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Does survey respondents' immigrant background affect the measurement and prediction of immigration attitudes? An illustration in two steps


Sarrasin, Oriane; Green, Eva G T; Fasel, Nicole; Davidov, Eldad (2015). Does survey respondents' immigrant background affect the measurement and prediction of immigration attitudes? An illustration in two steps. International Journal of Public Opinion Research, 27(2):264-276.

Abstract

While most survey research on immigration attitudes routinely excludes respondents with an immigrant background, empirical justifications for doing so are rarely provided. Yet it is crucial to examine whether respondents with an immigrant background can be included in the analysis, as excluding them with no further consideration would ignore the opinion of a considerable share of multicultural societies. With multigroup analyses on Swiss data we illustrated how to evaluate whether both the measurement and the prediction of immigration attitudes are invariant across natives and individuals with an immigrant background. The slight revealed differences did not justify the exclusion of respondents with an immigrant background. The paper concludes by discussing ways of addressing these differences in measurement and prediction.

While most survey research on immigration attitudes routinely excludes respondents with an immigrant background, empirical justifications for doing so are rarely provided. Yet it is crucial to examine whether respondents with an immigrant background can be included in the analysis, as excluding them with no further consideration would ignore the opinion of a considerable share of multicultural societies. With multigroup analyses on Swiss data we illustrated how to evaluate whether both the measurement and the prediction of immigration attitudes are invariant across natives and individuals with an immigrant background. The slight revealed differences did not justify the exclusion of respondents with an immigrant background. The paper concludes by discussing ways of addressing these differences in measurement and prediction.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Sociology
Dewey Decimal Classification:300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
Uncontrolled Keywords:immigration attitudes, immigrant background, measurement invariance, multigroup analysis
Language:English
Date:2015
Deposited On:10 Jun 2014 12:55
Last Modified:29 Apr 2016 00:00
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISSN:0954-2892
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1093/ijpor/edu015
Permanent URL: https://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-96526

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