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- American Mosaic Project: A National Survey on Diversity
Multiyear, multi-method study of the bases of solidarity and diversity in American life. Designed to gather data on attitudes about race, religion, politics and American identity as well as demographic information and social networks. Also available through ICPSR.
- American Muslims Poll (2001)
- American Muslims Poll (2004)
Conducted by Zogby Group International for The Project MAPS: Muslims in American Public Square, Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding (CMCU). Topics include politics, voting behavior, terrorism, patriotism, the Middle East, community and interfaith activities, images of Islam and attitudes towards Muslims, important issues, and Islam. Also included in Roper IPOLL.
Sample Size: 1,781 Muslim American adults.
- American Public Opinion and US Foreign Policy Series (1975+)
Quadrennial studies designed to investigate the opinions and attitudes of the general public and a select group of opinion leaders (or elites) on matters relating to United States foreign policy and to define the parameters of public opinion within which decision-makers must operate.
- Asia Europe Survey (ASES): A Multinational Comparative Study in 18 Countries, 2001
Purpose was to study, in 18 countries of Asia and Europe, how democracy (or quasi-democracy) functions in response to various domestic and international stimuli, with a focus on the rise of civil society and the deepening of globalization. Covers generally five topics: (1) identity, (2) trust, (3) satisfaction, (4) beliefs and actions, and (5) socio-economic attributes.
Sample Size: Adults aged 18-79 living in Japan, South Korea, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Greece.
- Audit of Political Engagement (2003+)
Seeks to audit the nature and extent of the UK public's political engagement, and to provide a platform for further debate about what might be done to enhance engagement in politics and with the political process. Each survey looks at six core indicators, which have been chosen as key measures of political engagement. These repeated indicators enable responses to be tracked year on year and the direction and magnitude of change to be analysed. The core indicators are supplemented every 3 years by a further 10 indicators of political engagement. To obtain a free account please register with the UKDA.
- Bay Area Race and Politics Survey 1986
Random-digit telephone survey of residents of the San Francisco-Oakland metropolitan area conducted from August through October 1986. Interviews were completed with 1,113 persons, and the response rate was 68.1 percent. This was the main dataset analyzed in The Scar of Race by Paul M. Sniderman and Thomas Piazza (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1993).
- Biennial Media Consumption Survey [1998 - 2002]
Collects data on the public's use of, and attitudes toward, the Internet and traditional news outlets. Respondents are asked questions concerning their use of newspapers, television news, radio news, and news magazines. For later years, use Roper IPOLL.
- British House of Commons Roll Call Data (1841-1847)
Investigated the socioeconomic composition of the 1841-1847 British House of Commons and the political behavior of the men who sat in it. For each member of parliament, data were collected on personal background, constituency, political career, social position, and professional and business interests. The information on political behavior includes party affiliation, roll call responses in 186 individual parliamentary votes (called "divisions"), and the parliament members' ranking on 24 cumulative scales derived from voting data to allow generalizations about voting patterns.
- California Initiative/Referendum Data (2000-2012)
Contains information about initiative/referendum campaigns in California from 2000 to 2012. Information was gathered regarding campaign donations, expenditures, interest group involvement, legal challenges, and mainstream newspaper coverage for each initiative and referendum. The data includes whether the campaigns concerned certain issues related to the environment, law enforcement, and controversial issues such as abortion and same-sex marriage. Additionally, the collection noted whether the election takes place in a presidential year, an even year, and whether the campaign is on the November ballot.
- Campaigns in a New Media Age: How Candidates Use the World Wide Web to Win Elections
"Martin Kifer, Michael Parkin, and Druckman are studying the impact of the Internet on electoral politics. Specifically, they have developed a theoretical framework for studying politicians' campaigns on the Web that accounts for political strategic aspects of Web-based campaigns and novel technical elements. They use the framework to guide a content analysis of over 1000 candidates Web sites over five election cycles. They complement these data with information on candidate and district characteristics to study a number of dynamics including how candidates' campaign on the Web, how Web campaign strategies differ from other types of media campaigning, why candidates Web sites differ from one another, how campaign Web sites have changed over time, and what effect Web campaigns might have in the future. They also have explored the websites of Members of Congress, and studied the effects of websites on voters' opinions (using experiments). At present data from three election studies is presently available. More data will be available in the near future." (Northwestern University)
- Canadian Opinion Research Archive
Makes available commercial and independent surveys to the academic, research and journalistic communities. Founded in 1992, the CORA contains hundreds of surveys collected by major commercial Canadian firms dating back to the 1970s.
Most of the datasets are not available for direct download, but access to the archive may be requested. An interesting freely downloadable survey is the survey on "The New Canada", designed to provide an authoritative picture of the way the attitudes and values of Canadians are evolving. Also available is an Elections Canada survey of non-voters.
- Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) Recruitment Studies, 2008
Studies of United States state legislators' and mayors' pathways to office. Data about state legislators and mayors of big cities were gathered through survey instruments that consisted primarily of questions concerning the decision to seek office, previous political experience, and personal background. All women serving in the legislatures of the 50 states were surveyed, along with a random sample of men state legislators; men were randomly selected and sampled in proportion to the number of women serving in each chamber and state. All women mayors of cities with a population of 30,000 and above serving in 2008 were surveyed, along with a random sample of men mayors. Demographic variables include age, education, race, and marital status.
- Chapel Hill Expert Survey (CHES)
Estimates party positioning on European integration, ideology and policy issues for national parties in a variety of European countries. The 1st survey was conducted in 1999, with subsequent waves in 2002, 2006, 2010, and 2014. The number of countries increased from 14 Western European countries in 1999 to 24 current or prospective EU members in 2006 to 31 countries in 2014. In this time, the number of national parties grew from 143 to 268. The 2014 survey includes all EU member states, plus parties in Norway, Switzerland, and Turkey. Separate surveys were conducted in the Balkan candidate countries. Questions on parties' general position on European integration, several EU policies, general left/right, economic left/right, and social left/right are common to all surveys. More recent surveys also contain questions on non-EU policy issues, such as immigration, redistribution, decentralization, and environmental policy.
- Civic Engagement in Local Governance (CELoG)
Amed at increasing civic engagement in decentralization and local self-government reform. It provides citizens with reliable information and strengthens civil society's capacity to promote effective, accountable and participatory local governance.
