Reflection of an Interview on Public Opinion of US National Security

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My main desire in conducting this interview was to gauge public opinion regarding the United States’ national security, especially with respect to the surveillance of civilians. Reflecting on the interview, it was informative to extent, but some difficulties resulted on my part due to a lack of clarity going into the interview. Having a more concise preamble would have been beneficial when better determining a common theme for my questions. Overall though, the interview helped me to understand one individuals opinion of the US’ national security practices as well as give insight into the thought process one goes through while formulating answers to interview questions.
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My motive in this was two-fold: firstly, I wanted to understand the interviewee’s opinion from their point of view as much as possible. Secondly, in lecture, one of the points brought up was the occurrence of people forgetting details or specifics of what events formed their opinions while tending to only remember their impressions. Therefore, someone’s knowledge on the subject of national security my not necessarily be an accurate measurement of their informed opinion or even their actual knowledge.
The interview process itself went smoothly with few issues arising. Upon playing back the interview some issues surfaced; these included not asking adequate follow-up questions on the spot and not having a clear idea of what I was trying to gauge with a question. In order to remedy this, thoroughly reviewing all questions before the interview as well as anticipating responses to questions, as to determine insightful follow-up questions, would have needed to be done. Besides that, the only other critique I have concerns my own motive in interviewing the respondent. Having clearer idea of what I wanted to gain from the interview would have been beneficial in the interviewing process. Outside of those issues the answers received were in-depth and there were no one-word answers given

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