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Voluntary Sample

A voluntary sample is one of the main types of non-probability sampling methods. A voluntary sample is made up of people who self-select into the survey. Often, these folks have a strong interest in the main topic of the survey.

Suppose, for example, that a news show asks viewers to participate in an on-line poll. This would be a voluntary sample. The sample is chosen by the viewers, not by the survey administrator.

See also:   Survey Sampling Methods