In September 2022, we announced that we were developing Pulse, a large and repeated US-population survey focusing on public attitudes relevant to high impact issues.
This project was originally going to be supported by the FTX Future Fund and was therefore delayed while we sought alternative funding. We have now acquired alternative funding for this project for one year. However, the project will now be running on a quarterly basis, rather than monthly, to make the most efficient use of limited funds.
Request for questions
As such, we are now, again, soliciting requests for questions to include in the survey.
We are particularly interested in questions which people would value being tracked across time, since this will make the most use of Pulse’s nature as a quarterly survey. We will still likely include some one-off questions in Pulse (space permitting), and welcome requests of this kind, but in principle we could just include these questions in separate surveys (funding permitting).
Given the lower frequency of the surveys, we now believe it is more important than ever to ensure that we include the questions which are the highest priority. Due to space constraints (data quality drops dramatically when surveys exceed a certain length), we are not able to field questions on every topic that we might wish to.
At present, we plan to include questions primarily focused on:
- Awareness of and attitudes towards effective altruism, longtermism, and related areas (e.g. (our previous work)).
- Support for different cause areas or particular policies (e.g. AI)
However, we are keen to get requests for other cause areas or topics.
Ironically, this meant that we weren’t able to run Pulse during the time of the FTX crisis, when tracking attitudes towards EA at a large scale would have been particularly useful. It also meant that Pulse wasn’t running during the recent increase in public interest in AI risk. We think this is a useful illustration of why it is important to have regular surveys running in advance (and keep them running) so that we can capture changes in public attitudes due to unforeseen events. Fortunately, we do have some pre-test data on both of these topics, which we will be able to use to assess changes to some extent.