» Chapman University Survey on American Fears FAQs

+ - What is the purpose of this survey?

The goal of the Chapman University Survey of American Fears (CSAF) is to collect annual data on the fears, worries and concerns of Americans, the personal, behavioral and attitudinal characteristics related to those fears, and how those fears are associated with other attitudes and behaviors.

+ - How often will the survey be collected?

The CSAF is planned as an annual survey project. New waves will collected in March/April of each year, with related press releases occurring the following fall.

+ - What is the institutional home of this project?

The CSAF is a project of the Earl Babbie Research Center in the Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at Chapman University.

The Earl Babbie Research Center is dedicated to using a variety of social science research methods to examine critical social, behavioral, economic and environmental problems.

+ - Who are the principal investigators on this project?

The CSAF was collected with the help of a multi-disciplinary team of faculty and students. The three principal investigators are:

+ - Who should I contact if I would like to conduct an interview related to this project?

Please contact Sheri Ledbetter in the Chapman PR office at:

(714) 289-3143

+ - How do I link to this project?

+ - What is the correct citation for the survey?

Chapman University. 2016. The Chapman University Survey of American Fears, Wave 3. Orange, CA: Earl Babbie Research Center [producer].

+ - Who collected the data?

Wave 3 was collected by GFK (Knowledge Networks). Knowledge Networks is an internationally recognized leader in the collection of data using online-based probability panels.

+ - How were the data collected?

Knowledge Networks collects data using a probability-based panel designed to be statistically representative of the U.S. population. Households are selected randomly with a known probability of selection, allowing Knowledge Networks to provide a confidence interval for statistical estimates.

Knowledge Networks maintains its panel using the United States Postal Service's Delivery Sequence File, which allows the inclusion of households that are cell phone-only, which are often missed in standard sampling designs.

Selected households are invited to participate in Knowledge Networks's Web enabled panel. Those who agree to participate, but are not already on the Internet, are sent a laptop computer and receive an Internet service connection provided and paid for by Knowledge Networks. People who already have computers and Internet service are permitted to participate using their own equipment.

+ - Who is in the sample and how many people were included?

The Chapman University Survey of American Fears, Wave 3 consists of a random, national sample of 1,511 adult (18 and over) respondents.

+ - Is there a margin of error for this survey?

Yes. The margin of error is +/- 3%.

+ - Where can I find complete results for Chapman University Survey of American Fears, Wave 1 and wave 2?

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