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The tags (56 questions; no tag wiki) and (183 questions; "A sampling or collection of opinions on a subject, taken from either a selected or a random group of persons") seem fairly similar. There's a decent overlap between the two tags, and most questions only tagged with seem to be either explicitly looking for polling data, or can be best answered through the use of said data - for example:

On the other hand, there are some questions where a synonym wouldn't really make sense, for example:

Perhaps the synonym should instead be the other way around, mapping to ? Or perhaps we should leave the tags separate?

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I would suggest restricting [polling] tag to be specifically about the profession/science of polling. NOT about content of a poll, or some political topic with poll being asked for as evidence.

  • "What do people think about X"? - [public-opinion]. Remove "polling tag"

  • "How does polling work" (polling in general, mechanics of a specific poll) - [polling]

Please note that the first type of questions do not ask about polling. They ask about results of polling (even ignoring the separate point that some opinion info isn't polling generated).

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    I think this is similar to JJJ's asnwer but seems a bit different. Namely, restrict polling tag to very specifically questions that you'd ask a pollster or political scientist about polling process/science.
    – user4012
    Jul 1 at 20:37
  • True - that's a lot of questions to re-tag, but I can see your point...
    – CDJB Mod
    Jul 1 at 20:42
  • @CDJB - they don't give bulk re-tag to mods? Sux
    – user4012
    Jul 1 at 20:44
  • They do, but I'm guessing there are some polling questions that are actually about the technical details of polling that I wouldn't want to catch in the net. Not without community consensus on this answer anyway.
    – CDJB Mod
    Jul 1 at 20:46
  • @CDJB - the way i'd handle it is make a meta Q asking for community to help sift through questions (post a full list and ask them to edit in new tag for each). Any disagreements, should be taken to separate answer on that post for a given Q.
    – user4012
    Jul 1 at 20:48
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    I think this makes sense. In my answer there's still some awkward overlap between [polling] and [public-opinion] that might lead to inconsistent tagging, this answer resolves that.
    – JJJ Mod
    Jul 2 at 17:42
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I don't think it makes sense for the two to be made synonyms after all.

Most of our questions are actually about polling which is by definition about public opinion. Because polling is a more specific descriptor and we have enough questions about polling, all these questions should have the tag.

On the other hand, some questions are about public opinion but not about polling. You already named a few, but there are more topics out there, e.g. questions about:

  • influencing public opinion (e.g. by governments or social movements)

  • using existing public opinion (e.g. by politicians: populism)

  • other ways of measuring public opinion, e.g. in focus groups

As such, I'd keep the tag at least for question which are about but not .

That said, since polling is about ascertaining public opinion, the tag doesn't have to be removed from all questions necessarily.

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I would make a subset of . As far as I can tell, there are only three types of public-opinion questions

  1. those that can only be answered with polls.
  2. those that should be closed as asking for internal motivations of people.
  3. those that should be closed as opinion based.

Of course, if there is a question that could be tagged with and does not fall into one of these three categories, I would not suggest making a synonym of

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