A question that aims to collect information about things for which there is a correct answer. In principle, such information could also be obtained by other means of observation, such as comparing survey data with administrative records (if such records exist). Factual questions can be about a variety of things, such as figure-based facts (e.g., date, age, weight), events (e.g., pregnancy, marriage), and behaviors (e.g., smoking, media consumption).

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