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The ineligible disposition is used in all surveys, regardless of the mode (telephone, in-person, mail, or Internet). Ineligible cases are cases that were included in the sampling frame but fail to meet one or more of the criteria for being included in the survey. Cases coded as ineligible do not count in computing survey response rates.

One of the most common reasons a case would be coded as ineligible is when a survey uses screening criteria to determine whether the respondent, household, or organization contacted as part of a survey is eligible to complete the survey. For example, a survey may require respondents or households to be located within a specific geographic area, such as a specific county, town or village, or neighborhood. A case would ...

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