2009 Draft Voter Survey
JillWittrock
Posted 13/10/2008 18:50 (#127)
Subject: 2009 Draft Voter Survey


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You will find the latest version of the 2009 voter survey attached. The forum is now open for your comments and discussion.



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Attachments EES 2009 - english draft questionnaire 20090930.doc (216KB - 51 downloads)
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Rosema
Posted 11/11/2008 11:56 (#137 - in reply to #127)
Subject: RE: 2009 Draft Voter Survey


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Location: University of Twente
I have two suggestions regarding the statements about institutional effectiveness. First, I suggest to rephrase the statements. In particular, in my view references to the respondent should not be in the statements. For example, the statement should not read "It is very important for you which particular political party gained the most seats in the European Parliament elections", but "It is very important which particular political party gained the most seats in the European Parliament elections". Similarly, the other statements would be something like "The institutions of the European Union can be trusted" instead of "You trust the institutions of the European Union". (Here I neglect the question whether such statements as such are valuable, merely focusing on question format).
Second, I suggest to use a similar format as with other agree-disagree questions (five-point scales with all categories labelled, like in the "left/right content statements"). Now the question format does not link up with the answer categories, since this is a five-point scale but the stem question only mentions the labels of both end-points. The best thing would be to just use a question format in which all five categories are labelled and include the answer categories in the question. When doing this, there are two concerns: (a) use the same question format throughout the voter survey for agree-disagree items, and (b) use similar formats in voter survey and candidate survey. These formats would presumably also work in the candidate survey.

Edited by Rosema 11/11/2008 12:03
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Rosema
Posted 11/11/2008 12:03 (#138 - in reply to #127)
Subject: RE: 2009 Draft Voter Survey


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Building on my preceding comments: there is a set of three questions that uses yet another format for agree-disagree statements (Q17, Q18, Q19). I suggest to use the same question format and answer categories as with other questions (to be more specific: the "left/right content statements"). Using similar formats throughout the survey will improve the validity of the answers obtained.
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Rosema
Posted 11/11/2008 12:20 (#141 - in reply to #127)
Subject: RE: 2009 Draft Voter Survey


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With respect to Q26A I suggest to leave out the answer category "3. will not have any effect on [country] ". The proposed answer categories are not mutually exclusive, because one can consider membership of new countries a good thing as such, but also bad for the interest of one's own country (or they other way round). Moreover, the three answer categories just do not form a logical combination. Q26A reads "A number of countries are currently negotiating membership of the EU. Do you think that enlargement to include these countries is a good thing, bad thing, or will not have any effect on the interest of [country]"
(By the way, Q28B suggest that Russia wishes to joint the EU. This suprises me. In the light of current affairs, in this question one might replace it by Iceland :-)


Edited by Rosema 11/11/2008 12:22
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