eQuad Survey Results

We conducted eight informal surveys this academic year, with topics ranging from holiday greetings to Intelligent Design. Not surprisingly, the Red Sox/Yankees question received the greatest number of responses, while a question about government wiretapping yielded the most lopsided results. Among the most interesting results were that the campus community is closely divided about the publication of potentially offensive editorial cartoons and that slightly more than half of respondents live in the city of Hartford or would consider moving here. Below is a summary of the survey results from the 2005-06 academic year. Look for a new survey question in the fall!

September: Who do you want to see in the World Series?

Red Sox

42%

Yankees

30%

Other 

8%
Don’t Care  20%

 

October: What is your opinion of same-sex marriage?

I fully support same-sex couples’ right to marry.

72%

I support civil unions, but not gay marriage.

16%

I’m against legal recognition for same-sex couples. 

11%


 

November: Should Intelligent Design be taught in public schools?

Yes. It should be taught alongside evolution.

7%  

No. It is not based in science. 

16%  

Yes. It should be taught as religion and/or philosophy.

46%  
No. It has no place at all in the curriculum.

27%

 

 

December: Which do you prefer: Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays?

Merry Christmas – it is a religious holiday.

25%  

Happy Holidays – it is more inclusive.

27%  

Merry Christmas – it is traditional.   

23%  
It depends on who is greeting whom.

17%

 
Bah Humbug!  8%  

 

January: Should the government be permitted to order wiretaps on American citizens in the interest of national security?

Yes. Our country is at war.

6%  

No. It is a violation of the right to privacy as defined in the Constitution.

53%  

Yes. There is nothing to worry about unless you have something to hide.

13%  
No. It sets a dangerous precedent.

28%

 

 

February: Should the media publish editorial cartoons that may offend specific religious groups? 

No. It only serves to stir up trouble.

2%

Yes. The right to freedom of expression outweighs any negative consequences.

38%

No. Just because one has the right to do something doesn’t make it the right thing to do.

51%
Yes. There is generally a hint of truth in most satire.

9%

 

April: Will the high price of gasoline affect your summer vacation plans?

Yes – I’ll be cutting back and/or sticking closer to home.

32%  

No – I have already booked my vacation.

39%  

I don’t know yet.

29%  

                                                                                                               

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