December 26, 2011

Completion of the 2011 World Values Survey-Armenia Data Collection Project

Prepared by Nicholas Kitzman

CRRC-Armenia has recently completed data collection for the 2011 World Values Survey (WVS). The survey results will give researchers, social scientists, policy-makers, and the general public an insight into the values, beliefs and motivations of the Armenian population. The WVS has carried out representative national surveys in 97 societies containing almost 90% of the world’s population. However, this is the first time WVS has been conducted in Armenia since 1997. Thus, contemporary Armenian views will be comparable to values throughout the world.

The survey included a standardized questionnaire and representative national sample of 1,100 Armenians to measure the values of Armenians on a number of issues. With over 250 questions on economic, political and social life, the WVS survey in Armenia aims to stimulate debate about changes since the last survey in1997, as well as to also give researchers and social scientists empirical data that can be compared to other countries.

As CRRC-Armenia staff continues to analyze the data, feel free to stop by our Yerevan office to take a first-hand look at the variety and depth of information gathered.
Here is a snapshot of some preliminary results.
2011 WVS- Armenia Survey:
  • When asked to pick from a list of worldwide problems, a majority of respondents reported “people living in poverty in need” as the most serious problem (75.4%), followed by “environmental pollution” (10.1%);
  • Of the respondents who noted that they consider it important to encourage tolerance and respect for others in children, 57.8% said they would not want to live next to someone who practiced a different religion, and 94.1% said they would not wish to live next to a homosexual person;
  • 26.3% of male respondents described the republic of Armenia to be “not-at-all democratic” compared with only 16.2% of female respondents;
  • If elections to the National Assembly were to be held at the time of the interview (September 2011), the two political parties that respondents would vote for the most would be the Armenian Republican Party (24.5%) and Prosperous Armenia (20.5%);
  • 27.9% of male respondents reported that they felt they had a wide choice and control over their own lives while only 15.3% of women felt the same.