Sample Size: Countrywide (Armenia) survey covering 1,500 respondents
- CivicLEADS: Civic Learning, Engagement, and Action Data Sharing
Researchers from a wide variety of disciplines study civic education, civic action, and the many relationships between the two. Provides infrastructure for researchers to share and access high-quality datasets which can be used to study civic education and involvement.
- Civil Society Organizations' Development Program (CSO DePo)
Aims at strengthening Civil Society Organizations' capacity in Armenia under USAID's Development Grants Program (DGP). It fosters sustainable civil society development through strengthening the capacity of CSOs as critical actors to advance and oversee reform, improve services and contribute to the development of more effective governance in the economic, democratic, health and social spheres.
- Class Structure and Class Consciousness: Merged Multi-Nation File (1980-1983)
Measures how such social concepts as authority, autonomy, and hierarchy relate to the social, economic, and occupational positions of individuals, thus providing a systematic means for analyzing social class structure. Addressed work-related issues such as supervision, decision-making, autonomy, respondent's formal position in the hierarchy, ownership, credentials, and income. Other work- related data describe the size, industrial sector, and government or corporate linkages of the individual's employer. Further information was gathered on the class origins of the respondent's family and of the families of the respondent's spouse and friends. Data on class-related experiences such as unemployment and union participation were also collected, as well as data on the division of power and labor in the household. In addition, contained a broad range of questions on social and political attitudes and on the respondent's political participation. Universe: USA: 18 & older working, not working but wanting to work, or housewives with working spouses. Sweden: 18-65 in the work force. Norway: 16-66 employed, unemployed, or housewives. Canada: Non-institutionalized & non-disabled 15-65 employed, unemployed or housewives. Finland: 18-65 employed, unemployed or housewives.
- Comparative Agendas Project
Assembles and codes information on the policy processes of governments from around the world. Currently includes Australia, Belgium, Denmark, European Union, France, Hungary, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, the United States (along with Florida and Pennsylvania) and the United Kingdom. Forthcoming: Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Germany, Israel. Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Russia, Turkey.
- Comparative Constitutions Project
Data on the formal characteristics of written constitutions, both current and historical, for most independent states since 1789.
- Comparative Immigrant Entrepreneurship Project (CIEP) (1992, 1995)
Survey of over 1,200 Colombian, Dominican, and Salvadoran family heads is the first to explicitly measure the extent of economic, political, and socio-cultural transnationalism among immigrants and to develop predictive models of these activities.
- Comparative Immigrant Organization Project (CIOP)
This survey of 89 Colombian, Dominican, and Mexican organization leaders and additional interviews with community activists and government officials is part of a larger study of the organizations constructed by Latin American immigrants in the United States and their impact on the political incorporation of these immigrants to American society. This specific dataset was designed to give us greater understanding of the forces creating and sustaining these organizations and to test several preliminary hypotheses about the effects of contexts of exit and modes of incorporation in receiving countries on the character of immigrant transnationalism. Accordingly, there are detailed measures of the extent of economic, political, and socio-cultural transnationalism and characteristics of both the organizations and their members.
- Comparative Survey of Freedom, 1972-1976
Contains information gathered in 5 annual surveys that assessed the degree of freedom in 218 nations and dependencies. Was carried out under the auspices of Freedom House, New York City. The number of cases with data varies from year to year, due to annexation, amalgamation, or the addition of further territories to the roster. Data includes assessments of the political and civil rights of the general population (using a seven-point scale, i.e., 1, most freedom, to 7, least freedom), an overall freedom rating for the country (using a three-point scale, i.e, free, partly free, and not free), and the direction in which this rating appeared to be moving. Surveys after 1972 have added variables that indicate whether a change in the evaluation since the previous survey was due to internal events in the country or to new information about existing conditions. Before 1973, only the presence or absence of change is noted. Thereafter, an increase in the number of coding categories enables the direction of the change to be recorded. The 1976 data include 4 additional variables applicable to 142 cases and provide information about the system of government and the economy of most of the nations studied.
- Country Memberships in Selected Intergovernmental Organizations and Accession to Selected Regional and Global Treaty Regimes: Global, Country-Year Format, 1955-2010
Listing of organizational memberships by country and year.
- Court Statistics Project
Caseload data from the courts of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.
- Cross-National Indicators of Liberal Democracy (1950-1990)
Collection of crossnational measures of political democracy containing over 800 variables for most of the world's independent countries. Political, social, and economic measures are available in the data file, and topics include adult suffrage, civil liberties, political rights, the openness, fairness, and competitiveness of the electoral process, executive and legislative selection and effectiveness, political party legitimacy, political participation, limitations on the executive branch of the government, level of democratization, economic openness, constitutional development, government legitimacy, and the outlook for freedom. A series of variables focuses on freedom and barriers to freedom, including freedom of peaceful assembly and association, mail censorship, women's rights, freedom of information and technology, freedom of political opposition, and freedom of the press. Compulsory membership in state organizations and political parties and compulsory religion in schools are addressed as well.
- Cross-National Time-Series Data Archive
Covers economic, social, and political indicators of nations and empires of the world, including countries and empires that no longer exist. Select data goes back to 1815. Not all indicators are available for all countries or in all years (even years in which the country existed). Often referred to as Bank's Cross National Time Series.
- Database of U.S. Security Treaties and Agreements (1955-2012)
RAND dataset that codes all of the United States' current and historical security-related bilateral and multilateral treaties and agreements. It codes for when the treaty entered into force or is terminated, world region, primary and secondary subjects (6 possibilities), treaty characteristics, COW code, and more. Data is in Excel.
- Database: women & men in decision making
Monitors the numbers of men and women in key decision-making positions in order to provide reliable statistics that can be used to monitor the current situation and trends through time. Covers positions of power and influence in politics, public administration, the judiciary, and various other key areas of the economy. Figures are available for decision-makers at European, national and regional level (politics only) and currently cover 34 countries -- the 28 EU Member States, 4 candidate countries (Iceland, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia and Turkey) and the remaining EEA countries (Liechtenstein and Norway).
- Detroit Area Studies
Initiated in 1951. Has been carried out nearly every year till the present. Provides reliable data on the Greater Detroit community. Each survey probes a different aspect of personal and public life, economic and political behavior, political attitudes, professional and family life, and living experiences in the Detroit metropolitan area. Includes The Detroit Arab American Study (DAAS) (2003).
- Do Human Rights Treaties Help Asylum-Seekers: Findings from the U.K.
