International Survey Projects in SDR

The 24 international survey projects selected for ex-post harmonization in the SDR project represent the entirety of sources with diversified topic coverage that meet the following criteria:

(1) contain measures of political attitudes and behaviors, social capital, and well-being, and  main individual-level correlates;
(2) are non-commercial;
(3) designed as cross-national, and, preferably, multi-wave;
(4) national samples are intended as representative of the adult population;
(5) documentation (study description, codebook, questionnaire) is provided in English;
(6) projects are freely available in the public domain.

Table 1 reflects the expansion – in terms of projects and number of national surveys within given project –which the SDR project undertakes on the SDR database v. 1.0.

Acronym Name N Surveys Total N Surveys New % New Surveys
ABS Asian Barometer 43 13 30%
AFB Afrobarometer 136 70 52%
AMB Americas Barometer 164 73 45%
ARB Arab Barometer 36 20 56%
ASES Asia Europe Survey 18 0 0%
CB Caucasus Barometer 20 8 40%
CDCEE Consolidation of Democracy a 27 0 0%
CNEP Comparative National Elections Project b 32 24 75%
CSES Comparative Study of Electoral Systems 176 176 100%
EB Eurobarometer 961 809 84%
EQLS European Quality of Life Survey 93 0 0%
ESS European Social Survey 194 49 25%
EVS European Values Study 127 0 0%
ISJP International Social Justice Project 21 0 0%
ISSP International Social Survey Programme 858 496 58%
LB Latinobarometro 338 78 23%
LITS Life in Transition Survey 98 34 35%
NBB New Baltic Barometer 18 0 0%
NEB New Europe Barometer c 103 103 100%
PA2 Political Action II d 8 1 13%
PA8NS Political Action – An Eight Nation Study 6 4 67%
PPE7N Political Participation and Equality e 7 0 0%
VPCPCE Values and Political Change f 6 1 17%
WVS World Values Survey 243 62 26%
Total 3733 2021 54%

a Consolidation of Democracy in Central & Eastern Europe; b Only post-election samples; c New Europe Barometer consists of New Democracies Barometer & New Russia Barometer;  d Only cross-sectional samples; e Political Participation and Equality in Seven Nations;  f Values and Political Change in Postcommunist Europe.

The list of 24 international survey projects which meet the above criteria is as follows:

Asian Barometer (ABS) examines public opinions and attitudes towards political values, democracy, economic transformations and governance around the region, starting in 2001.

Afrobarometer (AFB) collects data about individual values, attitudes and behavior related to democracy, governance, livelihoods, social capital, conflict and crime, markets, participation and national identity. Afrobarometer surveys are conducted in many African countries and are repeated on a regular cycle since 1999.

Americas Barometer (AMB) conducts surveys every two years since 2004 in most countries from North and Latin America. The surveys focus on social and political attitudes, level of trust to various political and social institutions on national and international level, political attitudes and evaluation of current political situation, evaluations of democratic values and  democracy as a system.

Arab Barometer (ARB) captures citizens’ attitudes, values, and behavior patterns relating to pluralism, freedoms, tolerance and equal opportunity; social and inter-personal trust; social, religious and political identities; conceptions of governance and an understanding of democracy; and civic engagement and political participation. The first wave of surveys started in 2006.

Asia Europe Survey (ASES) is a cross-national survey conducted in 2000 in 18 countries: Japan, South Korea, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Greece. The questionnaire asks about identity, trust, satisfaction, beliefs and actions, and socio-economic position.

Caucasus Barometer (CB) is conducted annually in Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia. The project began in 2004 (until 2010 it was known as The Data Initiative). Questions ask about trust in political and social institutions, political attitudes and evaluation of current political situation, evaluations of democracy as a system, support for NATO and European Union are asked.

Consolidation of Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe (CDCEE) was conducted in Belarus, Bulgaria, Czech Republic,  Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia,  Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine. The data was collected twice: for the first time between 1990 and 1992 and for the second time between 1998 and 2001. The main research topics were the current state of the democratic consolidation in the newly implemented democracies, social and political participation, meaning of democracy, opinions on current political situation.

