Why Do People Participate in Surveys in Qatar?
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In this paper, we assesses respondent participation in academic public opinion surveys in the State of Qatar. Rates of participation in SESRI’s face-to-face surveys remain at levels that far exceed those observed in Western and even other Middle Eastern countries and require no incentives. An examination of respondents’ self-reported reasons for participation accords with major theories on participation in survey research. Subgroup analysis found the main distinction primarily on “national loyalty” as a participation motivator which was higher among older, better educated, and city-dwelling Qataris. Among younger Qataris, “expressing opinion” was a significantly higher motivator than among older. At this time results indicate no reason to explore using incentives in the immediate future.
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