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Title Response latency as a signal to question problems in survey research
Source Public Opinion Quarterly (POQ), 60, 3, pp. 390 -399
Year 1996
Access date 10.05.2013
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This research explores the potential utility of response latency as an index of question problems in survey research. The time respondents took to answer three types of bad questions was compared to the time they took to answer the repaired versions of the questions. Questions containing a superfluous negative and double-barreled questions took longer to answer than nearly identical questions without these problems. Repaired versions of questions soliciting frequency estimates, however, took longer to answer than their problematic counter parts. The results are discussed in the context of a model of question answering, and their implications for survey methodology are explored.

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Year of publication1996
Bibliographic typeJournal article

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