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  •  It's an interesting thing, isn't it. (1+ / 0-)
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    I'm a few years older than you and also have no cell phone.

    So -- a million questions come to mind:

    Do you simply adjust to match young people on the assumption that most land-line free folks are young?

    Do you try to find out (somehow) if landline-free old folks are different from old folks with landlines?

    Do you assume that landline-less young folks are like landline using young folks?

    And -- given that your polling techniques exclude cell phones, exactly how are you going to get all this.

    The mind boggles.

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    by dinotrac on Sun Oct 14, 2012 at 09:52:27 AM PDT

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    •  I'm too sleepy to link, but... (1+ / 0-)
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      Pew -- which does call cell phones -- has some great reports on this topic.

      Yes, if you don't call cell phones, then probably you weight your demographics to adult demographics -- which tacitly assumes, among other things, that cell-phone-only folks are more or less like landline folks with comparable demographics -- and hope for the best.

      Even if you call cell phones, you still weight to adult demographics, hoping that non-respondents are more or less like respondents with the same demographics.

      This is imperfect, but apparently not awful so far.

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      by HudsonValleyMark on Sun Oct 14, 2012 at 01:07:03 PM PDT

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