South African Election Satisfaction Survey (ESS) 2011: Voters - All provinces
- Roberts, Benjamin
- Struwig, Jare
- Human Sciences Research Council
- Human Sciences Research Council (Producer)
- Electoral Commission of South Africa
DECISION ON POLITICAL PARTY OF CHOICE; DISTURBANCES AT VOTING STATIONS AND ELECTION COMMISSION PERFORMANCE; ELECTORAL COMMISSIONS PERFORMANCE AND CONDUCT; ELECTORAL FREENESS AND FAIRNESS; POLITICAL COERCION AND INTIMIDATION; POLITICAL PARTY TOLERANCE; SECRECY OF THE VOTE; VOTER EDUCATION; VOTING EXPERIENCE
Description: Topics covered in the questionnaire are: distance to the voting station, queuing time for voters, accessible to persons with disabilities and the elderly, signage and instructions at voting stations, voting procedures inside the voting station, trust in the electoral commission, evaluations of electoral officials, voting procedure for voters with special needs, effectiveness of the electoral commission's voter education campaign, usefulness of information sources, disturbances at voting stations, electoral freeness and fairness. The data set for dissemination contains 62 variables and 14 516 cases from the expected 15 000 which represented 95% response rate. In terms of the number of voting stations, a 100% realisation rate was achieved. All 300 selected voting stations were therefore visited on Election Day.
Abstract: The objective of the 2011 Election Satisfaction Survey (ESS) was to determine opinions and perceptions of voters on Election Day. The main intention of the survey was to determine if elections were free and fair. A further aim of the study was to assess the operational efficiency of the Electoral Commission in managing the 2011 municipal elections. Three hundred voting stations throughout South Africa were selected using complex sample design. Around 50 randomly selected voters were interviewed at each of the 300 voting stations. The prime target population was therefore individuals aged 18+ who reside in South Africa and who were registered to vote in the 2011 Municipal Elections-and voted. As voters exited these voting stations they were interviewed. The study method comprised a brief (5-minute) face-to-face interview. The Electoral Commission was keen to release the survey results together with the official election results (which took place 3 days after the election). The HSRC together with the IEC developed the voter questionnaire. Questions included the distance travelled to the voting station, means of transport utilised, time spent in the voting queue, perception of IEC officials' competence, and perception of the freeness and fairness of the election.
Collection 18 MAY 2011
South Africa (ZA)
Longitudinal: Cohort/Event-basedLongitudinal: Cohort/Event-based
Update Metadata: 2020-06-10 | Issue Number: 73 | Registration Date: 2018-12-03