Attitudes of Cultural Progressive Activists, 2009

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The purpose of this research is to assess the attitudes of cultural progressive activists. Such individuals are conceptualized as individuals who oppose the political, and even religious ambitions of the 'Christian right.' Organizations that envision themselves as opponents of the Christian right were located and members of those organizations were sent a link to an online survey. This survey assessed the respondentís attitudes toward the Christian right and their social networks.

Data File
Cases: 3,956
Variables: 39
Weight Variable: None
Data Collection
Date Collected: July 6 to December 26, 2009
Original Survey (Instrument)
Original Questionnaire
Collection Procedures
A questionnaire was sent out to respondents who are members of a variety of groups that are noted for their opposition to the Christian right. Survey Monkey, an online survey website, was utilized. The survey is a combination of closed- and open-ended questions. This allows us to conduct both quantitative and qualitative analysis of our respondents. The survey recorded the general attitude of the members toward the Christian right. The questionnaire also assessed the religious nature of the social networks of the members of those organizations to see if some of their perspectives developed from their interaction with members of traditional faiths or even from a lack of interaction with such individuals.
Sampling Procedures
To gain knowledge about individuals involved in social organizations that oppose the Christian Right we sought to locate individuals who actively worked to oppose the agenda and aims of the Christian right. Since we do not know the size of such a group, there is no guarantee that a national probability survey would find enough individuals to gain meaningful data. Thus we decided to locate and work with several organizations that had as one of its primary missions to resist the Christian (or in some cases religious) right. Thus membership in such organizations by definition indicates a willingness of an individual to resist the religious right. We located several such cultural progressive groups and contacted them. For the sake of privacy, the names of the organizations shall remain confidential. In every case, we sent a link to a contact member of the targeted group and obtained their compliance. We sent the link to the survey to the leaders of the organizations. Those leaders then sent the link out to their members. We used a variety of local and national groups. One group is a national group known for its promotion of atheism. Another group is a national group known for its progressive political activism. A third group is a regional group that concentrates on issues of education. Finally, we sent the survey link to a local activist group that sent it out to other local groups and social contacts that our contact believed would fit the definition of cultural progressive.
Principal Investigators
George Yancey
David Williamson
Note 1: Qualitative Responses
This dataset also includes qualitative responses which are contained in an Excel spreadsheet. Users can connect the qualitative and quantitative data in the following way: respondents' quantitative responses in the ith row of the SPSS correspond to the qualitative responses in the i+1th row of the Excel file. For example, the 50th case in the SPSS file corresponds with the 51st row of data in the qualitative Excel file.