- The Washington Times - Monday, April 13, 2009

The Associated Press-GfK Poll on taxes and tax refunds was conducted by GfK Roper Public Affairs & Media from April 3-7.

It is based on landline and cell phone telephone interviews with a nationally representative random sample of 1,002 adults, which included 533 adults expecting to receive or who have already received a tax refund from their 2008 tax returns. Interviews were conducted with 812 respondents on landline telephones and 190 on cellular phones.

Digits in the phone numbers dialed were generated randomly to reach households with unlisted and listed landline and cell phone numbers.

As is done routinely in surveys, results were weighted, or adjusted, to ensure that responses accurately reflect the population’s makeup by factors such as age, sex, education and race. In addition, the weighting took into account patterns of phone use _ landline only, cell only and both types _ by region.

No more than one time in 20 should chance variations in the sample cause the results to vary by more than plus or minus 3.1 percentage points from the answers that would be obtained if all adults in the U.S. were polled. The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 4.3 percentage points for those who have already received or expect to receive a tax refund from their 2008 taxes.

There are other sources of potential error in polls, including the wording and order of questions.

The questions and results for this poll are available at https://www.ap-gfkpoll.com.

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