Population and Law in Austria

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Steinert, Heinz (Institut für Soziologie, Universität Graz)
Publication Date
  • Oesterreichisches Gallup Institut, Wien (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Legal system, Legislation, Law
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Religion and values
    • Legal systems
  • Abstract

    Attitude of the Austrian population to law and the judiciary. Moral orientation and contacts with persons with deviant behavior. Topics: Evaluation of the various laws and punishment for selected offenses; assessment of the extent of commiting crimes by the male population in percent and judgement on the development of crime; expected development of unsolved crimes; readiness to intervene and report in various situations; knowledge of facts of the case in procedural law, criminal law, civil law and industrial law; assumed equality before the judiciary; contact with persons with deviant behavior such as e.g. swindlers, users of intoxicants, homosexuals, drinkers, left-wing radicals, repeat criminals and suicide candidates; attitude to use of intoxicants, religion, divorce, abortion, sexual morals, homosexuality, pornography, the death penalty, nationalization of industry, obedience, rearmament and punishment of criminals (pair comparison); general contentment with life; self-classification of social class and personal political influence; size of residence and type of residence; religiousness; party preference; possession of drivers license; media usage. Scales: wage performance relationship; work and success orientation; general moral orientations, including also liberalism and dogmatism; reform of the penal system. The following questions were posed to persons who have been the victim of a crime: type of offense and amount of loss; conviction of culprit and demand for sanctions. Demography: marital status; number of children in household; school education; vocational training; occupation; income; size of household; composition of household; head of household; social origins; state; regional origins; possession of durable economic goods. Interviewer rating: city size.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1971-02
Geographic Coverage
  • Austria (AT)
Sampled Universe
Persons 16 years old and older
Sampling Procedure Comment: Simple random selection
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 1933
    Number of Variables: 189
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA0642 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Berger, Hans-Jörg: Einstellungen der Bevölkerung zum Recht in Österreich. Köln, Universität, Seminar für Soziologie, Diplomarbeit, 1976.
  • Falk, Günter: Über Variationen, sozialstrukturelle Determinanten moralisch-ideologischer Wertpräferenzen und über den angeblichen Autoritarismus der Arbeiterklasse. In: Österreichische Zeitschrift für Soziologie, 4, 1979, S. 150 - 165.

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 99 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22