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Omnibus Survey Household Survey Month Specific Information December 2002

Omnibus Survey
Household Survey
Month Specific Information
December 2002

This report presents the results of the December 2002 Omnibus Household Survey. Starting in December 2002, the Omnibus Household Surveys are now fielded on a bi-monthly basis.

Each bi-monthly survey will contain a set of core questions that are based on critical information needs within DOT. In addition, supplemental questions will be included that correspond to one of the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) five strategic goals: safety, mobility, economic growth, human and natural environment, and security. Finally, specific questions posed by the various DOT modes will be included and will vary from month to month.

The December 2002 survey collected data from December 7, 2002 through December 22, 2002. Data were collected from households in the U.S. using a Random-Digit-Dialed telephone methodology. The final completed sample size is 1,125 cases, and the total number of variables in the public-use dataset is 178. The data were collected by M. Davis and Company (MDAC), under contract with the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS).

Sample Telephone Number Selection

There were 8,200 telephone numbers for the December 2002 survey. A total of 5,227 of these numbers were identified as working residential numbers and were divided into 104 replicates. Each of the 62 fielding replicates released initially contained approximately 50 households. Two additional replicates were released during fielding. Eight (8) unused replicates from December's sample were used to conduct a pretest. Each pretest replicate had approximately 50 households. Thirty-two (32) of the 104 December replicates were not utilized in the actual interviewing, resulting in 3,208 numbers being released for use by the telephone interviewers. For this survey, the total number of telephone numbers in the sampling frame, N, is 266,879,000. The total number of telephone numbers in the sample (numbers dialed) is 3,208.

Specific Weight Adjustment for Households with Multiple Telephone Numbers

Some households have multiple telephone lines for voice communication.

The table below provides summary statistics for the number of telephone lines in the monthly sampled households.

Table 1: Number of Telephone Lines per Household

  Value
Mean 1.148
Standard deviation 0.442
Minimum     1
25th percentile     1
Median     1
75th percentile     1
Maximum     5

Specific Weight Adjustment for Number of Eligible Household Members

The probability of selecting an individual respondent depends upon the number of eligible respondents in the household.

The table below provides summary statistics for the number of eligible members in the monthly sampled households.

Table 2: Number of Eligible Household Members

  Value
Mean 1.929
Standard deviation 0.800
Minimum     1
25th percentile     1
Median     2
75th percentile     2
Maximum     6

Post-Stratification Weight Adjustments

Adjusting weighted survey counts so that they agree with population counts provided by the Census Bureau can compensate for different response rates by demographic subgroups, increase the precision of survey estimates, and reduce the bias present in the estimates resulting from the inclusion of only telephone households.

The cells, used to construct post-stratification adjustments for this month, together with the number of sample observations and the national population estimates from the Census Bureau are shown in the table below.

Table 3: Post-Stratification Cells

Cell Description Sample Size Population
1 Male - Hispanic (Any Race)    51  10,167,034
2 Male - Non-Hispanic Black    36   9,883,467
3 Male - Age 18 – 24 - Non-Hispanic White    32   8,635,241
4 Male - Age 25 – 34 - Non-Hispanic White    51  11,985,017
5 Male - Age 35 – 44 - Non-Hispanic White    98  15,833,339
6 Male - Age 45 – 54 - Non-Hispanic White    75  14,165,493
7 Male - Age 55 – 64 - Non-Hispanic White    51   9,215,914
8 Male - Age 65 or older - Non-Hispanic White    65  11,755,768
9 Male - Non-Hispanic Other    26   4,146,032
10 Female - Hispanic (Any Race)    55  10,625,145
11 Female - Age 18 – 44 - Non-Hispanic Black    36   7,307,267
12 Female - Age 45 or older - Non-Hispanic Black    32   5,144,462
13 Female - Age 18 – 24 - Non-Hispanic White    26   8,531,226
14 Female - Age 25 – 34 - Non-Hispanic White    72  12,373,489
15 Female - Age 35 – 44 - Non-Hispanic White    88  16,061,583
16 Female - Age 45 – 54 - Non-Hispanic White    96  14,513,973
17 Female - Age 55 – 64 - Non-Hispanic White    58   9,837,412
18 Female - Age 65 or older - Non-Hispanic White   106  15,762,147
19 Female - Non-Hispanic Other    23   4,762,691
N/A Missing Demographic Information    48     N/A    
TOTAL 1,125 200,706,700

Data Collection Schedule

The survey was conducted over a sixteen-day period, from December 7 through December 22. A total of 1,125 interviews were completed during the survey period.

Disposition of Sample Telephone Numbers

The table below presents the distribution of household telephone numbers by disposition categories. The number of household cases in each category was then used to calculate a CASRO response rate of approximately 52 percent.

Table 4: Distribution of Household Cases by Disposition

Disposition Category Number of Households
Telephone Numbers Available 4,906
Telephone Numbers Released 3,208
Telephone Numbers Not Dialed     0
Telephone Numbers Dialed 3,208
Out-of-Scope Numbers (Ineligible)   960
BG - Business   230
CF - Computer/Fax   282
DS - Disconnected number   405
NC - Number change    23
NQ - No one 18 years old or older in household     7
UNB - Unavailable before and during study period    13
Scope Undetermined   285
NA - No answer   182
BZ - Busy     4
AM - Answering machine    43
LM - Left message     0
CCC - Cannot complete call     2
PM - Privacy manager    23
NQL - Eligibility undetermined because of language problems or deafness     9
RFI - Refused to speak with interviewer (screening incomplete)     1
HRI - Hard refusal *     1
OD - Maximum call attempts reached     0
CBU - Callback undetermined    20
CSU - Callback Spanish undetermined     0
In-Scope Numbers 1,963
Complete 1,125
Partial complete     9
DIP - Reinterview deletion, ineligible person in household interviewed     0
DDA - Reinterview deletion, discrepancy in answers during reinterview     0
CB - Callback   219
CBS - Callback Spanish     0
NAQ - No answer qualified   193
BZQ - Busy qualified    24
AMQ - Answering machine qualified   136
LMQ - Left message qualified     0
CCQ - Cannot complete call qualified     3
PMQ - Privacy manager qualified    28
DL - Deaf/Language    61
RFQ - Respondent refusal    11
UN - Unavailable    45
DR - Respondent deceased prior to completion of interview     0
AC - The area code is changed but not the number     0
HRQ - Hard refusal *   109
CASRO Response Rate 52.22%