Because of past inconsistency in how race and ethnicity have been reported, care should be taken in interpreting results.
Understanding the Challenge of Reporting Race and Ethnicity
Race and ethnicity are demographic fields available on Polco, but data sets can report the information in different ways. For example, depending on the answer fields available and their personal preference for reporting race, a person who is both Asian and Caucasian can report their race as:
- Some other race, ethnicity or origin (this was more common before “multi-racial” was a standard field)
- Prefer not to answer
As categories for race and ethnicity become more standardized, the data will become more standardized as well. However, given that our understanding of how people may self-identify by race has evolved, race data has variance and cannot be considered to be completely uniform at this time. If you have a topic that requires a high degree of confidence on race or ethnicity, consider asking it as a separate question on a Polco survey in addition to using the verified information available through the platform.