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Subsequent Questions May Influence Answers to Preceding Questions in Mail Surveys

Norbert Schwarz and Hans-J. Hippler
The Public Opinion Quarterly
Vol. 59, No. 1 (Spring, 1995), pp. 93-97
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2749652
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Subsequent Questions May Influence Answers to Preceding Questions in Mail Surveys
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Abstract

Data of a mode experiment demonstrate that the emergence of context effects may be independent of question order under mail survey conditions. Under telephone interview conditions, substantively related questions affected responses to the target question only when asked first. However, the same questions affected responses under mail survey conditions independent of whether they preceded or followed the target question.

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