EppsNet Archive: Surveys

God in America

28 Sep 2010 /
Martin Luther by Lucas Cranach. The Protestant...

Americans are by all measures a deeply religious people, but they are also deeply ignorant about religion.

The article describes a study in which researchers phoned up 3,400 Americans and asked them 32 questions about religion.

On average, respondents got half the questions wrong. Breaking down the results by faith (or lack thereof), the highest scores were registered by atheists and agnostics, closely followed by Jews and Mormons.

Some of the knowledge gaps are amazing:

  • Fifty-three percent of Protestants could not identify Martin Luther as the man who started the Protestant Reformation.
  • Forty-five percent of Catholics did not know that their church teaches that the consecrated bread and wine in holy communion are not merely symbols, but actually become the body and blood of Christ.

As Nietzsche used to say: If you want happiness and peace of mind, believe. If you want truth, investigate.

You can test your own knowledge of religious lore with an abbreviated, 15-question version of the survey, available here.


Stat of the Day

8 Aug 2010 /
punch

Nearly 60% of the teenage readers of an online men’s magazine say they would punch a coworker in the face if they could get away with it, and nearly 40% would do the same to their bosses. The magazine, AskMen.com, says the number of positive responses to those statements declines steadily with respondents’ age, dropping to about 20% for readers 50 and older.


Employee Surveys

11 Jun 2010 /
Professional Demeanor Throughout

It’s Employee Survey Day!

The surveys are completely anonymous. Don’t write your name on them and please seal them in the envelope in front of you.

Oh and — solely for statistical purposes — please indicate the department you work in, your job title, age and how long you’ve worked here.

(Ha ha, I’m sure everything’s on the up and up but I wrote everything left-handed anyway . . . to maintain some deniability . . .)