Tag Archives: weaknesses of survey research

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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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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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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Addiction To Polls

For sure, as Frank Bruni points out, there’s an addiction to polls.  And he confesses he’s “guilty” of the habit. The addiction is evident in the increasing use of polls even though it’s known, by Bruni and many others, that polls … Continue reading

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Interviews Unreliable, Speculative

You shouldn’t rely on what people say in interviews.  For example, Cass R. Sunstein writes in his assessment of Gabriel Zucman’s, The Hidden Wealth of Nations, that “`investigative economics,’ extrapolating  numbers from interviews with private bankers, tax lawyers, and crooks’, … Continue reading

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