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What Do Open-Ended Questions Measure?

dc.contributor.authorGeer, John Gray
dc.identifier.citationThis is a post-print of "What Do Open-Ended Questions Measure?" by John Geer from Public Opinion Quarterly 52:3, 365-371. Copyright © 1988 Oxford University Press.en_US
dc.descriptionOriginally published in Public Opinion Quarterly, v. 52, no. 3 (1991), p. 365-371.en_US
dc.description.abstract"Open-ended questions are frequently used by survey researchers to measure public opinion. Some scholars, however, have doubts about how accurately these kinds of questions measure the views of the public. A chief concern is that the questions tap, in part, people's ability to articulate a response, not their underlying attitudes. This paper tests whether this concern is warranted. Using open-ended questions from the Center for Political Studies, I show that almost all people respond to open-ended questions. The few individuals who do not respond appear uninterested in the specific question posed, not unable to answer such questions in general. These findings should increase our confidence in work of scholars who have relied on open-ended questions"--From article.en_US
dc.publisherOxford University Pressen_US
dc.subjectOpen-ended questionsen_US
dc.subject.lcshPublic opinion polls -- Methodologyen_US
dc.subject.lcshUnited States -- Politics and government -- Public opinionen_US
dc.titleWhat Do Open-Ended Questions Measure?en_US
dc.description.collegeCollege of Arts and Scienceen_US
dc.description.departmentDepartment of Political Scienceen_US

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