Voice of the People, 2003 (ICPSR 24482)

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This annual survey, fielded November 2003 to January 2004, was conducted in over 50 countries to solicit public opinion on social and political issues. Respondents were asked about the safety and economic prosperity of their country, the economic prosperity of their own family, whether they expected that the world would be safer for the next generation, and whether the next generation would be more economically prosperous. Views were also sought on international security, environmental security, national security, and economic security. Additional questions addressed respondents' level of happiness, the effect of American foreign policy on their country, whether their country was governed by the will of the people, and whether elections there were free and fair. Demographic information includes sex, age, education level, employment status, religious preference, household income, and type of residential area (e.g., urban or rural).

Gallup International, Inc. Voice of the People, 2003. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2009-04-28. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR24482.v1

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2003-11 -- 2004-01
  1. The data available for download are not weighted and users will need to weight the data prior to analysis.

  2. Sample type, sampling frame, sample size, and mode of collection vary by country. Please refer to the codebook documentation for more information on the methodology used in each country.

  3. More information about Voice of the People surveys can be found on the Gallup International Association Web site.
  4. ICPSR did not receive information on the weighting methods used by each country in this study.


Within most countries, a nationally representative sample of adults, male and female, aged 18 and over was used. In some countries there were stated variations to this (e.g., urban areas only). Please refer to the codebook documentation for additional information on sampling in each country.

Adults in 52 countries representing all regions of the world including Europe, North and South America, Africa, the Middle East, West Asia/India, and the Pacific.



2018-02-15 The citation of this study may have changed due to the new version control system that has been implemented. The previous citation was:
  • Gallup International, Inc. Voice of the People, 2003. ICPSR24482-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2009-04-28. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR24482.v1

2009-04-28 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.

The data contain a weight variable (D8).



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