Analyzing the 2000 National Election Study

Jake Bowers, Nancy Burns, Michael J. Ensley, Donald R. Kinder

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In an earlier report, two of us (Bowers and Ensley, 2003, National Election Studies Technical Report, provided a general framework for understanding the particular strategy outlined by Fogarty et al. (in this issue). Fogarty et al.'s strategy is to make the face-to-face variables more like the random digit dial (RDD) telephone variables by trimming the ends in order to reduce the variance of the face-to-face (FTF) variables. Perhaps some scholars will want the FTF variables to look like the RDD variables, but that would be a fix for a specific research question. Given the significant differences in the representativeness of the samples, the processes of survey nonresponse, and the quality and character of the responses between data taken from a National Area Probability sample in person and data taken from an RDD telephone sample, research questions involving comparisons with other years in the 50-year time series will require different remedies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)109-111
Number of pages3
JournalPolitical Analysis
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations


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