What Do Open-Ended Questions Measure?

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dc.contributor.author Geer, John Gray
dc.date.accessioned 2010-05-03T22:36:19Z
dc.date.available 2010-05-03T22:36:19Z
dc.date.issued 1988
dc.identifier.citation This 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.identifier.issn 0033-362X
dc.identifier.uri http://poq.oxfordjournals.org/content/vol52/issue3/index.dtl en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1803/4055
dc.description Originally 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.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Oxford University Press en_US
dc.subject Open-ended questions en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Public opinion polls -- Methodology en_US
dc.subject.lcsh United States -- Politics and government -- Public opinion en_US
dc.title What Do Open-Ended Questions Measure? en_US
dc.type Postprint en_US
dc.description.college College of Arts and Science en_US
dc.description.department Department of Political Science en_US
dc.publisher.uri http://www.oup.com en_US

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