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[RC] Surveys - and what they mean - Michael Maul

The Competitions Committee wanted member input on whether there
was interest in changing our present structure for weight
divisions.  I was interested in seeing whether short, easy surveys
would be useful to AERC committees.

The wt division survey was publicized on all the email lists and
written up in EN so that even those not on the lists would know
about it.

The results after 3 weeks are

91% want wt divisions.  63% want the limits of the divisions to
remain the same and 37% want them equalized so that there are
about the same number in each division.

9.6% want 2 divisions, 18.8% want 3 divisions, and 72% want 4
divisions as we have now.  A very few wanted a super heavy weight
division for over 250 lbs.

The results seem fairly clear but there were only 325 members who
responded to the survey.  That's only 4.7% of our total
membership.  It's 6.5% of members who have activated their members
page.  There was no evidence of ballot stuffing to influence the

Sources on the Internet noted that responses to surveys in general
are low - in the 2%-10% kind of range.

Our membership is pretty much online.  Over 5,000 members have
activated their member's page accounts that enable them to look at
their official records and make changes.

I'd like to use polls and surveys to get member feedback but
wonder what a response rate of about 1 in 20 members really tells
us.  That all our members really want to do is "just ride"?




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