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Attitudes and measurement error revisited: a reply to Johnston and Pattie

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Publication date

2002

Abstract

In a recent Note in this Journal, Johnston and Pattie 1 contend that they have discovered an ecological fallacy in the behaviour of the six-item scale 2 developed by Heath et al. to measure the ‘left-right’ political value dimension. 3 Using data from the first six waves of the British Household Panel Study (BHPS), they show that, while there is remarkable over-time stability in the factor structure of these questions at the aggregate level, when the consistency of individual responses to each item is considered, a very different picture emerges; around 50 per cent of the sample fail to select the same response alternative on successive waves and a third of respondents select a response alternative on the opposite side of the agree/disagree scale from one time to the next. Correlations between the same items over time of around 0.4, they argue, bear out a picture of massive longitudinal instability at the individual level

Published in

British Journal of Political Science

Volume

32 (4):691-698

Subjects

Statistical Analysis, Elections. Electoral Behaviour, and Survey Methodology

Links

http://serlib0.essex.ac.uk/search/s?SEARCH=british+journal+of+political+science&sortdropdown=-&x=30&y=15

Notes

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