The objective of the World Value Survey is a comparative examination of public values and attitudes on important social issues. Research and theory of social-economic development upholds two contrary arguments on how much economic changes affect social values.

The first indicates moral convergence among societies and countries as a result of an economic change that stems from modernization processes. This account speaks of a decline in the significance of traditional values and their replacement by modern values. The second argument posits preservation and continuity of different societies' values because they are independent of economic conditions. Within this project, since 1980 identical public opinion surveys were conducted in over 60 countries in four different periods. An international study like this enables us to compare the rate of traditionalism and modernism of the values held by the public in different countries, and to examine the factors affecting the change in these values. The survey was first conducted in Israel in 2001 as part of the fourth wave of the survey around the world. Its findings teach us about the values held by the Israeli public, as compared with other countries. The survey in Israel was conducted with a representative sample of 1199 adult Israelis. Data were collected through personal interviews in August and September 2001.

Additional information about this project may be found at   www.worldvaluessurvey.org

The international data file can be ordered on the website of the Israel Social Sciences Data Center at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem: isdc.huji.ac.il