Mixed-method empirical study of the impact of human rights treaties on asylum jurisprudence and practice in the United Kingdom from 1991 to 2012. Codes references to core human rights treaties in published decisions by U.K. courts and administrative tribunals according to whether the treaty helped or did not help the asylum applicant obtain protection from persecution. It also codes the responses of 51 U.K. refugee lawyers who were interviewed about the effectiveness of human rights treaties in U.K. asylum law.
- Elite Young Muslims in Britain: Generational Experience and Political Participation, 2007
Explored the impact of global, national, local and personal events on the views and political activity of young British Muslims regarded as 'opinion formers' of the future. To obtain a free account please register with the UKDA.
- Ethnic Minorities and Political Support: An Examination of Mass Attitudes in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Belarus, 1998
Studied the attachment of minorities, especially ethnic Russians outside Russia, to their country of residence and assess their level of support for its institutions and leaders. The survey posed the following questions: If variation in loyalty and support exist within a given minority, what explains the variation at the individual level? Is political support by ethnic minorities a rational calculation or is it the result of subjective, identity-related factors? Respondents were asked a series of questions about their perceptions of nationality, their attitudes toward the independence of their nation, the current state of their country compared with its former existence as part of the Soviet Union, and their financial position and future prospects, as well as the economic condition of their nation and the development of market economies. Additional questions focused on the status of the political system in which they resided, including trust in government, the development of democracy, which groups of people were being served by the government, feelings about personal political rights and the rights of the Russian-speaking population, ties with Russia, relations with other countries in Europe, human rights, the status of Russian culture, and common interests with other nations in the world. Respondents also provided information on their national language, which foreign languages children should study in school, and the importance of the Russian language. In addition, there were a variety of questions about employment, workers' rights, medical care, income levels, free speech, interest in politics, trust in other people, participation in elections, life satisfaction, feelings about other nationalities, preferences for interactions with other nationalities at work and home, and attitudes toward emigration and provision of gifts to government officials. Demographic items include employment status, earnings, citizenship, sex, country of birth, level of education, marital status, household composition, and age.
- Eurobarometer Survey Series. 1970+
Large set of surveys measuring public opinion in the countries of the European Union, on a wide variety of topics. Also see the Mannheim Eurobarometer Trend File.
Eurobarometer Question and Variable Search allows one to find if and when a topic was covered on the Eurobarometer surveys. Also includes a topical guide. Also see GESIS-ZACAT which includes a large number of EuroBarometer surveys and others and allows online analysis as well as access to microdatafiles (free registration is required).
- Faith Matters Survey 2006
National survey interviewed roughly 3100 Americans in an hour-long phone survey both about their religion (beliefs, belonging and behavior) and their social and political engagement.
- Federal Election Commission
Detailed data on campaign contributions and expenditures by candidates, parties, and committees.
- French Representation Study, 1946-1958
Contains data for the First, Second, and Third Legislatures of the French National Assembly for the Fourth Republic in 1946-1958. Data are provided on the names of members of French major parties and on the roll call of party members in the three legislatures. Variables provide information on legislative bills, on topics such as NATO passage, defense of the Republic, the Algerian statute, Indo-China, Italy treaty, Paris accords, military budget, atomic energy development, strike regulations, taxes, public health, Parisian transportation, colliery schools, National Assembly reform, agriculture and the economy, land reform, fiscal reform, anti-inflation, salary scale, and amnesty.
- Generations and Gender Surveys
Longitudinal Survey of 18-79 year olds in 19 countries that aims to improve our understanding of the various factors which affect the relationships between parents and children (generations) and between partners (gender). A broad array of topics including fertility, partnership, the transition to adulthood, economic activity, care duties and attitudes are covered by the survey. Includes a separate contextual database that is organized around central topics closely linked to the program. The variables describe variations of context over time and among regions that are believed to have an impact on the behaviors and relations that constitute the key dependent variables of the survey: fertility, partnership, transition to adulthood, economic activity as well as the intergenerational and gender relations between people expressed e.g. in care relations or the organization of paid and unpaid work. The data include statistical norms, legal norms and regulations, measures of welfare state policies and institutions as well as general economic and cultural indicators. Registration is required.
- German Politbarometer Series
Administered monthly since 1977. Surveys were conducted only in West Germany until 1990, when East German Politbarometers were added to the series. During the years in which there is a federal election, these surveys are considered part of the German Election Study series. The surveys are intended to assess the attitudes and opinions of eligible German voters on current events and problems, as well as on parties and politicians. In 1996-1998, the surveys were united and were not designated as East or West. Each data collection normally includes a cumulative file of the monthly Politbarometer surveys for a single year. In these surveys, certain political questions are asked each month, while other topical questions are asked irregularly or only once.
- Governments in European semi-presidential regimes
Information on the governments formed in 15 East and West European countries, which have or had semi-presidential regimes for some time between 1945 and Dec 2003. The countries included in the dataset are Austria, Finland, France, Iceland, Ireland, Portugal, Bulgaria, Croatia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovenia and Ukraine. To obtain a free account please register with the UKDA.
- Guanxi-based Network Analysis Dataset of China's Central Committee
Created from the biographical information of the roughly 1,700 Central Committee members from 1922 to 2011. It also lists birth/death years, birth province, educational background, military experience, Party career assignments, government jobs, visits abroad, and any special remarks. Each Central Committee member's education level, military generation, provincial origin, kinship, and patron?client information was coded for each Central Committee?year. Individual attributes were also collected for each Central Committee member to indicate if he or she was a member of the Politburo or Standing Committee, a Long Marcher, previously purged and rehabilitated, a general officer, a technocrat, and/or a member of the Central Advisory Commission, as appropriate.
- House of Lords: Voting, Peers' Attitudes and Perceptions of Legitimacy, 2000-2007
Investigated changes in behavior and attitudes following the reform in 1999 which removed the majority of hereditary peers from the House of Lords. The central research question was whether the (still unelected) 2nd chamber would grow in confidence and strength as a result of its least defensible element being removed, and the resultant change in party balance which saw it become a "no overall control" chamber. Through study of peers' voting records, and particularly of government defeats in the chamber, the project assessed the impact of the 2nd chamber on policy. Also investigated changing behavior within the party and Crossbench groups. The project also provided some questions to be included in a 2005 survey of Members of Parliament (MPs), Devolution, Elected Representatives and Constituency Representation in Scotland and Wales, 2000-2005. The main peers' survey data explores peers' working patterns, general political attitudes, attitudes to the chamber's powers, to their own and other party groups in the House, and to future reform. The data from peers, MPs and the public addresses the question of the 'legitimacy' of the House of Lords, and the appropriateness of its intervention in the policy process. The public opinion poll data covers political party allegiance, voting intention, House of Lords legitimacy, blocking of manifesto/non-manifesto bills in the Upper House, and demographic information. Other files include details of voting records on whipped and unwhipped divisions with additional information on government defeats, from 2000-2006 and publicly-available demographic information on peers. To obtain a free account please register with the UKDA.
