Social Survey Data Compendium
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Major On-Line Data Sources:

Canadian Data Sources:

Institute for Social Research

Primary location for academic survey research in Canada


Source for downloading Statistics Canada social and economic data

US, Europe and Beyond:

Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research  (ICPSR)

  • International Comparative Data-sets:
    • EuroBarometers
    • International Social Survey Project
    • World Values Survey
  • National Election Studies:  esp. US,  UK... & others

Roper Center

iPoll:  searchable archive of questions asked in US and some other public opinion polls

Council of European Social Science Data Archives [CESSDA]

European Data Archives:  focus on research in local language

European Social Survey

The European Social Survey (the ESS) is an academically-driven social survey designed to chart and explain
the interaction between Europe's changing institutions and the attitudes, beliefs and behaviour patterns of its diverse populations.

Canadian Election Data

Using the World Value Studies Data:

World Values Study, Wave 1:

Purpose: This data collection is designed to enable crossnational comparison of basic values and norms in a wide variety of areas. Broad topics covered are leisure, work, the meaning and purpose of life, family life, and contemporary social issues.
Time Period 1981-1983
Universe: The population of 22 countries: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Norway, South Africa, Soviet Union, Spain, Sweden, United States
Codebook  [.pdf]
ASCII  Data-set [data matrix; zipped-file]   and  SPSS syntax file


World Values Study, Waves 1 and 2:

Purpose: The series is designed to enable a crossnational comparison of values and norms on a wide variety of topics and to monitor changes in values and attitudes.
Time Period 1981-1983; 1990-1993
Universe: Adults 18 and over in the mass publics of 45 societies around the world.


Codebook  [.pdf]
ASCII  Data-set [data matrix; zipped-file]   and  SPSS syntax file
SPSS system-file ([.sav] zipped: .zip)


World Values Study and European Values Surveys Series:    ["Wave 3"]


This series began as a set of surveys conducted in ten West European societies by the European Value Systems Study Group (EVSSG). The World Values Survey (WVS) grew out of those surveys and was initiated in 1981 to study the values and attitudes of mass publics across nations of different economic, educational, and cultural backgrounds. The title of the series was changed to "World Values Surveys and European Values Surveys" with the addition of the 1995-1997 data.

Time Period 1981-1983; 1990-1993;  1995-1997
Universe: Adults 18 and over in the mass publics of 60 societies representing more than 50 different countries around the world.
Geographic coverage: Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, East Germany, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia (Republic), Germany, Ghana, Great Britain, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Moscow, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, Uruguay, Ukraine, United States, Venezuela, West Germany
Codebook  [.pdf]
ASCII  Data-set [data matrix; zipped-file]   and  SPSS syntax file
SPSS system-file ([.sav] zipped: .zip)


European and World Values Surveys Integrated Data File:     ["Wave 4"]


This data collection, representing the fourth wave of surveys carried out by the World Values Survey (WVS) and European Values Survey (EVS) groups, covers 60 countries, with high priority given to obtaining coverage of Islamic societies and African societies, which have rarely been included in crossnational survey research. These surveys cover a broader range of variation than has before been available for analyzing the belief systems of mass publics. They provide data from representative national samples of the publics of 81 societies containing 85 percent of the world's population and covering a full range of variation, from societies with per capita incomes below 300 dollars per year, to societies with per capita incomes of more than 35,000 dollars per year, from long-established democracies to authoritarian states, and from societies with market economies to societies that are in the process of emerging from state-run economies. The surveys cover societies that were historically shaped by a wide variety of religious and cultural traditions, from Christian to Islamic to Confucian to Hindu, and from societies whose culture emphasizes social conformity and group obligations to societies in which the main emphasis is on human emancipation and self-expression.

Time Period 1999-2002 
Universe: Adults 18 and over in the mass publics of 81 societies representing 60 different countries around the world.
User Guide and Questionnaires  [.pdf]  CodeBook
ASCII  Data-set [data matrix; zipped-file]   and  SPSS syntax file
SPSS data-file [.sav]  

World Values Surveys 2005:     ["Wave 5"]


WVS 2005 WAVE DATA FILES (New release: v20090901)The current release of the WVS 2005
includes data corresponding to 57 countries. These data have been split into two separate but compatible files,
named WVS2005-A and WVS2005-B.
WVS2005-List A includes countries having carried the complete questionnaire.
Current countries in this version are: Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Canada, Chile, China, Cyprus, Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Malaysia, Mali, Mexico, Moldova, Morocco, Norway, Peru, Poland, Romania, Rwanda, Serbia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Trinidad Tobago, Turkey, Ukraine, Uruguay, USA, Vietnam, Zambia.
WVS2005-List B includes countries having carried a reduced version of the official questionnaire. Current countries in this list include: Colombia, France, Hong Kong, Iran, Iraq, Netherland, New Zealand, Russia, United Kingdom.

Time Period 2005
Universe: Adults 18 and over in the mass publics of 57  countries around the world.
Click  here to download User Guides, Questionnaires and CodeBooks for each country. Click here to download the list of countries in Excel.
Download SPSS Data-set for all long-version countries; [zipped-file]
and  SPSS Data-set for Short-version countries [zipped-file]


Reducing Complexity: Wave 4 Data for Canada ONLY: 

SPSS file: Wave4_Canada

United States Election Data



Prepared by Susan Czarnocki
February, 2010