Tag Archives: public opinion

Effects of Asking Instruments

One of the main points I make in Part Three of my book, The Problem with Survey Research, is that asking instruments (polls, interviews, etc.) affect and, thereby, bias answers.  For this reason, I call asking instruments, “shaky instruments”, as … Continue reading

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Survey Researchers and Public Opinion

Survey researchers/askers investigating public opinion have never agreed “`on what the public is and on what public opinion is’”.  That’s a conclusion of the Second International Conference on Public Opinion Research, 1947 (Rogers, The Pollsters, p.11) and here’s a 2008 … Continue reading

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Counter Literature to Survey Research

Updated May 15, 2020 The Counter Literature to Survey Research, which I’m developing in this post, is needed because survey researchers, as well as those who rely on and promote survey research–and that includes a lot of people!–are addicted to asking … Continue reading

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Question Wording and Stated Opinions

Jeffrey Toobin (The New Yorker, 8/5/13), in discussing “The fight for abortion rights”, says that “[w]hen it comes to public opinion about abortion, a great deal depends on how questions are asked”.  Toobin is right to point out that “how … Continue reading

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