All Polls Push

Although it’s commonly recognized that interest groups use push polls; that is, use asking instruments designed to push the opinions or views of respondents in a desired direction (see my post, Push Polls and Interest Groups), the more fundamental point concerning asking instruments/survey research is that all questions push respondents to give certain answers.  There’s no such thing as a neutral, unbiased question; and that, in turn, means there’s no such thing as a neutral, unbiased answer.

For a further discussion of the limits of survey research, see my book, The Problem with Survey Research, wherein I make it clear that if you want to find out what’s really going on, don’t ask!

About George Beam

I'm an educator and author. The perspectives that inform my interpretations of the topics of this blog are behaviorism and system analysis. Specific interests include American politics, socioeconomic issues, survey research, and effects of the Internet and attendant hard- and software. I'm Associate Professor Emeritus, Department of Public Administration, Affiliated Faculty, Department of Political Science, University of Illinois at Chicago.
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