Occupy General Survey Drafting Space

Link to this document → http://bit.ly/occupysurveydraft 

OccupyResearch General Survey: Second Draft

Overview

This is the second draft of a general demographic and participation survey created by Occupy Research (http://occupyresearch.net) together with DataCenter (http://www.datacenter.org). Comments from the first draft (link: http://bit.ly/occupysurveydraft) have been synthesized and incorporated as best possible. This process was completed on Friday, November 11th. This draft includes the latest drafts of survey questions, and a working table of contents. Comments left unresolved from the first draft are included here. Following a review of the survey on a November 12 OccupyResearch conference call, the survey was piloted with 6 respondents at Occupy Boston (on November 13th); feedback from this small test is being used for one more round of revisions.

After incorporating this last round of comments, the survey will soon be launched for local research working groups to conduct as a stand alone or to be incorporated into other surveys being designed or conducted in the camps. There will also be an online version, for gathering information about remote supporters/participants.

Table of Contents:

  • Front Cover (make me beautiful!)
  • What’s This Survey?
  • Before You Begin: Tips for conducting this survey
  • What does a Surveyor Do?
  • Tips for conducting this Survey
  • Responding to Questions
  • During the Survey: Step-by-step instructions
  • Sampling Method: Why its important and how to do it
  • Survey Rap: A script to read to a someone before you survey them
  • Consent: Get informed consent before you begin!
  • How/Where to Upload Results
  • Contact Info
  • Appendix 1: Handout about Occupy Research: To be given out to Respondents and Refusals
  • Appendix 2:  Occupy General Survey Instrument: The actual questions to ask
  • Appendix 3: Response Rate Tally: To record the number of people you approach and how they respond

**See Also:  Survey Curriculum Progress Report:  Progress, Compiled Questions, To Do Tasks

NOTES: Rotating data door - collect data periodically and being able to show the picture at different times.  Capture growth and decentralization.  Point how it looked in November versus January.  

Reminder: If you’d like to create new survey topic areas and questions please do it here: http://occupyresearch.net/surveys

What’s This Survey?

(audience: surveyor, familiarize with what’s going on)

Thank you for collaborating with Occupy Research and DataCenter to advance the Occupy Movement General Demographics and Participation Survey. This survey works to gather information about general demographics and participation activities of those engaged within the Occupy movement. We hope the information from this survey will reflect the movement’s evolution and progress. This research aims to create a better understanding participation, relationship building, and communication within the Occupy movement. Finally, we strive to collaborate with Occupy participants to carry out this research, so thank you for your contribution.

Thank you for taking the Occupy General Demographics and Participation Survey. This survey works to gather information about general demographics and participation activities of those engaged or not engaged in the Occupy movement.   Occupy began in September in New York and has led to a the broader Occupy movement through the U.S. and internationally.  The Occupy movement is focused on social and economic inequalities, particularly wealth and power disparities between the wealthy 1% and everyone else.  

This research aims to create a better understanding of participation, relationship building, and communication within the Occupy movement.  This survey is open to anyone living in any country who is or is not involved in Occupy activities.  The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete.  

The survey is open until December 31, 2011.  Once closed, will make the data publicly available through the Occupy Research website.  

The survey is being conducted by Occupy Research (www.occupyresearch.net) that includes activists, academics, researchers, etc. and DataCenter (www.datacenter.org), a U.S. based national research organization.  For more information or if you have questions, please contact Sonya Rifkin at owsgeneralsurvey@gmail.com

Before You Begin: Tips for conducting this survey

I.  What Does a Surveyor Do?

A.  Getting respondent cooperation            

No matter how skillful the surveyor is in asking the questions, she/he will likely need to approach strangers and be able to answer people's objections, misconceptions, and questions.  They must be able to persuade potential respondents that our project is legitimate, important, and worthy of their time.

        What if someone refuses to participate?

1)  Politely ask if they have any specific questions or concerns that, if answered, would make them feel more comfortable. You may want to reiterate that no names are being collected, provide more information about OccupyResearch, and/or emphasize that you are not affiliated with law enforcement, local government, etc.

2)  If they still refuse: Don’t worry, it happens. It is important for you to record the number of refusals that you get, so please take a moment to tally a refusal in your notes.  You may want to use the Respondent Rate Tally for this (see Appendix 3).  

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B. Being neutral, culturally sensitive, and trustworthy

Do not state your opinion, agree, or disagree with anything that is said. Your role is simply that of an observer and you should not have any influence over the interviewee’s responses.  Be aware of and maintain neutral body language. Be culturally sensitive -- don’t be judgmental if something feels strange or surprising to you.  

Be mindful that this survey contains some sensitive demographic questions -- about gender, sexuality, and income, for example. Do your best to create some privacy during the survey process. This may look different at an occupy encampment on a quiet day or during a busy action! Always give the option to conduct the survey in a more comfortable (but feasible and safe) location.

