2023 Fandom Survey: The Survey Itself & Who Took It


The
demographics
of
survey
respondents.

The
crowds
come
out
in
force
for
the
European
Open.
Photo:
DGPT

The
purpose
of
this
article
is
to
explain
the
rationale
behind
the
questions
we
asked
in
the
Ultiworld
Disc
Golf/StatMando
Fandom
Survey
and
the
demographics
of
our
survey
respondents.
This
article
is
part
of
a
series
that
will
be
released
throughout
the
offseason.

Our
survey,

linked
here
,
was
divided
into
several
sections:


  • Rating
    Pros
    :
    We
    selected
    37
    MPO
    and
    20
    FPO
    players
    and
    asked
    the
    survey
    respondents,
    on
    a
    10-point
    scale,
    are
    you
    rooting
    for
    or
    against
    them?
    The
    professionals
    were
    primarily
    chosen
    based
    on
    their
    UDisc
    World
    Ranking
    or
    DGPT
    Tour
    Points
    standing.
    At
    the
    beginning
    of
    the
    survey,
    16
    of
    the
    biggest
    names
    in
    the
    sport
    were
    listed,
    with
    the
    remaining
    players
    listed
    in
    the
    final
    section
    of
    the
    survey.
    This
    division
    was
    made
    to
    increase
    the
    chances
    that
    respondents
    would
    fill
    out
    the
    middle
    survey
    sections.
    In
    total,
    1690
    (55.6%)
    of
    the
    3040
    total
    respondents
    completed
    both
    player
    sections.

  • Player
    Questions
    :
    We
    asked
    respondents
    to
    choose
    their
    favorite
    players
    and
    to
    guess
    who
    will
    win
    the
    most
    Majors
    over
    the
    next
    five
    years.

  • Assorted
    Disc
    Golf
    Questions
    :
    This
    section
    had
    various
    questions,
    such
    as
    when
    respondents
    started
    following
    the
    sport,
    how
    often
    they
    play,
    and
    which
    are
    their
    favorite
    courses
    on
    tour.

  • Disc
    Golf
    Media
    Questions
    :
    Respondents
    rated
    commentators
    from
    DGN
    and
    Jomez
    on
    a
    0-10
    scale,
    told
    us
    how
    closely
    they
    follow
    FPO
    and
    MPO,
    and
    whether
    they
    prefer
    live
    or
    post-produced
    coverage.

  • Discs
    and
    Manufacturers
    Questions
    :
    Respondents
    rated
    several
    manufacturers
    on
    a
    0-10
    scale
    and
    answered
    questions
    such
    as
    how
    many
    discs
    they
    bought
    in
    the
    last
    12
    months.

  • Biographic/Demographic
    Questions
    :
    More
    information
    below.

The
survey
was
initially
distributed
through
the
Twitter
feeds
of
StatMando
and
UWDG,
and
then
picked
up
by
other
media
sources.
Here
is
a
graph
of
the
sources
of
survey
respondents:


Birth
Year
of
Survey
Respondents

In
total,
the
survey
was
available
for
56
days
(8/17/2023

10/12/2023).
Our
hope
was
to
collect
data
that
broadly
represented
disc
golf
fans.
Nevertheless,
our
survey
results
provide
a
sample
from
one
piece
of
the
disc
golf
community

individuals
that
are
online,
willing
to
take
a
survey,
and
follow
one
of
the
media
sources
that
shared
a
survey
link.
Moreover,
the
results
of
the
survey
hinge
on
the
assumption
that
respondents
were
honest
and
did
not
fill
out
the
survey
multiple
times
(we
filtered
out
a
few
erroneous
responses).
A
breakdown
of
the
survey
respondent
demographics
is
presented
below.
Note
that
some
respondents
skipped
questions,
so
we
rarely
have
3040
responses
to
a
single
question.


Birth
Year
of
Survey
Respondents

54.8%
of
survey
respondents
were
millennials,
people
between
the
ages
of
27
and
42
in
2023.
Although
the
PDGA
does
not
differentiate
age
demographics
by
generation,
the
survey
respondent
demographics
look
similar
to
the

2022
PDGA
Year
Demographics
Report
,
which
indicates
51.6%
of
PDGA
members
being
between
the
ages
of
25
and
39.

Across
age
groups,
95.0%
of
survey
respondents
were
male,
4.8%
were
female,
and
0.2%
were
non-binary.
According
to
the
2022
PDGA
report,
92.6%
of
their
members
are
male
and
7.4%
of
their
members
are
female.


