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Title Handling "Don't Know" Survey Responses: The Case of the Slovenian Plebiscite
Author Rubin, D. B.; Vehovar, V.; Hal, S. S.
Year 1995
Access date 14.05.2014

The critical step in the drive toward an independent Slovenia was the plebiscite held in December 1990, at which the citizens of Slovenia voted overwhelmingly in favor of a sovereign and independent state. The Slovenian Public Opinion (SPO) survey of November/December 1990 was used by the government of Slovenia to prepare for the plebiscite. Because the plebiscite counted as "YES voters" only those voters who attended and voted for independence (nonvoters counted as "NO voters"), "Don't Know" survey responses can be thought of as missing data--the true intention of the voter is unknown but must be either "YES" or "NO." An analysis of the survey data under the missing-at-random assumption for the missing responses provides remarkably accurate estimates of the eventual plebiscite outcome, substantially better than ad hoc methods and a nonignorable model that allows nonresponse to depend on the intended vote.

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