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Self-selection and misreporting in legislative surveys


Bundi, Pirmin; Varone, Frédéric; Gava, Roy; Widmer, Thomas (2018). Self-selection and misreporting in legislative surveys. Political Science Research and Methods, 6(4):771-789.

Abstract

This article discusses the methodological challenges of legislative surveys. Following an overview of different types of survey biases, the article argues that self-selection and misreporting are the most critical problems for legislative surveys. In order to identify the self-selection and misreporting biases, we compare the answers with a survey from Swiss members of parliament with their observed behavior in the parliament. The empirical analysis shows that the survey sample has a substantial misreporting bias. We conclude that the parliamentarian’s attitude toward the survey object is strongly linked to their response. These issues should be addressed to improve the design and quality of legislative surveys.

Abstract

This article discusses the methodological challenges of legislative surveys. Following an overview of different types of survey biases, the article argues that self-selection and misreporting are the most critical problems for legislative surveys. In order to identify the self-selection and misreporting biases, we compare the answers with a survey from Swiss members of parliament with their observed behavior in the parliament. The empirical analysis shows that the survey sample has a substantial misreporting bias. We conclude that the parliamentarian’s attitude toward the survey object is strongly linked to their response. These issues should be addressed to improve the design and quality of legislative surveys.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Political Science
Dewey Decimal Classification:320 Political science
Language:English
Date:October 2018
Deposited On:19 Nov 2018 14:46
Last Modified:24 Sep 2019 23:53
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
ISSN:2049-8470
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1017/psrm.2016.35

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