sampling frames; sampling techniques; comparison of probability and nonprobability samples; administrative data coverage properties.

Qualitative Research (QualRes)

Example topics: methodological insights from or about qualitative research methods; in-depth interviewing methods; focus groups; qualitative content analyses; mixed methods data collection; qualitative research among diverse communities.

Questionnaire Design and Interviewing (QuesDes)

Example topics: questionnaire design or formatting; visual design; interviewer effects; cognitive interviewing; response times; question characteristics.

Response Rates and Nonresponse Error (Nonresp)

Example topics: Nonresponse rates; nonresponse error; nonresponse-related paradata; adaptive and responsive design; incentive experiments; differential response patterns among diverse communities.

Research in Practice (ResPrac)

Example topics: data visualization; data security; writing successful RFPs; survey management; increasing the talent pipeline for public opinion research among diverse communities; other practical issues regarding survey data collection.

Statistical Techniques and Estimation (Stats)

Example topics: weighting and estimation; imputation; small-area estimation; Bayesian modeling; multi-level regression and post-stratification; variance estimation; analysis of complex survey data

Please consider the following when submitting your abstract:

Scheduling Conflicts

To minimize scheduling conflicts, the abstract submission forms will ask you to list any known conflicts during the May 15 – 17 conference dates. While we will make every attempt to accommodate scheduling conflicts, please be advised that in some instances, it may not be possible to avoid them. Requests must be received prior to the submission deadline of November 15, 2023.

Audio‐Visual Equipment

All meeting rooms will have projectors, screens, and laptops. Large rooms will have microphones.  All presenters will be asked to submit their slides before the conference. Instructions for presenters are forthcoming.


Submitters will receive automatic email confirmation of their submission within 5 minutes. Submitters who do not receive this confirmation should log back on to the submission site to verify their submission was entered correctly. The submitter is the primary contact person and is responsible for notifying all other co-authors of acceptance, rejection, scheduling, and other information AAPOR provides.

Review Process

Each submission will be reviewed by at least two peer reviewers and a final reviewer who assists the Conference Chair and Associate Conference Chair with making final decisions about abstracts for the specific presentation track and session format. We expect to send acceptance notifications by mid-January 2024.

AAPOR Code of Ethics

All submissions that present original survey data must abide by the AAPOR Code of Professional Ethics and Practices by reporting, at a minimum, the information specified in Section III‐A of the AAPOR Code. Further, proposals should communicate work that authors expect to reach an acceptable completion stage before the conference (e.g., by the end of April 2024).