Surveying the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transsexual (LGBT) Population
Krotki, K. (2004, May). Surveying the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transsexual (LGBT) Population. Presented at American Association for Public Opinion Research 59th Annual Conference, Phoenix, AZ.
The LGBT population represents a relatively rare segment of the total population and poses considerable challenges for the survey researcher. This population is not readily identifiable in terms of socioeconomic or even geographic features although there are several baseline surveys that have identified geographic clusters of LGBT population and some Census and CPS data on marital status can be used to further assist in the search.
This paper reports on a major statewide survey in California implemented in 2003-2004 and whose objective was to study the smoking behavior of the LGBT population. The survey used a highly stratified unequal probability sample designed to produce a design effect no larger than 3 for each of two samples, one consisting of approximately 1,000 males and the second of 1,000 females. Considerable resources were devoted to efficiently design the sample and the screening process in order to obtain the desired number of interviews within the allocated budget and schedule.