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Israeli Election Study, 1988 (ICPSR 2998)

Principal Investigator(s): Arian, Asher


This election study was conducted in two phases. The respondents were first surveyed December 1987-January 1988, ten months before the elections for the Knesset (Israeli parliament). The same respondents were reinterviewed in October 1988, a few days prior to the elections for the Knesset. The first round of the survey investigated attitudes toward national agenda issues, political parties and candidates, political trends, and voting patterns of the respondents and their families. Also explored were respondents' attitudes toward the use of atomic weapons, the peace process, enemies of the state of Israel, the Israeli defense budget and agenda, relations with the United States, personal liberties, and limits to freedom of speech. The second round of the survey investigated respondent attitudes toward various statements on social and state matters such as democracy and minorities. Other questions included election predictions of the respondents and their families, the decision to cancel football matches on the Sabbath, and the value placed on a Jewish majority state, greater Israel, a democratic state, and a state of peace. Background information on respondents includes age, gender, political orientation, education, observance of religious traditions, employment status, household income, place of birth, marital/family status, military status, and voter participation history.

Series: Israeli Election Study Series

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Study Description


Arian, Asher. Israeli Election Study, 1988. ICPSR02998-v1. Mount Scopus, Jerusalem: Hebrew University. Social Science Data Archive/Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributors], 2001. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02998.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02998.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    Arab Israeli relations, defense budget, democracy, economic conditions, foreign relations, Israeli Knesset, Middle East, national defense, national elections, national security, nuclear weapons, peace, political candidates, political participation, political parties, voter attitudes, voting behavior

Geographic Coverage:    Global, Israel

Time Period:   

  • 1988

Date of Collection:   

  • 1987-12--1988-10

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Records 1-3 contain data collected during the first round of interviews, conducted December 1987-January 1988. Record 4 contains data collected during the second round of interviews, conducted in October 1988.

The first round of this study surveyed 1,200 respondents. Of the initial cohort, 416 respondents participated in the second-round interviews. Only those respondents who participated in both rounds are included in the data file.

The fieldwork was carried out by Dahaf.

This collection has not been processed by ICPSR staff. ICPSR is distributing the data and documentation for this collection in essentially the same form in which they were received. When appropriate, documentation has been converted to Portable Document Format (PDF), data files have been converted to non-platform-specific formats, and variables have been recoded to ensure respondents' anonymity.


Sample:    Representative sample of the population of Israel in 1987-1988.

Data Source:

personal interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   2001-06-05

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