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Posted by on Friday, September 28, 2012 at 4:51pm.

why is calling people listed in the phone book to conduct a survey, biased?

  • Critical Thinking/Ethics - , Friday, September 28, 2012 at 5:11pm

    Phone books only list people with land lines. Many people, especially under 60 years of age, only have cell phones, not land lines.

    This method also depends upon people answering their phones, agreeing to take the survey and supplying honest answers.

  • Critical Thinking/Ethics - , Friday, September 28, 2012 at 5:17pm

    Thank you!

  • Critical Thinking/Ethics - , Friday, September 28, 2012 at 5:20pm

    Oh I also have one more that im stuck on.. "Mailing a 10 page survey to 1000 randomly selected households in the GTA (why is it biased)"

  • Critical Thinking/Ethics - , Friday, September 28, 2012 at 5:24pm

    You're welcome.

    I don't know what GTA is. However, unless I have a lot of time on my hands and am really interested in the subject matter, I wouldn't be bothered to fill out a 10-page survey. And I've found that many surveys are so biased that they're ridiculous. They may have questions like "When did you stop beating your wife?"

  • Critical Thinking/Ethics - , Friday, September 28, 2012 at 5:58pm

    Ahh thanks again!

  • Critical Thinking/Ethics - , Friday, September 28, 2012 at 6:05pm

    You're welcome!

  • Critical Thinking/Ethics - , Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 8:04pm

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