2009 EES Draft Candidate Survey
JillWittrock
Posted 13/10/2008 18:54 (#129)
Subject: 2009 EES Draft Candidate Survey


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The draft candidate survey for the 2009 EES is attached. The forum is now open for your comments and discussion.



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Attachments ECS2009-DraftQuest2.doc (132KB - 23 downloads)
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Rosema
Posted 11/11/2008 12:08 (#139 - in reply to #129)
Subject: RE: 2009 EES Draft Candidate Survey


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Location: University of Twente
Throughout the candidate survey agree-disagree statements are presented in three different formats. There are two concerns here: (a) use the same question format throughout the candidate survey for agree-disagree items, and (b) use similar formats in voter survey and candidate survey. I suggest to use the same format throughout both surveys and adopt five-point scales with all categories labelled, like in the "left/right content statements" from the voter survey. Using similar formats throughout the survey will improve the validity of the answers obtained. Using similar formats in both surveys will improve the comparability across them.

Edited by Rosema 11/11/2008 12:11
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Rosema
Posted 11/11/2008 12:10 (#140 - in reply to #129)
Subject: RE: 2009 EES Draft Candidate Survey


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I suggest to rephrase the statements about institutional effectiveness. 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). (See also my earlier comment about question format for agree-disagree items, because in the draft questionnaire 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.)
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