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    • NORTHEASTERN STATE UNIVERSITY Institutional Review Board IRB # INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARD APPLICATION If you would like to consult an IRB committee member about your application before submitting it, the following members are available during their office hours: Dr. Ernst Bekkering and Dr. Vanessa Anton Prior to completing this application, please review the NSU IRB Policies & Procedures at http://arapaho.nsuok.edu/~irb . For IRB use only: ___ Exempt ___ Expedited ___ Full Board Review Project Title: Adult Attention Deficit Disorder: Impact on Quality of Life *Note: The project title should be consistent with the title used in the consent document(s). PART I - INVESTIGATOR and KEY RESEARCH PERSONNEL 1) PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR (PI)/CONTACT Name: __ Dr. __Mr. x Ms. _ _ Mrs. Lisa Josey Investigator Status: E-mail Address: College/Department: Preferred Mailing Address: __ Faculty __ Graduate Student __Optometry Student josey@nsuok.edu College of Education/Department of Psychology & Counseling PO Box 140095 City: Broken Arrow Daytime Phone: _x_ Undergraduate __ Other: ____________ State: OK Zip:74014 918.607.3656 2) FACULTY SPONSOR OR CO-INVESTIGATOR (if applicable) Name: Investigator Status: E-mail Address: College/Department: Preferred Mailing Address: Page 1 of 17 April Phillips _X_Faculty Sponsor _X_ Dr. __Mr. __ Ms. __ Mrs. Co-investigator: __Faculty __ Graduate Student __ Undergraduate __Optometry Student __ Other: ________ philli48@nsuok.edu College of Education/Department of Psychology & Counseling 3100 East New Orleans Revision Date: 9/6/2011
    • NORTHEASTERN STATE UNIVERSITY Institutional Review Board City: Broken Arrow Daytime Phone: State:OK Zip:74014 (918) 449-6356 If more space is needed to list additional co- investigators please copy and paste this section. ADDITIONAL CO-INVESTIGATOR (if applicable) __Dr. __Mr. __Ms. Name: Investigator Status: __Faculty Sponsor Co-investigator: __Faculty __ Graduate Student __ Undergraduate __Optometry Student __ Other: ________ E-mail Address: College/Department: Preferred Mailing Address: City: State: Zip: Daytime Phone: Please be aware that the IRB will only consider applications that all investigators, and, if applicable, the Faculty Sponsor have signed on the signature page at the end of the document. PART II – FUNDING INFORMATION 1) Check all of the appropriate boxes of funding sources for this research. Include pending funding source(s). __University __ __College: ________ Other: ________ __State __ Federal __N/A P.I. of Grant or Contract: Sponsor: Contract/Grant No. (if available): Contract/Grant Title: Please attach one complete copy of the proposal submitted to the sponsor. Submission of your grant application is a regulatory requirement and will be maintained for the record with your application. You must submit all necessary documentation for this application, such as consent forms and survey questionnaires, in addition to the copy of the grant, even if those forms are included in the grant application. PART III – ADMINISTRATIVE DATA RESEARCH MUST NOT BE INITIATED UNTIL YOU RECEIVE AN APPROVAL LETTER FROM THE IRB If you are notified that your application has been evaluated as acceptable contingent on certain changes, Page 2 of 17 Revision Date: 9/6/2011
    • NORTHEASTERN STATE UNIVERSITY Institutional Review Board you must not start data collection until you have submitted the requested changes and received notification that the revised application has been fully approved. Starting data collection before receiving documentation of study approval constitutes research misconduct as defined in the university policies. 1) Proposed start date: ____ ____ or ____X____ upon IRB approval 2) Please check the most appropriate box. _X_ Course Project (student) __ Honors Project (student) __ __ Thesis (student) Research Project (faculty) Capstone (student) __Optometry Project __ Approvals will be granted for up to one year. After this time, apply for an extension by email to irb@nsuok.edu. Records will be retained until five years after last approval end date. 3) Will medical clearance or screening be necessary for subject recruitment because of inclusion or exclusion criteria, administration of substances such as food or drugs, or physical exercise conditioning? No_X_ Yes __ If yes, explain how clearance will be obtained. If a screening instrument will be used, please attach a copy to the application, or copy the text of the instrument in the box below. 4) Study Sites: __NSU-Tahlequah __NSU-Muskogee _X_NSU-Broken __ Arrow Other: __ONLINE______ 5) Potentially Vulnerable Populations : Please check any groups included in the study. Inclusion of any group below requires full board review): __Children (under 18 years of age) __Pregnant Women __Elderly (65 & older) __Psychologically Impaired __Cognitively Impaired __Prisoners __Native American Tribes and/or Tribal Organizations __Students enrolled in a class in which the instructor is an investigator in the study 6) Other Institutional or External Oversight (if applicable): Check the items listed below that apply to this research project: __NSUOCO (Optometry) Student Projects Committee __Cherokee Nation IRB __IHS Oklahoma Area Office IRB __Other institutional oversight committee________ Note: This information may be forwarded to the appropriate University personnel and/or committee(s). Page 3 of 17 Revision Date: 9/6/2011
