VVDFGS Preliminary Results Report #1

Since May 2012 the VVDFGS Survey has been conducted by the SA Vampyre Academy via the South African Vampyre Culture Center. The official collection period ended in July 2012, but has been extended indefinitely in order to collect more responses. Every few months, the database will be updated with newly received responses, and updated results will be presented to the community and made public.

As it develops, the picture created will reflect statistical facts about the SA VC which should clarify the relationship between criticisms and stereotypes of the Vampyre subculture and the VC, and determine to what degree these are true or false, and also compare the outcome to how these apply to the international VC by means of cross-referencing the resulting statistics with other existing surveys.

This survey focuses on participants of the South African Vampyre Community who are self-identified Vampyres, including those Vampyres who also act as Donors to other Vampyres. The survey document features 270 questions over 6 categories. The following graphs are just a selected few highlights of some of the questions from the first data collation session ending March 2013:

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Residency – this demonstrates that 88% of respondents were citizens of South Africa by birth, 6 percent naturalized, 6% live elsewhere but still participate in the SA VC.

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The distribution of participants in the SA VC according to responses received.

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This demonstrates that the majority of respondents were in their 30’s (between 31 and 36 years of age) at 38%. The second largest grouping was 26 years, at 31%, followed by those in the 41 year category at 19%. This indicates a level of maturity and experience within the local community which tends to refute the stereotype that “Vampyres are mostly teenagers”. Responses were received within the age range between 26 at youngest and 60 at oldest. (Possible responses ranged from birth dates in 1940 to 2000, meaning the oldest response possible was 73 and the youngest 12.)

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On the point where some critics of the VC claim that “Vampyres are gay”, this demonstrates that 46% of participants identify as exclusively heterosexual, 27% as exclusively gay, 13% as bisexual, 7% as pansexual and 7% as asexual, making heterosexuals the largest single group represented in this survey.

ScreenShot005This indicates that the number of respondents who feed exclusively using sanguine feeding methods and exclusively psychic feeding methods is relatively small at 6% each. Those who identify as Sexual feeders number 31% of respondents, while the percentage of those who are adaptive or omnivorous in their feeding methods number 57%.

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This indicates the range of responses when respondents were asked when they first experienced their vampyric awakenings. 18% responded “younger than 12 years”, tied with 18% for “20-25 years”. The oldest responses of “31-36 years” reached 6%. The maximum answer possible is “37 years and older”, which as yet received no responses.

ScreenShot009This indicates that the majority of the respondents (63%) accept their needs and live with them, while 25% indicated that they love being who they are, 6% indicate that they are happy as they are and 6% responded that they “didn’t ask for this”.

ScreenShot010This indicates the different reasons respondents gave for identifying as an omnivorous Vampyre, with the top-scoring reason being “I can’t get blood often enough or at all” at 46%. 27% indicated by means of “N/a” that they do not identify as omnivores. 20% stated that “because I can feed using multiple techniques”.

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This indicates to what extent the belief that vampyrism is passed on through family, or runs in family lineages holds true in the case of  the respondents.ScreenShot012

This question investigates whether there are any common ailments shared by Vampyres in the same family, and whether any pattern can be established.ScreenShot013

This question attempts to establish whether there are any traditions of vampyrism which are passed on between generations within the same family. ScreenShot014

This demonstrates the prevalence among respondents who are Vampyres in relationships, and to what extent their partners act as Donors for them.ScreenShot015

This demonstrates to what extent respondents who are Vampyres in relationships with other Vampyres, and act as Donors to them. 83% of respondents indicate that this does not apply to them.ScreenShot016

This demonstrates that 50% of respondents feel that vampyric nature is somehow inherited in family lines, while 6% do not agree, 19% have no opinion on the matter and 25% are uncertain.ScreenShot017

This demonstrates that 44% of respondents have been accused of being a “Satanist” or “Devil worshiper” on account of their vampyrism.ScreenShot018

Respondents were asked to indicate what sort of crimes they had experienced where the motivation had everything to do with their self-identification as Vampyres, or accusations that they were vampyric. Thes results demonstrate that there is indeed a level of crime experienced by SA Vampyres on account of their self-identification as Vampyres.ScreenShot019

13% or respondents view their vampyrism as a lifestyle choice, while 87% responded that they have no choice in being vampyres.ScreenShot020

This indicates that 68% of respondents are so confident that should there be a reliable test to prove that they really are Vampyres, they would take it. 13% said no, while 19% said they were uncertain.

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Respondents were asked if there was a cure for vampyrism, would they take it? Not one respondent replied “yes”. 81% said “no” and 29% were uncertain.ScreenShot022

To the question: “If it were illegal to self-identify as a Vampyre, would you still feel the need to do so?” respondents indicated a 100% in the affirmative, with this being split 44% “yes, this is who I am” and 56% “Yes, even in secret if I have to”.  ScreenShot023

This demonstrates the feeling among respondents on the question of whether or not Vampyres are any different biologically from non-Vampyres, with 56% responding in the affirmative.ScreenShot024

A clear majority of participants (88%) feels that should it become possible to scientifically identify Vampyres by means of a medical test, that those identified as Vampyres by such a test might become discriminated against.
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These graphs indicate the feeling of respondents regarding fears of persecution as a result of being identified publicly as Vampyres as an identity group.ScreenShot028

This indicates to what extent among respondents, after-care or consideration for Donors is practised by Vampyres. 56% indicated that they do perform some kind of after-care, while 19% indicated no and 25% indicated n/a. No and n/a responses may both indicate either that the respondents do not require donors, or that no after care is required or given.ScreenShot029

44% responded “n/a” which could indicate either respondents do not require Donors, or that they do not have access to Donors. 31% indicated “1”, 6% indicated “3” and 19% indicated “4” Donors.ScreenShot030

80% indicated that they do not act as Donors, while 7% indicated that they donate to 1 Vampyre and 13% to 2 Vampyres. This so far indicates a reluctance on the part of Vampyres to donate to other Vampyres.

