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Measuring Intent to Participate and Participation in the 2010 Census and Their Correlates and Trends: Comparisons of RDD Telephone and Non-probability Sample Internet Survey Data

Josh Pasek and Jon A. Krosnick

ABSTRACT

This study explored whether probability sample telephone survey data and data from nonprobability sample Internet surveys yielded similar results regarding intent to complete the 2010 Census form and actual completion of the form, the correlates of these variables, and changes in these variables and their correlates over time. Using data collected between January and April, 2010, the telephone samples were more demographically representative of the nation’s population than were the Internet samples, even after post-stratification. Furthermore, the distributions of opinions and behaviors were often significantly and substantially different across the two data streams, as were relations between the variables and changes over time in the variables. Thus, research conclusions would often be different depending on which data stream was used. Because the telephone data collection methodology rests on well-established theory of probability sampling and produced the most demographically representative samples, the substantive results yielded by these data may also be more accurate than the substantive results generated with the non-probability sample Internet data.

CITATION:

Josh Pasek and Jon A. Krosnick. (2010). Measuring Intent to Participate and Participation in the 2010 Census and Their Correlates and Trends: Comparisons of RDD Telephone and Non-probability Sample Internet Survey Data. Statistical Research Division Study Series (Survey Methodology #2010-15). U.S. Census Bureau. Available online at <http://www.census.gov/srd/papers/pdf/ssm2010-15.pdf>.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Statistical Research Division

Published online: December 28, 2010
Last revised: December 28, 2010

 


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