Armenian Diaspora Survey Questionnaire (Lebanon)

Welcome to the Armenian Diaspora Survey. We invite you to join us in this important research project and lend your voice to creating a portrait of 21st century Armenians around the world. Each person makes a difference.

This survey is designed to gather information for research purposes. We do not ask for your name or contact details. Our purpose is to gather information about attitudes, ideas and concerns from around the Armenian diaspora. Your responses will be helpful to researchers, scholars and organizations, both at present and in the future. If you consider yourself Armenian and/or of Armenian descent, we would like to hear from you. We thank you in advance for taking part in the Armenian Diaspora Survey.

Please note:

·         Your responses are and will remain anonymous. As part of this survey, we will ask you questions related to your ethnic origin, political opinions, religious and spiritual beliefs. You may refuse to answer any questions, or to take part in the survey at all. The detailed Privacy policy is available on ADS website: https://www.armeniandiasporasurvey.com/privacypolicy

·         There are no right or wrong answers to any of the questions.

·         Please continue to the end of survey—you may skip those questions you do not wish to answer

·         Data from the completed questionnaires will be made available on a website dedicated to the Survey, to scholars and researchers in aggregate and anonymised form. It will not be possible to identify individual respondents.

·         We aim to ensure that a wide variety of Armenians take part in the survey in each city/community, including women and men, young and old, activists and leaders as well as those who may feel themselves outside any community.

Helpful definitions for this survey:

Diaspora: People living in different countries who have spread out from an original, historical center but continue to create connections with each other through family, institutional or commercial ties.

Community: a local area where Armenians think of themselves as belonging, where there are other Armenians with whom they can interact and where there are often certain institutions, such as churches, schools and clubs, where they can participate if they wish.

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* Do you want to continue to the survey?

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* Section I. Being Armenian

With the next few questions, we would like to explore what being Armenian means to you. There are no right or wrong answers—we are interested to know how you feel about these topics.

A1.           Which of the following best describes how you think of yourself? Please select one answer.

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* A2. In which ways do you define your Armenian identity? Please select up to three that are most important to you.

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* A3. Approximately what proportion of your friends are Armenian?

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* A4. And thinking of your Armenian friends, what proportion of them have roots in the same region as you?

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* A5. Can you share the geographic locations that you consider part of your identity as an Armenian? Feel free to mention as many as you want.

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* A6. Approximately what proportion of your romantic partners are/have been Armenian?

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* A7. Which of the following have you learned or tried to learn, whether just by watching and participating as you grew up or through classes? Please select all that apply.

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* Section II. Language and communications

The following questions are about language and how we communicate.

A8. How would you assess your fluency in speaking Armenian?

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* A9.1 Which languages do you speak with your spouse/partner? If you speak (spoke) more than one language, feel free to select more than one.

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* A9.2. If more than one language:

And which one is (was) the dominant language in your communication?

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* A9.3. And which languages do you (or did you) speak with your parents? If you speak (spoke) more than one language, feel free to select more than one.

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* A9.4. If more than one language:

And which one is (was) the dominant language in your communication?

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* A9.5. How about your grandparents, which languages do you (or did you) speak with them? If you speak (spoke) more than one language, or spoke different languages with different grandparents, feel free to select more than one.

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* A9.6. If more than one language:

And which one is (was) the dominant language in your communication?

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* A9.7. And finally, which languages do you speak with your children? If you speak more than one language, feel free to select more than one.

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* A9.8. If more than one language:

And which one is the dominant language in your communication?

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* Section III. Your community

The following questions ask about your views on the Armenian diaspora and your local community.

A10. What are the biggest challenges to the strength of your Armenian community? Please select up to three that you feel are the most important.

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* A11. Which activities are needed in your local Armenian community? Please select up to three that you feel are the most important.

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* A12. Are you actively involved with any Armenian political parties or movements?

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* A13. Do you regularly attend any Armenian cultural, charitable, professional, compatriotic, scouting, sport, or youth related events? If yes, please list up to three.

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* A14. If not, could you please specify the reasons? Select all that apply.

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* A15. Did you attend an Armenian Day School or after-school/weekend classes as a child? If so, for how long?

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* A16. Would you send, or did you send, your children to Armenian day school or after-school/weekend classes/programs?

