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ALLBUS/GGSS 1980-86 (Kumulierte Allgemeine Bevölkerungsumfrage der Sozialwissenschaften/Cumulated German General Social Survey 1980-86)

Resource Type
  • GESIS - Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften
Publication Date
  • Lepsius, M. Rainer (Universität Heidelberg) (Researcher)
  • Mayer, Karl U. (Max-Planck-Institut für Bildungsforschung, Berlin) (Researcher)
  • Müller, Walter (Universität Mannheim) (Researcher)
  • Pappi, Franz U. (Universität Kiel) (Researcher)
  • Scheuch, Erwin K. (Universität Köln) (Researcher)
  • Ziegler, Rolf (Universität München) (Researcher)
  • GETAS, Bremen (1980-84) INFRATEST, München (1986) (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Society, Culture
  • Abstract

    These surveys were designed to monitor trends in attitudes, behavior, and societal change in the Federal Republic of Germany. The data set contains, with only few exceptions, the full contents of the three single data sets which are archived as ZA Nos. 1000 (ALLBUS 1980), 1160 (ALLBUS 1982) and 1340 (ALLBUS 1984), and parts of ZA No. 1500 (ALLBUS 1986). Those variables from ALLBUS 1986 which had already been part of at least one earlier ALLBUS survey were included in this cumulative file. Topics of these ALLBUS surveys were: Topics: ALLBUS 1980: importance of life aspects and job characteristics; attitude towards and contacts with foreign guest-workers (Gastarbeiter); educational goals; data on friends; assessment of social conflicts in the Federal Republic; contacts with administration as well as attitudes towards administration, family, and the welfare state. ALLBUS 1982: importance of life aspects and job characteristics; educational goals; desired characteristics of children; role of women in the family; attitudes towards abortion; assessment of the economic situation and of social conflicts in the Federal Republic; religious attitudes and participation in church life. ALLBUS 1984: questions on occupational biography; relevance of personal characteristics to social advancement; assessment of welfare state and social inequality; attitudes towards and contacts with foreign guest-workers (Gastarbeiter); confidence in public institutions and organizations; perception of environmental pollution. ALLBUS 1986: importance of life aspects; attitudes towards abortion; assessment of economic situations. For a more detailed description of the questions compare the individual study descriptions. ALLBUS-Demography: Details about the respondent: gender; age; place of residence (federal state, size of municipality, Boustedt-type of municipality); religious denomination, frequency of church attendance; voting intention (Sonntagsfrage); currently at school or university, general education, vocational training; employment status; details about current occupation, industrial sector, supervisory functions, working hours per week, size of company; date of termination of full- or part-time employment; details about first occupation; details about former occupation; length of unemployment; desire for work; principal source of livelihood; respondent´s income; telephone; marital status; marital biography. Details about respondent´s current and former spouse. Details about respondent´s parents: general education of parents; father´s occupation. Composition of household: size of household; household income; type of dwelling, telephone. Details about household members: relation to respondent; gender; month and year of birth, age; marital status; income, German citizenship. Respondent´s current memberships of various unions or trade associations, political parties, religious organizations, citizens´ action groups, and other societies or clubs. Added value: Inglehart-index; International Standard Classification of Occupations (ISCO 1968), occupational prestige (according to Treiman), magnitude prestige (according to Wegener), occupational meta-classification (according to Pappi); weights.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1980-01 / 1986-05
    1980: January to February 1982: February to May 1984: March to June 1986: March to May
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG incl. West Berlin
Sampled Universe
Private households addressing all individuals with German citizenship who were at least 18 years of age by the day of the interview.
Household Sample: Multi-stage random sample (ADM-Mastersample)
Collection Mode
  • Personal interview with standardized questionnaire (PAPI - Paper and Pencil Interviewing)
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Household
    Number of Units: 12045
    Number of Variables: 659
The cumulated data set is constructed such that it is relatively easy to analyze identical questions across time. The data has been worked over in numerous details for the cumulation and has been augmented by new, derived variables. Users wishing to use ALLBUS individual surveys 1980, 1982 or 1984 should consider using the cumulation 1980-86 for this purpose. A second version of this data set with a shortened demography module is available as ALLBUScompact 1980-86 (ZA No. 3707).
A - Data and documents are released for academic research and teaching.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA1335 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • ALLBUS (Type: FDZ)
  • Braun, Michael; Mohler, Peter Ph.: Die Allgemeine Bevölkerungsumfrage der Sozialwissenschaften (ALLBUS). Rückblick und Ausblick in die neunziger Jahre. In: ZUMA-Nachrichten 29, 1991, S. 7-28.
  • Terwey, Michael: ALLBUS: Das Programm und Erweiterungen des bestehenden Angebots. In: ZA-Information 42, 1998, S. 33-43.
  • Terwey, Michael: ALLBUS: A German General Social Survey. Schmollers Jahrbuch 120, 2000, S. 151-158.
  • Terwey, Michael: Zum aktuellen Wandel im Zugriff auf ALLBUS-Materialien und zur ALLBUS-Nutzung in Publikationen. In: ZA-Information 53, 2003, S. 195-202.
  • Veröffentlichungsreihe "Blickpunkt Gesellschaft": Müller, Walter; Mohler, Peter Ph.; Erbslöh, Barbara; Wasmer, Martina (Hrsg.): Blickpunkt Gesellschaft: Einstellungen und Verhalten der Bundesbürger. Opladen: Westdeutscher Verlag 1990.
  • Mohler, Peter Ph.; Bandilla, Wolfgang (Hrsg.): Blickpunkt Gesellschaft: 2. Einstellungen und Verhalten der Bundesbürger in Ost und West. Opladen: Westdeutscher Verlag 1992.
  • Braun, Michael; Mohler, Peter Ph. (Hrsg.): Blickpunkt Gesellschaft: 3. Einstellungen und Verhalten der Bundesbürger. Opladen: Westdeutscher Verlag 1994.
  • Braun, Michael; Mohler, Peter Ph. (Hrsg.): Blickpunkt Gesellschaft: 4. Soziale Ungleichheit in Deutschland. Opladen: Westdeutscher Verlag 1998.
  • Alba, Richard; Schmidt, Peter; Wasmer, Martina (Hrsg.): Blickpunkt Gesellschaft: 5. Deutsche und Ausländer: Freunde, Fremde oder Feinde? Wiesbaden: Westdeutscher Verlag 2000.
  • Koch, Achim; Wasmer, Martina; Schmidt, Peter (Hrsg.): Blickpunkt Gesellschaft: 6. Politische Partizipation in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland. Empirische Befunde und theoretische Erklärungen. Opladen: Leske + Budrich 2001.
  • Alba, Richard; Schmidt, Peter; Wasmer, Martina (Hrsg.): Germans or Foreigners? Attitudes Towards Ethnic Minorities in Post-Reunification Germany. New York und Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan 2003.

Update Metadata: 2017-12-28 | Issue Number: 76 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22

GESIS - Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften (2002): Allgemeine Bevölkerungsumfrage der Sozialwissenschaften ALLBUS Kumulierter Datensatz 1980-1986. Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.