An Analysis of Item Non-Response Among American Muslims

31 Pages Posted: 21 Aug 2010

Date Written: August 21, 2010


Item non-response is a problem that bedevils many survey researchers. The above paper analyzes an number of items with unusually high non-response rate among American Muslims. The paper analyzes in particular items where the non-response rate as compared to the general public response rate suggests that the data is not missing at random (NMAR). The paper argues that items perceived as socially difficult or threats to the identity of the respondent are those most likely to be avoided, and that the attitudes of non-respondents are more sympathetic to jihadist views than are those who respond to the particular survey items.

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Schoettmer, Patrick, An Analysis of Item Non-Response Among American Muslims (August 21, 2010). Available at SSRN: or

Patrick Schoettmer (Contact Author)

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