C. Offering the Respondent two different options for participating in the survey

This survey can be administered in one of two ways, and the choice between the two is up to the Respondent.  It is very important that you give each Respondent the opportunity to choose between:

1) Filling out the survey by themselves

2) Being read the questions by you and responding verbally while you record their answers

D.  Submitting an accurate record of the survey

This is equally important. The surveyor needs to record the answers in a way that someone who was not involved in the experience can tell exactly what the Respondent said in response to our questions. This means legible writing and careful editing (after the survey) to ensure that all answers are clear. Everything the reader needs to know in order to understand what happened in the survey must be explained in surveyor comments or notes.  This also means collecting all the completed surveys in a secure location (we recommend having a large envelope on hand to store completed surveys).

II.  Tips for Surveyors

A)  General Tips:

  • Dress casually
  • Maintain eye contact (when culturally appropriate)
  • Talk slowly
  • Be friendly
  • Be grounded and calm
  • Establish trust

B)  "Introducing Yourself" Tips:

  • Introduce yourself clearly, including your name and network of OccupyResearch.
  • Make sure to specify that you are from a community organization (not government or private company).
  • Have copies of the “Handout about Occupy Research” on hand (see Appendix 1)
  • Explain what the survey is and what it will be used for. Be sure to mention that it is for, by, and participants in the Occupy Movement.

C)  "Introducing the Survey" Tips:

  • Assure them that you are with a community organization that has no connection with law enforcement or local government.
  • Assure them that the survey is ANONYMOUS -- we are not collecting names unless given voluntarily.
  • They can give us their names and contact information for organizing purposes only (e.g. if they want to get more involved with Occupy Research)
  • Ask them if they would like to a) fill out the survey in writing by themselves, or b) have you read them the questions and record their responses.
  • Let them know they can skip any question or stop the survey completely when they want.

D)  "Conducting the Survey" Tips:                                                            

  • If they prefer to respond verbally to the questions as you ask them:
  • Ask the questions in the order they are given in the survey.
  • Read each question and answer out loud and exactly as written (when directed by the survey)
  • Don't finish people's sentences, don't assume you know how someone will answer.
  • Even a single word can drastically change the meaning of a question for Respondents.  Do not interpret the question for the respondent. It is important that the surveyor does not influence the Respondent’s answers.
  • Write the responses immediately
  • If they have questions about a particular question during the survey (either while they are writing their responses or while they are responding verbally to the questions as you ask them):
  • If they ask, “What does the question mean when it says...” you may want to respond in the following ways:
  • “Whatever it means to you.”
  • “I'm sorry, I don't have that information.”
  • “It's important that the question be answered as best you can in terms of the way it's stated, maybe I could read it to you again.”
  • “I will write down a note about that.”
  • Each Respondent must be exposed to each question exactly as written, even if the Respondent interrupts.  The goal is to standardize the administration of the survey for each Respondent.
  • In other words, don't "clarify."  If they do not understand, do not interpret what you think the question means. Read the question again. If they still do not understand, make a note and skip it.
  • Take notes of any additional information they may provide.

D)  “After the Survey” Tips:

  • Ask if they will tell their friends about the survey project and OccupyResearch.
  • Don't forget to provide them with information about OccupyResearch, and ask for their contact information if they want us to follow up with them or if they want to get involved.
  • Remember that you are responsible for upholding the anonymity of your Respondents and the confidentiality of their responses -- this means that after the Respondent leaves you are not going to talk specifically about them, who they are, or share things they said in confidence.

III.  Responding to Questions

Interviewees will most likely have questions for you, too!  Here are some things that might come up and some ideas for how to address them:

A)  What is the purpose for the surveys?

Give them the “Handout about Occupy Research” (Appendix 1).  Discuss the goals and objectives of OccupyResearch.  Explain past research done on the subject and why this research project is taking place.

B)  What the extent of my involvement in the process?  How can I stay involved?  Can I become a surveyor myself?  

Again, give them the “Handout about Occupy Research” (see Appendix 1).  This includes general information about OccupyResearch, information about the survey, and a list of the ways to contact O.R. to see results and/or to get involved  (e.g. the wiki, weekly calls, local meetings).  Ask them if they would like to volunteer become surveyors or participate in the data analysis phase.  More surveyors allow for deeper research, but make sure you have the resources.  You can also include respondents in analysis and dissemination.

C)  What is this information going to be used for?  What are expected outcomes?

Explain what form (report, factsheet, etc.) the information will take and how the interview data will work into the final product.  Don’t talk about expected outcomes before the survey, but if you want to speak generally afterwards, feel free to do so.  

D)  How do you handle confidentiality?  Can my name be protected?  

Names will not be gathered.  If you haven’t already, read them the Consent Script (see below).

