The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services has commissioned a survey seeking to find out the sexual orientation, vaccine status and opinions of Alaskans on a host of issues.
Conducted this month via text by Alaska Survey Research, the questionnaire has gone out to about 2,000 Alaskans who will receive a $10 gift card for participating. It’s unclear exactly how the information will be used, but the survey states that the data will be utilized to “improve efforts to promote health.” Participants are assured that their information will remain anonymous.
Among the litany of questions, the survey begins by asking about a participant’s age and general health. It then inquires into views and knowledge about electronic cigarettes, tobacco and marijuana.
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From there, the survey turns to sexual orientation and gender identity, inquiring, “What was your sex at birth? Male, female, or something else fits better…” Participants are asked whether they are “transgender,” “gay or lesbian,” “straight,” “bisexual,” or “another.”
The survey continues with a series of questions about one’s race, educational levels, marital and employment status, home ownership, income and what kind of health care a person has.
The last two sections deal with views about smoking and vaping regulations and whether or not one has taken the COVID vaccine shot.
In May the state released the results of a survey about vaccine hesitancy among Alaskans. Like the current survey it was conducted via text. That data was used to craft public messaging from the state to encourage more residents to get the COVID shot.