Political Research Questions Quiz

Pick the Best Questions

Survey questions are most often statements and by far the most popular rating scale asks respondents to rate their agreement with the statements.

For each of the following pairs of statements, select the one with the best wording such that it will not contaminate the response, or select "no difference" if you believe they are equally well-worded.

The correct answer is: "I tend to vote for the Libertarian party."
The use of strong terms such as "always" in the bad question should be avoided because it is polarizing. There will inevitably be a few times this is not the case, and we are inviting people to put a disproportionate focus on these rare occurrences.
The correct answer is: "Recycling is a priority for me."
The bad question is suggestive, leading to a favorable response bias. If people do not answer favorably, the implication is they do not care for the environment. The alternative does not contain such bias.
The correct answer is: "Health care reform is an important issue for me."
The bad question is suggestive, because it implies that health care reform is important to the person responding. We need to first understand what issues are important to the respondent before finding out how that would influence their vote.
The correct answer is: "I am in favor of restricting trade with foreign parties."
The bad question doesn't define what a "strong stance" is. The stance could be positive or negative; however, it is unlikely that a respondent would be supportive in both circumstances.
The correct answer is: "The economy has remained stable."
The negative emphasis of the bad question means that it is biased. People are more likely to agree with the negativity, creating a distorted outlook on the magnitude of their feelings.
The correct answer is: "I am likely to vote for [this candidate]."
The bad question is not our ideal choice because it is speculative. Often people answer speculative questions in a biased--and favorable--way, leading to a skewed perception of a candidate's popularity.