- How to be a Good Communist in Reform-Era China: Moulding the Agents of the State, 2004-2007
Despite almost 30 years of reform, the Chinese state's functioning continues to revolve around the role of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), which suffuses the entire state apparatus, providing it with leadership, purpose and strategy. The party has a range of tools at its disposal to maintain its grip over government, but the key component of continued Leninist supervision is its control over the careers of the officials (cadres) that populate the government, public services, state-owned enterprises, the judiciary, the arms of representative government (people's congresses and political consultative conferences) and indeed the party apparatus itself. This study interrogates the efforts to use cadre training to standardize, modernize and sanitize the practice and ethos of administration. Cadres, while they continue to be bound by the ideology and practice prescribed by Leninist party discipline, should also become modern, competent managers of increasingly complex organizations. (Free registration is required through the UK Data Archive)
- Impact of the Israeli measures on the well-being of the Palestinian children, women and the Palestinian household survey, 2001 : micro data.
Main objective is to measure the impact of Israeli measures on Palestinian children, women, and households. Data collection took place during the period 4/11/2001-5/15/2001. A random stratified cluster sample was selected to represent the target population. Sample included enumeration areas close to clashes, settlements, and Israeli checkpoints. Sample also covered areas exposed to direct aggression from the Israeli military (shelling, shooting, uprooting of trees, land drifting, etc.) in addition to other areas. Includes projections of demographic and social characteristics for all household members, housing condition indicators, living level indicators for household, and main and secondary sources of income.
Sample Size: Random stratified cluster sample
- International Colonialism Study: National Integration in the British Isles, 1851-1966
Contains census, election, and vital statistics data for 118 British and Irish counties for the period 1851 to 1966. The information was collected for use in a study of regional integration and development in Great Britain in the 19th and 20th centuries. Included are population indicators for each of the counties recorded at 11 points in time during the 115-year span (i.e., 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911, 1921, 1931, 1951, and 1961). Specific information includes indicators of population density and change, ethnic composition, proportion of election votes for Labour, Conservative, Liberal, and various nationalist parties, and proportion of population employed in areas such as agriculture, manufacturing, civil service, and (female) domestic work. Other data include number of Celtic speakers, literacy, religiosity, nativity (i.e., English-, Welsh-, Scottish-, Irish-, and French-born), sex ratio (female to male), birth rates, infant mortality rates, marriage rates, per capita income, and proportion of middle class.
- International Social Survey Program (ISSP) (1985+)
For the latest see the site's web page. A listing of modules performed through 2016 as well as plans for 2017 2018 is available (including questionnaires for
not-yet-released years). Ongoing program of crossnational collaboration. Develops topical modules dealing with important areas of social science as supplements to regular national surveys. Every survey includes questions about general attitudes toward various social issues such as the legal system, sex, and the economy. Special topics have included the environment, the role of government, social inequality, social support, family and gender issues, work orientation, the impact of religious background, behavior, and beliefs on social and political preferences, and national identity. Participating countries vary for each topical module. Registration is required. 1998-2007 is also available in an easy to use comparative program.
- ipoll databank (Roper)
Archive of public opinion and survey research.
- Latino National Political Survey, 1989-1990
Measured the political attitudes and behaviors of three specific Latino groups in the United States: Mexican, Puerto Rican, and Cuban. A non-Latino comparison group was also interviewed.
Sample Size: 3415 Total: 2817 Latinos (1546 Mexican, 589 Puerto Rican, 682 Cuban), 598 non-Latinos
Latino National Political Survey, 1989-1990 (Electronic File)
Principal investigator: Rodolfo de la Garza, Angelo Falcon, F. Chris Garcia, John A. Garcia
Producer: Philadelphia, PA: Temple University, Institute for Social Research
Distributor: Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research
Version: 3rd ICPSR version
- Learning Democracy in Mexico and the United States, 2000
This survey was done in Mexico and the US and includes knowledge of and attitudes about democracy from understanding what it is, expectations about it, satisfaction with the way it works in their country, memberships in organizations, participation in politics, attitudes about politics and government, and confidence in institutions.
- Legislative Behavior in the Israeli Knesset, 1974-1975
Contains data from personal interviews with 86 members of the 8th Israeli Knesset (1973-1977). Data include members' general perceptions of the legislature and the Israeli political world, as well as their specific party and career histories, areas of expertise, positions held in the Knesset, legislative accomplishments and goals, and legislative behavior, e.g., contact with party leaders, civil servants, and constituents. Other survey data focus on members' political socialization, recruitment, and first political awareness, including the impact of World War II (e.g., concentration camps and purges), elections, Zionism, family activists, school, the Palestine-Israeli conflict, anti-Semitism in community, and membership in youth groups. Personal background data are also included, e.g., age, sex, education, religion, country of origin, family circumstances, and wave (Aliyah) of immigration to Israel.
- Legislative Policy Agendas in the United Kingdom, 1910-2010
This research project has mapped the policies the UK government concentrated on over the last hundred years by coding data on Speeches from the Throne and Acts of UK Parliament since 1911, budgetary expenditure since 1910, public opinion since 1960, the front page of The Times newspaper since 1960, and Prime Minister's Questions since 1997. To obtain a free account please register with the UKDA.
- Legislative Support, Pork, and Coalitions in Brazil, January 1997-December 2005
Examined how presidents in multiparty regimes win legislative support by considering dynamism, particular bargaining contexts, and combining separate lines of research on distributive politics and coalition formation.
- Levels of Democracy and Democratic Institutionalization in 18 Latin American Countries, 1978-2004
analyzed the level of democracy achieved by 18 Latin American countries after 1977, between the transitions from authoritarian rule and 2004. Despite authoritarian interruptions in the past, one of the best predictors of the current level of democracy is the country's experience with competitive politics before 1978. Created original indicators to show that democratic trajectories are institutionalized through political parties and judicial institutions, and we documented the impact of regime legacies using a hybrid fixed-effects model.
