The Afrobarometer South Africa Survey 2002 was part of Round 1 of the Afrobarometer surveys, and includes data on the attitudes and opinions of the citizens of South Africa. Respondents were asked to rate South African President Mbeki and his administrations' overall performance and to state the most important issue facing the nation. Opinions were gathered on the role of the government in improving the economy, whether corruption existed in local and national government, whether government officials were responsive to problems of the general population, and whether local government officials, the police, the courts, the overall criminal justice system, the South African Defense Force, the media, the Independent Electoral Commission, and the South African Broadcasting Corporation could be trusted. Respondents were polled on their knowledge of government officials, their level of personal involvement in political, governmental, and community affairs, the inclusiveness of the government, and what their reactions would be to executive branch-sponsored government-imposed restrictions or prohibitions on the media, the judicial system, and parliament.
Kind of data
Sample survey data [ssd]
v1: Edited, anonymised dataset for public distribution
consumption/consumer behaviour [1.1]
economic conditions and indicators [1.2]
economic policy [1.3]
conflict, security and peace [4.1]
domestic political issues [4.2]
government, political systems and organisations [4.4]
law enforcement [5.2]
specific diseases and medical conditions [8.9]
cultural and national identity [13.3]
social conditions and indicators [13.8]
social change [13.7]
social behaviour and attitudes [13.6]
specific social services: use and provision [15.3]
The South African Afrobarometer Survey 2000 has national coverage.
The data for the Afrobarometer South Africa 2000 dataset is at country level only.
Unit of analysis
The units of analysis for the South African Afrobarometer 2000 were individuals and households
The survey universe is citizens of South Africa 18 years of age or older
Producers and sponsors
Robert Mattes, Yul Derek Davids, Cherrel Africa
Institute for Democracy in South Africa
United States Agency for International Development Regional Center for Southern Africa
USAID South Africa
The survey used a multi-stage, stratified, area cluster probability sample
The survey had a response rate of approximately 90 percent
Dates of collection
Mode of data collection
There was one questionnaire for the Southern African Barometer Project Democracy Survey I (South Africa) conducted in 2000.
Economic questions addressed the past, present, and future of the country's and the respondent's economic condition, whether great income disparities are fair, and whether encouraging people to start small businesses would create more jobs.
Societal questions addressed how much trust could be placed in others, whether it is wise to plan ahead, whether everyone should be responsible for themselves and their own success or failure, what characteristics respondents used to identify themselves, whether it was easy to obtain assistance with securing food, water, schooling, and medical services, and by what methods respondents secured food, water, news, information, and medical services.
Background variables include age, home language, education, current employment status, employment history, family financial situation over the last 12 months, monetary support system, whether a close friend or relative had died from AIDS, language used in interview, sex, ethnicity, type of physical disability, if any, type of housing, location of interview and respondent's attitude during interview.
University of Cape Town
Because the Afrobarometer is funded from public resources, its datasets are a public good. All datasets are released via DataFirst's website and other outlets, along with relevant codebooks. But, to allow initial in-house analysis and publication, data will not be released publicly until one year after the completion of fieldwork .
Afrobarometer data are protected by copyright. Authors of any published work based on Afrobarometer data or papers are required to acknowledge the source including, where applicable, citations to data sets posted on this website. In addition, we request users to send copies of any publications, papers, or reports that employ Afrobarometer data to Nicholas Kerr, Afrobarometer Publications Manager.
Publications based on datasets distributed by DataFirst should acknowledge relevant sources by means of bibliographic citations. To ensure that such source attributions are captured for social science bibliographic utilities, citations must appear in footnotes or in the reference section of publications. The recommended bibliographic citation for this dataset is:
Mattes, Robert, Michael Bratton, Yul Derek Davids, and Cherrel Africa. Afrobarometer: Round 1 Survey of South Africa, 2000 [dataset]. South Africa: Institute for Democracy in South Africa [producer], 2000. Cape Town: DataFirst [distributor], 2010.
Disclaimer and copyrights
The original collector of the data, the data distributor and the relevant funding agency bear no responsibility for uses of this collection or for interpretations or inferences based upon such uses.
(c) 2000, Institute for Democracy in South Africa
University of Cape Town
University of Cape Town
Version 1.1 (June 2011) This version includes variable descriptions