Attitudes of White South Africans Towards the Truth and Reconciliation Commission 1996
Public Opinion Survey [ind/pos]
The principal purpose of this explorative telephone survey was to collect information on attitudes of white South Africans towards the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and related topics at the beginning of its public hearings in April-May 1996.
Kind of Data
Sample survey data [ssd]
Unit of Analysis
Units of analysis in the survey were households and individuals
v1: Edited, anonymised data for licensed distribution
Demographic data collected included data on age; gender; highest educational level; current occupation; readership of newspapers; gross income; living area.
Public opinion data was collected on: Attitudes towards the new democracy in South Africa; ethnic and national identity, political affiliation, attitudes towards affirmative action, land reform and opening of former white schools to black South Africans, attitudes towards human rights and civil liberties; death penalty; attitudes towards black South Africans (subtle racism scale); attitudes towards the apartheid past; knowledge of the TRC; sources of information on the TRC; attitudes towards amnesty for politically motivated human rights violations, attitudes towards investigation of past human rights violations, attitudes towards the TRC, reparations, compensation, and opinions about the political responsibility for repression of black communities.
mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion [4.6]
The survey had national coverage
The "Telephone directory no." variable provides data on the city, region or province covered by the survey, for example, "Pretoria", "Vaal Triangle", "North-West"
"White' South Africans, 18 years or older.
Producers and sponsors
Free University of Berlin
Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation
A random sample of adult (18+) white South African households with a telephone (1996: 89%) was derived from a complete set of the latest edition of official Telkom phone books. The "next-birthday-method" was used for intra-household respondent selection (the respondent in the household is selected randomly by interviewing that member of the household, whose birthday is next). Black, Indian and Coloured respondents were excluded through an introductory question.
A maximum of six contact attempts were made at different times to speak to the selected respondent. The response rate was 56 Percent. See Theissen (1997, Chapter 4) for further details.
Dates of Data Collection
Data Collection Mode
University of Cape Town
University of Cape Town
Licensed dataset, accessible under conditions
Theissen, Gunnar and Brandon Hamber. Attitudes of White South Africans towards the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Apartheid past, 1996 [dataset]. Version 1. Braamfontein: Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation [producer], 1998. Cape Town: DataFirst [distributor], 2012.
Disclaimer and copyrights
The user of the data acknowledges that the original collector of the data, the authorized distributor of the data, and the relevant funding agency bear no responsibility for use of the data or for interpretations or inferences based upon such uses.