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The State of Survey Research as a Research Tool in American Politics

Lonna Rae Atkeson

in The Oxford Handbook of American Elections and Political Behavior

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780199235476
Published online May 2010 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199235476.003.0002

Series: Oxford Handbooks of American Politics

The State of Survey Research as a Research Tool in American Politics

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Survey research is one of the most common types of quantitative research methodologies in the social sciences. Today, it is a widely used tool to study many different kinds of questions in political science and across many subfields. Therefore, it is important because it provides a systematic way to explore vital questions about society and democracy by connecting the citizen to government. Although the method of survey research often relies on correlational studies to evaluate theories, other methods are also used. As the new millennium approached, survey response rates began to rapidly decline across all formats due, in part, to significant changes in technology. Alternatives to traditional survey research modes may include internet and mixed-mode surveys, and non-probability samples. It is important for the academic community to carefully consider the different survey methods used and their strengths and weaknesses.

Keywords: survey research; American politics; society; democracy; internet; mixed-mode surveys; non-probability samples

Article.  7394 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; US Politics ; Political Behaviour

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