Content adapted from DataCenter resources:

Participatory Research Kit: Conducting Interviews

Participatory Research Kit: Creating Surveys

National Domestic Workers Alliance Survey Project: Training for Trainers Manual

During the Survey: Step-by-Step Instructions

1) Review “Before you Begin: Tips for conducting this survey

2) Do a “dry run” of the survey with a friend to practice:

  • Approaching potential Respondents
  • Offering Respondents the choice of completing the survey in writing or verbally
  • Reading the survey aloud to identify questions or clarifications that you may need to address when administering the survey

3) Prepare your materials:

  • A copy of these instructions
  • A stack of copies of the Survey Instrument if you are using paper copies, or access to the mobile application, if you will be surveying that way.
  • A stack of copies of the “Handout about OccupyResearch” (see Appendix 1)
  • A clipboard or similar flat, portable surface for writing
  • Pens
  • A notebook to record the following information:
  • Response Rate Tally (see Appendix 3) to record:
  • How many people you approach
  • How many take the survey
  • How many refuse.
  • Contact information of respondents
  • ONLY if people offer it because they want to get more involved
  • A brief description of the survey environment: Where the survey was conducted, whether it was at an encampment, action or meeting..
  • A large envelope to collect completed surveys

4)  Make sure you understand the Sampling Method (see below) and apply this procedure when you approach people

5)  Introduce yourself using the Survey Rap (see below)

6)  If they refuse once you’ve sufficiently explained and discussed the survey, record the refusal in your Response Rate Tally.  Offer people who refuse the handout with information about Occupy Research.

7)  Read them the informed Consent Script (see below)

8)  Ask them if they would like to fill out the survey themselves or if they would like you to read it to them while you record their responses. If you are using the mobile phone application, ask them if they would like to take the survey on the phone or prefer that you record the responses.

  • This is very important, so please be prepared for both scenarios.

9)  Collect the completed survey and put it in a secure location

10) Thank the respondent for their time, ask if they have additional questions and/or feedback, follow up with them if they express interest in getting involved.

11)  Give them the “Handout about Occupy Research” (see Appendix 1) that details how to get involved and follow-up on the survey

Other feedback from surveyors

To gain a full sense of the data collected, surveyors should note the following, and submit responses with the final survey data:

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Sampling Method for Face-to-Face Surveys: why its important and how to do it

A.  What is a survey sample?

  • A sample is the selection of individuals from a general population targeted for the survey.  Because we won’t be able to survey everyone in the population we are looking at, we must choose a certain amount that is our sample.  The goal is to have the sample be representative of the larger population.  

B.  Why is following a sampling method important?

  • Even when we are surveying a familiar population (and may have a sense of it’s diversity and dynamics) we need to follow a clear methodology in order to minimize personal biases.
  • That being said, because this survey reflects a community research perspective, it is okay and expected for surveyors to be actively involved in the Occupy movement generally and/or the goings on at specific Occupy camps.  A sampling methodology can be strong and consistent while acknowledging that surveyors may identify with the survey population.
  • It is okay to survey people that you know, but it is very important that you try to survey an equal or greater number of people that you do not know.  Maintaining this balance is crucial -- it allows you to use your social network to gather potential respondents, but it also ensures that you approach people (of different ages, genders, races, etc.) who may not be equally represented in your personal pool of friends and acquaintances.  

C.  Sampling Method for this Survey:

  • The population for this survey is a broad one: any person living in any country who is or is not involved in Occupy activities.  For surveyors who are conducting face-to-face surveys at Occupy locations, the population is everyone present at the site.  
  • The sampling method we will be using for the face-to-face surveys is a standard Random Sample:
  • Once you’re at the survey site, fix your eyes on a person, and then count 5 people away from them. Approach that person, and introduce the survey. If that person refuses, record the refusal, and repeat these steps.
  • Try to collect as many surveys as you can at your location.  If there is a large number of people present, aim for 20% (e.g. approaching 1 out of every 5 people).  Again, it is okay if you know that person, but be consistent in your approach.

D.  Recording Response Rate

  • It is crucial to record the response rate. This means keeping track of the number of people you approached who declined to take the survey. Please use the Response Rate Tally (Appendix 3).  This information should be included with the survey results.

Survey Rap: read this to someone before you survey them

OPTION #1

Hello.  I am a [volunteer, student, organizer. etc.] and am involved with a network of people called Occupy Research.  We're doing a survey of people that are involved with the Occupy movement.   The survey results will  give us a picture of who and in what ways people are participating in Occupy.  Would you be able to help in the survey?  It will take less then 10 minutes, but your input is really important.

OPTION #2

Hello.  How are you doing?  Can I do a quick survey with you about you involvement with Occupy?  My name is [name] and I  am involved with a project called Occupy Research.  We are conducting a basic demographic and participation survey.   It will take less than 10 minutes.

(then add:)

The survey is totally anonymous and confidential which means I don’t need to know your name.  Also, if there are any questions you don't want to answer we can skip those.

To do: add more detail (from what is this survey) into survey rap

Consent: get informed consent before you begin!

What is a consent script?  

At the beginning of the survey, surveyors will read the Consent Script to each respondent. We do this so respondents know their identity is confidential and that their participation is voluntary. The script informs respondents that they will be asked questions about their background and their involvement in the Occupy movement  if they participate.  It also informs them that their responses are completely confidential, and none of the information will be released in any way that would reveal their identity. Respondents are told that their participation is voluntary, that they may withdraw from the survey at any time, and that they have the option of skipping any question they do not wish to answer.  

Consent Script:

You may join in a research study about the general demographic make-up and participation activities of individuals within the Occupy Movement. Your participation is completely voluntary. I will be asking you to answer survey questions about your basic personal information and your experience participating in the Occupy movement.

