Voice of the People, 2004 (ICPSR 24681)

Principal Investigator(s): Gallup International Association


This annual survey, fielded June to December 2004, was conducted in over 50 countries to solicit public opinion on social and political issues. Respondents were asked what they thought was the most important goal for the world as a whole, whether they trusted people from their ethnic group more than people from other ethnic groups, if they heard about various global institutions, and their thoughts of these institutions. They were also asked for their overall opinion of various countries. Respondents were asked to give their opinion on other issues such as globalization, terrorism, and democracy. They were also asked questions concerning the United States. These included whether they think American foreign policy has a positive effect or negative effect on their country, whether the United States plays a positive, negative, or neutral role in the growth of the world economy, the role the United States plays in keeping peace in the world, the role the United States plays in the fight against poverty in the world, and the role the United States plays in the protection of the environment. Additional questions addressed respondents' thoughts on whether their country was governed by the will of the people and whether elections were free and fair. Demographic information includes sex, age, education level, employment status, religious preference, household income, and type of residential area (e.g., urban or rural).

Series: Voice of the People Series

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Study Description


Gallup International Association. Voice of the People, 2004. ICPSR24681-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2009-04-30. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR24681.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR24681.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    democracy, disease, European Union, foreign policy, globalization, goals, NAFTA, political attitudes, public opinion, terrorism, United Nations, World Bank

Geographic Coverage:    Afghanistan, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bolivia, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, France, Georgia (Republic), Germany, Global, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Kosovo, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Serbia and Montenegro, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Vietnam (Socialist Republic)

Time Period:   

  • 2004

Date of Collection:   

  • 2004-06--2004-09

Unit of Observation:    individual

Universe:    Adults in 52 countries representing all regions of the world including Europe, North and South America, Africa, the Middle East, West Asia/India, and the Pacific.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The data available for download are not weighted and users will need to weight the data prior to analysis.

Sample type, sampling frame, sample size, and mode of collection vary by country. Please refer to the codebook documentation for more information on the methodology used in each country.

More information about Voice of the People surveys can be found on the Gallup International Association Web site.

ICPSR did not receive detailed weighting information for the countries in this study.


Sample:    Within most countries, a nationally representative sample of adults, male and female, aged 18 and over was used. In some countries there were stated variations to this (e.g., urban areas only). Please refer to the codebook documentation for additional information on sampling in each country.

Mode of Data Collection:    computer-assisted personal interview (CAPI), face-to-face interview, self-enumerated questionnaire, telephone interview

Extent of Processing:   ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.

Restrictions: Users are asked to send copies of articles based on the data to: Gallup International Association.


Original ICPSR Release:   2009-04-30



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