SSRS Opinion Panel Omnibus

A high-quality, cost-effective data collection solution for short, quick turnaround surveys of the general population.

SSRS Opinion Panel Omnibus Background

The SSRS Opinion Panel Omnibus is a multi-client, probability based survey that fields twice a month. It delivers a nationally representative sample of 1,000 adults age 18 or older in English (with Spanish language option). Data collection is conducted online and via phone (for non-internet and web reluctant respondents) using the probability based SSRS Opinion Panel.

The SSRS Opinion Panel Omnibus provides a high-quality, cost-effective data collection solution for short, quick turnaround surveys of general population. Cost efficiency is achieved by combining questions from several different clients.  Our expert team ensures that the survey experience is seamless for the respondents.

As a charter member of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) Transparency Initiative, SSRS is committed to full compliance of AAPOR standards and transparency.

  • Clients that need short, quick turnaround representative poll data
  • Incidence check studies
  • Methodological studies
  • Public affairs studies on policy issues, current events, and trends
  • Measurement of brand awareness, messaging, product concepts, advertising campaigns, and consumer sentiment

A full-service research organization, our highly experienced SSRS Opinion Panel Omnibus service team stands ready to support optional additional client needs including questionnaire design support, custom banners, custom weighting, coding open-ended responses, targeting low incidence sub-populations and data analysis.

The SSRS Opinion Panel Omnibus uses the probability based SSRS Opinion Panel.  SSRS Opinion Panel members are recruited randomly based on nationally representative Address Based Sample (ABS) design (including Hawaii and Alaska).  ABS sample is drawn from the Delivery Sequence File (DSF) maintained by the US Postal Service.  Population coverage of DSF is in 98%-99% range.

The SSRS Opinion Panel is a multi-mode panel. All internet respondents participate via web and all non-internet/web reluctant respondents participate via phone. Research conducted by SSRS on non-internet respondents suggests that more than 8 in 10 non-internet respondents are unwilling to take surveys via web. SSRS has made the decision not to provide internet access to non-internet respondents as providing internet access does not effectively address the coverage bias of non-internet respondents. By definition, non-internet cases need to be contacted via a non-internet mode.

SSRS web surveys comply with industry best practices. They are optimized for smartphone/mobile device administration and are adapted to all operating systems and browsers.

The SSRS Opinion Panel Omnibus is weighted to be representative of the entire residential adult population in the United States. The first step in the weighting process is the application of a base weight that accounts for the ABS sample design and the within-household sampling of one adult.

Following the base weight, the panel is calibrated to correct for differential participation along demographics such as age, race, sex, region, education, and party ID. Benchmark distributions are obtained from the most recently available data from sources such as the Current Population Survey (CPS), the American Community Survey (ACS), the Pew Research Center’s National Public Opinion Reference Survey (NPORS), and the Aristotle Registered Voter Database. Additionally, online panelists are known to be more civically engaged than the general population. To correct for this potential bias, we include volunteerism and interaction with neighbors in panel calibration. These benchmark distributions are derived from the Civic Engagement and Volunteer Supplement to the CPS.

Final weights for SSRS Opinion Panel Omnibus survey data reflect individual respondents’ probability of selection into the Omnibus sample and are again calibrated to the national benchmarks to ensure that Omnibus survey data accurately represent the opinions of the U.S. population.

Recent research suggests that probability samples interviewed by telephone or internet provide accurate data. Surveys of a probability sample combined with an opt-in sample are less accurate than surveys of full probability samples. Least accurate are internet surveys comprised entirely of opt-in panel sample.[1] The SSRS Opinion Panel is a probability-based panel because it recruits randomly selected panelists from a probability based sample source that reflects the full U.S. adult population (ABS). Results obtained from this panel can statistically represent the U.S. adult population, with a known margin of error. Unlike typical opt-in panels, no one can “volunteer” to be part of the SSRS Opinion Panel. They must be selected randomly and invited to participate.

[1] The Accuracy of Measurement with probability and non-probability survey samples by Bo MacInnis, Jon A. Krosnick, Annabell S. Ho, Mu-Jung Cho, POQ, Vol 82, No. 4, Winter 2018, pp. 707-744

Standard Deliverables Include:

  • Weighted crosstabs with standard banner
  • Weighted SPSS data file with standard demographic variables from the survey or panelist profile data (also available in Excel, CSV, or SAS)
  • Methods report

*A “question” is defined as a simple, straightforward, closed-ended question, such as yes/no question, a checklist of up to 10 response categories, or a ratings scale that’s administered to up to 4 items. Pricing assumes we receive questions ready for survey administration from the client and does not include questionnaire consultation

The tables below list all the demographic variables included in the standard deliverables. Unless otherwise noted, data comes from panelist profile data.  All standard datasets also include administrative variables for language, mode (web/CATI), start date and end date.  The second table lists the optional additional profile variables.  Please call for pricing on these options.

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SSRS Opinion Panel Data and Infographics

SSRS does short studies on unique and timely topics to demonstrate the power and breadth of our research services. The studies use our portfolio of survey options, including the SSRS Omnibus, the SSRS Opinion Panel, the SSRS Sports Poll, and more. Each study is packaged in an infographic that summarizes the findings and delivers the bottom lines. View our most recent infographics.


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