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Survey research is essential in almost every line of work Every major field of education has a method of researching Even though every educational field is different the patterns they follow to get research are very similar When doing survey research for a political issue you follow six major steps Each step is important and should not be skipped The first step is to identify the universe To identify the universe one has to decide on what kind of people will be poled For example most political surveys only want to pole people who are able to vote Defining the universe is also very important because it decides on what kind of questions will be asked After identifying the universe you draw the sample The sample is a portion of the whole universe it is very important that it represents the whole universe The best kind of sample is a random sample This means that every person in the universe has a chance to be questioned about the survey A bad sample is an accidental sample This kind of sample is put together unsystematically and its results are not accurate of the whole universe After picking a kind of sample you collect data about the sample and make a prediction basing it on the whole universe The next step is choosing a survey method and writing the questions for it There are four main survey methods The first method is mailed questioners This is the cheapest method and requires less labor The problem with mailed questioners is the response rate is very low The most common method is telephone surveying it is a cheaper method and has a high response rate Door-to-door surveys can be used to acquire more in depth data Like the telephone survey door-to-door surveys can provide yes and no questions or try to get more intense The last research method is personal
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