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Omnibus Survey Household Survey Month Specific Information July 2002

Omnibus Survey
Household Survey
Month Specific Information
July 2002

This report presents the results of the July 2002 Household Survey. Each 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 each month that correspond to one of DOT's 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 in each survey and will vary from month to month.

The July 2002 survey collected data from July 13, 2002 through July 22, 2002. Data were collected from households in the U.S. using a Random-Digit-Dialed telephone methodology. The final completed sample size is 1,079 cases, and the total number of variables in the public-use dataset is 146. The data were collected by M. Davis and Company (MDAC), under contract with the BTS.

Sample Telephone Number Selection

There were 8,200 telephone numbers purchased for the July 2002 survey. A total of 5,212 of these numbers were identified as working residential numbers and were divided into 104 replicates. Each of the 70 fielding replicates released initially contained approximately 50 households. No additional replicates were released during Fielding. Eight (8) unused replicates from July's sample were used to conduct a pretest. Each pretest replicate had approximately 50 households. Twenty-six (26) of the 104 July replicates were not utilized in the actual interviewing, resulting in 3,512 numbers being released for use by the telephone interviewers. For this survey, the total number of telephone numbers in the sampling frame, N, is 261,905,600. The total number of telephone numbers in the sample (numbers dialed) is 3,512.

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 1.193
Standard deviation 0.502
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 1.970
Standard deviation 0.834
Minimum     1
25th percentile     1
Median     2
75th percentile     2
Maximum     7

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)    46  10,167,034
2 Male - Non-Hispanic Black    40   9,883,467
3 Male - Age 18 - 24 - Non-Hispanic White    27   8,635,241
4 Male - Age 25 - 34 - Non-Hispanic White    66  11,985,017
5 Male - Age 35 - 44 - Non-Hispanic White    93  15,833,339
6 Male - Age 45 - 54 - Non-Hispanic White    87  14,165,493
7 Male - Age 55 - 64 - Non-Hispanic White    39   9,215,914
8 Male - Age 65 or older - Non-Hispanic White    47  11,755,768
9 Male - Non-Hispanic Other    39   4,146,032
10 Female - Hispanic (Any Race)    51  10,625,145
11 Female - Age 18 - 44 - Non-Hispanic Black    28   7,307,267
12 Female - Age 45 or older - Non-Hispanic Black    25   5,144,462
13 Female - Age 18 - 24 - Non-Hispanic White    34   8,531,226
14 Female - Age 25 - 34 - Non-Hispanic White    50  12,373,489
15 Female - Age 35 - 44 - Non-Hispanic White    85  16,061,583
16 Female - Age 45 - 54 - Non-Hispanic White    95  14,513,973
17 Female - Age 55 - 64 - Non-Hispanic White    72   9,837,412
18 Female - Age 65 or older - Non-Hispanic White    95  15,762,147
19 Female - Non-Hispanic Other    37   4,762,691
N/A Missing Demographic Information    23     N/A    
TOTAL 1,079 200,706,700

Data Collection Schedule

The survey was conducted over a ten-day period, from July 13, 2002 through July 22, 2002. A total of 1,079 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 in the above formula to calculate an overall response rate of approximately 44.6 percent.

Table 4: Distribution of Household Cases by Disposition

Disposition Category Number of Households
Telephone Numbers Available 4,812
Telephone Numbers Released 3,512
Telephone Numbers Not Dialed     0
Telephone Numbers Dialed 3,512
Out-of-Scope Numbers (Ineligible)   890
BG - Business   197
CF - Computer/Fax   298
DS - Disconnected number   336
NC - Number change    23
NQ - No one 18 years old or older in household    12
UNB - Unavailable before and during study period    24
Scope Undetermined   655
NA - No answer   333
BZ - Busy     0
AM - Answering machine    82
LM - Answering machine    10
CCC - Cannot complete call     2
PM - Privacy manager    23
NQL - Eligibility undetermined: language problems or deafness    55
RFI - Refused to speak with interviewer (screening incomplete)    49
HRI - Initial Refusal - Requested name be removed from calling list   101
OD - Maximum call attempts reached     0
In-Scope Numbers 1,967
Complete 1,079
Partial Complete    28
NAQ - No Answer Qualified   313
BZQ - Busy Qualified     2
AMQ - Answering Machine Qualified   200
LMQ - Left Message Qualified    16
CCQ - Cannot Complete Call Qualified     2
PMQ - Privacy Manager Qualified     9
CB - Callback   185
CBS - Callback Spanish     0
DL - Deaf/Language    56
RFQ - Respondent refusal     6
UN - Unavailable    49
DR - Respondent deceased prior to completion of interview     0
AC - The area code is changed but not the number     0
HRQ - Qualified Refusal - Requested name be removed from calling list    22
CASRO Response Rate 44.6%

*Note: Beginning in March 2002, and for all future months, to more accurately reflect the breadth of cases that fall within the HRI and HRQ categories the words "Hard Refusal" have replaced the words "Requested name be removed from calling list".