Update: the 2017 Census is now closed. Thank you to everyone who participated! Check back in late October of 2018 for next year’s census.
Who is the survey open to?
The survey is open to anyone 13 years of age or older.
Do I have to be asexual to take the survey?
No! The survey is open to both ace and non-ace participants. Having non-ace participants actually helps us learn more about our ace participants by comparison, so we encourage everyone to respond regardless of how they identify.
Can I share your survey with some people?
Yes, please do. We want responses from both ace and non-ace people.
How long does the survey run?
The survey is expected to run until approximately mid-November. While the survey may be extended if there is enough demand, we recommend you plan to respond by Nov. 15 to be safe.
Can I skip questions that I am not comfortable answering?
Yes. Nearly all questions in the survey are optional; if you are uncomfortable answering any question, please feel free to skip it and continue to the next one you are comfortable answering.
What is the purpose of this survey?
The purpose of the survey is to measure various demographics within the asexual community, but non-ace participants are encouraged to respond as a comparison group. Additionally, data from the survey is used to create a database that can be used by future ace community leaders or researchers.
Who runs the survey?
The survey is run by the Ace Community Census Survey Team, an independent ace community research group.
When and where will results be published?
Any results and analysis will be posted at https://asexualcensus.wordpress.com/. Analysis will be done whenever we can.
Can I take the survey on my phone?
We recommend using a laptop or desktop to ensure compatibility, but you should be able to complete the survey on a phone as well.
I’m having technical issues!
If you are having technical problems accessing the survey, try updating your browser to the latest version. If you still encounter issues, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Could I have a more accessible copy of the survey?
If you are unable to take the main survey due to accessibility issues, shoot us a message at email@example.com and we can work out a more accessible solution.
Why am I seeing the same question twice? Is this an error?
This is intentional – we sometimes ask about the same topic a few times with different wording or options so that we can see which questions work the best for future surveys, as well as to determine whether the wording of the questions is affecting the responses that people give.
Can I stop halfway through and come back later?
Unfortunately, there is no way to save your answers and come back later; closing the survey window will require starting over again. You can however leave the survey window open for as long as you would like. The survey is estimated to take about 15-20 minutes.
What happens if I stop partway through?
The survey data is only submitted if you hit the submit button at the end after answering all questions. If you close the survey partway through, your response will not be recorded
How can I submit feedback on the survey?
The final section of the survey includes an open response section where you can submit comments anonymously; you can also send us feedback directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who can access the data from this survey?
The data will be analyzed by the members of the ace community census survey team. We may also share data with academic researchers and asexual organizers upon request, once they have been fully vetted by the survey team. If you are a researcher who would like access to the data, please complete the data request form here.
How can I get involved?
The survey team is currently recruiting volunteer analysts to help produce reports on the findings of the survey – we are interested in anyone with experience in statistical analysis. If you have any relevant skills and would be interested in helping out, please send us an email at email@example.com.
Update: The main call for volunteers is no longer ongoing. You may still contact us to volunteer, but we may be a bit slow to respond as we currently aren’t dedicating resources to it.
What if my question isn’t on here?
If you have any additional questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.