There are times that the use of random numbers can be helpful but, at the same time, "cold calls" (as in sales) can be very challenging to accomplish. When you add in the facet of a phone interview and a topic regarding crime and victimization the challenges magnify significantly.
What do you think makes people willing to take the time to answer questions from a stranger who randomly calls them?
How many times have wondered how the "random" calls were taken place and the polls conducted?
Would the results of the survey be different if everyone called answered? Why?
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This is a very good question! The truth is, I am not quite sure. Most of the people that I spoke to hung up on me or quickly ended the call by saying no to the survey. The ones who were willing to do the survey only agreed after they heard where I was calling from (the name of the university). I am not sure if this name was a trusted name in their household or if they were affiliated with the school in some way (either a student, alumni, or faculty), but I feel personally that we would have had a lot less responses if we were not working from a respected university system.
There were also some ...
The expert determines what makes people willing to take the time to answer questions from a stranger who randomly calls. The times which have wondered how the "random" calls were taken place and the polls conducted are given.