Friday, November 18, 2011

Occupy PDX Survey on November 12th 2011

Some friends and I decided that we wanted to learn more about the Occupy Portland Movement and so we did a survey!

We all work in a Survey Research Lab at a local university and thought we could use our skills to learn more about the movement and possible compare it to another survey done in New York with the Occupy Wall-street movement there.  We did this completely independetly of our jobs and just for our own personal interests in the movement and also so we could get a chance to use the skills we have on something we are all interested in.

We were able to collect surveys from 8:30am to 9:00pm on November 12th, 2001.  This was the day that the City of Portland had set as the last day they would allow the camp to remain.  That night at 12:01 the Portland Police were scheduled to evict everyone from Lownsdale and Chapman Squares

It was pretty obvious when we got there that some of the Occupiers were already packing up their tents and taking things down.  There was also a very heavy police presence with at least 2 officers stationed at each enterance to the parks and more walking around the area.  We also saw more than a few people just walking through to check out the camp before it was gone.

We usually had 1 or 2 people in the park who approached everyone they could to complete the survey.  The survey was rather long at 3 pages and took people from 5 - 7 minuets to complete on average.  Overall people were, for the most part, happy to do the survey and many expressed words of support for our work and said they are looking forward to seeing the results.

Right now we have 134 completed surveys that we are working on getting entered into a computer so that we can start analysisinp the data.  I hope that we can get this done sometime next week.

Here is a link to the survey we did.  We unfortunately did not have a lot of time to put this together and I feel if we had a few more days we might have been able to have a better survey.

Here is a link to the survey we are trying to compare to.  Our use of this survey should in no way show any support for it or how it was done.  The whole team had issues with this survey but at the time we were drafting our survey we could not find any other Occupy survey that we could use to compare against.