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Unformatted text preview: You are in control Fat e / God or Destiny Fat e / God or Destiny You are in control God or Super natural Being Complet e Randomness Fir m believer in God or religion Do not believe in God at all Survey Instrument 1 Survey Instrument Data Presentation Project Robert D. McCain RES-600 Graduate Research Methods Dr. Peter Pingerelli November 4, 2009 Survey Instrument 2 This study experimentally assessed two hypotheses. First, the hypothesis that people are more likely to believe their lives are being controlled by a supreme being, such as God, if they are thinking about a positive event in their lives. That is opposed to the belief that God would want something negative to happen in their lives. Therefore, any negative events that take place are the result of chance. The second hypothesis was that people are more likely to alter the ideology of their religion when doing so will best suit their personal gain. Based on the idea that when someone indicates that they have strong religious ties, it would appear logical to believe they would also have a higher likelihood of following the established codes within their religion. The experiment was conducted using two hundred thirty six participants (236 women and 112 men; 18 45 years of age; within Maricopa County) recruited from various public venues at ASU east, ASU west, ASU polytechnic, WIU Peoria, WIU Phoenix, and in front of U of P stadium in exchange for one dollar. The participants were asked to fill out a questionnaire about self thoughts, opinions, and beliefs in respect to their religion on site. The first five questions were used to determine how much they were willing to bend or alter their religious beliefs to suit their personal gain. It was also used to determine their level of commitment to their religion. The next three questions were used to determine their perceived levels of control during positive and negative scenarios, and in general how much control they felt they controlled their lives. The next two questions general how much control they felt they controlled their lives....
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