NYRB Review of The Problem with Survey Research

My book, The Problem with Survey Research, is reviewed in the New York Review of
Books by Andrew Hacker: “an unabashed. . . . spirited. . . . indictment of surveys. . . . `The flaws of polls,’ he writes, `are so extensive and severe that survey research, as a method for finding out what’s really going on, should be abandoned’ . . . the issues he raises are important. . . . For one thing, `respondents lie’ or `do not have relevant and correct information.’ For another, `question wording skews results.’ Those who sponsor research `disguise, or hide’ its `actual or primary purpose.’ Even location matters. The answers given in classrooms differ from those given in dormitories, even when both are anonymous. Beam’s advice: `If you want to find out what’s really going on, don’t ask’”.
For the complete review, click here.

About georgebeam

George Beam is an educator and author. The perspectives that inform his interpretations of the topics of this blog–-as well as his other writings and university courses -–are system analysis, behaviorism, and Internet effects. Specific interests include quality management, methodology, and politics. He is Associate Professor Emeritus, Department of Public Administration; Affiliated Faculty, Department of Political Science; and, previously, Head, Department of Public Administration, University of Illinois at Chicago
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