Tag Archives: limitations of survey research

Question Wording, Change in Wording, and Rosa’s Law

Question wording affects answers.   The first sentence in the comment below (No. 85 Rosa’s Law and Surveys) is an acknowledgement of this fundamental flaw in survey research:  “Question wording plays a critical role in [affecting] how respondents . . … Continue reading

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Does Having Sex Boost Work Performance?

According to survey researchers in The Journal of Management, married people who have sexual intercourse at night have increase work performance at their offices the next day.  This may or may not be true because the research is based on self-reports … Continue reading

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Katz and Hyman’s Contributions to the Counter Literature to Survey Research

My blog post, Counter Literature to Survey Research, is a collection of statements that help make the case against survey research as a way to find out what’s really going on.  When I find additional research and comments that demonstrate … Continue reading

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Survey Researchers Justify Invalid, Inaccurate, Results

Survey researchers, and those who rely on survey research,  justify invalid, inaccurate, results.  For example, in a Chicago Tribune article it’s stated that a 2015 Compass Group report based on survey research “is not . . . valid”.  That does not stop the administrator … Continue reading

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Increasing Acknowledgement of Survey Flaws

There’s increasing acknowledgement of survey flaws.  For example, a recent Chicago Tribune article states: “A widely cited 2015 report [by Compass] that 30 percent of Chicago founders [of tech startups] are women is not . . . valid“. One reason the survey’s results are … Continue reading

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Use Surveys Known to be Unreliable

Survey researchers and those who rely on survey research use surveys known to be unreliable.  For example, in a Chicago Tribune article (4/28/16, sec. 1, p. 16) discussing a Harvard University survey of 18-29 year olds about capitalism and socialism, it’s … Continue reading

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Question Wording Makes Answers Unreliable

Question wording makes answers unreliable because words often have different meanings for questioners and answerers.  Moreover, in Maggie Nelson’s words, there’s “no cure” to this problem.  Here’s Nelson writing about sex/gender/transgender/gay/lesbian/straight matters and the meaning of pronouns: “When making your [Maggie’s lover] butch-buddy film, … Continue reading

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