- This post shows that American’s attitudes and opinions about physician assisted suicide is changing. 68% of U.S. adults say that it should be permitted and 28% think it should not be. Those that think that it should be permitted have increased 10% in the past year and 17% in the past two years. I thought this article was interesting because it also showed that despite the above percentages, 56% of Americans think that physician assisted suicide is morally acceptable and 37% think that it is morally wrong. Also, 8 in 10 young adults between the ages of 18 and 34 favor these laws. This article also showed that those that are religiously unaffiliated are twice as likely to favor these laws as those who are religiously affiliated.
- This data was found through a survey conducted by Gallup, a company that conducts public opinion polls. In the survey, participants were asked if they thought that a doctor should be allowed to assist a patient in suicide if the patient has a painful and incurable disease, and then if they thought that this was morally acceptable. Participants have been asked the same questions since 1997 and the answers were compared to get the presented data. The age, race, religion, as well as different situations in which assisted suicide might be permissible where also asked of the participants in order to find answers for the rest of the data.
- How many people took part in this survey? Also, since this survey was conducted in May, could these number have changed since California legalized physician assisted suicide in September?
1.) This article shows the average amount that college students spend on textbook each year. It found that the average amount is $1,200 which has grown 82% in the last 10 years. I chose this post because it is something that I have personally experienced. I also found it interesting that the amount spent each year has grown exponentially.
2.) This study was conducted by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group through the use of surveys. Two thousand students were surveyed from 33 states and 156 different campuses. From what was shown in the article, it looks as though they asked questions about how much they spend on average per year on books, how much their tuition is, if they attend a university or a community college, if the cost of textbooks had every stopped them from buying them, and if so, if they were concerned that this might effect their grades.
3.) This article included links to articles such as “8 Ways to Save Money on College Textbooks” and “How to Find Cheap College Textbooks”. This made me wonder if this study was skewed in a way that might have caused participants to answer questions in the ways that researchers wanted them to, or if the articles were placed there after they found their results.
1. This article is about a complex study conducted to determine if high income people value efficiency over equality and compared the political party associations of the people. I chose it because the results were in the articles title/tweet and I found it interesting to know that rich democrats are as selfish as rich republicans.
2. The data is from a hypothesis tested on three groups, Berkley students, Yale students and ALP attendees which provided the broad cross-section of americans.
3. I found it most interesting to see that high income people who are in charge of policy-making don’t care about equality regardless of their political party. Especially because this is a stigma of republicans but democrats are usually seen as more equal. Though I am wondering if the results would have been different if they didn’t compare it to people belonging to the organization ALP and instead the compare group was a random selection of the population.
Collecting responses was quite an experience. Although it was, at times, tedious, it allowed me to interact with Columbia residents in a way I never would have otherwise. My first 15 were mainly friends and connections I have through work. That was relatively easy for me. The other 15 required me to go to local Columbia places to solicit people. I feel like I am a relatively outgoing person, but I felt like it was difficult to keep going after many people turned me down. It was discouraging, to say the least.
Most of the people that actually participated were good sports about it and I was able to have good conversations with people from all walks of life- from teachers to restaurant servers. I noticed that quite a few people rushed through it and would not answer the fill-in-the-blank portions. Sometimes, if I noticed it in time, I would ask and fill it in myself, but I thought it was interesting that they wouldn’t do it themselves. Although I’m not particularly proud, I did beg people to take my survey as an “undergraduate researcher”. I found that this tactic helped a lot; it’s how I secured at least 10 people. Overall, I had a pleasant experience talking to people and being pushed outside my comfort zone.
The surveying process was a frustrating one. In my experience I found that people on MU’s campus were more willing to assist with the surveys then those off campus and in the community. Therefore I feel as if (at least with my surveys) there are missing Columbia demographics in the results.
When approaching people I found it difficult to generate an interest in participating in the survey, especially in paper form. I got the feeling they saw even 10 minutes of their time as an extreme inconvenience. The public that I surveyed typically asked if there was a link they could go online and access instead of doing the survey in a written format. Even though the survey was the same length and asked the same questions I found this request to be quite common. Another factor in people’s lack of participation was the absence of incentive to complete the survey. In the second set of fifteen surveys, I surveyed employees at my boyfriend’s office. After completing the survey I offered to bake brownies for them as a sign of my appreciation for their help. Suddenly more people within the office were willing to assist with the survey if they could also take part in the incentive.
The length of the survey was another contributing factor in the public’s lack of interest. Even though it would only take a few minutes of their time and the questions themselves were easy to answer, upon looking at the packet of papers it was extremely intimidating at first glance.
After the respondent completed the survey I didn’t receive much feedback like I had hoped. I got the feeling people rushed through the 66 questions just to get through it, not really taking the time to take the survey seriously.
A survey has good intentions of going directly to the source and I felt as if the questions could potentially give helpful and insightful information about the Columbia community, however the execution of gathering this information didn’t seem to bode well with those I surveyed. My experiences weren’t all negative. Some who I asked to take the survey even encouraged others they were with to take it as well. No one was outright offended by any questions or by my asking to participate. Many politely declined and a handful agreed to participate. Overall the process wasn’t a bad one, perhaps just not the response I had hoped for.
Although I did not particularly enjoy collecting the community information surveys, it was not the worst thing that I’ve ever had to do for a class project. I have never done anything like this before so it was sort of a learning experience for me. No one actually LIKES taking surveys, so I was forced to learn how to convince people to do something they had no desire in doing. Being rejected numerous times only gave me more confidence in asking more and more people. Most of the people on campus were very willing to take the survey so that was not a problem.
While entering in the results of the surveys, it was interesting to see the variety of different answers, and the similarities in answers from certain age groups. I noticed that almost every young person that took the survey got most of their information from the internet. Several older individuals got most of their information from newspapers and television.
I hope I never have to make someone take another survey, or take one myself ever again, but I guess I’m glad I had the experience.