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?