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An Introduction to Survey Research by Edward Nelson, Ernest Cowles

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CHAPTER 1

Introduction

Research starts with a question. Sometimes these are why questions. Why do some people vote Democrat and others vote Republican? Why do some people purchase health insurance and others do not? Why do some people buy a particular product and others buy different products? Why do some people favor same-sex marriage and others oppose it? Why do some people go to college and others do not? Other times they are how questions. If you are a campaign manager, how can you get people to vote for your candidate? How could we get more people to purchase health insurance? How could you get customers to buy your product? How could we convince more people to go to college? But regardless, research starts with a question.

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