WASHINGTON — Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has raised many objections to a repeal of the military’s controversial “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, but this morning he added something new: criticism of the polling methodology behind the massive Department of Defense survey of servicemembers and their spouses released earlier this week. Speaking at a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee, McCain complained about the survey’s sample size and response and coverage rates:
In addition to my concerns about what questions were not asked by this survey and considered in this report, I’m troubled by the fact that this report only represents the input of 28 percent of the force who received the questionnaire, including completely leaving out a numerous members of the military in combat areas. That’s only six percent of the force at large. I find it hard to view that as a fully representative sample set.
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