As I reported last week, somebody I knew got the city survey, to her surprise she received another copy of the survey in the mail with a note that said;

About one week ago, you should have received a copy of the enclosed survey. If you completed it and sent it back, we thank you for your time and ask you to discard this survey. Please do not respond twice.

Well that makes sense not to respond twice, it would kind of throw that whole ‘scientific survey’ concept out the window, wouldn’t it. So I assumed when I looked at the survey there would be some kind of barcode sprayed on the back that would correspond with the first survey so that the company processing the surveys wouldn’t process the same household twice. Guess what? No such barcode exists. In other words the same household can send in the survey twice, they can fill them out completely differently, or they can pass them onto a friend to fill out because there is no way to track where they came from because they are sent back anonymously in the same BRE envelope that everyone else will use (not sprayed with trackable barcode either).

I had often believed that the first survey the city did a few years ago was flawed. No one knew what demographic they were mailed to (3000 residents) and only 900 people responded.

This shouldn’t surprise any of, Munson’s administration has fought hard to control information and has used propaganda repeatedly to mislead and lie to the public. I just never thought they would be so blatant about it this time. Must be getting rusty after 7 years.

3 Thoughts on “Is the City Survey in Sioux Falls scientific? Hardly.

  1. Plaintiff Guy on October 21, 2009 at 8:19 am said:

    ‘Propaganda’ is a key word here. Especially relevant pertaining to Home Rule Socialism. Copy the form. Send back 2,000. Show copies at a council meeting and listen to some Munson mumble.

  2. I did send it in.

  3. redhatterb on October 21, 2009 at 6:20 pm said:

    The same thing happened to me. I thought the answer choices could have been better for some of the questions.

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