LET ZIP codes misleading for survey

The column by the managing editor in the March 9 edition stated that the survey you recently had done for you used postal ZIP codes to determine whether a respondent lived inside or outside of Rochester.

Unfortunately, this is not a determining factor as most of the 5590x ZIP codes overlap the city and the rural area. For example, 55904 covers the southeast quadrant of Rochester and includes areas well outside the city limits. Grouping all the answers from the 5590x ZIP codes with the residents of Rochester skews the results quite a bit on such a small sampling.

This makes me wonder how seriously we can take the stated results of your poll.

Howard; Eggenberger


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