I’ve been running two blogs for the last couple of weeks. Apart from this one there’s a little bunch of people over on the Social Impact Survey blog trying to get the survey on the road.
We’ve got a draft final version of the questionnaire, and I thought I’d show it so that people can see what we’re doing, and maybe make a few last-minute criticisms. And also so that maybe we can pull in a few more pollsters (any country welcome).
The questions largely came out of my online questionnaires from a week or so back. We decided to ask about things that most smokers don’t seem to like. Pub smoking bans. Reduced social contact. Staying home more. Distrust of experts. Intense dislike of retirement/care home smoking bans. And general loss of “quality of life”. We also added a catch-all question to see which kinds of smoking bans had adverse effects. And we’ve got an option to allow them to write their own stuff.
There’s also an option for them to give a name and an email address. And we’ll hopefully have a website up and running by the time we start polling.
Of all the questions, the hardest of all was the age question. In fact, it still isn’t really resolved. People felt that asking people their age was rude. So we’ve gone for very broad age categories. But even that hasn’t ended it. “Working age? What if they’re not working??”
And also we’ve got a colourful little logo which adds a bit of sparkle (although most of the questionnaires will probably be printed in black and white). The compressed version above can have 4 on a single piece of A4. There’ll be several versions – French, Spanish, German, and Greek. Some will have extra questions that some people want to ask in addition to the core group above.
I’m pretty pleased with it. I took it today and got it printed, and then went and road-tested it on one person, a bartender. He went through it in under a minute, and asked no questions. Afterwards I asked him what he thought of it, and he said it was simple and straightforward, with nothing “shifty” about it.
The study is set to last for 2 – 3 months. I’ve no idea how many completed questionnaires we’ll get, but I’m hoping for at least 1000, maybe several times more.
When we’ve collected the data, we’ll be entering it manually into a central online server using our own computers or mobile phones. That side of things is under development at the moment, and should be working soon.
And in the end, we’ll see if we can get it all published somewhere.
So waddya think?
P.S. Apologies to those readers who couldn’t initially see the image of the questionnaire.
P.P.S. We have a Dutch poll too. Yayyyy!!!!!!!!!!