Better Know a Research Tool: The List Experiment

By Lindsay Nielson

My presentation at our meeting this week will be a primer on list experiments (the fightin’ list experiment!) and how we can use them in our research. They’re a clever way to get around directly asking survey respondents sensitive questions. The background readings are as follows:

Kuklinski, Sniderman, Knight, Piazza, Tetlock, Lawrence, and Mellers. 1997. “Racial Prejudice and Attitudes Toward Affirmative Action.” American Journal of Political Science 41: 402-419.

Kane, Craig, and Wald. 2002. “Religion and Presidential Politics in Florida: A List Experiment.” Social Science Quarterly 85: 281-293.

Corstange. 2009. “Sensitive Questions, Truthful Answers? Modeling the List Experiment with LISTIT.” Political Analysis 17: 45-63.

Our fourth reading is a press release from a Harris Interactive poll which unfortunately isn’t available online anymore, but which I have a hard copy of that I will email to the group. If you don’t mind looking at the cached version on Google, it’s here: Harris Poll/BYU Study Finds More People would be Angry or Upset if Mitt Romney was President than if Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton was President Using Experimental Survey Design to Gauge Underlying Voter Sentiments.

We’ll focus more on the methods than on the findings of these papers, though we can talk about the findings too if that’s what people find interesting.

Finds More People would be Angry or Upset if Mitt Romney was President than if Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton was President Using Experimental Survey Design to Gauge Underlying Voter Sentiments

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