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+ - 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. 2018. The Chapman University Survey of American Fears, Wave 5. Orange, CA: Earl Babbie Research Center [producer].

+ - Who collected the data?

Wave 5 was collected by SSRS. SSRS is an internationally recognized leader in the collection of data using online-based probability panels.

+ - How were the data collected?

Survey Methodology

The CSAF was conducted online via the SSRS Probability Panel among adults age 18 and older who participated via the web on PC, laptop, tablet or mobile phone. It included 1,190 participants with a margin of error of +/- 3.9%. Data collection was conducted from June 25 to July 10, 2018. The SSRS Panel members are recruited randomly from a dual-frame random digit dial (RDD) sample, through the SSRS Omnibus Survey. The SSRS Omnibus survey is a national (50-state), bilingual telephone survey. The sample used for the Chapman University Survey of American Fears mirrors the demographic characteristics of the U.S. Census. For additional methodological details, see the full report.

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

The Chapman University Survey of American Fears, Wave 5 consists of a random, national sample of 1,190 respondents.

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

Yes. The margin of error is +/- 3.9%.