    • NORTHEASTERN STATE UNIVERSITY Institutional Review Board 7) Conflict of Interest Is there any potential or perceived conflict of interest between the researcher, sponsor and/or Northeastern State University associated with this study? No_X_ Yes __ If yes, please explain: ________ Please refer to NSU IRB Policies on Conflict of Interest. Additional information may be requested by the IRB Board. Page 4 of 17 Revision Date: 9/6/2011
    • NORTHEASTERN STATE UNIVERSITY Institutional Review Board PART IV – SUMMARY OF STUDY ACTIVITIES Submission of a copy of a grant application does not replace completion of this form. Please respond to each item. Incomplete forms will be returned. 1) Provide background information for the study in the box below, including the objective of the proposed research, purpose, research question, hypothesis and any other relevant information. A democratic political system operates on the grounds of compromise. Without this critical element, Congress’ ability to pass important legislation is severely damaged. This concept was quite evident during the recent debt-ceiling debates, a situation that amplified the severity of the political divide between democrats and republicans. As America and the rest of the world watched in trepidation, Congress fell into a downward spiral of poor leadership and nonexistent cooperation. As the deadline to reach a deal drew closer, the stock markets took violent swings due to the uncertainty investors felt about Congress’ ability to work together and reach a comprehensive, balanced plan to address the budget deficit. On August 5th, 2011, Standard and Poor’s lowered its long-term sovereign credit rating on the United States of America to AA+ from AAA. According to S&P’s website, “…the downgrade reflects our view that the effectiveness, stability, and predictability of American policymaking and political institutions have weakened at a time of ongoing fiscal and economic challenges to a degree more than we envisioned when we assigned a negative outlook to the rating on April 18, 2011.” ( www.standardandpoors.com). This fiasco, as well as other examples of the same inflexible behavior on the part of those individuals whose job it is to work together in the best interest of this nation, has made clear the deepening divide along party lines and the inability of those on either side to come together and work efficiently. The question then, is whether this epidemic of partisan extremism is confined to America’s politicians, or if this trend is evident in the political views of everyday American citizens as well. The current study is predicting that there will be differences in the willingness to compromise between democrats and republicans. In addition, the researchers will analyze correlations between each demographic factor as it relates to the individuals’ willingness to compromise. 2) Describe the research design of the study in the box below. Single administration survey examined as a Correlational study. 3) Describe the tasks that participants will be asked to perform in the box below. Include a step-by-step description of the procedures you plan to use with your subjects. Provide the approximate duration of subject participation for each procedure. If data collection instruments will be used, indicate the time necessary to complete them, and the frequency and method of administration, such as telephone, mail, or face-to-face interview. This study will be conducted as an anonymous survey administered either by the researcher via a paper and pencil survey or online using the CheckBox survey program available through Northeastern State University. Participants will first read and agree to the terms described in the informed consent document. Participants will be given scenarios describing a political issue in which republicans and democrats tend to disagree. Participants will be asked to indicate whether or not they would support the described legislation as well as how willing they would be to compromise. In addition, basic demographic information will be collected including political affiliation, age, gender, and education level. Once participants have completed the packet, they will be thanked for their time and allowed to ask any questions about the study. We anticipate that the entire survey will take most participants less than 20 minutes to complete. Page 5 of 17 Revision Date: 9/6/2011
