What are Leading Questions?

A question worded in such a manner that it appears to the respondent that the researcher expects a certain answer, is commonly known as leading question.

A question designed to elicit general opinion about work satisfaction might read, “How do you feel about your work?” The same question worded in a leading form might read, “Are you satisfied with your work?” This question makes it easier for respondents to answer yes than no. In answering yes, they are agreeing with the words of the question and are not contradicting the researcher.

As far as possible leading questions are to be avoided if one is looking for objective responses. In some situations, particularly, where leading questions may serve the research objective, leading questions with suitable wordings are used with extra care.

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