- Matrix of Policy in the Philippines, 1948-1969
Contains information for the following 10 major topic areas. PART 1. Survey (Pegasus) File. 182 variables for 1,550 respondents in 1969. Variables cover attitudes toward Philippine government, social, economic, and political conditions, attitudes toward and knowledge of dissidents and exposure to crime and violence PART 2. General Province Data. PART 3. Province Election Data. PART 4. City Voting Data. PART 5. Municipio Data. PART 6. Barrio Data. PART 7. City Socioeconomic Data. PART 8. Province Crime Data. PART 9. Province Economic Data. PART 10. Province Manufacturing Data
- Memberships in Conventional Intergovernmental Organizations (CIO) 1952-1997
Country data coded every 5th year, 1952-1997, denotes individual country membership in a) federations of intergovernment organizations; b) universal membership organizations; c) inter-continental membership organizations; and d) regionally-defined membership organizations
- Minorities at Risk (MAR) Project (1945+)
Tracks 282 politically-active ethnic groups throughout the world -- identifying where they are, what they do, and what happens to them. Focuses specifically on ethnopolitical groups, non-state communal groups that have "political significance" in the contemporary world because of their status and political actions. Political significance is determined by: (1) The group collectively suffers, or benefits from, systematic discriminatory treatment compared to other groups in a society and (2) The group is the basis for political mobilization and collective action in defense or promotion of its self-defined interests.
- Monitoring Corruption: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Indonesia
This is the raw data that is used for "Monitoring Corruption: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Indonesia." The data contains a household survey, key informant survey, meeting surveys, and an engineering road survey.
- MORI/GMF Poll: 2002 European World Views Survey
This study of 6 European countries is the European counterpart to the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations American Public Opinion and US Foreign Policy, 2002 survey. Includes the US role in the world, looking at foreign policy goals, economic aid, spending, vital interests, the use of US troops, attitudes toward specific countries, NATO, foreign aid, trade, economic sanctions, globalization, and terrorism.
- National Directory of Latino Elected Officials (2005-2015; 2016 PDF only)
Covers federal, state, county, municipal, and other local elected officials. Provides contact information for each official, a statistical portrait of the Latino elected officials in each state, and an alphabetical index of each official in the Directory, which indicates their state, level of office and the page number on which they appear. The directory for each year is also available as an Excel database and includes fields for level of office, term expiration, party, and gender.
- National Race and Politics Survey (1991)
Asked questions to gauge attitudes about welfare, race relations, altruism, and members of other races.
- National Survey of Latinos (2002, 2004+)
Surveys among the Latino community with themes each year (immigration, politcs and civil participation, education). Many of the years are also available in Roper IPOLL.
Sample Size: Nationally representative samples of Latino respondents ages 18 and older.
- NBER/Maryland State Constitutions Project
Portal to the texts of the state constitutions of the United States. There have been almost 150 state constitutions, they have been amended roughly 12,000 times, and the text of the constitutions and their amendments comprises about 15,000 pages of text. Updated through 2006.
- New York Times Annotated Corpus
Contains over 1.8 million articles written and published by the New York Times between January 1, 1987 and June 19, 2007 (excluding wire services articles that appeared during the covered period). Articles are tagged for persons, places, organizations, titles and topics using a controlled vocabulary that is applied consistently across articles.
- Odum Institute Public Opinion Poll Question Database
The Odum Institute houses the Louis Harris Data Center, the national depository for publicly available survey data collected by Louis Harris and Associates, Inc. More than 1,000 Harris Polls from as early as 1958 are archived at the Center. Other public opinion data at the Institute include the Carolina Polls and Southern Focus Polls, Gallup polls from the U.S. and other countries, and polls from major broadcasting networks and newspapers. Many of the datasets, including the Harris polls, are available for direct download. Includes many state polls.
- Pew Research Center For The People & The Press data archive
The Pew Research Center is an independent opinion research group that studies attitudes toward the press, politics and public policy issues. They are best known for regular national surveys that measure public attentiveness to major news stories, and for their polling that charts trends in values and fundamental political and social attitudes.
- Pilot National Asian American Political Survey (PNAAPS), 2000-2001
Multicity, multiethnic, and multilingual survey that provides a preliminary attempt to gauge the political attitudes and behavior of Asian Americans on a national scale.
Sample Size: 1218
Pilot National Asian American Political Survey (PNAAPS), 2000-2001 (Electronic File)
Principal investigator: Pei-te Lien, University of Utah
Producer: Van Nuys, CA: Interviewing Service of America, Inc.
Distributor: Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research
- Pohtiva - Poltical Manifesto Data Resource (Finland)
Approximately 800 Finnish Political Party Manifestos from 57 parties beginning from the end of the 19th century.
- Policy Agendas Project
Attempt to provide comparable measures of policy changes in the United States since the Second World War. Includes information summarizing each U.S. Congressional hearing from 1946-2013; information from all articles in the main chapters of the Congressional Quarterly Almanac from 1948-2011; information about each public law passed from 1948-2014; bills introduced in Congress from 1947-2015; every congressional roll call vote from 1946-2013; information about each executive order issued from 1945-2015; information on each quasi-statement in the Presidential State of the Union Speeches from 1946-2016; presidential veto rhetoric from 1985-2007; Democratic Party platforms 1948-2012; Republican Party platforms 1948-2016; contains information on each case on the Supreme Courts docket from from 1945-2009; time-series database of all associations in the Encyclopedia of Associations, coded both by the EA subject categories as well as by the major topics of the PAP from 1966 to 2001; responses to Gallup's Most Important Problem question aggregated at the annual level from 1947-2012; a systematic random sample of the New York Times Index from 1946-2013; information on the number of pages in the New York Times Index and an estimate of the number of articles per page; television news policy agendas from 1968-2010; annual data, adjusted for inflation, of U.S. Budget Authority from FY 1947-FY 2015; and highlights of the main issues concerning the study of budgetary outcomes across countries and time.
- Political Elites in Eastern Europe, 1971
Contains biographical data on political elites who were members of either the Central Committee or Council of Ministers in 1971 in five Eastern European nations: Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Poland, and Romania. Demographic variables provide information on sex, date of birth, ethnicity, nationality, education, family background, and date of death. Additional variables describe career events or particular experiences of the elites such as dates of military service, party membership, government service, or dates of entry into and exit from the Central Committee and other political institutions.
