Interpreting Response Rate for the 2010 Department of Defense Comprehensive Review Survey

A Research Memo
November 29, 2010
Bonnie Moradi
Palm Center

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November 28, 2010 – The 2010 Department of Defense (DoD) Comprehensive Review Survey of Uniformed Duty and Reserve Service Members was conducted to assess troops’ attitudes toward gay and lesbian service members and toward “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT). Media reports indicate that of the 400,000 troops who were emailed the survey, approximately 110,000 responded, yielding a response rate of 28%. This research memo addresses two questions regarding this reported response rate: 1) How does this response rate compare to response rates in other surveys in the general population and in the military? 2) What are the implications of this response rate for interpreting the survey’s results?

Download a pdf of the full report.

November 28, 2010 – The 2010 Department of Defense (DoD) Comprehensive Review Survey of Uniformed Duty and Reserve Service Members was conducted to assess troops’ attitudes toward gay and lesbian service members and toward “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT). Media reports indicate that of the 400,000 troops who were emailed the survey, approximately 110,000 responded, yielding a response rate of 28%. This research memo addresses two questions regarding this reported response rate: 1) How does this response rate compare to response rates in other surveys in the general population and in the military? 2) What are the implications of this response rate for interpreting the survey’s results?