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Time-sharing Experiments for the Social Sciences, TESS73 Djupe, The Political Impact of Message Attributes from Religious Elites




Djupe, P., & Gwiasda, G. (2020, April 19). Time-sharing Experiments for the Social Sciences, TESS73 Djupe, The Political Impact of Message Attributes from Religious Elites.


TESS conducts general population experiments on behalf of investigators throughout the social sciences. General population experiments allow investigators to assign representative subject populations to experimental conditions of their choosing. Faculty and graduate students from the social sciences and related fields (such as law and public health) propose experiments. A comprehensive, on-line submission and peer review process screens proposals for the importance of their contribution to science and society.

The study focuses on the affect religious attributes may have on messages about global warming. Respondents will receive information about 1) the religious affiliation of a public official and 2) the way he made his decision to take a stance on global warming. This is a 2x2 between subject design, where the first factor is the source cue (Present/Absent) and the second factor is the decision process (Present/Absent). In total, there are four conditions and respondents are assigned with equal probabilities.

Data File

Cases: 948
Variables: 48
Weight Variable: WEIGHT, WEIGHT2

Data Collection

5/26/2006 - 5/31/2006

Original Survey (Instrument)

TESS 73 - Djupe_final quex

Funded By

National Science Foundation

Collection Procedures

Online survey respondents were presented with a statement to read. Words encircled by "[ ]" are source cues, words encircled by "{ }" are process cues. The cues were each delivered to half the sample in classic 2x2 fashion.

[Reverend] Rich Cizik, vice president of governmental affairs for [the National Association of Evangelicals], {stated that after thoughtful prayer with others and reading Scripture he had a "conversion" on climate change so profound that he likened it to an "altar call." As a result, he} urged the "government to encourage fuel efficiency, reduce pollution, encourage sustainable use of natural resources, and provide for the proper care of wildlife and their natural habitats."

After this, the respondents are given questions regarding the topic of global warming.

Sampling Procedures

TESS provides investigators an opportunity to run Internet-based experiments on a random, probability-based sample of the population. To achieve a representative sample, we contract with GfK (formerly Knowledge Networks), which conducts surveys using its KnowledgePanel. KnowledgePanel is a nationally representative, probability-based web panel based on dual-frame sampling that combines traditional random-digit-dialing telephone surveying techniques with an address-based technique that allows the sample to be representative of cell-phone-only households as well as those with land-lines. A summary of the KnowledgePanel survey design used for the TESS projects can be accessed here. Additional data and study materials can be downloaded here.

Principal Investigators

Paul Djupe, Denison University
Gregory Gwiasda, Denison University


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