- Political Elites in Mexico, 1900-1971
Contains information on the political office holder's sex, birthplace, profession/occupations, military service, date and place of birth and death, father's occupation, education (preparation, length, attainment, specialization, foreign training), travel abroad, intellectual activities (publications, teaching), political affiliation, political offices held and length of stay, activity during the revolution of 1910-1920, geographical entity represented, memberships in political and other organizations. Requires free registration. Courtesy of University of Wisconsin.
- Political Regimes and Regime Transitions in Africa, 1910-1994
Focuses on political regimes and regime transitions in 47 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The first part contains information on the characteristics of post-colonial political regimes from independence to December 31, 1989. Economic variables include GNP per capita, inflation, structural adjustment programs, overseas development assistance, and external debt, while social indicators concern ethnic & religious fragmentation. Political variables provide a listing of every national election in Africa from independence to 1989, for totals of presidential and parliamentary contests, the number of political parties, association groups, and media outlets in each country in 1975 and 1989, and type of political regime, including the duration of each regime in years and the total number and mode of previous regime transitions up to 1989. The second part covers the political dynamics of regime transitions from 1990-1994. Includes political protests, liberalization reforms, elections, and changes of government in each country. In addition, there is a complete set of standard election results for every multiparty contest in Africa from 1990-1994, along with information on whether observers ruled the vote as free and fair, whether incumbents were ousted, and whether losers accepted the results.
- Political Slant of United States Daily Newspapers, 2005
The focus of this data collection was media slant in news coverage in the United States in 2005. Automated searches of newspaper articles and congressional records were conducted of 1,000 key phrases addressing issues such as abortion, gun control, taxes, health care, war, the environment, immigration policy, stem cell research, and minorities. A new index of media slant was then constructed that measured the similarity of a news outlet's language to that of the congressional Republican or Democrat. To measure news slant, the researchers examined the set of all key phrases used by each congressperson and identified those used much more frequently by one political party than by another. Newspapers were then indexed by the extent to which the use of politically charged phrases in their news coverage resembled the use of the same phrases in the speech of a congressional Democrat or Republican. Part 1, Newspapers File, lists the slant index of 434 city newspapers across the United States and the total number of uses of key phrases for each newspaper. Part 2, News Counts File, indicates the number of news articles in each newspaper using each key phrase. Part 3, Congress File, lists the United States congressperson from each congressional district, his or her political party identification, the slant index, and the total number of uses of all key phrases for this congressperson. Part 4, Congress Counts File, includes information on the number of uses of each key phrase by each member of Congress. Part 5, Phrases File, includes detailed information on the key phrases used in the searches and the total number of uses of each phrase for all Democrats and Republicans in Congress.
- Political Systems Performance Data: Sweden, 1865-1967
Time-series annual data. Variables include population characteristics, such as the total population, the number of people aged 0 to 14 years, 0 to 4 years, and over 65, birth rate, live births per 1,000 population, infant mortality rate, gross death rate, and life expectancy at birth for females, the number of elementary school students, secondary school students, and university students, the number of civil servants, doctors, midwives, hospital beds, school teachers, and university teachers, the population of the three largest cities, and the urban population. Economic variables provide information on government revenues, government expenditures on defense, education, pensions, welfare, public health, veterans' benefits, and labor benefits, Gross National Product, percentage of the population employed in agriculture, the value of agricultural production, energy consumption, the maximum income tax rate, the number of recipients of public relief, the number of recipients of public pensions, unemployment rate, price index, and the number of union members. Other variables provide information on the enfranchised population, voting turnout, votes for parties of the Left, and the number of suicides.
- Polity IV: Political Regime Characteristics and Transitions, 1800-2015
Contains information on and access to the most recent update of the well-known and highly respected Polity data series, originally designed by Ted Robert Gurr. Polity IV contains coded annual information on regime and authority characteristics for all independent states (with greater than 500,000 total population) in the global state system.
- Poverty survey 2003 micro data. (Palestine)
Provides information on the effects of border closures and other political upheaval to the living standards of the Palestinian population. Also tracks changes in living standards and poverty. PCBS conducted the poverty survey in the Palestinian Territory during December 2003.
Sample Size: 3,127 households (1,899 in the West Bank and 1,228 in the Gaza Strip)
- Presidential Approval Ratings 1937-2016
Roper Center compiled approval ratings of U.S. Presidents.
- Presidential Proclamations Project at the University of Houston
Most complete record of presidential proclamations known to exist and hosts a universe of proclamations from President George Washington to President Barack Obama. Searchable database of proclamations (and related directives) collected, information on the function of proclamations and frequently asked questions about proclamations.
- Prime Ministerial Power in 22 Countries, 1980-2000
Offers a measure of prime ministerial power to set government policy in 22 countries with established parliamentary democracies. Comprises variables relating to the power of prime ministers including an index of prime ministerial power, which consists of a quantitative score of the power of individually named prime ministers in their different terms based on an expert survey conducted in 2001-2003. The expert survey included questions in regard to the prime minister's degree of freedom in selecting cabinet ministers, moving or removing the cabinet ministers, and calling an election when desired. In addition, respondents were queried about the prime minister's ability to influence the cabinet agenda and the policy output of the current government, and the degree of government control over the parliament agenda. Additional variables in the data examined the political and institutional resources available to the prime ministers, of which the following topics were explored: the composition of the cabinet and prime minister's party, rate of government survival, strength of prime minister's party in the parliament, impact of the opposition party on policy, score of leadership influence, policy diversity in government, and government's ideological complexion.
- PRRI/RNS Religion News Survey (2010-2013)
Conducted by Public Religion Research Institute, in partnership with Religion News Service, to examine attitudes on breaking news and emerging issues at the intersection of religion and politics.
- Qualitative Study of Democracy and Participation in Britain, 1925-2003
The main aim was to undertake a new empirical study of voluntary activists in Britain. More specifically, the objectives were to undertake a qualitative study to (1) generate a deeper understanding of the processes by which people become activists, (2) describe citizens' experiences of activism and (3) understand their evaluations of participation and democracy. To obtain a free account please register with the UKDA.
