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Israeli Election Study, 2003 (ICPSR 20220)

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


This study is one in a series of election studies conducted since 1969 by Arian and Shamir, investigating voting patterns, public opinion, and political participation in Israel. This study in particular was conducted in January 2003, prior to the elections of the 16th Knesset. Respondents provided their opinions on the general condition of Israel, the handling of national issues, and the main problem facing the Israeli government. Views were also elicited in regard to the development of a peace agreement with the Palestinians to end the Arab-Israeli conflict, evaluation of Arab aspirations, and values in the possible development of the State of Israel. Respondents answered a set of questions regarding the extent of their support for the Labor Party, the Likud Party, and other political parties, as well as Haifa Mayor Amram Mitzna, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, and Arab leaders. They also gave their views on issues such as Jerusalem, terrorism, economics including their personal economic situation, social policy, foreign and security matters, state-religion relations, the positions of large political parties, attributes of political parties and leaders, and factors that would affect voting decisions. Respondents were asked about their participation in political discussion, their ability to influence government policy, their voting intention, their prediction of the results of the upcoming election for the political parties and coalitions, and to provide an account of their past electoral behavior. Demographic questions asked of respondents included gender, age, self-definition of identity, religion, birthplace, immigration, residence, education, employment, monthly family expenditures, household characteristics, and left-right political self-placement.

Series: Israeli Election Study Series

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Study Description


Arian, Asher, and Michal Shamir. ISRAELI ELECTION STUDY, 2003. ICPSR20220-v1. Tel-Aviv, Israel: Mashov Institute [producer], 2003. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2007-08-01. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR20220.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR20220.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    Arab Israeli conflict, candidates, election forecasting, government, government performance, Israeli Knesset, Israeli Palestinian conflict, national elections, opinions, peace negotiations, political attitudes, political issues, political leaders, political parties, public opinion, religion, terrorism, voting behavior

Smallest Geographic Unit:    state

Geographic Coverage:    Israel, Global

Time Period:   

  • 2003-01-12--2003-01-24

Date of Collection:   

  • 2003-01-12--2003-01-17
  • 2003-01-19--2003-01-24

Unit of Observation:    individual

Universe:    A representative sample of the Israeli electorate residing in Israel.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

(1) The fieldwork was carried out by the Mahshov Institute. (2) The data for this study are also available at the Israel Social Sciences Data Center Web site. (3) Participants in the sample for this study were interviewed during two time periods, as defined by the variable WAVE in the data. The first wave (code '1') was interviewed between January 12-17, 2003, and the second wave (code '2') was interviewed between January 19-24, 2003.


Sample:    A stratified sample of Jews, Arabs, and former Soviet Union immigrants by geographical areas was used, and random sampling was done in each of the strata.

Data Source:

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.


Original ICPSR Release:   2007-08-01

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