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Nonresponse and Mode Effects in Self- and Interviewer-Administered Surveys

Atkeson, Lonna Rae and Adams, Alex N. and Alvarez, R. Michael (2014) Nonresponse and Mode Effects in Self- and Interviewer-Administered Surveys. Political Analysis, 22 (3). pp. 304-320. ISSN 1047-1987.

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We examine the quality of two probability-based polls, one interviewer administered (telephone) and one self-administered (Internet and mail mixed mode survey). The polls use the same sampling frame (registered voters) and the same questions. First, we examine the representativeness of both surveys using information known about the population, and although we find important differences between the two in terms of sampling and nonresponse bias, we also find that both surveys represent the underlying population despite low response rates. We also test for mode effects between surveys due to social desirability and how it influences nondifferentiation or satisficing. Using a variety of methods (t-tests, multivariate regression, and genetic propensity matching), we find evidence that the presence of an interviewer alters response patterns on ego-driven questions. The implications of our work are important, due to the increasing popularity of mixed mode surveys. Researchers need to be methodologically sensitive to these differences when analyzing surveys that allow for different response modes.

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Additional Information:© The Author 2014. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Society for Political Methodology. All rights reserved. Edited by Jasjeet Sekhon. Advance Access publication May 28, 2014. Funding for this research was provided by the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Center on the States and the JEHT Foundation’s Make Voting Work Initiative.
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Official Citation:Lonna Rae Atkeson, Alex N. Adams, and R. Michael Alvarez Nonresponse and Mode Effects in Self- and Interviewer-Administered Surveys Political Analysis (Summer 2014) 22 (3): 304-320 first published online May 28, 2014 doi:10.1093/pan/mpt049
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