Gene Expression

Reader Survey Results, day 1

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)?
N
No answer 18 4.88%
Less than 1 month 9 2.44%
1-6 months 39 10.57%
6-12 months 61 16.53%
1-2 years 101 27.37%
3-4 years 76 20.60%
5+ years 45 12.20%
Non completed 20 5.42%
 Sex
No answer 12 3.25%
Male 289 78.32%
Female 41 11.11%
Non completed 27 7.32%
 
 What are your politics?
No answer 21 5.69%
Far Left 18 4.88%
Left 52 14.09%
Left of Center 48 13.01%
Center 29 7.86%
Right of Center 28 7.59%
Right 31 8.40%
Far Right 15 4.07%
Libertarian 65 17.62%
Other 32 8.67%
Non completed 30 8.13%
 
 Confidence in Existence of God
No answer 16 4.34%
Does Not Exist 148 40.11%
Skeptical of Existence 74 20.05%
Doubtful of Existence 16 4.34%
Believe Existence Possible 31 8.40%
Believe Existence Probable 18 4.88%
Know God Exists 18 4.88%
No Opinion 17 4.61%
Non completed 31 8.40%
 
 Religious Orientation
No answer 11 2.98%
Not Religious 228 61.79%
Christian 61 16.53%
Jewish 14 3.79%
Muslim 5 1.36%
Hindu 5 1.36%
Buddhist 2 0.54%
Other Beliefs 10 2.71%
Non completed 33 8.94%
 
 Where Do You Live?
No answer 8 2.17%
USA & Canada 235 63.69%
Latin America 5 1.36%
Caribbean 0 0
Oceania (Australia, NZ + Pacific) 15 4.07%
Southeast Asia (i.e., ASEAN) 2 0.54%
East Asia 11 2.98%
South Asia 2 0.54%
Middle East + North Africa 3 0.81%
Sub-Saharan Africa 1 0.27%
Western Europe 53 14.36%
Eastern Europe 0 0
Russia + CIS 1 0.27%
Non completed 33 8.94%
 
 Racial Identity
No answer 12 3.25%
White/European 268 72.63%
Black/African 1 0.27%
East Asian 14 3.79%
South Asian 16 4.34%
Middle Eastern/North African 2 0.54%
Southeast Asian 3 0.81%
Mixed (Mestizo, multiracial, etc.) 19 5.15%
Amerindian 0 0
Non completed 34 9.21%
 
 Highest Educational Level Attained
No answer 9 2.44%
Less Than Secondary 2 0.54%
Secondary 11 2.98%
Some Post-Secondary 35 9.49%
University 122 33.06%
Graduate 155 42.01%
Non completed 35 9.49%
 
 Socioeconomic Status
No answer 17 4.61%
Lower Class 14 3.79%
Lower Middle Class 48 13.01%
Middle Class 145 39.30%
Upper Middle Class 99 26.83%
Upper Class 10 2.71%
Non completed 36 9.76%
 
 Age
No answer 4 1.08%
Younger than 18 3 0.81%
18-25 72 19.51%
26-35 107 29.00%
36-45 52 14.09%
46-65 79 21.41%
65+ 16 4.34%
Non completed 36 9.76%
 
 Highest Level of Math Completed
No answer 23 6.23%
Pre-Algebra 4 1.08%
Algebra 7 1.90%
Geometry 5 1.36%
Algebra II 20 5.42%
Pre-Calculus 26 7.05%
Calculus 62 16.80%
Differential Equations 30 8.13%
Linear Algebra 29 7.86%
Multivariable Calculus 38 10.30%
Higher than Multivariable Calculus 56 15.18%
Have Math Degree 33 8.94%
Non completed 36 9.76%
 
 Opinions On The Singularity
No answer 97 26.29%
Will Happen 20 5.42%
Might Happen 108 29.27%
Unlikely 94 25.47%
Impossible 14 3.79%
Non completed 36 9.76%
 
 How Many Children Do You Have?
No answer 5 1.36%
0 212 57.45%
1 40 10.84%
2 40 10.84%
3 24 6.50%
4 9 2.44%
5 1 0.27%
6 0 0
7 0 0
8 0 0
9 0 0
10 0 0
Lots 1 0.27%
Non completed 37 10.03%
 
 How Did You Find This Weblog?
No answer 25 6.78%
Google 45 12.20%
Other Search Engine 0 0
Instapundit 7 1.90%
Steve Sailer 47 12.74%
Scienceblogs 59 15.99%
Andrew Sullivan 4 1.08%
Message Board 3 0.81%
Word Of Mouth 15 4.07%
Email 0 0
Blogroll 13 3.52%
Pointer From Another Weblog 92 24.93%
Other 18 4.88%
Non completed 41 11.11%

Comments

  1. #1 Joshua Zelinsky
    February 23, 2009

    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. #2 Jon Claerbout
    February 23, 2009

    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. #3 as
    February 23, 2009

    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. #4 Larry
    February 23, 2009

    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. #5 razib
    February 23, 2009

    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. #6 as
    February 23, 2009

    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. #7 Vijay Prozak
    February 23, 2009

    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. #8 James
    February 23, 2009

    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. #9 Sebastian Flyte
    February 24, 2009

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

  10. #10 MoJim
    February 24, 2009

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

  11. #11 asdf
    February 25, 2009

    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. #12 Karin
    February 27, 2009

    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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