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* A17. What do you want Armenian schools to provide for children? Please select up to three you find most important.

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* Section IV. Religion and spirituality

Tell us about the role of religion and spirituality in your community and your own life.

A18. Are you affiliated with any of the following? Select all that apply.

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* A19. Do you believe in God?

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* A20. Is religion or a spiritual life important to you?

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* A21. Should women have the opportunity to be ordained in Armenian churches?

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* A22.  In your opinion, can someone be of a faith other than Christianity and be Armenian? If yes, please select all that you feel one could be.

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* A23. How important is Christianity to Armenian identity today?

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* Section V. Community engagement

These questions ask about your political engagement in your community.

A24. Did you vote in the last parliamentary elections in Lebanon?

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* A25. Which of the following comes closest to describing your political views?

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* A26. Which of the following do you consider your homeland? Please select all that apply.

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* Section VI. Republic of Armenia and Artsakh

The following questions ask about the Republic of Armenia (RoA) & Artsakh/Nagorno Karabakh (NK).

A27. What kind of active connections do you currently have in the Republic of Armenia or Artsakh? Please select all that apply.

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* A28. Have you ever visited the Republic of Armenia or Artsakh?

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* A29. Have you considered living permanently in the Republic of Armenia?

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* A30. How often do you follow current events in the Republic of Armenia and Artsakh in the media or online?

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* A31. Which of the following areas should diaspora communities support in the Republic of Armenia? Please select up to three.

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* A32. And in which ways the Republic of Armenia could support your local community?

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* Section VII. Armenian people and Armenian projects

Some final thoughts.

A33. If you were able to distribute money to support projects for Armenians anywhere in the world, what would you choose? Feel free to name up to three.

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* A34. Could you please name one contemporary Armenian person or achievement in any sphere of life, from the political to the cultural, that makes you proud.

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* A35. Name one Armenian person or organization (political, philanthropic, religious, cultural or other; locally in your community or transnationally) in the diaspora that you feel has done a good job of being a leader since the year 2000.

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* A36. Some Armenians believe that LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual) identities are not compatible with Armenian identity. Other Armenians believe Armenian identity includes LGBT identities. If you have to choose between these two opinions, which would be closer to your views:

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* Section VIII. Socio-demographics

As you know, Armenians are a truly global community: they live all over the world. In the following questions, we want to learn more about yourself, where you live and where you and your family are from.

A37. What is your current place of residence?

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* A38. And in which city and country were you born?

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* A39. Many Armenians hold citizenship in more than one country. Please indicate the countries where you are a citizen or hold a passport:

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* A40. When did the first Armenian member(s) of your family from either parent’s side settle in Lebanon?

A. In what year did you/they arrive?

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* A40. When did the first Armenian member(s) of your family from either parent’s side settle in Lebanon?

B. And who was this?

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* A41. Are/were your parents Armenian?

A. Your mother

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* A41. Are/were your parents Armenian?

B. Your father

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* A42. Your year of birth?

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* A43. Your gender

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* A44. What is your highest level of formal education completed?

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* A45. What is/was your primary type of occupation?

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* A46. What work do you do or what work have you done? Please include work as homemaker, full or part- time home-based parent or caregiver. If retired, state former occupation(s). Please list current or most recent occupation first.

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* A47. What is your current marital status?

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* A48. If married or in long-term relationship, which best describes your current/most recent spouse’s/partner’s ancestry?

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* A49. And finally, could you tell us where you learned about our survey?

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* A50. What question is missing from this questionnaire? And how would you answer it?

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* L51. Which statement would be closest to how you feel about people representing your interests in the Lebanese parliament?

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* L52. How likely is it that you would move out of Lebanon in the coming 5 years?

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* L53. As an Armenian living in Lebanon, which of the following needs do you find the most pressing? Please select up to three that you feel are the most important.

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* L54. In your view, on which issues should the resources for the development of the Armenian community in Lebanon be spent? Please select up to three that you feel are the most important.

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* L55. To what extent is speaking the Armenian language a necessary element for engagement in the Armenian community?

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* A51. Did anyone help you to complete the survey?

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* A52. Could you please tell us where you completed the survey?

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* A53. In which city or village do you currently live?

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