South African Social Attitudes Survey (SASAS)

STATUS: Current
PROJECT LEADER:Roberts, BJ (Mr Benjamin), Struwig, J (Ms Jare)
OTHER TEAM MEMBERS: Govender, K (Ms Koshen), Mamba, BM (Ms Busi), Gordon, SL (Mr Steven)
DEPARTMENT RESPONSIBLE: Democracy, Governance and Service Delivery (DGSD)
RESEARCH OUTPUTS: Quantifying unmet need for hypertension care in South Africa through a care cascade: evidence from the SANHANES, 2011-2012, Understanding semantic differential measures in modern South Africa: attitudes of black Africans towards white South Africans, Understanding hostility towards so-called "barbarians": a quantitative analysis of public attitudes towards foreign nationals in post-apartheid South Africa. Doctoral thesis, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, Protest blues: public opinion on the policing of protest in South Africa, Minding the protest: attitudes towards different forms of protest action in contemporary South Africa, Fostering an inclusive development agenda in South Africa: citizen voices and government policy responses, Pulling us apart?: the association between fear of crime and social cohesion in South Africa, Class over race: new barriers to social inclusion, The longer walk to freedom: making sense of race relations, Statues of liberty?: attitudes towards apartheid and colonial statues, In thought and deed?: anti-immigrant violence and attitudes in South Africa, More than wages: the gap between expectations and experience, Progressive prudes: a survey of attitudes towards homosexuality & gender non-conformity in South Africa, The national wellbeing index in the isiXhosa translation: focus group discussions on how South Africans view the quality of their society, Exporting corporate social responsibility into Africa?: the experiences of South African companies in Swaziland, South African hopes and fears twenty years into democracy: a replication of Hadley Cantril's pattern of human concerns, Service delivery challenges in South Africa: South African Social Attitudes Survey (SASAS): compendium of results, Sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI): tabulation report based on the 2015 round of the South African Social Attitudes Survey (SASAS), Shutting the gates in South Africa: national identification and popular attitudes towards closing borders to immigration, In thought and deed?: anti-immigrant violence and attitudes in South Africa
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SASAS programme is longitudinal study that aims to chart and explain the interaction between the country's changing institutions, its political and economic structures, and the attitudes, beliefs and behaviour patterns of its diverse populations.

During 2003, the HSRC undertook its first, new longitudinal national survey of public opinion on a range of issues including democarcy and elections, national priorities, gender and generational issues, poverty, communications, social identities, moral issues, education and health and other public service delivery issues. The survey built on the foundations of the HSRC's studies of public opinion that had been conducted since the 1980s.

The intention is to conduct this new form of conceptually and methodologically robust survey annually, to cater for the needs of HSRC researchers and external clients and to provide for research design needs of an ad hoc, cross sectional and panel nature. The 2004 survey will repeat several others that will run every second or third year.