    • NORTHEASTERN STATE UNIVERSITY Institutional Review Board Attach a copy of each study instrument, or copy the text of the instrument in the box below. This includes all questionnaires, surveys, protocols for interviews, etc. All materials are attached in appendix A, B, and C. 4) Describe the recruitment procedures. Attach a copy of any material used to recruit subjects, or copy the text of those materials in the box below. Materials can include advertisements, hand-outs, telephone scripts, verbal recruitment scripts, cover letters, etc. Explain who will approach potential participants and what will be done to protect the individual’s privacy in this process. Participants will be invited to participate in the study online through the social networking website Facebook, and via various email list-serves. Students at NSU may also be recruited to participate in person or online through the use of flyers placed in various locations on campus. With the permission of individual instructors, the researcher will recruit students in person by making short announcements in class. Participants who choose to participate in the study can either complete the online version at their convenience or may contact the researcher to make an appointment to complete the study in person. Thus, the identity of anyone who chooses to participate will be kept confidential. A copy of the flyer that will posted on campus and/or passed out in classes is included in Appendix B. PART V – PRIVACY PROCEDURES 1. Will you record any direct identifiers, names, social security numbers, addresses, telephone numbers, etc? No_X_ Yes __ If yes, explain why it is necessary to record findings using these identifiers. Describe the coding system you will use to protect against disclosure of these identifiers. Describe how subject identifiers will be maintained or destroyed after the study is completed. ________ 2. Will you retain a link between the study code numbers and direct identifiers after the data collection is complete? No_X_ Yes __ If yes, explain why this is necessary and state how long you will keep this link. ________ 3. Will you provide a link or identifier to anyone outside the research team? No _X_ Yes __ If yes, explain why and to whom. ________ 4. Will audio, video, film, or digitally captured data be recorded? No_X_ Yes __ Please explain how the disposition of the recorded data (tapes/photographs/negatives or digital/electronic media) will be handled. Indicate if recorded data will be erased or destroyed at the conclusion of the study. If you wish to retain the recorded data beyond the conclusion of the study, you must provide justification. Subjects must be informed of the disposition of any recorded data via the informed consent process . ________ Please clarify how subjects will be identified in audio/video/film/digitally-captured responses. __________ Page 6 of 17 Revision Date: 9/6/2011
    • NORTHEASTERN STATE UNIVERSITY Institutional Review Board 5. Where, how long, and in what format (such as paper, digital or electronic media, video, audio or photographic) will data be kept? Describe what security provisions will be taken to protect this data (password protection, encryption, etc). Finally, specify when and how the data will be destroyed. Date will be entered into an Excel file for storage and transferred to SPSS for analysis. Only those individuals directly involved in the study will have access to these data files. No identifying information will be collected from the participants. Therefore, there will be no way to identify individual participants’ responses once the data has been collected. Surveys that are completed in a paper and pencil format will be stored in a locked office and only the faculty sponsor (Dr. Phillips) will have access to them. Once the study is complete, these paper surveys will be shredded and disposed of. 6. Will you place a copy of the consent form or other research study information in the participant’s medical, personal or educational record? (This information should be clearly explained in the consent document and/or process) No _X_ Yes__ If yes, explain why this is necessary. ________ 7. Will you require a Federal Certificate of Confidentiality? No _X_ Yes __ If yes, submit documentation of application (and a copy of the Certificate of Confidentiality award if granted) with this application form. If the data collected contains information about illegal behavior, visit the NIH Certificates of Confidentiality Kiosk http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/policy/coc for information about obtaining a Federal Certificate of Confidentiality. 