16 April 2008 @ 09:43 pm
Are you willing to take a survey for a friend of mine?  
NOTE 1: If you recognize the name Adam Sanford, please do not connect this posting with his LJ name or account. Thank you.

NOTE 2: I know Adam (never met in person, but have known him for nearly 10 years online). I know he's a grad student, I know he's working on his master's, and I know this is legit.

NOTE 3: I just checked the informed consent. The survey is limited to USAian citizens.

My name is Adam Sanford. I am a graduate student at the University of California, Riverside, and I am conducting a study of social attitudes in America towards the law and the legal system. I am looking for participants who are over the age of 18 and have access to the Internet, who are willing to take a short online survey about certain laws and legal issues. This survey will only ask your opinion about laws and legal issues. You will not be asked about personal experiences with the law or the legal system. Your privacy will be protected at all times and no personally identifying information, including IP addresses, will be collected. The informed consent statement is available at http://student.ucr.edu/~asanf001/online_consent_weber.html. If, after reading the informed consent statement, you would like to participate, please go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=366km4LxjBSnraZ4ErEyjA_3d_3d .

I would also appreciate it if you could forward this posting on to others who may be interested in taking this survey. Thank you for your time and consideration.
aedificaaedifica on April 17th, 2008 02:44 am (UTC)
Since you know him and are publicizing this, would you please pass on to him this message? One section isn't clearly worded--the section with lots of check boxes for how one feels about different people. It seems as though a sentence was left out of the instructions, or something.

Interesting survey, though!
(Anonymous) on April 17th, 2008 04:16 am (UTC)
Unfortunately, I have to leave it that way. I can't say why until after the survey is closed, but there is a methodological reason for it. Thanks for pointing it out though! - Adam

Jim Hetleyjhetley on April 17th, 2008 01:04 pm (UTC)
Speaking of methodology, I was wondering about the self-selected survey pool aspect of this...

Or is that part of what you are researching?

(Our younger son is probably defending his PhD dissertation today, so I've run into a little bit of survey protocol before.)
(Anonymous) on April 18th, 2008 04:21 am (UTC)
The pool of possible respondents is defined in the survey design as "all American citizens, who are of age to vote, who have internet access." The snowball sampling method is also part of the research design, mostly because I don't have funding to do the research the way I was originally hoping to do, with a true random sample. This research will thus not be generalizable to the entire population of the United States, but I hope it will justify funding to do the study over again, the way I wanted to do it.

As for what I'm researching specifically? Can't talk about that until after the survey is closed, unfortunately.

- Adam
Annetxanne on April 17th, 2008 06:18 pm (UTC)
Can you tell us why you didn't include a comment box after that section? I wanted to remark on the ambiguities--which I did think were deliberate.

I'm guessing your research involves how firmly right-wing memes have weaseled into left-wing brains. But I know you can't answer that.
(Anonymous) on April 18th, 2008 04:23 am (UTC)
Actually, I can't discuss either one at this point, unfortunately. I'm sorry.

- Adam
Annetxanne on April 18th, 2008 10:45 am (UTC)
Well, that's hardly surprising. I'm looking forward to seeing your results.
Beckybeckyzoole on April 17th, 2008 03:22 am (UTC)
Done! Some of the questions seemed very repetitive, though.
Alter S. Reissdhole on April 17th, 2008 03:45 am (UTC)
Another thing you might want to pass along; I'm a US citizen over eighteen, but I haven't lived in the US for seven years now. For the location, I gave last address in the states, but he might want to phrase that question not to require a state as well as a city.
(Anonymous) on April 17th, 2008 04:17 am (UTC)
Noted. Thank you! - Adam
Jennifer E. Thomasj3nny3lf on April 17th, 2008 04:11 am (UTC)
He's a great guy, and I just finished the survey :)
Fat Fred the Otter and Skippy: iotterfatfred on April 17th, 2008 01:23 pm (UTC)
Interesting questions. They seem to tend to the extremes on both ends. I'm probably more moderate than my answers would show, due to the wording of the questions.

Yes, I think that everyone is different and has a right to live that way, but they also need to understand community and not doing things to piss off their neighbors. Yes, you can play drums, just not at 3 am. Yes, go nude at home, close yer curtains, or fence yer yard. Yes, go to your church/temple/altar, worship as you wish but don't force it on others.

Elizabeth Barretteysabetwordsmith on April 18th, 2008 05:41 am (UTC)
I think my honest responses just made a big splash. Those were some ... fun ... questions. I only noticed one unavoidable preconception.