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Askers Make Answers Unreliable

Askers, as is the case for instruments and settings, affect answers and, thereby, make them unreliable. Answers may be accurate and correspond to what’s really going on, or they may not. Because askers only have answers, it’s impossible for them … Continue reading

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Asking Settings Make Answers Unreliable

Settings in which questions are asked and answers given make answers unreliable; that is, answers that may, or may not, be accurate. This happens because components in the two types of settings (societal and immediate, discussed below) skew answers, and … Continue reading

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Unrepresentative Samples and Results: Fatal Flaws in Survey Research

Updated December 8, 2020 Unrepresentative samples and, therefore, unrepresentative results, are fatal flaws in survey research. With rare exception, all survey research efforts (polls, surveys, interviews, et al.) are unrepresentative, thereby producing unreliable answers; that is, answers that may, or … Continue reading

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Nonresponse A Fatal Flaw in Survey Research

Updated December 8, 2020 Nonresponse–that is, not answering when asked—is a fatal flaw in survey research. Regardless of the type of asking instrument (poll, survey, self-administered questionnaire, computer assisted telephone interview, et al.) and regardless of whether the asking effort … Continue reading

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9+ Ways Respondents Make Answers Unreliable

Respondents make answers unreliable—that is, answers that may, or may not, correspond to what’s really going on—because they1. sometimes lie,2. often do not have relevant and/or correct information,3. and because their values and norms affect answers, as do their4. interests … Continue reading

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Survey Researchers Foster Confusion When They Ask About Race And Ethnicity

Survey researchers foster confusion when they ask about race and ethnicity–and they acknowledge they’re doing so!–and, because they’re addicted to asking, they continue to ask about race and ethnicity. As stated in the Newsletter below, which I received from a … Continue reading

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Efforts To Make Answers Reliable Fail

Survey researchers/askers are always trying to make their always-unreliable answers reliable and always fail to do so.  Answers are always unreliable because answers are always affected/skewed by questions (e.g., wording), askers (e.g., gender affects answers), respondents (e.g., their memory), and … Continue reading

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Survey Researchers Find Use For Data From Non-Asking Sources

Some survey researchers find use for data from non-asking sources.  This is a positive development!  Three cheers for survey researchers! Reliance on survey research is weakening and this erosion of confidence in the asking method will  lead them to accept … Continue reading

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Some Survey Researchers Recognize Value of Data From Non-Asking Sources

Updated November 25, 2020 Some survey researchers recognized the value of data from non-asking sources.  They are to be commended!  The only way to know if self-reports are correct or incorrect is to check or verify them with data from … Continue reading

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Survey Researchers Acknowledge Need For Data From Non-Asking Sources

In Newsletter No 95, copied below, which I received from a university survey research center in late September, 2017,  survey researchers acknowledge that survey research results/answers might not be accurate and, therefore, answers must be checked with data from non-asking … Continue reading

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