Number
of
Survey
Respondents
by
Race

The
PDGA
Report
does
not
include
the
racial
demographics
of
the
PDGA’s
membership.


Number
of
Survey
Respondents
in
each
US
State

83.4%
of
survey
respondents
live
in
the
United
States,
with
the
map
above
showing
the
number
of
respondents
per
state.
The
four
most
represented
states
among
the
fandom
survey
respondents
matched
the
four
states
with
the
most
PDGA
members.


Number
of
Survey
Respondents
in
each
European
Country

10.8%
of
survey
respondents
live
in
Europe.
Based
on
the
2022
report,
Europeans
make
up
~15%
of
PDGA
members.
In
total,
survey
respondents
identified
as
being
from
the
United
States
(2285
respondents),
Europe
(296),
Canada
(113),
New
Zealand
(12),
“Outside
US”
(10),
Australia
(9),
South
Africa
(4),
Japan
(3),
Mexico
(2),
Uruguay
(1),
Thailand
(1),
Senegal
(1),
Saudi
Arabia
(1),
Israel
(1),
India
(1),
and
Hong
Kong
(1).


What
is
the
highest
level
of
education
you
completed?

The
survey
included
the
question
“What
is
the
highest
level
of
education
you
completed?”.
Not
all
respondents
fit
into
the
multiple-choice
selections
we
provided,
so
we
made
some
interpretations
and
sorted
them
into
categories,
some
of
which
were
not
survey
choices.
A
completed
bachelor’s
degree
was
the
most
common
answer
(42.8%
of
respondents),
with
about
19.5%
of
respondents
identifying
as
having
earned
a
master’s
or
doctorate.
That
suggests
62.3%
percent
of
respondents
have
a
bachelor’s
or
higher.


Number
of
Survey
Respondents
by
Politics

To
make
the
political
question
applicable
to
non-Americans,
we
used
the
terms
Right
and
Left
wing.
Many
people
wrote-in
last
year
that
they
were
libertarians,
so
we
decided
to
offer
it
as
an
option
in
the
survey

most
libertarians
in
the
US
vote
Republican.
Although
skewed
Left
(but
not
nearly
as
much
as
last
year),
the
survey
data
provide
a
reasonable
sample
size
to
evaluate
patterns
across
the
political
spectrum.


How
religious
would
you
describe
yourself
on
a
scale
of
1
to
10?

We
asked
participants
to
describe
how
religious
they
are
on
a
10-point
scale.
Zero
was
the
choice
of
40.1%
of
respondents,
while
about
31.2%
of
respondents
entered
a
6
or
higher.
For
reference,
last
year,
26.7%
of
our
2022
survey
respondents
entered
a
6
or
above.


Number
of
Survey
Respondents
by
Household
Income

Household
income
varied
from
less
than
$10,000
to
$250,000+,
with
most
respondents
identifying
as
having
a
household
income
of
$50,000-$150,000
(~63%
of
respondents).
Based
on
the
2022
US
Census,
34.4%
of
American
households
had
a
$100,000+
income.
Unfortunately,
we
did
not
set
our
income
brackets
to
match
the
common
income
brackets
used
by
the
census,
but
~42.7%
of
survey
respondents
have
a
household
income
of
$110,000+.

My
thanks
to
Karl
Lamothe
for
his
assistance
in
editing
this
piece
as
well
as
the
rest
of
the
StatMando
team
with
data
analysis
and
preparation.
If
you
wish
to
be
notified
when
next
year’s
survey
is
ready
or
want
to
be
emailed
when
survey
results
are
released,
please

enter
your
email
address
here
.
If
you
are
interested
in
being
involved
in
the
survey
and
have
experience
in
polling
or
a
profession
related
to
studying
surveys,
please
get
in
touch
with
us
at


[email protected]
.

Please
see
the
full
series
of
2023
articles
by
following
these
links:


  • The
    Survey
    Itself
    &
    Who
    Took
    It

  • Which
    Pros
    Do
    We
    Root
    For
    and
    Against
  • How
    Fans
    Feel
    about
    Disc
    Manufacturers:
    Coming
    This
    Offseason
  • Fans
    Relation
    to
    Discs:
    Coming
    This
    Offseason
  • How
    Fans
    Feel
    about
    Media
    and
    Commentators:
    Coming
    This
    Offseason
  • How
    Fans
    Feel
    about
    Courses:
    Coming
    This
    Offseason
  • More
    Findings
    From
    The
    Fandom
    Survey:
    Coming
    This
    Offseason

Links
for
the
2022
Fandom
Series
articles
can
be
found

here
.

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