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Israeli Election Study, 2001 (ICPSR 3514)

Principal Investigator(s): Arian, Asher, Haifa University; Shamir, Michael, Tel-Aviv University


This study is one in a series of election studies conducted since 1969, investigating voting patterns, public opinion, and political participation in Israel. For this 2001 study, respondents gave their opinions on the general situation in Israel, current national issues, the main problem the Israeli government had to deal with, and the personal security situation as compared to the pre-peace process period. Respondents also indicated their level of support for the Israeli concessions proposed in United States President Bill Clinton's Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement. Views were also elicited on the Palestinian peace agreement to end the Arab-Israeli conflict, government encouragement of Arab emigration, the return of areas of the Golan Heights to Syria for peace, evaluation of Arab aspirations, and reasons for supporting or not supporting the peace agreement. Respondents answered a set of questions regarding their extent of support for the Labour Party, Ariel Sharon, the Likud Party, Orthodox Jews, Yasir Arafat, Ehud Barak, Benjamin Netanyahu, Shimon Peres, Arieh Deri, and Arabs. They also gave their views on issues such as Jerusalem, terrorism, the economy, economic issues, foreign security issues, and the agreement with the Palestinians, and how these issues could affect voting for prime minister. Those queried answered a series of questions regarding how frequently they read daily newspapers and watched TV news, whether they followed election polls, how much faith they had in election polls, and the influence of election ads on their voting decisions. The survey also elicited respondents' accounts of their vote in the 1999 elections for prime minister and the Knesset. Background information includes respondents' political party, religion, self-definition of identity, birthplace, education, monthly family expenditure, gender, and age.

Series: Israeli Election Study Series

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Study Description


Arian, Asher, and Michael Shamir. Israeli Election Study, 2001. ICPSR03514-v1. Mount Scopus, Jerusalem: Hebrew University, Israel Social Science Data Center/Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributors], 2002. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03514.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03514.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    Arab Israeli conflict, Arafat, Yasir, election polls, media influence, national elections, Netanyahu, Benjamin, peace negotiations, Peres, Shimon, Sharon, Ariel, terrorism, voting behavior

Geographic Coverage:    Global, Israel, Syria

Time Period:   

  • 2001

Date of Collection:   

  • 2001-01-07--2001-02-04

Universe:    Eligible voters in Israel in 2001.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The fieldwork was carried out by the Almidan/Mahshov Research 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:    Stratified random sample.

Data Source:

personal interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   2003-02-06


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