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Asking Instruments Make Answers Unreliable

Asking instruments (polls, surveys, interviews, focus groups, and all other types of asking) produce unreliable answers; that is, answers that may, or may not, be accurate. The only way to know if answers are accurate is to check or verify … 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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Pollsters Wrong Again In 2020 Blame Nonresponse

Updated November 17, 2020 Pollsters, wrong in 2020, as in 2016, seek the source of their ongoing errors. Some, for instance, Jon Cohen, chief research officer at SurveyMonkey, blame nonresponse. As he puts it in an Axios post: `“The major … Continue reading

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Unreliable Interviews

Below are my comments on Marcia Angell’s article (New York Review of Books, 12/3/15).  I call attention to deficiencies perpetuated by survey researchers and by those, Angell in this instance, who rely on survey research: Marcia Angell uses a fatally … Continue reading

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Definition of Survey Research

Updated May 19, 2020 In my book, The Problem with Survey Research, I define “survey research” as “any procedure or instrument that asks questions of respondents” (p. xv). I’ve now concluded that this definition needs to be revised because it … Continue reading

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