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Survey of Botswana Political Participation, 1970: Mass Sample (ICPSR 7362)

Principal Investigator(s): Holm, John D.


This study is part of a larger investigation that focused on political awareness and participation in Botswana. Three separate surveys were conducted, with an elite sample (SURVEY OF BOTSWANA POLITICAL PARTICIPATION, 1970: ELITE SAMPLE [ICPSR 7350]), a sample of the adult population (the present study), and a sample of secondary school students (SURVEY OF BOTSWANA POLITICAL PARTICIPATION, 1970: SECONDARY SCHOOL SAMPLE [ICPSR 7351]). The questionnaire elicited views on the structure of local and national decision-making processes and the relationship between traditional (tribal) and modern (elected) loci of power. Variables assessed respondents' perceptions of the power structure, their participation in local politics and other decision-making processes, their political knowledge, and views of community cohesion. Demographic data include sex, age, religion, level of education, tribal affiliation, intra-tribal class, media usage, travel experience, and source of livelihood.

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Study Description


Holm, John D. SURVEY OF BOTSWANA POLITICAL PARTICIPATION, 1970: MASS SAMPLE. Cleveland, OH: John D. Holm, Cleveland State University, Dept. of Political Science [producer], 197?. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1976. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07362.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07362.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    community decision making, cultural values, local politics, national politics, political awareness, political participation, public officials, public opinion, social attitudes

Geographic Coverage:    Africa, Botswana, Global

Time Period:   

  • 1970

Date of Collection:   

  • 1970-08--1970-09

Universe:    Population of Botswana, aged 20 and older.

Data Type(s):    survey data


Sample:    A representative sample of the adult population was selected by a stratified area probability method, designed to fill quotas of demographic characteristics such as geographic location, tribal affiliation, and means of livelihood.

Data Source:

personal interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-06-20

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