telephone opinion polling

Reply Sat 13 Apr, 2013 02:04 pm
If an opinion polling company knows that 80 to 90 percent of the numbers in the data data base of numbers being called are bad numbers, wouldn't that automatically invalidate the survey? Also if the client is having the poliing company not only write the survey for them but also interpretate the results, by definition, isn't that automatically a fruadulent survey?
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Reply Sat 13 Apr, 2013 04:01 pm
If the bad numbers are more or less evenly distributed over the population in whatever are the significant demographics (age, gender, education level, what have you), then it kinda doesn't matter.

As for the client having the polling company write the survey and interpret the results, I'd say that's less likely to be biased, as the polling company is less likely to have a stake in any particular outcome. The polling company's stake is solely in getting the attempt at a poll accomplished. The number of people who answer the phone is probably not material to them, nor is it how the called persons answer the survey; all that matters to the polling company is just that they make the attempt.
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Reply Sat 13 Apr, 2013 05:45 pm
Any one who puts complete faith in any one poll needs to return to school to be reeducated.
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Lustig Andrei
Reply Sat 13 Apr, 2013 10:16 pm
We all know that there are three kinds of liars in this world -- plain liars, damned liars and statisticians.
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