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skids Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-13-05 04:56 PM
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113. They aren't allowed to pick and choose.
They approach one out of every N voters. N is chosen beforehand by NEP. Smaller N's require more than one person to administer, so they are rarer.

They do not decide who to approach based on race/age/etc. Every Nth person is approached. Even if they refuse to take the survey or fail to complete it, the surveyer will still skip N-1 people before approaching another person. (That's what the "refusal rate" and "completion rate" mean in the NEP report.)

Hrmm... come to think of it that might be another possible explanation for the "missing" numbers. If they had more than one surveyer at the site working either simultaneuously or tag-team, each may have reported with a different precinct code, and then before they turned the data over to the public they added together all results from all surveyors into the same entry.

However they may have decided to only do small N's in small precincts so they wouldn't have to hire more than one person.

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