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781. Israel Social Survey 2002
Source: Israel Central Bureau of Statistics
Starting in 2002, the Central Bureau of Statistics has been conducting the
Social Survey - a new continuing survey carried out annually on a sample of persons
aged 20 and older. In many ways, the new survey resembles the well-established
General Social Survey (GSS) and the new European Social Survey. The Survey integrates
factual data, typically collected in other CBS surveys, with attitudes regarding these
facts. Thus, it measures both objective and subjective well-being across time. The
questionnaire for each wave of the Social Survey consists of two parts: a set of
core questions repeated annually, covering the respondent's situation in the principal
areas of social life (family, health, education, work, etc.) and his or her evaluation
of their situation, and a variable module which focuses on a different policy-relevant
topic each survey year. In the 2002 it investigated retirement issues.
Interesting investigated topics are: detailed housing conditions, social and family
relations, patterns of leisure activities, volunteering, health and disability, helping
parents, victimization, self-definition of religiosity and environmental quality.
Questionnaires are administered by CBS interviewers using computer-assisted personal
interviews (CAPI), in Hebrew, Arabic and Russian. N=6,967.
The Social Survey is based on a sample of persons aged 20 or older, and the estimates
provided by the weighted frequencies are estimates of persons. These estimates will
not be identical to those obtained from other sample surveys conducted by the ICBS,
including those based on samples of households, or from estimates that are not based
on sample surveys. Therefore, care should be exercised in making comparisons between
estimates obtained from the Social Survey and those obtained from other surveys.
ISDC has divided the dataset into two files coupled by CASEID. One file consists of
the core questionnaires and the other includes the retirement questionnaires.
Users can request either the core questionnaires or both files. An online table
generator of the core questionnaire is available at the
CBS website. It is also
accessible through Fast Analysis.
A more detailed MUC version will soon be released by the Central Bureau of Statistics.