Comparative National Elections Project (CNEP) is a collection of election surveys across the democratic world, starting in 1990. CNEP surveys focus on common questions personal discussion networks, use of the mass media, political information, political values, attitudes, and participation, and the integrity of the electoral process.

Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (CSES) is a collaborative program of research among election study teams from around the world. Participating countries include a common module of survey questions in their post-election studies.

Eurobarometer (EB) was established in 1973. The surveys are organized by the European Commission in order to monitor the evolution of public opinion in all EU Member States and occasionally some candidate countries, thus helping the preparation of texts, decision-making and the evaluation of its work.

European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS) collects data on a range of issues, such as employment, income, education, housing, family, health and work-life balance, as well as happiness, life satisfaction, and perceived quality of society. The first round was conducted in 2003.

European Social Survey (ESS) is a cross-national survey conducted in most European countries every two years since 2002. The survey focuses on examining stability and change in social structure, conditions and attitudes in Europe and how Europe’s social, political and moral fabric is changing.

European Values Study (EVS) examines social, political and economic values and attitudes, as well as life conditions, in most European countries. The surveys are carried out every nine years since 1981, and each consecutive wave includes more national samples. EVS and WVS coordinate to include similar question items, and datasets from both survey projects can be combined and used together.

International Social Justice Project (ISJP) is an international collaborative survey project focused on popular beliefs and attitudes on social, economic and political justice. Two large-scale opinion surveys were fielded in all twelve countries in 1991 and in six countries in 1996. In 2000 a second replication was carried out in Germany, and in 2006 in Germany and in other countries replicating the ISJP (Israel, Chile, Czech Republic and Hungary).

International Social Survey Program (ISSP) is a continuous program of cross-national collaboration running annual surveys on topics important for the social sciences. It covers a wide range of issues which relate to social structure, including political attitudes, values, data about education and occupation of respondents.

Latinobarometer (LB) is an annual public opinion survey carried out in most Latin American countries. The surveys explore development of democracy and economies as well as societies, using indicators of opinion, attitudes, behavior and values, and the first wave was conducted in 1995.

Life in Transition Surveys (LITS) has the purpose of assessing public attitudes, well-being and the impact of economic and political change. The program is run by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in collaboration with the World Bank, with surveys in 2006 and 2010 in central eastern Europe and the Baltic states, south-eastern Europe, the Commonwealth of Independent States and Mongolia.

New Baltic Barometer (NBB) was launched in 1993 to reflect opinions in three multi-ethnic societies, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, incorporated into the Soviet Union as a consequence of the Second World War. In years 1993-2004 six waves were conducted in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Main topics included political behavior and attitudes, identity issues, and attitudes toward EU accession.

New Europe Barometer (NEB) survey were carried out in Central and Eastern Europe throughout the transformation, with the aim of monitoring the response of people caught up in the transformation of their polity, economy, society and often state boundaries too. Five NDB surveys were conducted between 1991 and 1998. Changes in Europe have been matched by changes in the New Europe Barometer survey. After the fifth round, the CSPP took responsibility for conducting surveys of post-Communist countries seeking membership in the European Union. It has conducted NEB rounds in 2001 and the winter of 2004/5.

Political Action II (PA2) is a replication of Political Action: An Eight Nation Study (PA8NS), and was carried out between 1979 and 1981 to study satisfaction with material standard of living, interest in politics, perception of privileged and under-privileged groups, opinions on various social and political issues, and ranking of important political goals.

Political Action: An Eight Nation Study (PA8NS) was carried out during 1973-1976 in eight nations: Great Britain, Germany, Netherlands, Austria, United States, Italy, Switzerland, and Finland. It is focused on various forms and combinations of political activity ranging from voting to protest actions, and on individual propensities to perform these activities.

Values and Political Change in Post-Communist Europe (VPCPCE) focuses on on political values in countries the Former Soviet Union and Central/Eastern Europe. The survey was carried out during 1993-1994.

World Values Survey (WVS) explores a wide range of topics, including people’s basic values relating to politics, economic life, religion, gender roles, family norms and sexual norms. The surveys are carried out every 5-9 years since 1981. WVS coordinates with EVS to include similar question items, and facilitate the merging of datasets from both projects together.

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