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Voice of the People End of Year Survey, 2012 (ICPSR 35201)

Principal Investigator(s): WIN/Gallup International Association


The Voice of the People Survey Series is WIN/Gallup International Association's End of Year survey and is a global study that collects the public's view on the challenges that the world faces today. Ongoing since 1977, the purpose of WIN/Gallup International's End of Year survey is to provide a platform for respondents to speak out concerning government and corporate policies.

The Voice of the People, End of Year Surveys for 2012, fielded June 2012 to February 2013, were conducted in 56 countries to solicit public opinion on social and political issues. Respondents were asked whether their country was governed by the will of the people, as well as their attitudes about their society. Additional questions addressed respondents' living conditions and feelings of safety around their living area, as well as personal happiness. Respondents' opinions were also gathered in relation to business development and their views on the effectiveness of the World Health Organization. Respondents were also surveyed on ownership and use of mobile devices. Demographic information includes sex, age, income, education level, employment status, and type of living area.

Series: Voice of the People Series

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Study Description


WIN/Gallup International Association. Voice of the People End of Year Survey, 2012. ICPSR35201-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2015-03-09. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR35201.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR35201.v2

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    banks, cellular phones, corruption, democracy, demographic characteristics, economic conditions, economic forecasting, food shortages, happiness, human rights violations, income, international organizations, leisure, news media, political attitudes, public opinion, security, social attitudes, technology, voter attitudes, water utilities, World Health Organization, world problems

Smallest Geographic Unit:    country

Geographic Coverage:    Afghanistan, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, China (Peoples Republic), Colombia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Finland, France, Georgia (Republic), Germany, Global, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Lebanon, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Morocco, Mozambique, Pakistan, Palestine, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Vietnam (Socialist Republic)

Time Period:   

  • 2012

Date of Collection:   

  • 2012-06--2013-02

Unit of Observation:    Individual

Universe:    Individuals aged 15 and older in 56 countries representing 7 regions of the world including Western Europe, North America, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Additional information on the Voice of the People, End of Year Surveys for 2012 can be found by visiting the WIN/Gallup International Association Web site.


Study Purpose:    The purpose of this survey series is to explore the point-in-time outlook, expectations, and fears of people from around the world.


For information on sampling, users should refer to the Original P.I. Documentation in the ICPSR Codebook, as well as visit the WIN/Gallup International Association Web site.

Time Method:    Cross-sectional


The data are not weighted, however, this collection contains the weight variables WEIGHTS (Weight as sent by country) and WT_GP3 (Weights by using countries Population as specified in the Methodology form), that can be used in analysis. For more information on weights and sampling please visit the WIN/Gallup International Association Web site.

Mode of Data Collection:    face-to-face interview, telephone interview, web-based survey

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:

  • Standardized missing values.
  • Created online analysis version with question text.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   2014-12-22

Version History:

  • 2015-03-09 Updated the XML file to ensure that precision after decimal places within the weight variables is preserved. The Metadata and processing notes have also been updated to reflect the documentation provided.



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