Your participation will take about 10 to 15 minutes.

There are no foreseeable risks associated with this study and you will not receive payment for your participation.

Your participation is voluntary and you have the right to discontinue participation or refuse to answer any questions. This is an anonymous survey, we will not ask you your name or any other identifying information.  

Here is my contact information if you have any questions for me about this study or about your rights as a participant. Locally, you can also contact (yet to be determined), who can contact the IRB on your behalf and answer any questions you may have regarding this study.

Contact Person

Contact Person’s email

How and where to upload results

  • When the survey is done on paper, the surveyor or survey team can take the physical surveys to a site that has internet access to do the data entry via the web browser, using the the Occupy Research Demographic and Participation Survey on Survey Monkey, at [insert link](or using a separate link that asks for additional metadata, e.g. surveyor?)
  • Whenever possible, it is ideal to administer the survey via a web browser at [drop in link to web based version]
  • We are also working on creating a version that can filled out using an app on a mobile phone (two free websites: opendata kit, only android--> aim for thsi; episurveyor, works with android, blackberry, non-smartphones
  • We should also be able to create a version that can be done using a voice call and an interactive voice menu. (In that case, open ended questions will need to be transcribed).

What to upload

  • Survey results
  • Number of refusals
  • Notes about the survey environment (see instructions)

Appendix 1:  Handout about Occupy Research

Why do we need to Occupy Research? [clean up this section, copied from wiki]

In a broad sense: we need to Occupy Research because knowledge is power - or at least, knowledge can be used to build and maintain, as well as to upset, power. It's important for the 99% to do our own research, because otherwise research becomes something that is driven by the questions of the 1%, uses the methods of the 1%, and is something that is done TO the 99%, with or without our consent.

More practically, various camps are setting up Research Working Groups for various reasons, including:

  • gaining a better understanding of who is participating in Occupy, who is not participating, and why;
  • learning from each other, including studying and learning about the ideas, strategies, tactics, and practices of other Occupations, as well as learning from other social movements that have come before us or that exist alongside us;
  • providing research support for the needs of the occupiers and for the broader movement of those who support them;
  • engaging in movement-based research about the camps (taking a census, surveying participants in the camp or visitors to it, interviewing occupiers using a shared semi-structured interview guide, researching what other camps or local movement groups are doing and bringing back best practices, and so on),
  • spreading research skills, tools, and methods to more and more members of the 99%!

How to get involved and learn more

  • OccupyResearch wiki: Learn about ongoing projects and share research ideas.
  • Find your local research working group, or start one!
  • OccupyResearch is on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/groups/occupyresearch/
  • Download, print, and share the latest version of the Occupy Research Handbook, a guide to doing  research on the Occupy Movement. Find the Handbook on the wiki.

Overview

This is a drafting space for a general demographic and participation survey created by Occupy Research (http://occupyresearch.net) together with DataCenter (http://www.datacenter.org). Comments will be synthesized and incorporated as best possible. Once finalized (on Friday, November 11th), the survey will be launched for local research working groups to conduct as a stand alone or to be incorporated into other surveys being designed or conducted in the camps. There will also be an online version, for gathering information about remote supporters/participants.

Proposed Table of Contents:

  • Front Cover (make me beautiful!)
  • What’s This Survey?
  • Before you begin: tips for conducting surveys face to face
  • Sampling Method: why its important and how to do it
  • Survey Rap: read this to someone before you survey them
  • Consent: get informed consent before you begin!
  • Survey Instrument: the actual questions to ask
  • How/where to upload results
  • Contact info

NOTES: Rotating data door - collect data periodically and being able to show the picture at different times.  Capture growth and decentralization.  Point how it looked in November versus January.  

Please comment on the survey questions below (insert comment from insert menu) but keep focused on the two areas of Demographics and Participation. (If you’d like to create new survey topic areas and questions please do it here: http://occupyresearch.net/surveys ).

We would like to launch the survey as soon as possible.  

Please give comments by the end of the day on Thursday, November 10, 2011.

Please RT! #OccupyResearch & @ResearchJustice call 4 comments on OccupyGeneralSurvey now til Thurs night: http://bit.ly/occupysurvey #ows

Survey Instrument

Metadata  (person conducting the survey fills this part out)

  • Where was this survey gathered?  City (open ended), cross street of camp (open ended)
  • When did data collection take place?  Date (open ended)
  • How was the survey done (f2f, online)?



Part I: Participation

  1.      Have you been to an Occupy camp?

Have you been to an Occupy camp?

  • I haven’t been to a camp
  • I’ve been one time
  • I’ve been two or three times
  • I go to a camp every week
  • I go to a camp every day
  • I have slept in a camp once or more
  • I sleep in a camp every night

  1. If you’ve been to a camp, which one? (If more than one, write one per line)

(write in name of camp, one per line)

  1. If you’ve participated in an Occupy action other than visiting a camp, what was it? [For example, “Occupy Oakland general strike,” “Occupy DC march,” etc]

(write in, one per line)

 

  1. Forms of participation

During the past week, have you done any of the following? Select all that apply.

