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PPIRS International Data Workshop - Session 1

This is a research guide designed to complement the presentation given by Jennifer Huck to PPIRS on Oct. 22, 2020.

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Jennifer Huck
Brown Library 152
Subjects: Data Science

International Public Opinion Surveys

The third category of data we will look at is public opinion data.  I will focus on three major sources of public opinion data. 

World Values Survey

  • The World Values Survey is a study of social, political, economic, religious and cultural values of people in the world, as well as some basic demographic characteristics.
  • “WVS is the largest non-commercial cross-national empirical time-series investigation of human beliefs and values ever executed.”
  • Started in 1981.
  • Includes 120 countries.
  • At least 1000 people surveyed in each country
  • A new wave is released every 5 years: latest wave just released.   


The "Barometers"

Barometer topics covered are governance, democracy, politics, justice, corruption, trust, tolerance, economic perception, civic culture. 

These started in the late 90s/early 2000s.  Depending on the survey, some mix of countries in the region are included.  The methodology and questionnaires vary for each barometer.  

There are several:

Note that while these are not run by the same Global Barometer organization, there are many surveys with a similar "countries within a region" design:

If you don’t see the country you are looking for, try googling the country name plus “barometer survey.”  I was able to find a few more similar surveys this way.



Gallup World Poll

  • This is a survey conducted by the Gallup organization.  Topics are wide-ranging and include Business and Economics, Citizen Engagement, Food and Shelter, and Well-Being.
  • The strength is that the poll asks residents around the world the same questions, each time, in the same way.  It is possible to trend data year to year and make direct country comparisons.
  • Studies in more than 160 countries.
  • Poll created in 2005.
  • 100 Global Questions, as well as region-specific items.
  • Drawback is that data are proprietary, and you need access to Gallup Analytics or the microdata in order to see results.


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