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Exhaustive is denned as a property or attribute of survey questions in which all possible responses are captured by the response options made available, either explicitly or implicitly, to a respondent. Good survey questions elicit responses that are both valid and reliable measures of the construct under study. Not only do the questions need to be clear, but the response options must also provide the respondent with clear and complete choices about where to place his or her answer. Closed-ended or forced choice questions are often used to ensure that respondents understand what a question is asking of them. In order for these question types to be useful, the response categories must be mutually exclusive and exhaustive. That is, respondents must be given all possible ...

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