Speaking as a pedantic geek, may I point out that in this country we fill IN a form, not fill OUT one!
I think it's a good idea to try and collect the info; I just don't know if it's going to get you any data worth having (which does sound horribly negative and I really hope I'm wrong!)
Your doing a survey about whether we will respond to a survey.
My head hurts.
*Strokes white cat*
Keep ticking the boxes Mr Cybernerd, keep ticking the boxes.......
I ticked maybe. Ive started a few surveys recently, but when Ive still been going 5+ mins later and the % bar indicates Im only half way through, Im afraid I generally dont finish those ones.
I've always filled out forms :s maybe im an American in disguise perhaps?
I was taught an easy way to remember the difference.
You fill *in a form as it then goes in to an envelope / letterbox hand of the person collecting it.
IIRC the linguistics of it is related to the subsequent action. Data will go into something so you fill it in, but something like a bankers' draft is filled out (or written out to be correct) as it results in something moving outwards (money from an account). Then again, you complete a cheque (as a chequebook contains partially completed cheques) or you write a cheque (if doing it from scratch but not many places accept them nowadays) ... but many people will now say that they write out a cheque ...
Anyway ... back on topic for a few minutes ...
Will the data be anonymised? Who is the target audience of the results and / or statistical analysis? Have you considered contacting BESA to see if you can use their data to baseline the results you get?
Surely a language adapts over time, therefore if a majority say "fill out a form" then how can that be incorrect? Otherwise we'd all still be talking like Shakespeare......... init?!