The Human Science Research Council (HSRC) and Data Research Africa undertook this survey in the PWV, Natal and the Western Cape on behalf of the Institute for Multi-Party Democracy (MPD) in order to gather data on the democratic process in South Africa.
Kind of Data
Sample survey data [ssd]
Unit of Analysis
Units of analysis in the survey include households and individuals
v1: Edited, anonymised data for public distribution
The survey collected background data on population group, sex, age, religion, language, education, occupation, income, as well as data on political attitudes, including political party support/protection/intention, voter influence, and post election life expectations.
The survey collected data in the PWV (Pretoria, Witswatersrand, Vereeniging), Natal and Western Cape.
The data is at enumerator area and magisterial district level
The universe of the survey was all adult South Africans 18+
Producers and sponsors
Human Sciences Research Council
Institute for Multiparty Democracy
Commissioned the survey
Dates of Data Collection
Data Collection Mode
Data Collection Notes
Eleven teams of black field-workers were used in the first phase and nine such teams in the second phase. Each of these teams of field workers consisted of four interviewers. The teams were deployed in the various areas according to a fieldwork programme. Maps and aerial photographs were used to identify the areas and survey regions. Due to the size of the sample and time restrictions, the teams had to cope with a heavy schedule and send statistics on the progress in the field to the office every day. The white, coloured and Asian interviewers worked independently and were visited regularly at which time their work was also checked.
Licensed dataset, accessible under conditions.
A copy of any published work or report based in whole or in part on the dataset should be deposited with the South African Data Archive
Human Sciences Research Council. Launching Democracy, 1993 and 1994 [dataset]. Version 1. Pretoria: Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) [producer], 1995. Pretoria: South African Data Archive [distributor], 1995.