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Re: [RC] Surveys - and what they mean - Truman Prevatt

Several organizations, e.g. Gallup, Harris, etc. have made polling a science form. If done correctly (in accordance of design and participant selection - randomization) 1 in 20 is over kill in estimating the population. However, it requires more money than the AERC wants to spend to design and implement a statically valid poll. This article has a good list of the types of error sources one might expect. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opinion_poll

I think the type of poll just done by the AERC is useful but should not be used as an important input to policy planning unless the results are so overwhelming that they would mitigate any potential error bias. However, given the results of this poll this might be one of those cases where the poll results are useful.

I think they are worthwhile and useful. However, their results need to be considered with all the caveats associated with all the know sources of polling errors.


Michael Maul wrote:

I'd like to use polls and surveys to get member feedback but
wonder what a response rate of about 1 in 20 members really tells
us. That all our members really want to do is "just ride"?




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[RC] Surveys - and what they mean, Michael Maul