In your Oct. 8 Inside Report, you criticize a question in the Village of Oak Park‘s Citizen Survey:

“Many people don’t have time to vote in elections. Did you vote in the last general election?”

You think that the first comment should be deleted, leaving only the question, itself.

People learn in “Survey Research 101” that some questions have a “good,” “proper,” or “correct” answer. Asking someone if they have voted is one of those questions. To get something of a more accurate set of responses, some form of acceptable reason or excuse for a failure to vote has to be suggested. What was employed, in this case, is one of the common approaches. It is certainly better than prefacing the question with, “Many people are too lazy to vote.”

And don’t get me started on the difficulties faced when asking people to report their annual income!

Charles Pastors

Oak Park

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