The World Values Survey (WVS) is a worldwide investigation of socio-cultural and political change and explores values relating to family, gender, work, politics, economics, religion and leisure time. The South African WVS has been conducted in 1982, 1990, 1995, 2001 and 2006, offering the opportunity to assess changing values over time. Implementation of this research around the world allows for global crosscultural analysis.
The World Values Survey aims to attain a broad understanding of socio-political trends (i.e. perceptions, behaviour and expectations) among adults across the world.
Kind of Data
Sample survey data [ssd]
Unit of Analysis
National Population, Both sexes,18 and more years
Producers and sponsors
World Values Survey Association
Sample size: 2736
Dates of Data Collection
Data Collection Mode
Estimates of Sampling Error
Estimated Error: 1,9
World Values Survey
- Public use files, accessible to all
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
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.