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Israeli Election Study, 2006 (ICPSR 20221)

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 during February-April 2006, prior to the elections of the 17th Knesset. Respondents provided their opinions on the general condition of Israel, handling of national issues, and the main problem facing the Israeli government. Views were also elicited from respondents 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 their support for the Kadima Party, the Labor Party, the Likud Party, and other political parties, their support for Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Defense Minister Amir Peretz, Likud Party Chairman Benjamin Netanyahu, and other political leaders, and several combinations of political coalitions. They also gave their views on issues such as Jerusalem, terrorism, economics including their personal situation, social policy, foreign and security matters, state-religion relations, the positions of political parties, attributes of political parties and leaders, and factors that would affect voting decisions. Respondents were asked about media access, their participation in political discussion, their ability to influence government policy, their voting intention, their prediction of the results of the upcoming elections among political parties and coalitions, to provide an account of their past electoral behavior, and to answer knowledge questions about the government. 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, 2006. ICPSR20221-v1. Tel-Aviv, Israel: Mashov Institute [producer], 2006. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2007-08-01. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR20221.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR20221.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    Arab Israeli conflict, attitudes, candidates, election forecasting, government, government performance, Israeli Knesset, Israeli Palestinian conflict, land ownership, mass media, national elections, Netanyahu, Benjamin, Olmert, Ehud, 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:   

  • 2006-02--2006-04

Date of Collection:   

  • 2006-02-28--2006-03-23 (Pre-election survey)
  • 2006-03-30--2003-04-23 (Post-election survey)

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) The pre-election survey was divided into two waves, as defined by the variable SEVEV in the data, where each wave consists of an independent representative sample of the electorate. The first wave (code '1') was interviewed between February 28 and March 14, 2006, and the second wave (code '2') was interviewed between March 13-23, 2006. (4) The post-election survey returned to 1,411 of the 1,919 respondents interviewed before the election. In the data, variables D5 through D40 comprise the post-election survey.


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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