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The effect of the perception of an interviewer’s race on survey responses in a sample of Asian Americans.

Research paper by Liu, Mingnan

Indexed on: 27 Aug '16Published on: 06 Jun '16Published in: Asian American journal of psychology



Abstract

This study explores how the perceived race of the interviewer in a telephone survey influences responses to race-related questions in a sample of Asian Americans, using the 2008 National Asian American Survey. Among the 14 questions examined, 5 showed significant effects of the interviewer’s perceived race in regression analysis after controlling for respondents’ demographic characteristics. When respondents perceived the interviewers as Asian American, they were more likely to show a preference for an Asian American candidate in an election and to respond that Asians shared political interests. In contrast, when respondents perceived the interviewers as non-Asian, they were more likely to admit that they had experienced discrimination. In addition, when respondents perceived the interviewers as African American, they were more likely to report that Asian Americans had things in common with African Americans. This article concludes by discussing the implications of this study and future research directions. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)