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ISSP2004: Citizenship I

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posted on 2017-03-12, 22:17 authored by Philip Gendall

The fourteenth of 20 years of International Social Survey Programme (ISSP) surveys in New Zealand by Professor Philip Gendall, Department of Marketing, Massey University.

A verbose rundown on topics covered follows.

Qualities of a good citizen; attitude toward the right of public meetings for religious extremists, people who want to overthrow the government by force, or people prejudiced against any racial or ethnic group; social and political participation; memberships; importance of different people’s rights in democracy (scale); estimation of political influence possibilities (political efficacy); likeliness of counter-action against an unjust law and expected chance of serious attention to people’s demand.

Interest in politics; personal trust in politicians and people; political discussions with friends; opinion leadership in politics; national sovereignty and attitude to international organisations; attitude to the action of political parties; real policy choice between parties; attitude toward a referendum; level of honesty and fairness in the last national election; commitment to serve people and likeliness to correct own mistakes in public service; corruption in public service; functioning of democracy at present, in the past and in the future; frequencies of media use; respect for people and tolerance in case of disagreement; self-description of the habitation (residence); voter participation; voting behaviour (recall).

Demography: Sex; age; marital-status; steady life-partner; education; current employment status; hours worked weekly; occupation (ISCO 1988); working for private or public sector or self-employed; if self-employed: number of employees; supervisor function; trade union membership; current employment status (ISCO 1988); earnings; family income; household size; household composition; party affiliation; participation in last election; religious denomination; attendance of religious services; self-placement on a top-bottom scale; region; size of community; type of community: urban-rural area; ethnicity, nationality and family-origin. Additionally coded: Administrative mode of data collection.


Department of Marketing, Massey University



The sample was randomly selected from the 2002 New Zealand Electoral Rolls. The achieved sample is generally representative of the New Zealand population 18 years and over, but people under 30 are underrepresented in the sample, while those over 30 are overrepresented.

Data Collector

Department of Marketing, Massey University.

Mode of Collection

Mail survey: the questionnaire together with a covering letter was sent to the 2,500 selected participants on 29 June 2004. A reminder letter was sent to those yet to respond on 15 July, and a second reminder along with a second copy of the questionnaire was sent on 29 July. The survey was closed on 7 September, 10 weeks after the initial mailing.

Series Information

The ISSP is a continuing annual programme of cross-national collaboration on surveys covering topics important for social science research. It brings together pre-existing social science projects and coordinates research goals, thereby adding a cross-national, cross-cultural perspective to the individual national studies. ISSP researchers especially concentrate on developing questions that are meaningful and relevant to all countries, and can be expressed in an equivalent manner in all relevant languages.

Publisher (e.g. University of Auckland)

Massey University

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