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Israeli Election Study, 1999 (ICPSR 2999)

Principal Investigator(s): Arian, Asher; Shamir, Michael


This election study was carried out in two panels. Part 1, Pre-Election Survey, was fielded July 8-12, 1999, prior to the elections for the Knesset and Prime Minister held May 17, 1999, while Part 2, Post-Election Survey, was fielded May 21-27, 1999. Part 1 of the study investigates the state of Israel and the upcoming elections. Given a list of candidates including Benjamin Nethanyahu, Ehud Barak, Itzhak Mordechai, Beni Begin, and Azmi Bashara, respondents were asked whose position best reflected their own views on peace and safety, socioeconomic policy, religious tension, and foreign affairs and security. Respondents were also asked to assess the influence of the following issues on their Knesset voting decisions: Jerusalem, the economy, security policy, social policy, state vs. religion, Lebanon, peace and the territories, Palestinian terrorism, and the corruption trial of Shas party leader Aryeh Deri. A series of questions addressed whether the Israeli government should increase or decrease government expenditures on education, ecology and the environment, religious institutions and Yeshivot, health, security, immigration absorption, assisting the unemployed, settlements in the territories, the Arab sector, supplying jobs, and roads and road accidents. Additional topics covered the extent to which respondents followed media coverage of the election, how political advertisements influenced their opinions, and for whom they would vote if the election were held that day. Part 2, Post-Election Survey, investigates respondents' electoral decisions and the reasons for their choices. Their views were sought on the focus of the 1999 elections: secular-religious relations, negotiations with the Palestinians, why Barak won, and why Nethanyahu lost. Respondents were asked to assess their trust in political parties, the media, state advocacy, the police, and the supreme court. Additional topics covered public support for democracy in Israel, and the establishment of the Palestinian state. Background information on respondents includes age, gender, education, religion, voter participation history, ethnicity, political party membership, political orientation, social class, place of birth, father's place of birth, employment status, monthly expenditures, military service record, number of rooms in the home, and number of people living in the home.

Series: Israeli Election Study Series

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DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  Pre-Election Survey - Download All Files (0.524 MB)
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DS2:  Post-Election Survey - Download All Files (0.19 MB)
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Study Description


Arian, Asher, and Michael Shamir. Israeli Election Study, 1999. ICPSR02999-v1. Mount Scopus, Jerusalem: Hebrew University. Social Sciences Data Archive/Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributors], 2001. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02999.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02999.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    Arab Israeli relations, democracy, economic conditions, foreign affairs, government expenditures, Israeli Knesset, Middle East, national defense, national elections, national security, peace, political candidates, political participation, political parties, terrorism, voter attitudes, voting behavior

Geographic Coverage:    Global, Israel

Time Period:   

  • 1999

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The fieldwork was carried out by MACHSHUV Institute.

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 1999.

Data Source:

personal interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   2001-05-09

Version History:

  • 2006-01-18 File CB2999.ALL was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.

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