Friday, November 04, 2005

How Much Confidence Do You Have In Your Government?

(The link for the survey is now fixed)

A message from Jeffrey Thomas of Eastern Kentucky University:

Dear Friends and Colleagues

I am working on a piece of research with the University of Kentucky. Specifically, I am looking at how much confidence people have in government, and I am particularly interested in the views of gays and lesbians (though not exclusively). Identifying gay and lesbian people is somewhat of a problem, since gays and lesbians are not fully included in the Census and other similar surveys of Americans. Finding gay and lesbian people (as well as their friends and families) is a little more difficult. This is where I need your help.

Will you take a few minutes to click on the link below and fill out the survey? Then, would you forward this information to other people who might do the same? Forward it to as many people as you are willing regardless of their sexual orientation. It will be helpful for me to have a substantial number of heterosexual people in the survey that I can use for comparisons.

All surveys are anonymous. I won' t be able to match responses with a particular person , so you can feel free to respond honestly without fear that I will know how you respond. I will only see the overall results of the data, which will be merged with everyone else 's answers. I need to get as many people to respond as possible in order to make my analysis more meaningful.

Thanks in advance for your help, and let me know if you have any questions about this research.

Here' s the link and more information about the study.



A research study about the level of confidence and trust that Americans have in government in the United States is seeking participants. We are particularly interested in finding out why confidence might vary across different groups of Americans (for example, GLBT citizens and heterosexual citizens). This study is being conducted by Jerry Thomas, MPA, Ellen D.B. Riggle, Ph.D., and Sharon Scales Rostosky, Ph.D., of the University of Kentucky. You will be asked to complete an on-line survey that asks questions about you and your feelings about government. The survey will take about 10-15 minutes. This study is open to all United States citizens or residents over the age of 18. If you are interested in participating in the survey please click on this link

Jerry D. Thomas
Visiting Assistant Professor
Department of Government
Eastern Kentucky University
117 McCreary Hall
521 Lancaster Avenue
Richmond, KY 40475

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