Testing for the potential for nonresponse bias in sample surveys

Dennis Keith Pearl, David Fairley

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This article proposes using a statistical hypothesis test to check for the nonresponse bias that results when there is a corrrelation between strength of opinion and reply on issue preference. This idea is developed through an example of two mail polls conducted by a Columbus, Ohio newspaper to ascertain voter preference prior to the November 1983 election.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)553-560
Number of pages8
JournalPublic Opinion Quarterly
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 1985

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Communication
  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences(all)
  • History and Philosophy of Science


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