Fwd: Re: [CQ-Contest] Polling

Tom Frenaye frenaye at pcnet.com
Wed Feb 13 12:53:45 EST 2002

At 11:17 AM 2/13/2002 -0600, Jim Rhodes/K0XU  wrote:
>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.

Jim - if we did that, the results would be meaningless to us.   I think you may have succumbed to the "black hole" syndrome...  :^ )

 From the survey appendix: "The survey sample of 1200 was selected in systematic, stratified fashion..."   It only included licensed, domestic (USA) members.  "Responses have been weighted in tabulation to accurately reflect true population proportions."  The weighting was by license class reported in the FCC database.   

No attempt was made to adjust weighting based on anything else (age, years licensed, hours on the air, type of activity, etc).

                        -- Tom

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