Questionnaire Development

For each wave, suggestions for questions are solicited by social scientists from all over the world and a final master questionnaire is developed in English. Since the start in 1981 each successive wave has covered a broader range of societies than the previous one. Analysis of the data from each wave has indicated that certain questions tapped interesting and important concepts while others were of little value. This has led to the more useful questions or themes being replicated in future waves while the less useful ones have been dropped making room for new questions.

The questionnaire is translated into the various national languages and in many cases independently translated back to English to check the accuracy of the translation. In most countries, the translated questionnaire is pre-tested to help identify questions for which the translation is problematic. In some cases certain problematic questions are omitted from the national questionnaire.

Currently the Executive Committee and the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Association continue working on the WVS-7 questionnaire. The EC is currently considering all the submitted propositions of new topics and questions and will come up with a final decision regarding the WVS-7 survey questionnaire at the WVSA meeting in July, 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey.

So far we expect that the new questionnaire will include the following topics: trust to social and political institutions, support for democracy and alternativepolitical regimes, tolerance to foreigners and ethnic minorities, support for gender equality, the role of religion and changing levels of religiosity, the impact of globalization, attitudes toward the environment, work, family, politics, national identity, culture, diversity, local and national security in contemporary world, subjective well-being and happiness, social capital, social media, corruption, elections and electoral integrity, attitudes towards migration and influence of migration on national development, interest in politics, political participation and unconventional political activity, development of science and technology, social, ethical and moral norms.