Dadgummit, Shawn Eichorst.
I worked hard to put together a comprehensive survey intended to get a true pulse of the Husker fan base on a number of hot-button topics. I put it out there, promoted it (thanks again to 93.7 The Ticket’s Gaskins & Stephens Show for having me on last week), and many, many of you took the time to take the survey over the last week.
I spent a good chunk of time Friday and Saturday night going through the 6,000+ responses, analyzing the data, and working towards putting out the results that so many of you were excited to see. When I went to bed early Sunday morning, I was about halfway through this post and felt confident that I would have it ready for Monday morning.
And then Eichorst goes and fires Bo Pelini.
The key question in this survey (Should Bo Pelini be fired before the end of the 2014 season?) was answered for me by the one person whose response carries all the weight.
Mr. Eichorst, I understand that you felt you had to make a change – and I’m not going to argue that you probably made the right call. But couldn’t you have waited until Monday?
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Even with Pelini’s firing stealing some of the thunder from this, there is still a lot of good data in here. Therefore, on with the show!
Before we dive into the questions and your responses, I would be remiss if I did not give proper thanks to everybody who completed the survey, who shared it with others via social media, and who provided constructive criticism for me.*
*The biggest thing I learned is that the Gallup folks make things look easier than they really are. My site will not be changing from FeitCanWrite to FeitCanSurvey any time soon.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Thanks to your time and efforts, I am thrilled about the sample size of this survey. You can skip down to the demographics questions (46 – 50) to get more details, but here are the highlights showing how diverse the respondents were:
- Over 6,000 respondents in under a week.
- Survey results from 49 states*, the District of Columbia, and 42 locations outside the U.S.
- Respondents very evenly distributed across age groups 30-39 all the way to 60+.
- A good mix of UNL alumni, former students, and off campus fans.
*Come on Huskers in New Hampshire – let’s step up our game a little bit. That said, I’m inclined to say we had representation from all 50 states: my first non-dorm residence in Lincoln was on New Hampshire Street. I lived there throughout college and another four years after graduation, so I’m practically a resident of the Granite State (even if I had to use Google to learn that New Hamp is the Granite State).
I think this helps give a great cross-section of all Husker fans, which is exactly what I wanted.
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For each question, I’m going to share the following data:
- The question that was asked
- Each of the answer options
- The percentage of responses each answer option received
- The total number of responses each answer option received
- If the question contained an “Other (please specify)” option, I’ll share some of the common responses, as well as others that stand out to me. I will directly quote these responses.
- Finally, I’ll provide my interpretation, comments, and other feedback. Some of these were written before Pelini was fired, but I’ll edit as many as I can.
Also, a full PDF version of the results (including pie charts!) can be found here: State_of_the_Husker_Results
Finally, if you want to see my responses and a brief justification for each one, you can see my completed survey here.
Let’s get started:
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