8. Will any record of the subject’s participation in this study be made available to his or her supervisor, teacher, or employer? No_X_ Yes __ If yes, please explain. ________ PART VI – INFORMED CONSENT INFORMATION 1) Informed Consent: Please attach a copy of all informed consent forms, or copy the text of these documents in the box below. a. If subject participation is anonymous, IRB recommends including the text of an information sheet or cover letter containing all required elements of informed consent. b. If subject participation is not anonymous, you MUST include the text to the consent form. i. For children and youth participants , provide both the text for the assent form for the child/youth and the text of a permission form for the parents ii. For adult participants, include the text for the consent form. View sample Informed Consent Documents at http://arapaho.nsuok.edu/~irb/ See attached materials in Appendix A PART VII – RISKS AND BENEFITS 1) Does the research involve any of the following possible risks or harms to subjects? No _X_ Yes __ (if YES, a FULL BOARD REVIEW is required) Check all that apply: Page 7 of 17 Revision Date: 9/6/2011
    • NORTHEASTERN STATE UNIVERSITY Institutional Review Board __Use of deception* *If deception is used, describe this in detail in the box below. This includes the debriefing process and the debriefing script. The principal investigator must offer the participant the opportunity to withdraw his/her data after finding out that deception was used in the study. __Use of confidential records (e.g. education or medical records) __Manipulation of psychological or social variables such as sensory deprivation, social isolation, psychological stressors __Any probing for personal or sensitive information in surveys or interviews __Presentation of materials which subjects might consider sensitive, offensive, threatening or degrading __Possible invasion of privacy of subject or family __Risk of physical injury or harm __Social or economic risk __Legal risk __Employment/occupational risk __Other risks, specify: ________ 2) Describe the nature and degree of the risk or harm checked above. The described risks/harms must be disclosed in the consent form. ________ 3) Explain what steps will be taken to minimize risks or harms and to protect subjects’ welfare. If the research will include protected populations (See Part III, Item 6), identify each group and answer this question for each group. ________ 4) Describe the anticipated benefits of this research for individual participants in each subject group. If none, state “none”. ____none____ 5) Describe the anticipated benefits of this research for society, and explain how the benefits outweigh the risks. This study seeks to discover the degree of political extremism possessed by average American citizens. Implications of this study may be used to better understand recent political trends and how they relate to the political beliefs of citizens of this country. PART VIII – COMPENSATION INFORMATION Will any compensation or inducements, i.e. course credit, be offered to the subjects for their participation? No_X_ Yes __ If yes, describe those inducements and include a statement in the informed consent document explaining how compensation will be handled in the event the participant withdraws from the study. ________ Page 8 of 17 Revision Date: 9/6/2011
    • NORTHEASTERN STATE UNIVERSITY Institutional Review Board EMAIL Submissions Paper Submissions Form : save this file( in Microsoft Word format ) and send it AS AN EMAIL ATTACHMENT to: irb@nsuok.edu In the body of the application, include as appropriate, Solicitation Announcements/ Recruitment materials, Data Collection Instruments/(ie., Interview questions/ Questionnaires/Surveys), Informed Consent Documents (Parental/Legal Guardian Permission Form, Child Assent Form), Medical Screening Instrument, Proposal and/or Contract or Grant, Debriefing Script (for studies involving deception) or copy and paste them to the back of the document. We strongly discourage the use of paper submissions. For legacy purposes, we will continue to accept them. However, please be aware that processing and approval will be significantly slower than emailed applications for the following reasons: • Applications must be routed to the Graduate Office, and then forwarded to the IRB Chair • Applications must be office mailed to the reviewers. This usually takes two days • At least one reviewer must return the application so the Chair can interpret the reviewer comments. Office mailing usually takes two days • If the application is lost en route, there is no trail or tracking possible. _X_Application Upon receipt of the emailed application, all investigators will receive a confirmation email with the signature page. Print out the email and send it (signed) to Dr. Ernst Bekkering IRB Chair College of Business and Technology Room 221 i Northeastern State University Tahlequah, OK 74464 Faxed copies and digitally signed files are not acceptable. Only submit ONE file. Emails with more than one file will not be accepted. If you have