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AsiaBarometer, 2003 (ICPSR 4300)

Principal Investigator(s): University of Tokyo. Institute of Oriental Culture


The AsiaBarometer, 2003 represents a cross-national effort to study the lives of the peoples of East, Southeast, South, and Central Asia on physical, psychological, and sociological dimensions. The project was designed to capture the extent to which respondents experience the affective and cognitive qualities of life, focusing on their assessments of their own lives as well as their relationships to family, neighborhood, workplace, social institutions, political institutions, and the marketplace. Attitudes toward development, democracy, and regionalization were examined, as were the types of goods and services desired and consumer habits. Respondents were queried on their overall personal satisfaction as well as their satisfaction with their friendships, family life, marriage, standard of living, housing, household income, health, education, neighbors, job, leisure time, public safety, the condition of the environment, the social welfare system, and the political system. Data were gathered on the respondents' personal priorities and those they had for their children, as well as their level of trust in others, their inclination to help others, and what characteristics and affiliations they used to identify themselves. Respondents were asked to rate the efficacy of their national governments in handling the economy, political corruption, human rights, unemployment, crime, public services, immigration, ethnic conflict, religious conflict, and environmental problems. Additional questions asked whether government officials were responsive to problems of the general population, what type of political systems respondents favored, and the extent to which the national government, the local government, the army, the legal system, the police, the national legislative branch (e.g., Parliament, Congress), the public education system, large domestic companies, multinational companies, trade/labor unions, the media, and other nongovernmental organizations (e.g., environmental, social advocacy groups, nonprofit organizations) could be trusted to operate in the best interest of society. Participants were asked which macro-socioeconomic issues they were most concerned with and what matters they believed the government should spend more or less on. Respondents were polled on their level of personal involvement in political, governmental, and community affairs, the inclusiveness of the government, and their perspectives on the importance of political and electoral participation. Additional questions addressed respondent exposure to and opinions of foreign companies, peoples, governments, and cultures. Market analysis inquiries included what products respondents owned, planned to own in the near future, or desired to own, as well as what consumer services they had used or would like to use. Respondents were asked about their modes of transportation, their current types of residence, whether or not they planned to own their own residences, and the availability of public utilities. Respondents were surveyed on what foreign and domestic companies they were familiar with and which forms of media they used to obtain consumer and political information. Background information includes age, sex, occupation, employment status, household income, family structure, number of people in household, number of children, education, marital status, English proficiency, religious affiliation, and religious participation.

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Study Description


University of Tokyo. Institute of Oriental Culture. AsiaBarometer, 2003. ICPSR04300-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2007-11-13. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04300.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04300.v2

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This study was funded by:

  • Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (Japan) (15203005)
  • Japan Foundation Asia Center
  • International Communications Foundation
  • Heiwa Nakajima Foundation (Japan)
  • Sasakawa Peace Foundation (Japan)
  • Asahi Breweries (Japan)
  • Ajinomoto (Japan)
  • Ebara Corporation (Japan)
  • Milea Holdings (Japan)
  • Toray Industries (Japan)
  • Toppan Printing (Japan)
  • Unicharm Corporation (Japan)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    consumer attitudes, democracy, economic conditions, economic development, family life, government, government corruption, government performance, job satisfaction, markets, national interests, neighborhoods, political attitudes, political participation, political systems, public confidence, public opinion, quality of life, social attitudes, standard of living, trust in government

Geographic Coverage:    Asia, China (Peoples Republic), Global, India, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Uzbekistan, Vietnam (Socialist Republic)

Time Period:   

  • 2003

Date of Collection:   

  • 2003-06--2003-09

Unit of Observation:    individual

Universe:    Citizens of China, India, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam who were between 20 and 59 years of age.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Please refer to the codebook for additional information on sampling, interviewing, and collection modes for each country.

The name of the variable F0001 was changed to F00001 in order to be compatible with online analysis.

Value labels were added to the variable AREA09 based on methodology documentation provided by the principal investigator.

The CASEID variable was created for use with online analysis.


Sample:    Various forms of multistage, stratified, clustered, national probability sampling were used in each country studied. Please refer to the codebook for more information.

Mode of Data Collection:    face-to-face 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:

  • Created online analysis version with question text.


Original ICPSR Release:   2005-11-04

Version History:

  • 2007-11-13 Question text has been added to the codebook, and the data collection instrument has been taken out of the codebook and made into its own file. Value labels were added to variable AREA09. In order to be compatible with online analysis, the name of the variable F0001 was changed to F00001, and the CASEID variable was created.

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