Ghanaian Public Opinion on the Middle East Conflict in Lebanon and the Palestinian Territories, 2006 (ICPSR 4653)

Published: Apr 13, 2007

Principal Investigator(s):
Idris Sharif, University of Cape Coast (Ghana)


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This survey, conducted August 21 to December 5, 2006, was used to gather public opinion in Ghana on issues such as Israel's military response to the capture of three Israeli soldiers in July 2006, Hezbollah's, Hamas', and Iran's in the ensuing conflict, and the United States' reaction to the Middle East crisis. Respondents were asked to give their opinion as to whether Hamas and Hezbollah were political or terrorist organizations. They also gave their opinions as to whether various countries' military actions were justified and who they thought was responsible for various military actions. Respondents were asked if they thought Hezbollah and Israel were fighting a proxy war for other countries. They were also asked if they thought the United States, other Western countries, and Israel were indifferent to the loss of life in Lebanon, the Gaza Strip, and the West Bank. Another set of questions dealt with bringing peace to the Middle East. Respondents were asked if they thought diplomatic efforts were being prolonged in hopes that Israel could achieve its battlefield objective of defeating Hezbollah. They were also asked if they thought Syria, Lebanon, the Palestinians, and Israel could reconcile themselves to a peaceful existence. Demographic variables include sex, age, marital status, nationality, religion, education level, and political ideology.

Sharif, Idris. Ghanaian Public Opinion on the Middle East Conflict in Lebanon and the Palestinian Territories, 2006. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2007-04-13.

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2006-08-21 -- 2006-12-05

This study used a nonrandom convenient sampling technique. This technique was employed because attempts to conduct a random/probability sampling technique in Ghana were difficult due to the dilemma of obtaining a complete sampling list of the population, whereby everyone in the population would have an equal or known chance of being included in the sample. Given this sampling limitation, the study used convenience sampling, allowing the researcher to use his or her judgment when selecting cases that were both difficult and informative regarding the specific content under investigation.

Persons aged 18 and over in the Upper West, Greater Accra and Cape Coast regions of Ghana.


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There was a response rate of 91 percent.



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