The World Values Survey (WVS) network is a worldwide network of social scientists studying changing values and their impact on social and political life. The WVS and EVS (European Values Study) show pervasive changes in what people want out of life and what they believe. In order to monitor these changes, the EVS/WVS network has executed six waves of surveys, from 1981 to 2014. Representative national samples of each society's public are interviewed, using a standardized questionnaire that measures changing values. The countries included in these surveys cover the full range from very poor countries to very rich ones, from authoritarian systems to liberal democracies, covering all major cultural zones. These surveys provide valuable information about a crucial component of social change: the values, beliefs and motivations of ordinary citizens.
Kind of Data
Sample survey data [ssd]
Unit of Analysis
Units of analysis in the survey are individuals
v1: Edited, anonymised data access from the World Values Survey website
This is a merged dataset of the South African component of the World Values Survey waves 1 to 6, undertaken in 1982, 1990, 1999, 2001, 2006 and 2013.
The survey covers opinions on religion, gender roles, work motivations, democracy, good governance, social capital, political participation, tolerance of other groups, environmental protection and subjective wellbeing.
The lowest level of geographic aggregation covered by the data is province
The population of interest was all adults (18+) in South Africa
Producers and sponsors
World Values Survey Association
Markinor stratified the sample by region, sex and community size. From sample-point level, the respondent selection was done randomly according to a selection grid used by Markinor (the first two pages of the master questionnaire).
These data files are available without restrictions, provided
a) that they are used for non-profit purposes; and
b) correct citations are provided and sent to the World Values Survey Associations for each publication of results based in part or entirely on these data files. This citation will be made freely available; and
c) the data files themselves are not redistributed.
World Values Survey South Africa, 1982-2013 [dataset]. Version 1 of the merged dataset. World Values Survey Association [producer and distributor], 2015.