  • Went to a camp
  • Went to a General Assembly
  • Went to an Occupy rally
  • Went to an Occupy march
  • Participated in a civil disobedience action
  • Participated in a Working Group
  • Discussed the Occupy Movement with people face to face
  • Posted about Occupy via facebook, twitter, or other social media
  • Wrote a blog post about Occupy
  • Made a video about Occupy
  • Donated money, food, or needed goods to a camp
  • Signed a petition
  • Made phone calls to elected officials
  • Other (write in)

  1. Working group

Are you part of a working group?

        Yes/No

  1. If yes, what working groups are you a part of in the camp?

        Write in ________________

  1. Roles. If you have taken on a special 'role,' in the camp (working group) describe it

What roles or responsibilities do you have in the camp?

        Write in ________________ 

  1. How did you become involved (through school, community group - who mobilized)

How much did each of the following influence you to become involved in OWS? (matrix, rank each one ‘strong influence’ ← → ‘not an influence’)

  • Social media (for example, facebook, twitter)
  • Mass media (for example, TV, radio, newspaper)
  • School
  • Labor unions
  • Government agency(-ies)
  • Political party(-ies)
  • Social movement or social justice organizations (e.g. economic rights organization, housing rights organization, civil rights organizations, worker center, etc.)
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Religious institution
  • Friends
  • Other __________________
  • None, just my own interest 

  1. Are you part of other local movement organizations?

Which of the following types of organizations are you affiliated with? Check all that apply.

  • School
  • Labor union
  • Government agency(-ies)
  • Political party(-ies)
  • Social movement or social justice organizations (e.g. economic rights organization, housing rights organization, civil rights organizations, worker center, etc.)
  • Nonprofit organizationsl
  • Religious institution
  • Affinity group
  • Other __________________
  • None

  1. How active were they before

I was an activist before OWS

disagree ←-→  strongly agree

I became active(-ist) during OWS

disagree ←-→  strongly agree

  1. What year did you first attend any rally or protest?

(write in)

  1. What media, if any, do you use to keep up with OWS?

Here are some different information sources where you might or might not get information about the Occupy Movement. Please tell us how OFTEN, IF EVER, you use each source.

Every day /  Several times a week / Several times a month / Less often / Never

  1. [Add question re: priority issues?]

Write in your top priority issues, separated by commas. (Example: housing, health care, jobs, electoral reform, etc)

  1. Your voice/statement - what do you want people to hear? [ What is Your One Demand ;-) ]

Your voice/statement - if you could broadcast a message, what do you think people need to hear? Use the space below.

Write in ______________________________________________


   [ Time spent on Occupy - suggest cut this question ]

How much time do you spend on Occupy activities overall?

  • None
  • A few minutes a week
  • A few minutes a day
  • An hour a day
  • A few hours a day
  • 24/7


Part II: Demographics

 

  1. home zip

What is your home Zip code or Postal Code?  (write in)

  1. Gender

Your gender (check all that apply)

  • Female
  • Male
  • Transgender
  • Genderqueer, Gender-variant or Gender Non-Conforming
  • Other (write in) _____________

  1. Sexuality

Your sexual identity (check all that apply)

  • Gay/Lesbian
  • Bisexual
  • Queer
  • Heterosexual/Straight
  • Other: _(write in here)____________

  1. race/ethnicity

Your race/ethnicity (check all that apply):

  • Asian
  • Black, African, or African-American
  • Latino/Latina
  • Native American/Indigenous
  • Pacific Islander
  • South Asian
  • Southeast Asian
  • Southwest Asian or North African (SWANA) / Arab
  • White
  • Biracial/Multiracial/Mixed race
  • Some other race/ethnicity? (please specify) __________________

  1. education

What is the highest level of formal education that you have completed?

  • No formal education
  • Grade school (grades 1-8)
  • Some high school (9-12), no degree
  • High school, completed diploma/GED
  • Some college, no degree
  • Associates degree
  • College degree (BA, BS, AB, etc.)
  • Graduate or professional school, no degree
  • Graduate or professional degree (MA, MS, MD, JD, PhD)

  1. employment

What best describes your employment status during the last month? (check all that apply)

  • Student
  • Employed full-time
  • Part-time
  • Self-employed
  • Full-time homemaker
  • Seasonal
  • Temp/Per-diem
  • Under-Employed
  • Unemployed
  • Permanently Disabled
  • Veteran
  • Retired

  1. Housing

What best describes your present housing status?

  • Renter
  • Homeowner
  • Homeowner - foreclosed
  • Homeless
  • Camper
  • Other (write in)

  1. age

What year were you born?