- Quebec Sovereignty Referendum Study, 1995
This study, part of the "Can Mature Democracies Fail?" project, looked at public opinion regarding issues related to the Quebec Sovereignty Referendum held October 30, 1995. The sample consisted of adults aged 18 and over from Quebec and the rest of Canada (ROC).
- Record of American Democracy (ROAD) 1984-1990
Includes election returns, socioeconomic summaries, and demographic measures of the American public at unusually low levels of geographic aggregation ("precinct" level). Covers every state in the country from 1984 through 1990 (including some off-year elections).
- Religion and State Constitutions, 1990-2002
Set of measures that systematically gauge the intersection between government and religion. Examines constitutional clauses that address religion for 169 states on a yearly basis between 1990 and 2002. This constitutes all countries with populations of 250,000 or more, as well as a sampling of smaller states.
- Roll Call Votes in the European Parliament (1979-2009)
Record of how each member of the European Parliament voted.
- Seki-Williams Government and Ministers Data
Government composition data from 1945 to 2014.
- Social Capital Benchmark Survey, 2000
Comprises both a national sample of some 3,000 respondents and community respondents in 41 communities nationwide (across 29 states) covering an additional 26,700 respondents. Measures everything from levels of giving blood, to hanging out with friends, to participating in various groups and associations, to levels of trust, to participation in group arts and group sports, to the diversity of our friendship patterns.
- Social Capital Community Survey, 2006
Consisted of a national sample and targeted samples in 22 American communities. Follow-up to the Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey (2000).
- State Fragility Index and Matrix, Time-Series Data, 1995-2015
Provides annual state fragility, effectiveness, and legitimacy indices and the 8 component indicators for the world's 167 countries with populations greater than 500,000 in 2015.
- State of the First Amendment [1997 - 2006]
Collects data on Americans' attitudes towards First Amendment issues, including freedom of expression and tolerance for art that may be offensive to others.
- State of the Union Addresses and Messages. (American Presidency Project - UCSB)
Summary statistics and full text of the presidential state of the union addresses and messages. Includes length in words and minutes; list of acknowledged guests sitting in the House Gallery; list of opposition responses; and Cabinet members not in attendance.
- State Supreme Court Data Project
Data base containing information on State Supreme Court decisions in all 50 states during their 1995 through 1998 sessions. Contains 21,000 decisions reached by over 400 state supreme court justices seated during those years.
- Supreme Court Database
Contains over 200 pieces of information about each case decided by the Supreme Court between the 1791 and 2014 terms. Examples include the identity of the court whose decision the Court reviewed, the parties to the suit, the legal provisions considered in the case, and the votes of the Justices.
- Survey of Truth and Reconciliation in South Africa, 2000-2001
Explored the relationship between truth acceptance and reconciliation among South Africans during and since the political transition from Apartheid to democracy.
- Survey Research Data Archive at Academia Sinica, Taiwan
Large archive housing a number of Taiwan research studies including the Social Image Survey in Taiwan and Taiwan's Election and Democratization Studies, TEDS.
Application must be made directly to the center for permission to use the data, and should be done well in advance of a project's due date. Also, be aware that English documentation is not available in all cases.
- Survey Study of 43 Supreme Court Common Law Judges on the Use of Foreign Law in Constitutional Rights Cases
Survey study of 43 judges from the British House of Lords, the Caribbean Court of Justice, the High Court of Australia, and the Supreme Courts of Ireland, India, Israel, South Africa, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States on the use of foreign law in constitutional rights cases. As the focus of attempts to both explain and justify the use of foreign law in constitutional discourse, the attitudes of apex judges are clearly at issue. Aims to shed light on how common law judges view foreign law as a source of argument in constitutional rights matters, and how they "see" transnational sources.
- Surveys of Members of the European Parliament, 2000 and 2006
The most significant change in the institutional structure of European governance over the past 2 decades has been the increased power of the European Parliament (EP). Given the Parliament's growing influence and the dramatic EU enlargement in 2004, it has become increasingly important to monitor the attitudes and behavior of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) from different member states. The European Parliament Research Group (EPRG) conducted two surveys of MEPs in 2000 and 2006. The 2000 survey was conducted in October-December 2000 and surveyed MEPs of the 5th European Parliament (1999-2004). The 2006 survey was conducted in March-June 2006 and surveyed MEPs of the 6th European Parliament (2004-09). Includes the following categories of questions: personal details (member state, date first elected to EP, previous political experience), electoral systems and candidate selection, campaigning aims and activities
attitudes/behavior relating to representation, behavior in committees and voting in the Parliament, general political attitudes, attitudes towards specific EU policies, and attitudes towards EU institutional reform. To obtain a free account please register with the UKDA.
- Swedish Election Test-Data Series: Swedish Election Study (1956-1982)
Systematically selected subsample of persons who were interviewed for the Swedish Election Study, a survey which queried Swedes about their political attitudes, preferences and behavior.
- Transnational Social Movement Organization Dataset, 1953-2003
Brings new data to the investigation of relationships between globalization, social movements, and political change. Aims to enhance understanding of the organizational foundations for transnational activism, namely the population of transnational social movement organizations. Contains 301 variables. The variables were either taken directly from the Yearbook of International Organizations, or created from information in the Yearbook.
- U.S. Supreme Court Justices Database
Contains information on individuals nominated (whether confirmed or not) to the U.S. Supreme Court (John Jay-Samuel A. Alito, Jr). Houses 263 variables, falling roughly into 5 categories: identifiers, background characteristics and personal attributes, nomination and confirmation, service on the Court, and departures from the bench.
- United Nations Roll Call Data (1946-1985)
Developed from the official records of the meetings of the main committees of the General Assembly of the United Nations. Data for the most recent sessions were primarily derived from the United States state department records of the United Nations roll calls. A major purpose of this data series was to provide for the analysis over time of world opinion on issues and concerns raised by members of the international community, while also allowing for the study of the dynamics through which alliances and factions are formed within and between nations of the world. The collection consists of roll calls voted upon in the United Nations. It is a composite of political debates and world opinions of the post-1945 international community. General Assembly Voting data through 2015 is available through Dataverse courtesy of Erik Voeten and Adis Merdzanovic.
- United States District Court Boundary Shapefiles (1900-2000)
A layer package is provided containing shapefiles for the United States District Court boundaries every year from 1900-2000. These boundaries allow for visualizations of data at the district court level, built up from county-level data. The files are intended for use in ArcGIS; other software packages may or may not be able to interpret them correctly. Also included is the county-district crosswalk file these maps are based on.
