South African Social Attitudes Survey (SASAS)

STATUS: Current
PROJECT LEADER:Roberts, BJ (Dr Benjamin), Struwig, J (Ms Jare)
OTHER TEAM MEMBERS: Govender, K (Ms Koshen), Mamba, BM (Ms Busi), Gordon, SL (Dr Steven)
DEPARTMENT RESPONSIBLE: Developmental, Capable and Ethical State (DCES)
RESEARCH OUTPUTS: Worlds apart: social attitudes to restitution in South Africa, Actions to promote family wellbeing and cohesion in South Africa, Understanding the attitude-behaviour relationship: a quantitative analysis of public participation in anti-immigrant violence in South Africa, Looking good on paper: a qualitative study of ballot paper design and political party identification in South Africa, Assessing service delivery: public perception of municipal service delivery in South Africa, South African social attitudes: family matters: family cohesion, values and strengthening to promote wellbeing, Subjective social status and inequalities in depressive symptoms: a gender-specific decomposition analysis for South Africa, Patterns of alcohol consumption in South Africa: implications of harmful drinking for families, The popularity of state discourses on anti-immigrant violence in South Africa, Intergenerational consensus within families, Filial responsibility and caring for the aging, South African public opinion on family rights for lesbians and gay men: entry points for activism and interventions, Introduction, "We are equal"!: gender constructions in a group of middle-class South African Muslim couples, Attitudes toward abortion, social welfare programs, and gender roles in the U.S. and South Africa, Black South Africans' attitudes toward African immigrants between 2008 and 2016, Burglary in gated communities: an empirical analysis using routine activities theory, Financial capability and emergency savings among South Africans living above and below the poverty line, Survey of heteronormative attitudes and tolerance toward gender non-conformity in Mountain West undergraduate students, The surprising case of police bribery reduction 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.