  1. class  

Do you identify as:

  • working class
  • lower middle class
  • middle class
  • upper middle class
  • upper class
  • the 1% 

  1. Income level

Income range (in USD per year)

  • Decline to state
  • No income
  • 1-10,000
  • 10,000-20,000
  • 20,000-30,000
  • 30,000-40,000
  • 40,000-50,000
  • 50,000-60,000
  • 60,000-70,000
  • 70,000-80,000
  • 80,000-90,000
  • 90,000-100,000
  • 100,000+

  1. Political party

Which of the following political parties do you identify with most closely? (check all that apply)

  • Democratic
  • Republican
  • Green Party
  • Tea Party
  • Other ___________________
  • I do not identify with any party

  1. Did you vote in the 2008 election?
  • yes (Barak Obama)
  • yes (John McCain)
  • yes (Other) write in _____________
  • no

  1. Do you plan to vote in the 2012 election?
  • yes (Democratic candidate)
  • yes (Republican candidate)
  • yes (other candidate or party) write in ____________
  • Undecided
  • No

Find updated information about survey results [provide location]

Occupy General Survey Instrument CURRENT VERSION (4)

Occupy Survey Instrument

Person filling out survey please complete the following:

How was this survey administered? Please check one.

  • surveyor filled out survey (name of surveyor: __________________)
  • respondent filled out survey

Where was this survey gathered?

  • City (write in: ____________)
  • Country (write in: ____________)
  • Name of Occupy Camp        (write in: ____________)
  • If online, name of website (write in: ____________)

When was this survey completed?

  • Date (write in: mm/dd/yy____________)
  • Time (write in: ____________)

 To avoid duplicate entries, please check this box once this survey been entered online.

Welcome

Part I: Participation

1. Have you EVER BEEN to an Occupy camp?

        YES                [» IF YES, GO TO Q2]

        NO                [» IF NO, GO TO Q5]

2. If YES, which one(s)? Write in name of camp(s), one per line:

3. Please describe how frequently you have been to a camp. Choose only one answer:

  • I live in the camp
  • I’ve been many times
  • I’ve been a few times
  • I’ve been once
  • I haven’t been to a camp

4. In your visits to the Occupy camp, you have: (Select all that apply)

  • Slept in an Occupy camp
  • Attended a General Assembly
  • Taken part in a Working Group
  • Volunteered to provide food or services to people at the camp
  • Participated in workshops or events hosted at the camp
  • Marched in a protest
  • Organized an event or action
  • Got arrested
  • Other (please describe activities, one per line):

5. Have you participated in any of the following activities related to the Occupy movement? Select all that apply.

  • Had a face to face discussion about Occupy
  • Posted about Occupy via Facebook, Twitter, or other social media
  • Wrote a blog post about Occupy
  • Made a video about Occupy
  • Donated money, food, or needed goods to a camp
  • Signed a petition
  • Marched in a protest
  • Organized an event or action
  • Got arrested
  • Made phone calls to elected officials
  • Other (write in, one per line):
  • No, I have not participated in any activity related to the Occupy movement [» IF NO, GO TO Q10b (Why Not Participated)]

6.        Would you consider the Occupy movement to be the first movement you have participated in? Yes ___ No ____

7.        People sometimes belong to different kinds of groups or associations. For each type of group, please indicate whether you:

1 = belong and actively participate,

2 = belong but don’t actively participate,

3 = used to belong but do not any more,

4 = or have never belonged to it.

5 = can’t choose or don’t know.

1

2

3

4

5

Political Party

Labor Union

Nonprofit Organization

Church or Religious Organization

Non-Government Organization

Affinity Group

Social justice organization

Worker Center

Cultural Groups

Sports groups or teams

Another voluntary association

Professional Association

Business Association

Other (write in: _____________)

8. Here are some different forms of political and social action that people can take. Please indicate, for each one, if you have done this:

1 in the past year,

2 in the more distant past,

3 you have not done it but might do it

4 you would never do it

5 can’t choose or don’t know

1

2

3

4

5

Signed a petition

Boycotted, or deliberately bought, certain products for political, ethical or environmental reasons

Took part in a demonstration

Attended a political meeting or rally

Contacted, or attempted to contact, a politician or a civil servant to epress your views

Donated money or raised funds for a social or political activity

Contacted or appeared in the media to express your views

Joined an Internet political forum or discussion group

9. These are some sources that you might or might not use for news and information about the Occupy movement. Please indicate whether you used these sources for news and information about the Occupy movement:

(5) In the past 24 hours  

(4) In the past week

(3) In the past month

(2) More than a month ago

(1) Never

1

2

3

4

5

Word of mouth

Discussions at Occupy camps or face to face groups

Email

Twitter

Facebook

Chat rooms / IRC

YouTube

Tumblr

Blogs

Local Newspaper

National or international Newspaper

Local Radio

National or international Radio

Local Television

National or International Television

Livestreaming video site

Websites of the Occupy Movement

Other (write in)

10a. [Priority issues]

If you participate in the Occupy movement, what TOP THREE concerns motivate you TO PARTICIPATE? Please use single words if possible, and list them in order of importance.




10b. If you do not participate in the Occupy movement, what TOP THREE reasons explain why you HAVE NOT PARTICIPATED? Please use single words if possible, and list them in order of importance.




