I have been reading along on this thread through the afternoon and the evening trying to think of the right way to explain why people are hostile to your questionnaire. Some of what I was going to say has already been addressed.
You have to remember that many of the states that people on this site live in are currently under siege by state legislators, or their state legislatures have not picked a side yet. You and the people in Wyoming are fortunate! So, it is not simply a matter of looking at the federal bans, but also looking at what may be going on in each individual's state. Everyone here is (hopefully) fighting very hard to prevent any of these bans from becoming law, and removing the bans that have become law. Some posters are already in a losing position because of this, and I can't blame them or anyone else for refusing, and hopefully that helps you to understand some of the responses. I wouldn't use the word paranoid with your professor. I would instead describe it as a very real concern based upon possible loss of Constitutional rights, or something along those lines.
I am a high school science teacher. I also just got done with my master's in school counseling, and because of this I have had a fair number of arguments with liberal professors. The thing that I have found is that if you keep your cool and use verifiable facts when arguing your point you can be an extremely powerful weapon for your (our) cause, meaning you can make them look to be a horses ass in front of the class. Whether you choose to do so or not is fully your choice. Best of luck to you on your project, and keep searching for knowledge