Collaborators and I have administered a survey that posits a reform to immigration policy. One question asks:
- “Implementing such a reform would, on the whole, yield positive net economic consequences for humankind (worldwide, present and future):”
[5 response options from “agree strongly” to “disagree strongly”]
Another question asks:
- “The reform ought to be favored over the status-quo immigration policy:”
[again, 5 response options from “agree strongly” to “disagree strongly”]
The aim of our project is to explore the extent to which these two questions (and others in similar pairs) are practically the same. We address the matter by gauging the extent to which the individual person’s responses to the two questions are the same.
One way to assess the extent to which the two questions are practically the same is to see what happens in surveys where two questions are exactly the same.
If there are other surveys that asks the same question twice, ideally with other questions in between, then the intra-individual variability found in those surveys might provide a benchmark for assessing the intra-individual variability in our data for the two questions stated above.
So, we are seeking datasets for when the same question is put twice in a survey. The repeated question does not have to be about policy issues; it can be about personal well-being or personal opinion, for example.
We understand that marketing research sometimes administers a questionnaire that repeats a question, but with the aim of seeing whether the intervening questions move the respondent; in those questionnaires the intervening questions pertain to the question that is repeated. We, in contrast, do not want the intervening questions to bear on the repeated question.
We would be very grateful for leads on where to find such surveys – that is, a survey that repeats a question and corresponding datasets. Please email suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.