separate PDF files, Word files, etc, copy and paste them to this Word document. Alternatively, print them out, send them by mail, and indicate below which documents will be mailed. Below, check off which documents will be mailed to the IRB Chair __Approval from Study Sites (ie, public schools) __Other: (if applicable)_________________________ Page 9 of 17 Revision Date: 9/6/2011 __Application Form : THREE COPIES Mrs. Kathy Schoonover Director, Research and Sponsored Programs Administration building room B19 Northeastern State University Tahlequah, OK 74464 __Solicitation Announcements/Recruitment materials __Data Collection Instruments/(ie., Interview questions/Questionnaires/Surveys) __ Informed Consent Documents __Parental/Legal Guardian Permission Form __Child Assent Form __Approval from Study Sites (ie, public schools) __Medical Screening Instrument __Proposal and/or Contract or Grant __Debriefing Script (for studies involving deception) __Appendices (if applicable)
    • NORTHEASTERN STATE UNIVERSITY Institutional Review Board Appendix A Informed Consent Form CONSENT TO PARTICIPATE IN A RESEARCH STUDY Title of Project: Bipartisan Negotiations Principal Investigator(s): This study is being conducted by XXXXXXX under the direction of Dr. April Phillips (philli48@nsuok.edu) Purpose of the Study: The current study aims to explore factors that may influence ones’ willingness to reach bipartisan compromise. Procedures to be Followed: After participants read and understand this informed consent form, they can begin filling out the survey. The Bipartisan Negotiation Survey addresses four pieces of controversial legislation from the state or federal governments. Each issue is followed by three arguments from both those who oppose and those who support the proposed legislation. After participants read the arguments, they are asked a series of questions about their opinion on the issue. Participants will then be asked to provide some demographic information. Discomforts and Risks: There are no risks associated with your participation in this study and we do not anticipate any discomfort. Benefits: Although there are no direct benefits to you for participating in our study, your participation will allow us to expand our knowledge about how people approach controversial negotiations. Implications of this study may also be used to better understand recent political trends and how they relate to the political beliefs of citizens of this country. Costs or Compensation: Your participation in this study is strictly voluntary. There is no cost or compensation associated with your participation in this study. Duration: Approximately 20 minutes Statement of Confidentiality: Your participation in this study will be kept completely confidential. We will not be collecting your name or any other identifying information in this study, thus, your responses will be anonymous and there will be no way for anyone to identify your responses. The original data sheets and the electronic file with your data will be stored in a locked office and only those individuals who are directly involved in the study will have access to your information. Finally, findings from this study will be presented in aggregate form with no identifying information to ensure confidentiality. Right to Ask Questions: You have the right to ask any questions during and after you participate in this study. Participants may contact Dr. April Phillips at (918) 449-6356 or email philli48@nsuok.edu with any questions about the study. You may also contact the Institutional Review Board at Northeastern State University at (918) 444-2917 or irb@nsuok.edu. Voluntary Participation and Right to Withdraw: You must be at least 18 years old to participate in this study. Participation in this study is completely voluntary. You have the right to refuse to participate. You also have the right to withdraw from the study at any time without penalty. You also have the right to refuse to Page 10 of 17 Revision Date: 9/6/2011
    • NORTHEASTERN STATE UNIVERSITY Institutional Review Board answer any individual questions without withdrawing from the entire study; however, we strongly encourage you to answer all questions, since failing to do so could invalidate your results My signature below indicates that I have read the information above and that I agree to participate in this study. I can ask for a copy of this consent form. _______________________________________ Signature of Participant _____________ Date _______________________________________ Printed Name of Participant _______________________________________ Investigator’s Signature _____________ Date Instead of the signature lines above, we will use the following text for participants who complete the study online through CheckBox: Clicking the "Next" button below and proceeding to the questions indicates that I have read the information above and that I agree to participate in this study. I can print out this web page for your records. Page 11 of 17 Revision Date: 9/6/2011
