International Stability: What People in Ghana Are Thinking 2006
Public Opinion Survey [ind/pos]
This survey, conducted February 2 to May 2, 2006, recorded public opinion in Ghana on issues such as the global threat of terrorism, the United States foreign policy, and questions pertaining to the Middle East and Africa.
Kind of Data
Sample survey data [ssd]
Unit of Analysis
Units of analysis in the survey are individuals
Version 01: Edited, anonymised data for licensed distribution
Respondents were asked to give their opinion on which two countries they thought were the greatest threats to international stability. Many questions focused on the Unites States' involvement in the war on terrorism. Those surveyed were also queried on whether they thought if they agreed that United States' troops should be brought in to reduce ethnic violence in Africa and the Middle East if attempts were unsuccessful by the United Nations. They were also asked to state if they thought the United States should fight terrorism even if no other country supported them. The issue of the United States' use of torture centers in foreign countries as part of its strategy on terrorism was also asked. Respondents were queried if they thought that the United States' involvement in Iraq has left it better or worse and if the overthrow of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was worth it. Some questions dealt with Islam and its relationship to modernity and democracy. Respondents were asked if they thought George W. Bush's administration had a policy of democratizing the region of the Muslim world and whether the democratization of that region of the Muslim world will increase or decrease violent aggression against western interests. Background data was collected on sex, age, marital status, nationality, religion, education level, employment status, and political ideology.
Topics: Bush Administration (George W., 2001-), culture change, democracy, foreign policy, Hussein, Saddam, Iraq War, Islam, Israeli Palestinian conflict, Middle East, public opinion, terrorism, violence
mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion [4.6]
The Upper West, Greater Accra and Cape coast regions of Ghana.
The data is at country level only
Persons aged 18 and over in the surveyed areas
Producers and sponsors
University of Cape Coast, Ghana
A nonprobability purposive sampling strategy was used for this study. Attempts to conduct a random/probability sampling technique in Ghana were difficult because of the dilemma of obtaining a complete sampling list of the population, whereby everyone in the population would have an equal or known chance of being included in the sample. Given this sampling limitation, the study used purposive sampling, allowing the researcher to use his judgment when selecting cases that were both difficult and informative regarding the specific content under investigation.
Dates of Data Collection
Data Collection Mode
Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research
University of Michigan
University of Cape Town
World Bank Microdata Library
Licensed dataset, accessible under conditions
Use of the dataset must be acknowledged using a citation which would include:
- the Identification of the Primary Investigator
- the title of the survey (including country, acronym and year of implementation)
- the survey reference number
- the source and date of download
Idris Sharif, University of Cape Coast, Ghana. International Stability: What People in Ghana Are Thinking 2006. Ref. GHA_2006_ISG_v01_M. Dataset downloaded from http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/ICPSR/studies?q=international+stability:+what+ghanians+are+thinking,+2006&permit;=AVAILABLE on [date].
Disclaimer and copyrights
The original collector of the data, ICPSR, and the relevant funding agency bear no responsibility for uses of this collection or for interpretations or inferences based upon such uses.
DDI Document ID
University of Cape Town
Date of Metadata Production
DDI Document version
Version 02 (July 2013). Edited from Version 01 DDI (ddi-zaf-datafirst-isg-year-v1.1) that was done by DataFirst.