Comment 121257

By kevlahan (registered) | Posted April 18, 2017 at 13:22:47 in reply to Comment 121252

I couldn't find a definitive source, but this (older) report said that Forum uses landlines:

The methodology favoured by Forum has also favoured what it considers to be the more typical actual voter — older, male, suburban plus more likely to be reached via landline — even though the results are then weighted against the overall population.

I was going on this, the fact that I know several people who were called (all by landline), and other commenters who claimed this was a landline poll. Also the extremely low response rate from 18-34 year olds and high response from 65+ suggests a landline, or at least primarily landline, poll.

However, I just noticed that the CBC report says that the survey used both landline and cellphone, but doesn't give the breakdown or a source.

The survey was conducted by Forum Research, Inc. via landline and cell phones between March 30 and April 4. Forum says its margin of error is plus or minus 1.7 per cent 19 times out of 20.

On the other hand, a global news story says that only landlines were contacted:

The poll was commissioned by nine city councillors and surveyed more than 3,300 Hamilton residents by landline between March 30 and April 4.

I will ask to have the article modified to say it is unclear if cellphones were also called, and if they were what proportion of respondents were contacted via cellphone.

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