The Empire State Poll (ESP) is the first of its kind annual general survey of adults, age 18 and over, who are residents of New York State. The Empire State Poll is conducted in the spring of each year. The first ESP was conducted in 2003. All interviews are conducted using a Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI) software system. The ESP is a combination of an annual core of workplace, community, governmental, economic, media measures, omnibus modules, and special topical issue questions. Approximately 800 statewide interviews are conducted each year.
The survey sample consists of a randomly selected households within New York State. The sample selection procedures ensure that every household within New York State has an equal chance to be included in the survey, and that once the household is sampled, every adult has an equal chance to be included in the poll. With 800 respondents, in no more than one time in twenty should chance variations in the sample cause the overall ESP results to vary by more than 3.5 percentage points from the answers that would be obtained if all New York state residents were interviewed. Furthermore, the sampling frame was proportionally split between Upstate and Downstate residents, allowing comparisons between the overall state and these geographic regions with a one in twenty chance of sampling error greater than 4.9 percentage points.
The random sampling frame used within the ESP allows for the poll results to be generalized to the entire state.