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Very interesting to note the responses to this question.

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This demonstrates an awareness of HIV and STD’s of the respondents, and a responsibility to keep themselves and others safe.

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This question provides a foundation to work out the average length of time between vampyric feedings.

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These questions collate the perceived effects of feeding and lack of feeding as experienced by the respondents.

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These questions reflect that the majority of respondents are mentally stable, sound and considered mentally competent by various authorities.

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This question demonstrates that the majority of respondents completed high school and have achieved some form of trade certificate, diploma or degree, with a top 6% achieving doctorates in their fields. This negates the stereotype promulgated by some critics of the VC that participants of the subculture are “high school drop-outs” and “underachievers” etc.

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These questions demonstrate what percentage of the respondents were considered good students, achievers, and who displayed leadership skills and a sense of responsibility etc. This negates the stereotype promulgated by some critics of the VC that participants of the subculture are “high school drop-outs” and “underachievers” etc.

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These questions demonstrate that most respondents were active in physical sports AND mental activities. Results indicate a significant overlap between the two, demonstrating that the majority of respondents were “all-rounders” participating in both kinds of activities, which is considered “normal”, healthy and above average. This negates the stereotype promulgated by some critics of the VC that participants of the subculture are “high school drop-outs” and “underachievers” etc.

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75% of respondents are presently employed, with 62% indicating permanent employment. This is a significant indication that the stereotype promulgated by some critics of the subculture that participants in the VC are unemployed or unemployable.

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These questions indicate that the majority of respondents (87%) meet or exceed targets and provide levels of performance and discipline in the work place which are acceptable or better for their employers, and have not been dismissed for related issues.  Further the second question indicates that 67% of respondents have been rewarded for outstanding performance of excellence. This sheds new light on the stereotypes cast on the VC and subculture as “underachievers” and participants as being “anti-social” or even detrimental to general society.

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These questions indicate the earning levels of respondents, and the number of respondents who are also registered tax-payers. While some (7%) earn no salary, 17%-27% earn basic salaries, a mere 7% earn comfortable salaries and a significant portion (46%) earn quite well. This paints a different picture to current stereotypes. The second graph which indicates registration for tax shows that 63% of respondents are responsible, civic-minded citizens who contribute to South African taxes and revenue.

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This question indicates a significant overlap of the Vampyre Community and subculture in South Africa with other subcultures.

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These questions reflect that the majority of respondents contribute to the societies around them through charity and volunteer work, and that some of them may have, through their efforts, directly or indirectly contributed to the saving of one or more lives per individual respondent.

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19% of respondents indicated that they have held a political position or elected post within a political party or structure.

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This question indicates the respondents political leanings. The vast majority of respondents responded that they were politically apathetic, with much smaller groupings indicating interesting leanings towards left wing and right wing politics in almost equal numbers.

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87% of respondents indicated that they support separation of religion and the state.

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On religious affiliation, 33% of respondents indicated “Pagan”, 20% “Christian”, with only 13% indicating “Satanist”, 13% “atheist”, 7% “agnostic”, 7% “Buddhist” and 7% “other”. This calls into question the allegation and generalization made by critics of the subculture that “Vampyres are ‘Satanists'”.

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81% of respondents indicated that they have changed religious affiliation and no longer affiliate with the religion they were either born into or raised as.

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This indicates that 81% of respondents – a clear majority – have no criminal record. This calls into question the allegation by critics of the subculture that “Vampyres are criminals”. Further, 13% indicated imprisonment, 6% a record without imprisonment, and none indicated that they are listed on a sex-offender’s register.

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This indicates that respondents maintain cordial, stable relations with Donors, or that none have experienced any discord, or that the topic of vampyrism within the context of a relationship has never been used as a threat or leverage in a divorce or break-up.ScreenShot079ScreenShot082ScreenShot083

These indicate that no respondent has been charged with or convicted of crimes relating to vampyrism, child abuse or neglect, or animal abuse or cruelty to animals.
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87% of respondents feel that a community guideline or law set is necessary.ScreenShot086

50% of respondents recognize the Totum Lex Vampyrica (TLV), and 46% the Black Veil. Only 4% recognized the Masquerade from the roleplaying game Vampire: the Masquerade, which was included as a balance. Nobody indicated the completely fictitious and non-existent “Code of the Kindred”, also included as a balance.ScreenShot087

Only 25% of respondents felt the Black Veil applied to them personally, with 6% choosing the Vampyre Creed and no respondents chose the Vampyrian Creed. 69% of respondents feel the Totum Lex Vampyrica applies to them personally.ScreenShot088

72% of respondents feel the Totum Lex Vampyrica is better suited to the South African environment, as opposed to 7% in favor of the Black Veil, with 21% indicating “neither”.

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An interesting response wrt to the use of the term “Kindred”.

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How respondents experience the local SA VC in real life context.

The Vampyre & Vampyric Donor Focus Group Survey (VVDFGS) © 2012 and resulting statistical analysis, are the joint intellectual property of the South African Vampyre Alliance (SAVA) and the South African Vampyre Culture Center (SAVCC).
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