In a questionnaire study, I asked for the frequency of certain behaviors using a 5-point scale. Originally, I planned to treat it as categorical, however, distribution of the answers (N=1000) turns out to be more like zero-inflated Poisson. In fact, data fit well with zero-inflated Poisson regression model. Would it be justifiable to treat categorical data as counts in such case?
It seems like the data could be seen as count information, as I asked number of behaviors (anchor of the 5-point scale was as follows: 0=never, 1=less than once a week, 2= two to three times a week, 3=almost every day, 4=everyday).
Thank you very much for your insights!