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AbstractData collection procedures can influence respondents' self-disclosure, accuracy and motivation to complete the interview. In comparing research results across different studies, it is important to use robust measuring instruments. The ‘De Jong-Gierveld Loneliness Scale’ was developed to...
AbstractThis paper extends Converse's classic comparison of the relative constraint of élite and mass belief systems first by analyzing ideological consistency on several independent dimensions of liberalism and then by examining consistency among different élite groups. We find that élite...
AbstractRecent studies have suggested that agenda-setting may influence not only what we think about, but also what we think. This study examines the correlations between the salience of one issue (the federal budget deficit) and public knowledge, opinion, and behavior, using fall 1988 survey...
AbstractNon-response bias is of great concern in pre-election political telephone polls, where the number of callbacks is far less than in most academic and government studies. The fewer number of callbacks raises the issue of whether there might be a greater non-response bias problem in such...
AbstractRecent decisions of the US Supreme Court, in returning to the issues of capital punishment and abortion, have simultaneously expanded the potential for public opinion on these issues to have an impact on public policy. This article considers the distribution of the available combinations...
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