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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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Deceptive AAPOR Evaluation of 2016 Election Polls

The 2016 election polls were inaccurate, predicting a win for Email-Server-Hillary, whereas Mussolini-Arpaio-Trump prevailed and now is the Oval Office One.  But pollsters, because they’re addicted to asking, are seldom able to admit their mistakes.  Instead, they try to deceive by … Continue reading

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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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Unreliability of Polls Acknowledged

The unreliability of polls is acknowledged by more people with each passing day.  A case in point is a Chicago Tribune article by Art and Art History Professor, Eddie Chambers.  Here are a few of his comments: “What we witnessed … Continue reading

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Pre-Election Polling Unreliable

Pre-election polling is unreliable and acknowledged as such by survey researchers.  Here are some comments from a newsletter published by a university survey research center, followed by a copy of the newsletter: “many media polls showing a variety of results” … Continue reading

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Confidence in Polls Eroding

The election of The Donald, contrary to predictions of pollsters, has helped erode confidence in polls. The pollsters haven’t given up trying to do what can’t be done–that is, trying to to produce reliable information from answers to questions–but more … Continue reading

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