"[A]bsorbing and highly readable . . . This well-researched and cogent book will certainly prod many social scientists not only to question their assumptions regarding survey research, but even more fundamentally to question its relevance and validity."
—Lawrence D. Hubbell, professor of political science, University of Wyoming
The Problem with Survey Research makes a case against survey research as a primary source of reliable information. George Beam argues that all survey research instruments, all types of asking—including polls, face-to-face interviews, and focus groups—produce unreliable and potentially inaccurate results. Reliable information can only be acquired by observation, experimentation, multiple sources of data, formal model building and testing, document analysis, and comparison.