Letter: Validity of survey questionable

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At the end of last month, I participated in Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler's, R-Vancouver, survey concerning health care. At the time, I commented on the skewed choice of answer options, as others likewise noted in their editorial submissions. The survey offered three negative-leaning answers and one neutral.

Today I received a thank you email for participating in the survey. The email also explained the survey purpose in Herrera Beutler's comment, "Recently, I sent around a nonscientific survey to residents across Southwest Washington in order to understand their specific thoughts and challenges with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as implementation of this law continues."

So I am confused.

First, how will a nonscientific survey accurately portray our specific thoughts and challenges?

Second, how well is the general public truly informed in an unbiased manner so as to make informed and useful input?

David Newcomb

Vancouver