Voice of the People
I have to laugh at all the attention being given to the results from the
Chesterton Chamber of Commerce email/fax survey while very little is being
said about its enormous inaccuracy. I conferred with professional
researchers with whom I work, and they all rolled their eyes when they
looked at the low number of responses (86 of 304 possible) received by the
Chamber on which the final results were based.
That is because when you receive responses from less than 29 percent of the
total number of people surveyed, the resulting data is absolutely useless.
Therefore, any reported results are skewed. For example: Question 1. Do you
believe Chesterton should pursue becoming a city? 56 percent yes, 44 percent
no (of the 86 who responded). The actual numbers are 48 and 38 (received #
of votes); or 15.5 percent yes and 12.5 percent no, based on the total
membership of 304. WOW - big difference!
Hey Chamber leaders, do you think the residents around here are that
uneducated? Even worse, the noticeably flawed survey results were picked up
by a regional paper making the Chamber look even more foolish.