Fwd: Re: [CQ-Contest] Polling

Jim Rhodes rhodes at evertek.net
Wed Feb 13 11:17:58 EST 2002

I wonder if the survey groups that are polled tend to be from the higher 
density population areas. This alone would bias the survey against 
contesters. I would be very interested in how they choose the survey 
population. Living most of my life in the midwest I have gotten used to the 
fact that our opinions don't count as much as those from either coast
At 10:33 AM 2/13/02, you wrote:

>Some excerpts from messages N4ZR and I exchanged last month...
> >At 10:00 AM 1/10/2002 -0500, N4ZR wrote:
> >
> >>It's worth remembering that a poll of a little over 1000 people is
> >>considered statistically representative of the entire adult population of
> >>the United States, within +/- 3 percentage points.  You can imagine how
> >>small a sample would give comparable results for the ham population of
> >>700,000 or so.  That makes it pretty likely that very few contesters are in
> >>the sample for any given QST reader poll.
> >
> >
> >The results of the last 3 ARRL Readex surveys have had error rates of 
> 3.6, 3.6 and 3.5 points.   And yes, out of 160K members, 6K contesters 
> won't be noticed much (4%).   Of those ARRL members on this reflector 
> (about 700?), the percentage is more like 0.4%.  So of roughly 800 
> surveys returned, only three might be from people on this reflector.
> >                                -- Tom
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