Survey Results Review

With this assignment you have an opportunity to review the results of our framing study of the attitudes of the students in POLI 321 at the University of Victoria.

Your assignment is to provide a one page (no more) write-up discussing the results of one of the framing experiments of our study. It is due at the beginning of class on Tuesday, November 29th. If you are not sure what to say, you might want to refer to Brader’s presentation of his framing results to see what he said.

In order to investigate possible effects of differing frames on the responses of the UVic students, there are two versions of the questionnaire Version A and Version B. You can link to the by clicking on the following links for Version A poli185-qairea and Version B poli185-qaireb

You will notice that the first 18 questions differ somewhat between the two versions. This provides an opportunity to observe the influence of two different framings of the same question. Question 15, for example asks whether immigration to Canada is seen as beneficial or detrimental. The two versions of the questionnaire frame the question differently.

Here’s Version A of Question 15:

Do you think the immigration to Canada of Americans following the 2016 presidential election will be beneficial or detrimental to Canada? 

And here’s Version B:

Do you think the immigration to Canada of Syrian Refugees will be beneficial or detrimental to Canada? 

Does the framing of this and other questions affect the responses of the UVic students. You can find out by viewing responses to the two versions of each question side by side. They are located in the following file: output-report

In this file, you can view the results for a particular question by number by finding locating its topic and number. For example, the results for Question 15 are listed under: immigration*versionV15.
Alternatively, you can browse through the results.

The output-report file also contains the UVic student responses to a number of other questions that do not have different versions/frames including their responses to the Moral Foundations Questions to which our class also responded. So you will be able to compare the mean scores of the two classes regarding the importance placed on values of harm, fairness, ingroup, authority and purity as discussed in class last week in connection with the Positive/Moral psychology of Jonathan Haidt. These results are near the bottom of the file, under the unfortunately vague label “Means” just after the “Party” results for the UVic students.

Have fun.