This report presents the results of the March 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 March 2002 survey collected data between March 2, 2002 and March 11, 2002. Data were collected from households in the U.S. using a Random-Digit-Dialed telephone methodology. The final completed sample size is 1,007 cases, and the total number of variables in the public-use dataset is 180. The data were collected by M. Davis and Company, under contract with the BTS.
There were 8,200 telephone numbers purchased for the March 2002 survey. A total of 5,152 of these numbers were identified as working residential numbers and were divided into 52 replicates. Each replicate contained approximately 100 households. Four (4) unused replicates from March's sample were used to conduct a pretest. Twelve of the 52 March replicates were not utilized in the actual interviewing, resulting in 3,645 numbers being released for use by the telephone interviewers. For this month's survey, the total number of telephone numbers in the sampling frame, N, is 262,863,400. The total number of telephone numbers in the sample (numbers dialed) is 3,645.
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.
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.
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.
|1||Male - Hispanic (Any Race)||25||10,167,034|
|2||Male - Non-Hispanic Black||35||9,883,467|
|3||Male - Age 18 - 24 - Non-Hispanic White||30||8,635,241|
|4||Male - Age 25 - 34 - Non-Hispanic White||57||11,985,017|
|5||Male - Age 35 - 44 - Non-Hispanic White||79||15,833,339|
|6||Male - Age 45 - 54 - Non-Hispanic White||77||14,165,493|
|7||Male - Age 55 - 64 - Non-Hispanic White||46||9,215,914|
|8||Male - Age 65 or older - Non-Hispanic White||43||11,755,768|
|9||Male - Non-Hispanic Other||27||4,146,032|
|10||Female - Hispanic (Any Race)||42||10,625,145|
|11||Female - Age 18 - 44 - Non-Hispanic Black||45||7,307,267|
|12||Female - Age 45 or older - Non-Hispanic Black||26||5,144,462|
|13||Female - Age 18 - 24 - Non-Hispanic White||15||8,531,226|
|14||Female - Age 25 - 34 - Non-Hispanic White||58||12,373,489|
|15||Female - Age 35 - 44 - Non-Hispanic White||106||16,061,583|
|16||Female - Age 45 - 54 - Non-Hispanic White||84||14,513,973|
|17||Female - Age 55 - 64 - Non-Hispanic White||58||9,837,412|
|18||Female - Age 65 or older - Non-Hispanic White||90||15,762,147|
|19||Female - Non-Hispanic Other||38||4,762,691|
|N/A||Missing Demographic Information||26||N/A|
The survey was conducted over a ten-day period, from March 2, 2002 through March 11, 2002. A total of 1,007 interviews were completed during the survey period.
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 39 percent.
|Disposition Category||Number of Households|
|Telephone Numbers Available||4,746|
|Telephone Numbers Released||3,645|
|Telephone Numbers Not Dialed||0|
|Telephone Numbers Dialed||3,645|
|Out-of-Scope Numbers (Ineligible)||811|
|BG - Business||170|
|CF - Computer/Fax||141|
|DS - Disconnected number||458|
|NC - Number change||16|
|NQ - No one 18 years old or older in household||12|
|UNB - Unavailable before and during study period||14|
|NA - No answer||434|
|BZ - Busy||0|
|AM - Answering machine||141|
|LM - Left message||6|
|CCC - Cannot complete call||5|
|PM - Privacy manager||29|
|NQL - Eligibility undetermined because of language problems or deafness||45|
|RFI - Refused to speak with interviewer (screening incomplete)||85|
|HRI - Hard refusal||173|
|OD - Maximum call attempts reached||0|
|CB - Callback||204|
|CBS - Callback Spanish||10|
|NAQ - No Answer Qualified||295|
|BZQ - Busy Qualified||4|
|AMQ - Answering Machine Qualified||214|
|LMQ - Left Message Qualified||20|
|CCQ - Cannot Complete Call Qualified||3|
|PMQ - Privacy Manager Qualified||7|
|DL - Deaf/Language||56|
|RFQ - Respondent refusal||2|
|UN - Unavailable||51|
|DR - Respondent deceased prior to completion of interview||0|
|AC - The area code is changed but not the number||0|
|HRQ - Hard refusal||28|
|CASRO Response Rate||39.32%|