Reader Survey Results, day 1

By Razib Khan | February 23, 2009 7:56 am

Since I asked regular readers to fill out a survey, I’ve received over 300 responses. My own experience with these surveys is that about 50% of the total responses come within 24 hours. Next weekend I’ll put up the .csv file with all the data, and present some of my analyses as well. But below the fold I’ve placed the raw frequency data if you are curious; there isn’t likely to be any major changes in proportions with the next 300 respondents, and there weren’t any great surprises. Here’s a foretaste of weirdness in the survey data that I’ll present next week. 66 respondents claimed they were Muslim or Christian. Of these, here are their attitudes toward the existence of God:
No Answer – 1.52%
Does Not Exist – 12.12%
Skeptical of Existence – 16.7%
Doubtful of Existence – 1.52%
Believe Existence Possible – 24.24%
Beliee Existence Probable – 18.18%
Know God Exists – 19.70%
No Opinion – 6.06%
For comparison, here is two GSS results for all Christians & Muslims on God:
Does Not Exist – 1.2%
Know God Exists – 70%
(For the record, of the 5 Muslims in the GNXP readership, only 1 knew God existed, and 3 were atheists or agnostics on the God question!)

 
 How long have you been reading this/these weblogs(s)?
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No answer184.88%
Less than 1 month92.44%
1-6 months3910.57%
6-12 months6116.53%
1-2 years10127.37%
3-4 years7620.60%
5+ years4512.20%
Non completed205.42%
 Sex
No answer123.25%
Male28978.32%
Female4111.11%
Non completed277.32%
 
 What are your politics?
No answer215.69%
Far Left184.88%
Left5214.09%
Left of Center4813.01%
Center297.86%
Right of Center287.59%
Right318.40%
Far Right154.07%
Libertarian6517.62%
Other328.67%
Non completed308.13%
 
 Confidence in Existence of God
No answer164.34%
Does Not Exist14840.11%
Skeptical of Existence7420.05%
Doubtful of Existence164.34%
Believe Existence Possible318.40%
Believe Existence Probable184.88%
Know God Exists184.88%
No Opinion174.61%
Non completed318.40%
 
 Religious Orientation
No answer112.98%
Not Religious22861.79%
Christian6116.53%
Jewish143.79%
Muslim51.36%
Hindu51.36%
Buddhist20.54%
Other Beliefs102.71%
Non completed338.94%
 
 Where Do You Live?
No answer82.17%
USA & Canada23563.69%
Latin America51.36%
Caribbean00
Oceania (Australia, NZ + Pacific)154.07%
Southeast Asia (i.e., ASEAN)20.54%
East Asia112.98%
South Asia20.54%
Middle East + North Africa30.81%
Sub-Saharan Africa10.27%
Western Europe5314.36%
Eastern Europe00
Russia + CIS10.27%
Non completed338.94%
 
 Racial Identity
No answer123.25%
White/European26872.63%
Black/African10.27%
East Asian143.79%
South Asian164.34%
Middle Eastern/North African20.54%
Southeast Asian30.81%
Mixed (Mestizo, multiracial, etc.)195.15%
Amerindian00
Non completed349.21%
 
 Highest Educational Level Attained
No answer92.44%
Less Than Secondary20.54%
Secondary112.98%
Some Post-Secondary359.49%
University12233.06%
Graduate15542.01%
Non completed359.49%
 
 Socioeconomic Status
No answer174.61%
Lower Class143.79%
Lower Middle Class4813.01%
Middle Class14539.30%
Upper Middle Class9926.83%
Upper Class102.71%
Non completed369.76%

79

 
 Age
No answer41.08%
Younger than 1830.81%
18-257219.51%
26-3510729.00%
36-455214.09%
46-6521.41%
65+164.34%
Non completed369.76%
 
 Highest Level of Math Completed
No answer236.23%
Pre-Algebra41.08%
Algebra71.90%
Geometry51.36%
Algebra II205.42%
Pre-Calculus267.05%
Calculus6216.80%
Differential Equations308.13%
Linear Algebra297.86%
Multivariable Calculus3810.30%
Higher than Multivariable Calculus5615.18%
Have Math Degree338.94%
Non completed369.76%
 
 Opinions On The Singularity
No answer9726.29%
Will Happen205.42%
Might Happen10829.27%
Unlikely9425.47%
Impossible143.79%
Non completed369.76%
 
 How Many Children Do You Have?
No answer51.36%
021257.45%
14010.84%
24010.84%
3246.50%
492.44%
510.27%
600
700
800
900
1000
Lots10.27%
Non completed3710.03%
 
 How Did You Find This Weblog?
No answer256.78%
Google4512.20%
Other Search Engine00
Instapundit71.90%
Steve Sailer4712.74%
Scienceblogs5915.99%
Andrew Sullivan41.08%
Message Board30.81%
Word Of Mouth154.07%
Email00
Blogroll133.52%
Pointer From Another Weblog9224.93%
Other184.88%
Non completed4111.11%
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Comments (12)

  1. I didn’t like some of the questions. In particular I was not happy with the math question. I was a math major so the answer was clear to me but it might not be obvious to someone of multivariable calc, linear algebra and differential equations which is intended to be the highest level. One can plausibly have independent courses in any of those subjects with little to no reliance on the others.
    The singularity question was also annoying. I answered unlikely but for almost any more specific version I would have taken a more hardline anti-Singularity stance. The entire Singularity idea is frequently vague and ill-defined.

  2. I’d be inclined to fill out this survey, but I don’t remember doing it. I hope I didn’t miss it because I am now using Google reader whereas formerly I visited gnxp directly.

  3. as

    For future surveys perhaps, could you split the “Religious Orientation” into 2 parts?
    (1) Religion tradition you were born into. (Christian, Jew…)
    (2) How religious are you? (Not religious, mildly religious, observant…)

  4. Larry

    Agree, the math question is very bad, in a number of math programs diff. eq. is above mutlivar and linear algebra, and linear algebra after multivar., you should perhaps group linear alg./mutlivar/diff. eq. as they are possible after calculus.

  5. i rank ordered diff eq, linear algebra and multivar in terms of my perceived difficulty. as it happens, linear algebra is usually a more “advanced” course than multivar calc, but i think that’s just an artifact as fewer need to take it (chemistry and physics graduates often need to take multivar).

  6. as

    My college used the sequence (1) linear algebra + multivar differentiation (2) multivariable integration (3) differential equations. With (2) being considered the most difficult and (3) being considered the easiest.

  7. Looks like the usual over-educated, atheistic, under-familied audience that compose the intellectuals in North America. I found the politics question confusing: I’m an unreconstructed Platonist.

  8. James

    Good Lord! Two-thirds find the concept of the “singularity” sufficiently real to give it a non-zero probability? Will the next survey ask for our views on faster than light travel or immortality?
    Perhaps the religious orientation choices should be expanded to include both post-adolescent readers of science fiction and students of libertarian economics so we really know where we stand theologically.

  9. Sebastian Flyte

    Where you live section should have contained a special option of ‘Finland’.

  10. MoJim

    There should be an option for Mormon under religion. I just put “other.”

  11. asdf

    the survey should have come with an assortment of free coupons to local restaurants and it should have closed with an esteem-boosting complement about my superior math skills or race
    rabble rabble rabble

  12. Karin

    You should put a “Can’t remember” option for “How Did You Find This Weblog?”. I’ve been reading GNXP for donkey’s years and I haven’t got a clue how I first found it.

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