The American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) has put out a press release alleging that Gilbert Burnham (who is not a member of the AAPOR) violated the AAPOR’s code of ethics. What did he do? Their press release states:
Mary E. Losch, chair of AAPOR’s Standards Committee, noted that AAPOR’s investigation of Burnham began in March 2008, after receiving a complaint from a member. According to Losch, “AAPOR formally requested on more than one occasion from Dr. Burnham some basic information about his survey including, for example, the wording of the questions he used, instructions and explanations that were provided to respondents, and a summary of the outcomes for all households selected as potential participants in the survey. Dr. Burnham provided only partial information and explicitly refused to provide complete information about the basic elements of his research.”
That seems to be more than a little misleading. Burnham has released the data from the study. This report goes into a fair bit of detail on how the survey was conducted. And here is the survey instrument which includes the “wording of the questions he used”.
The AAPOR press release fails to specifically state what information was not provided. Nor does there seem to be any sort of report available from the AAPOR web site. I’ve emailed them asking for this information, but so far have received no reply.
Update: Reaction to AAPOR press release.