Wednesday, September 11, 2013

What Made YOU Leave Religion?

The demographics survey for formerly religious people is up. If you once had religious beliefs, but don't any more, then take the survey! We're trying to figure out what influences people to move from religion to non-religion, because there's a surprising lack of actual data on this. And how can we help more people become atheists if we don't know what influences people to make this choice?

The movement needs your help to answer this question. The survey takes 10, max 15 minutes. With this data we'll be able to see what really makes people reconsider their religion and declare themselves an atheist (or humanist, or whatever). Most importantly, tell your friends about it! We're on Facebook too.

14 comments:

sylas said...

I started the survey but left early when it seemed that it was really meant for people in the USA. Unfortunately; it appears to have recorded my answers so far. Sorry about that.

Anonymous said...

You should add a question about our nationality. We aren't all Americans.

Anonymous said...

16. What was or were your family's active religion(s) during your upbringing?

One option is "Reformed Judaism". The term is Reform Judaism. Reformed is actually a bit offensive as it implies the person's previous Judaism was criminal or of poor moral character.

There should also be a "None of the above" option for 15. What was the ethnic background of the household(s) you were raised in? Check all that apply.

Anonymous said...

Would have been nice if they'd include all sexual orientations and not just include pedophilia in the other groups. I am heterosexual, so I put that. But would have preferred an option of putting pedophile/heterosexual.

OverworldTheme said...

Hi Michael!

Under "what kind of high school did you attend" I noticed there was no "homeschooled" option. I selected "private, religious" because this seemed like the closest matching response, but it seems like quite a lot of people who left religion would have the same educational background as I do.

TychaBrahe said...

I have three issues with your survey.

3: I mostly didn't tell anyone because I didn't think it was their business. I finally told my mother only to get her to stop pestering me to go to synagogue.

12: You don't include the possibility of asexuality, which is something else people are often in the closet about.

16: You list both orthodox and reformed Jew, but not conservative Jew.

Hal said...

Question 31 should include "Widowed" because none of the other choices fit my situation, and I can't get beyond that part of the survey without giving a false answer

TychaBrahe said...

I have three issues with your survey.

3: I mostly didn't tell anyone because I didn't think it was their business. I finally told my mother only to get her to stop pestering me to go to synagogue.

12: You don't include the possibility of asexuality, which is something else people are often in the closet about.

16: You list both orthodox and reformed Jew, but not conservative Jew.

TychaBrahe said...

I have three issues with your survey.

3: I mostly didn't tell anyone because I didn't think it was their business. I finally told my mother only to get her to stop pestering me to go to synagogue.

12: You don't include the possibility of asexuality, which is something else people are often in the closet about.

16: You list both orthodox and reformed Jew, but not conservative Jew.

Michael Caton said...

Thanks to everyone for taking the survey and furthermore, taking the time to tell me how to improve it. I can't fix it as it is because then I would lose data, but future incarnations will certainly incorporate your suggestions. Really appreciate it!

And for you people outside the U.S. - sorry the the survey isn't for you. It's really focused on Americans, for several reasons, one of which is it's hard enough even for an American (me) to design a survey that covers all the options for other Americans, let alone for your country too. So I encourage you to do a survey for your own country, and feel free to steal the questions/format for this one. Just make sure you share your data! The whole reason for this is to know how to make more atheists.

Anonymous said...

20. No checkbox for religious education. My father was a pastor.

Anonymous said...

Number 10 requires that you remember the first question which I couldn't remember or get back to.

Michael Caton said...

Interestingly, all your excellent suggestions about this survey (read: what to include in future surveys) have exposed my own background! I'm a second generation atheist and multiple people have pointed out that religious education is absent from the list of options. Also, I'm from suburban Philadelphia, and homeschooling isn't so much a thing around there.

I'm glad so many people are giving me good feedback and I hope you sign up for the Facebook group so you can see when the next improved version comes out, and make sure we have better questions:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/163908863812902/

Anonymous said...

I guess you're only interested in atheists?
My deconversion to 'nothing right now, thanks' seems relevant, but I'm not an atheist. I'm much closer to agnostic.