Why do the surveys attempt to gather data on so wide a range of beliefs and paths?
There are indeed a very wide range of questions asked, not just of respondents’ beliefs and paths, but also of their lifestyles, memberships in groups, and beliefs regarding their own vampirism and their ethics regarding their Communities. We have done this simply to avoid bias and be able to address the widest possible range of Community interests and outsiders’ claims about the Community. For example, if one print source claims that vampirism is a religion, and another claims that vampirism is a practice of LaVey Satanism, we can’t simply ask “are you a Satanist.” It fits our research model much better to ask which religious paths respondents identify with, and allow for the diversity that we have seen vampires discuss in the online Vampire Community by allowing multiple answers. This Community is not, for example, the kind you can simply ask which church members attend! One hypothesis that has been posited to us is that we will find a mostly peaceful co-existence of extremely divers