    • NORTHEASTERN STATE UNIVERSITY Institutional Review Board Appendix B Example Recruitment Flyer Research Participants Needed! (Must Be 18 or older) Bipartisan Negotiation Study Northeastern State University This study aims to examine processes involved in political negotiations. You do not need to be a political expert to participate, this study is seeking opinions about well known political issues that affect people’s everyday lives. Participation in this survey will require approximately 20 minutes and can be completed online or in person by appointment. Call or email for more information! XXXXXXX (XXX)XXX-XXXX XXXXXXXXXX or Dr. April Phillips (918)449-6356 Philli48@nsuok.edu Page 12 of 17 Revision Date: 9/6/2011
    • NORTHEASTERN STATE UNIVERSITY Institutional Review Board Appendix C Bipartisan Negotiation Study Bipartisan Negotiation Survey Instructions: You will be presented with four political issues. Following each issue will be three arguments from those who oppose the legislation and three arguments from those who support it. After reading all arguments from both sides of the issue, respond to the questions that follow regarding your position on the issue and your willingness to compromise. For the purposes of this survey, Compromise will be defined as follows: Sacrificing at least half of one’s demands and accepting at least half of the demands of the opposite party in order to reach a conclusion on the issue (or) Successfully working through the issue with the opposite party and reaching an agreement by means of developing an alternative plan which both parties support. 1. Raising taxes for Americans with an annual income over 1 million dollars to a minimum 30 percent effective tax rate. Opposition Argues: • Raising taxes in a weak economy will only make the economy suffer more. • Raising taxes on millionaires is punishing people for being successful and discourages them from making money. • The tax rates for the top 1% of earners has already increased 12% since 1986, it would not be fair to continue this increase. Supporters Argue: • The overall income for the top 1% of earners has increased 119% since 1986, meaning the income disparity between rich and poor has increased dramatically. • The budget deficit cannot be closed by spending cuts alone, there has to be some tax increase as well. • A quarter of American millionaires pay lower tax rates(less than 26.5%) than millions of middle class earners. Your Position (Mark one option with an X) ___Support ___Oppose ___No position How strongly do you feel about this issue?(Mark one option with an X) 1______2______3______4______5______6______7______8______9______ Very Strongly Neutral Not Strongly At All How convincing did you think the opposition’s arguments were? 1______2______3______4______5______6______7______8______9______ Very Convincing Neutral Not Convincing At All How convincing did you think the supporter’s arguments were? 1______2______3______4______5______6______7______8______9______ Very Convincing Neutral Not Convincing At All Page 13 of 17 Revision Date: 9/6/2011
    • NORTHEASTERN STATE UNIVERSITY Institutional Review Board Compromise (Mark an X to the right side of the number that best represents your willingness to compromise on this issue) 1______2______3______4______5______6______7______8______9______ Agree Neutral Refuse American Jobs Act Opposition Argues: • The provisions of the Jobs Act are not enough to jump-start the economy. • Tax cuts and a stimulus package did not help the economy in 2009, why would it work now. • Proponents of the Jobs Act claim it can be paid for without increasing the budget deficit, but that does not appear to be realistic. Supporters Argue: • The bill will put Americans back to work, therefore putting money in their pockets to stimulate the economy. • The bill includes investments in repairing and rebuilding infrastructure across the country, which would also create jobs for many Americans. • The bill would prohibit employers from discriminating against the unemployed and would provide a $4,000 tax credit to employers for hiring long-term unemployed workers. Your Position (Mark one option with an X) ___Support ___Oppose ___No position How strongly do you feel about this issue?(Mark one option with an X) 1______2______3______4______5______6______7______8______9______ Very Strongly Neutral Not Strongly At All How convincing did you think the opposition’s arguments were? 1______2______3______4______5______6______7______8______9______ Very Convincing Neutral Not Convincing At All How convincing did you think the supporter’s arguments were? 1______2______3______4______5______6______7______8______9______ Very Convincing Neutral Not Convincing At All Compromise (Mark an X to the right side of the number that best represents your willingness to compromise on this issue) 1______2______3______4______5______6______7______8______9______ Agree Neutral Refuse 3. Individual healthcare mandate Opposition Argues: • Congress is exceeding its authority by requiring people to purchase health insurance or pay a fee. Page 14 of 17 Revision Date: 9/6/2011
