Election Study 2006

Description

The study investigated attitudes towards various issues on the national agenda such as the peace process, the recently carried out disengagement, socio-economic policy, and state-religion relations; evaluation of parties, candidates, and coalitions; vote intention and past electoral behavior. The study employed a panel design. The pre-election survey was conducted between February 28 and March 23, 2006, prior to the March 28 Knesset elections. The post-election survey was carried out between March 30 and April 23, 2006. Mahshov Research Institute carried out the fieldwork using Hebrew, Russian, and Arabic telephone interviews.

Population

Eligible voters in Israel.

Sample

A stratified sample of Jews and Arabs by geographical areas, and random sampling within each strata. Special attention was given to the ultra-orthodox and immigrants from the former Soviet Union, so that they be proportionally represented in the sample, if needed by quota methods. N=1,919 respondents (1,630 Jews, 289 Arabs). The sample was divided in the pre-election survey between two waves, where each wave consists of an independent representative sample of the electorate. The first wave was interviewed between February 28 and March 14 (N=957), and the second wave, between March 13-23 (N=962). The post-election second panel wave returned to 1,411 respondents.

Principal Investigators

Asher Arian
Michal Shamir