Back when we started this whole enterprise we promised that if it became reasonably certain we were looking at a May 2019 election, we’d make the surveys shorter. Shorter surveys begin in November.
We’re officially giving in. While we remain unrealistically optimistic the election will be called and over as soon as possible, from now until the election is called the panel surveys will be shorter.
The main changes are we won’t be asking about your Senate vote anymore, and we’ve condensed the main repeating block of questions about what conversations, news, social media and campaign activity you have seen and heard in the part month down to just one set of questions.
We’ll continue to ask you different questions about aspects of your life and politics each month. We have also embedded both the short surveys in the monthly survey as optional extras to make things easier for those who want to do the additional questions.
The time to complete the monthly survey is now down to an average of 7 minutes, to a maximum of 15 minutes.
The week the election is called there’ll be one more longer survey of about 15-20 minutes, and then weekly surveys during the formal campaign period that we’ll do our best to keep down to an average of 10 minutes.
If you haven’t signed up to the panel yet, now’s a good time to do it.
If you have already signed up previously, but didn’t do either the first survey in June or a ‘catch-up’ survey – this was the survey that asked a lot of questions about you, your education, occupation, who you have voted for in the past and the like – we have also streamlined that to make it shorter and simpler. We’ll be working in the next couple of days to verify all those participants who haven’t yet done the catch-up survey, and send them a new link. If you know you need to do it, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
November’s short surveys are up on the surveys page now. The new and improved November Survey will be sent out on Thursday, October 8.
Thank you all for your ongoing participation and support.