11. Your voice/statement: what message do you want people to hear? Use only the space below.



Part II: Demographics

12. If you reside in the U.S. or Canada, what is your home Zip code or Postal Code? (If outside the U.S. or Canada, you will have a chance to indicate your city of residence later): __________________

13. What year were you born? (Write in) _____

14. Your gender (check all that apply)

  • Female
  • Male
  • Transgender
  • Other (write in) _____________
  • Decline to state

15. Your sexual identity (check all that apply)

  • Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Queer
  • Heterosexual/Straight
  • Other (write in here) ____________
  • Decline to state

16. What best describes your employment status during the last month? (check all that apply)

  • Student
  • Employed full-time
  • Part-time
  • Self-employed
  • Full-time homemaker
  • Seasonal
  • Temp/Per-diem
  • Under-Employed
  • Unemployed
  • Disabled
  • Armed Services (active service)
  • Veteran
  • Retired

17. What best describes your present housing status?

  • Renter
  • Homeowner
  • Homeowner – foreclosed
  • Live with parents
  • Homeless
  • Other (write in) _____________

18. What is your marital status?

  • Single
  • Have partner/Married
  • Divorced
  • Other __________________

19. How many people do you support with your income?

  • Number of children under 18?        Write in number _____
  • Number of adults you support? Write in number _____

20. Do you identify as:

  • working class
  • lower middle class
  • middle class
  • upper middle class
  • upper class
  • Other (Write in) ________

21. What is your annual household income? (If your income is not in US Dollars, please indicate currency: (drop down if available, or write in). ____________

  • No income
  • 1-10,000
  • 11,000-20,000
  • 21,000-30,000
  • 31,000-40,000
  • 41,000-50,000
  • 51,000-60,000
  • 61,000-70,000
  • 71,000-80,000
  • 81,000-90,000
  • 91,000-100,000
  • 101,000+

If you reside outside the US, please skip to question [] .

22. Your race/ethnicity (check all that apply):

  • Asian
  • Black, African, or African-American
  • Latino/Latina
  • Native American/Indigenous
  • Pacific Islander
  • South Asian
  • Southeast Asian
  • Arab, Southwest Asian or North African
  • White / Caucasian / Anglo
  • Biracial/Multiracial/Mixed race
  • Some other race/ethnicity? (please specify) __________________
  • Decline to state

23. What is the highest level of formal education that you have completed?

  • No formal education
  • Grade school (grades 1-8)
  • Some high school (9-12), no degree
  • High school, completed diploma/GED
  • Some college, no degree
  • Associates degree
  • College degree (BA, BS, AB, etc.)
  • Graduate or professional school, no degree
  • Graduate or professional degree (MA, MS, MD, JD, PhD)

24. Which of the following political parties do you identify with most closely?

  • Democratic
  • Republican
  • Independent
  • Green Party
  • Tea Party
  • Other ___________________
  • I do not identify with any party

25. For whom did you vote in the 2008 presidential election?

  • Barack Obama
  • John McCain
  • Other (write in) _____________
  • Voted but decline to state candidate
  • Was too young to vote
  • Wasn’t eligible to vote
  • Did not vote

26. Do you plan to vote in the 2012 presidential election?

  • Yes
  • No
  • Undecided
  • Won’t be eligible to vote  

27. If you plan to vote, for whom do you expect to vote?

  • Democratic candidate
  • Republican Candidate
  • Green Party Candidate
  • Independent Candidate
  • Undecided
  • Other candidate or party (write in) ___________

Answer these questions if you reside outside the US

28.  In what City and Country do you reside?

___________  __________

29. How many years of education have you completed?

(write in)

30. Describe your race or ethnicity.

(write in)

31. Which political party do you identify with most closely?

  • Write in ___________________
  • I do not identify with any party

32.  Voting activity: Did you vote in your most recent nationwide election?

  • Yes (write in name of person voted for):  ____________
  • Was too young to vote
  • Wasn’t eligible to vote
  • No, didn’t vote

33.  Do you plan to vote in your next nationwide election?

  • Yes (write in who you plan to vote for): ______________
  • Undecided
  • Won’t be eligible to vote
  • No

Thank you for your participation!

Surveyors: please upload completed surveys to [ http://bit.ly/owsurvey-camp ? ]

Occupy General Survey Instrument Version 3 (OUTDATED)

Occupy Survey Instrument

How was the survey administered? Please check one.

  • surveyor filled out survey (name of surveyor: __________________)
  • respondent filled out survey online

Surveyor filling out survey complete the following:

  • Where was this survey gathered?
  • City (write in: ____________)
  • Country        (write in: ____________)
  • Name of OccupyCamp        (write in: ____________)

If online, name of website (write in: ____________)

  • When was this survey completed?
  • Date (write in: mm/dd/yy____________)
  • Time (write in: ____________)

 Check this box once this survey been entered online.