    • NORTHEASTERN STATE UNIVERSITY Institutional Review Board • The legislation is infringing on individuals liberties, by forcing people to enter into the healthcare market against their will. • The mandate gives the federal government too much control over the way people spend their money. Supporters Argue: • When individuals without healthcare coverage receive healthcare they cannot pay for, those who are insured and the taxpayers end up paying the bill. • The mandate is a key part of legislation that would extend healthcare coverage to more than 30 million uninsured people. • The legislation would prohibit insurance carriers from discriminating against individuals with preexisting health problems. Your Position (Mark one option with an X) ___Support ___Oppose ___No position How strongly do you feel about this issue?(Mark one option with an X) 1______2______3______4______5______6______7______8______9______ Very Strongly Neutral Not Strongly At All How convincing did you think the opposition’s arguments were? 1______2______3______4______5______6______7______8______9______ Very Convincing Neutral Not Convincing At All How convincing did you think the supporter’s arguments were? 1______2______3______4______5______6______7______8______9______ Very Convincing Neutral Not Convincing At All Compromise (Mark an X to the right side of the number that best represents your willingness to compromise on this issue) 1______2______3______4______5______6______7______8______9______ Agree Neutral Refuse 4. Eliminate collective bargaining rights from public employee unions (Wisconsin bill). Opposition Argues: • Removing collective bargaining rights may not have any effect on the budget deficit, which the proposed law claims it will. Texas, for example, gives public employees no collective bargaining rights and has a large budget deficit. • Collective bargaining balances power between employer and employee, allowing employees to negotiate for higher pay, more benefits, or better working conditions. • By accepting the International Labor Organization's 1998 Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, the US pledged 'to promote and to realize ... fundamental rights' defined in the declaration, the first of which is 'freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining.'" Supporters Argue: • The law is necessary to help close the states’ $137 million budget gap. Page 15 of 17 Revision Date: 9/6/2011
    • NORTHEASTERN STATE UNIVERSITY Institutional Review Board • • Public-sector employees have too much bargaining power, while most private sector employees have little or no bargaining rights. Taxpayers are paying for the salaries and benefits of public employees, but they do not get to be involved when unions and politicians bargain for benefits, and have no say in how their tax dollars are spent on public services. Your Position (Mark one option with an X) ___Support ___Oppose ___No position How strongly do you feel about this issue?(Mark one option with an X) 1______2______3______4______5______6______7______8______9______ Very Strongly Neutral Not Strongly At All How convincing did you think the opposition’s arguments were? 1______2______3______4______5______6______7______8______9______ Very Convincing Neutral Not Convincing At All How convincing did you think the supporter’s arguments were? 1______2______3______4______5______6______7______8______9______ Very Convincing Neutral Not Convincing At All Compromise (Mark an X to the right side of the number that best represents your willingness to compromise on this issue) 1______2______3______4______5______6______7______8______9______ Agree Neutral Refuse Demographic Information Please provide the following information: Political Affiliation Democrat Republican Independent Undecided Other How strongly do you identify with your political party? 1______2______3______4______5______6______7______8______9______ (1)Identify Very Strongly (5)Somewhat (9)Do Not Identify Strongly Are you a registered voter? yes_____ no_____ Do you intend to vote in the upcoming election? yes_____ no_____ How important is it that each eligible citizen participate in the election process and vote? 1______2______3______4______5______6______7______8______9______ Page 16 of 17 Revision Date: 9/6/2011
    • NORTHEASTERN STATE UNIVERSITY Institutional Review Board (1)Very Important (5)Somewhat Age:______ Highest level of education attained High School or less GED High School Diploma Associates Degree Bachelors Degree Masters Degree Doctorate Gender Female Male Page 17 of 17 Revision Date: 9/6/2011 (9)Not At All Important