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Afrobarometer: Round II Survey of South Africa, 2002 (ICPSR 4236)

Principal Investigator(s): Mettes, Robert, Institute for Democracy in South Africa (IDASA); Chikwanha, Annie, Institute for Democracy in South Africa (IDASA)


The Afrobarometer project was designed to assess attitudes toward democracy, markets, and civil society in several sub-Saharan African nations, and to track the evolution of such attitudes in those nations over time. This particular survey was concerned with the attitudes and opinions of the citizens of South Africa. Respondents were asked to rate South Africa's President Mbeki and his administration's overall performance, and to state the most important issues facing the nation. Opinions were gathered on the role of the government in improving the economy, whether corruption existed in local and national government, whether government officials were responsive to problems of the general population, and whether local government officials, the police, the courts, the overall criminal justice system, the media, the Independent National Electoral Commission, and the government broadcasting service could be trusted. Respondents were polled on their knowledge of government officials, their level of personal involvement in political, governmental, and community affairs, and the inclusiveness of the government. Respondents were asked to grade the way the country was governed under Apartheid, the current system of government, and the political system of the country as they expected it to be in 10 years. Economic questions addressed the past, present, and future of the country's and the respondent's economic condition, and whether great income disparities are fair. Societal questions addressed whether everyone should be responsible for themselves and their own success or failure, what characteristics respondents used to identify themselves, whether it was easy to obtain assistance with securing food, water, schooling, and medical services, and by what methods respondents did so. Background variables include age, language spoken most at home, education, current employment status, employment status over the last 12 months, employment history, family financial situation over the last 12 months, monetary support system, whether a close friend or relative had died from AIDS, language used in interview, sex, ethnicity, religious affiliation, religious participation, type of physical disability (if any), type of housing, and respondent's attitude during the interview.

Series: Afrobarometer Survey Series

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Study Description


Mettes, Robert, and Annie Chikwanha. Afrobarometer: Round II Survey of South Africa, 2002. ICPSR04236-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2008-03-13. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04236.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04236.v2

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This study was funded by:

  • United States Agency for International Development. Regional Center for Southern Africa (690-G-00-02-00254-00)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    democracy, government, government performance, information sources, markets, Mbeki, Thabo, national interests, political attitudes, political change, political corruption, political participation, political systems, presidential performance, public confidence, public opinion, quality of life, social attitudes, standard of living, trust in government

Geographic Coverage:    Africa, South Africa, Global

Time Period:   

  • 2002-09-13--2002-10-13

Date of Collection:   

  • 2002-09-13--2002-10-13

Unit of Observation:    individual

Universe:    Citizens of South Africa aged 18 years and older.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

(1) This survey was administered in all provinces of South Africa in proportion to the relative size of each province and racial group in the national population. (2) To preserve respondent confidentiality, the variable DISTRICT has been recoded to "BLANKED". (3) The dates in the data file for variable DATEINTR are not consistent with the dates listed in the codebook for this variable. (4) In producing the full product-suite of files, variables DATEINTR, STRTIME, and ENDTIME have been changed from date to string variables. As a result, they have moved from their original positions in the data file to the end of the variable list. (5) Additional information about the Afrobarometer Survey can be found at the Afrobarometer Web site.


Sample:    National probability sample.

Weight:    Weighting variable, WITHINWT, adjusts the distribution of the sample to account for oversamples or undersamples with respect to province and race. See codebook for details.

Response Rates:    Approximately 90 percent.

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:

  • Created online analysis version with question text.


Original ICPSR Release:   2005-12-06

Version History:

  • 2008-03-13 The data and documentation have been resupplied by the data producer. The SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files, Stata system file, and ICPSR codebook have been updated. Also, the SPSS portable file has been replaced with an SPSS system file, the SAS transport (XPORT) file has been replaced with a SAS transport (CPORT) file, and a tab-delimited ASCII data file has been added.

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