- United States Presidential Inaugural Addresses, 1789-2009
Includes the Inaugural Addresses of United States Presidents from George Washington in 1789 to Barack Obama in 2009.
- United States Presidential Primary Exit Poll Series (2000+)
Conducted by the National Election Pool (NEP) from results obtained from interviews of a sample of voters exiting polling places in those states that hold political party presidential primaries or caucuses on their respective primary days. Provides data on voters' choices in the primaries and on the issues and factors that most influenced those votes, as well as their opinions on presidential candidates, and other social issues. The data consist of individual state primary exit polls.
- United States Presidential State of the Union Addresses, 1913-2008
State of the Union addresses from Woodrow Wilson in 1913 to George W. Bush in 2008.
- United States Supreme Court Judicial Database Terms (1946-1997)
Encompasses all aspects of United States Supreme Court decision-making. In this collection, distinct aspects of the court's decisions are covered by 6 types of variables: (1) identification variables including case citation, docket number, unit of analysis, and number of records per unit of analysis, (2) background variables offering information on origin of case, source of case, reason for granting cert, parties to the case, direction of the lower court's decision, and manner in which the Court takes jurisdiction, (3) chronological variables covering date of term of court, chief justice, and natural court, (4) substantive variables including multiple legal provisions, authority for decision, issue, issue areas, and direction of decision, (5) outcome variables supplying information on form of decision, disposition of case, winning party, declaration of unconstitutionality, and multiple memorandum decisions, and (6) voting and opinion variables pertaining to the vote in the case and to the direction of the individual justices' votes.
- Voice of the People Series (2005+)
Annual survey to solicit public opinion on social and political issues. Every year the survey will be conducted in approximately 50 countries, with a minimal sample size of 500 per country. Wherever possible, within each country a nationally representative sample n=500 adults, male and female, aged 18 and older will be used. In some emergent countries, where such research conditions are not possible, there may be stated variations to this (e.g. urban areas only). Similarly, in the developed world interviews will be conducted by telephone, while in emergent and under-developed countries face to face interviews will be conducted. Demographic variables include sex, age, household income, education level, employment status, and religious preference.
- Voter Registration in the United States (1968-1988) from ICPSR
Voter registration data from state governments.
- Voting in the Russian Parliament, 1990-1993: Program and Database
The project titled Political Culture and Social Innovation: the Russian Supreme Soviet 1990-93 sought to determine the cultural obstacles to the introduction of parliamentary institutions in Russia. It had three parts: (a) a discourse analysis of speeches of parliamentary deputies; (b) an institutional analysis of relations between parliament and government; (c) an analysis of roll calls and factional alignments. To obtain a free account please register with the UKDA.
- Washington Representatives Study (Organized Interests in Washington Politics) - 1981, 1991, 2001, 2006, 2011
Includes information about thousands of organizations involved in Washington D.C. politics, their organizational characteristics including the kinds of interests they represented and the nature of their membership, if any, and the activities they undertook in the pursuit of policy influence. Encompasses all organizations listed in the Washington Representatives directories (published by Columbia Books) for 1981, 1991, 2001, 2006, and 2011 as being active in national politics by virtue of either having an office in the D.C. area, or hiring D.C.-area consultants or counsel to represent them. These organizations have been classified into 96 categories based, principally, on the kinds of interests represented. Variables include organization name, membership category, founding year, and main objective, as well as number of lobbyists hired, number of amicus briefs filed, political action committee (PAC) donations made, and web-based lobbying activities.
- Women in National Parliaments (1997+)
World and regional averages of the percentage of women in national parliaments.
- Women in Parliament, 1945-2003: Cross-National Dataset
Information on women's inclusion in parliamentary bodies in over 150 countries from 1945 to 2003. Allows for extensive, large-scale, cross-national investigation of the factors that explain women's attainment of political power over time and provides educators with comprehensive international and historical information on women in a variety of political positions. Information is provided on female suffrage, the first female member of parliament, yearly percentages of women in parliaments, when women reached important representational milestones, such as 10 %, 20 %, and 30 % of a legislature, and when women achieved highly-visible political positions, such as prime minister, president, or head of parliament.
- Women's International Nongovernmental Organizations, 1950-2013
- Youth Participatory Politics Survey Project, 2011
Includes questions that examine the quantity, quality, and equality of youth new media practices; as well as political and civic attitudes, behavior, and engagement (collectively referred to as "participatory politics"). The survey was administered early February 2011 to mid-July 2011. It was administered online and by phone, and includes oversamples of African Americans, Asian Americans, and Latino respondents, in order to facilitate analyses both within and between racial and ethnic groups. Includes questions about political and civic attitudes, media practices, community involvement, political engagement, credibility of news sources, and social influences. Demographic information includes age, race, gender, education, employment status, and income.
Sample Size: 2,290 respondents ages 15-25
- Youth Studies Series (1965-1997)
Set of surveys designed to assess political continuity and change across time for biologically-related generations and to gauge the impact of life-stage events and historical trends on the behaviors and attitudes of respondents. A national sample of high school seniors and their parents was first surveyed in 1965. Subsequent surveys of the same individuals were conducted in 1973, 1982, and 1997. The general objective was to study the dynamics of political attitudes and behaviors by obtaining data on the same individuals as they aged from approximately 18 years of age in 1965 to 50 years of age in 1997. In this manner, the Youth Studies Series facilitates the analysis of generational, life cycle, and historical effects and political influences on relationships within the family.
- Zambia Democratic Governance Project Political Attitudes Survey, 1993 and 1996
Designed to examine the determinants of political participation in a developing democracy. Topics covered in both years include political attitudes and interest at the local and national levels, and degree of political knowledge. Questions were asked about the frequency of discussing political matters, whether the respondent had attended a training session on the topic of citizen rights, satisfaction with work, finances, health, and life, and what role chiefs and headmen should play in governing Zambia today. Additional questions in 1993 asked if crime was a major problem and in what ways crime had affected the respondent's life. Additional questions in 1996 asked if during the last five years the respondent had contacted a chief or headman, a member of Parliament, or some other influential person, if the respondent was satisfied with the general state of the Zambian economy, and how much leisure time the respondent had in an average day. Demographic variables provided for respondents include age, gender, education, tribe affiliation, language, employment status, occupation, personal and family income, marital status, and number of children.
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