Vol. 30, No. 3 (Fall
Lies on Surveys, and What Can We Do About It?
Focusing on demographic characteristics, the author seeks partially
to replicate, with a larger set of variables, Belli, Traugott,
and Beckmann's (2001) recent study on vote overreports using
the same data from the U.S. National Election Studies (1948-1998).
His analyses show that Blacks and residents of the Southern
States in general are most likely to make false statements on
how they voted. He suggests a possible solution for inaccuracies
in survey data and proposes that, when validation of verbal
responses is not possible, it may be prudent, if feasible, to
re-estimate models with and without Black and Southern respondents
to make sure that findings are robust.