Welcome

Part I: Participation

1.        People participate in different kinds of groups or associations. For each type of group, please indicate whether you:

                        4 = Actively participate,

                        3 = Participate,

                        2 = Used to participate but not anymore

                        1 = Have never participated

                        Don’t know

1

2

3

4

Don’t know

Political Party

Labor Union

Nonprofit Organization

Church or Religious Organization

Non-Government Organization

Affinity Group *

Social justice organization Social movement or social justice organization (e.g. economic rights or civil rights organization)

Worker Center

Cultural Groups

Sports groups or teams

Another voluntary association

Professional Association

Business Association

Other (write in: _____________)

2. Here are some different forms of political and social action that people can take. Please indicate, for each one, if you have done this:

        4 in the past year,

        3 in the more distant past,

        2 you have not done it before, but might

        1 you would never do it

        Don’t know

1

2

3

4

Don’t know

Signed a petition

Boycotted, or deliberately bought, certain products for political, ethical or environmental reasons

Took part in a demonstration

Attended a political meeting or rally

Contacted, or attempted to contact, a politician or a civil servant to epress your views

Donated money or raised funds for a social or political activity

Contacted or appeared in the media to express your views

Joined an Internet political forum or discussion group

3. How did you first hear of the Occupy Movement? (Identify source)

4. Have you ever been to an Occupy camp? *Note: Cannot automate the question logic in basic version of Survey Monkey

        YES                [» IF YES, GO TO Q5]

        NO                [» IF NO, GO TO Q7]

If YES, which one(s)? (Write in name of camp(s):

5. Please describe how frequently you have been to a camp in the PAST MONTH. Choose only one.:

  • I live in the camp
  • I’ve gone every week
  • I’ve been a few times
  • I’ve been once
  • I haven’t been to a camp in the past month

6. In your visits to the Occupy camp, you have: (Select all that apply)

  • Slept in an Occupy camp
  • Attended a General Assembly
  • Taken part in a Working Group
  • Volunteer to provide food and services to people at the camp
  • Participated in workshops or events hosted at the camp
  • Other (please describe):

7. During the past month, have you participated in any of the following activities related to Occupy? Select all that apply.

  • Marched in protest
  • Organized an event or action
  • Got arrested
  • Face to face discussion about the Occupy Movement
  • Posted about Occupy via Facebook, Twitter, or other social media
  • Wrote a blog post about Occupy
  • Made a video about Occupy
  • Donated money, food, or needed goods to a camp
  • Signed a petition
  • Made phone calls to elected officials
  • Other (write in, one per line):
  • No, I have not participated in any activity related to the Occupy movement [» IF NO, GO TO Q10b]

8.        Would you consider the Occupy movement to be the first movement you have participated in? Yes ___ No ____

9. These are some sources that you might or might not use for news about the Occupy Movement. Please tell us HOW IMPORTANT they are for you to keep up with information about the Movement:

        5 Very important

        4 Somewhat important

        3 Neither important nor unimportant

        2 Somewhat unimportant

        1 Unimportant

1

2

3

4

5

Word of mouth

Discussions at Occupy camps or groups

Email

Twitter

Facebook

Chat rooms / IRC

Your local newspaper

Websites of newspapers

Online news aggregators such as Goggle News, Bing or Yahoo

Blogs

Local Radio

Local Network Television

Satellite radio

Livestreaming video sites like

www.livestream.com/globalrevolution

Websites of the Occupy Movement such as www.occupywallst.org

Other (write in)

10a. [Priority issues]

What TOP THREE concerns motivated you TO PARTICIPATE in the occupy movement? Please use single words if possible, and list them in order of importance. [»GO TO DEMOGRAPHICS Q1]

10b. What TOP THREE reasons explain why you HAVE NOT PARTICIPATED in the occupy movement? Please use single words if possible, and list them in order of importance. [»GO TO DEMOGRAPHICS Q1]

Part II: Demographics

1. If you reside in the U.S. or Canada, what is your home Zip code or Postal Code? (write in): __________________

2. What year were you born? (Write in) _____

3. Your gender (check all that apply)

  • Female
  • Male
  • Transgender
  • Other (write in) _____________
  • Decline to state

4. Your sexual identity (check all that apply)

  • Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Queer
  • Heterosexual/Straight
  • Other (write in here) ____________
  • Decline to state

5. What best describes your employment status during the last month? (check all that apply)

  • Student
  • Employed full-time
  • Part-time
  • Self-employed
  • Full-time homemaker
  • Seasonal
  • Temp/Per-diem
  • Under-Employed
  • Unemployed
  • Disabled
  • Armed Services (active service)
  • Veteran
  • Retired

6. What best describes your present housing status?

  • Renter
  • Homeowner
  • Homeowner – foreclosed
  • Live with parents
  • Homeless
  • Other (write in) _____________

7. What is your marital status?

  • Single
  • Have partner/Married
  • Divorced
  • Other __________________

8. How many people do you support with your income?

  • Number of children under 18?        Write in number _____
  • Number of adults you support? Write in number _____

9. Do you identify as:

  • working class
  • lower middle class
  • middle class
  • upper middle class
  • upper class
  • Other (Write in) ________

10. What is your annual household income (with currency drop down)?

  • No income
  • 1-10,000
  • 11,000-20,000
  • 21,000-30,000
  • 31,000-40,000
  • 41,000-50,000
  • 51,000-60,000
  • 61,000-70,000
  • 71,000-80,000
  • 81,000-90,000
  • 91,000-100,000
  • 101,000+

If you reside outside the US, please skip to question 18 .

11. Your race/ethnicity (check all that apply):

  • Asian
  • Black, African, or African-American
  • Latino/Latina
  • Native American/Indigenous
  • Pacific Islander