International Social Survey Programme: Role of Government I - ISSP 1985

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • ISSP Research Group
Publication Date
  • Department of Sociology, Research School of Social Sciences, The Australian National University, Canberra (Researcher)
  • Eurisko, Ricerca Sociale e di Marketing, Milan (Researcher)
  • Institut für Soziologie, Universität Graz (Researcher)
  • National Opinion Research Center (NORC), University of Chicago (Researcher)
  • Social and Community Planning Research, London (Researcher)
  • ZUMA, Mannheim (Researcher)
  • Department of Sociology, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University, Canberra (Data Collector)
  • ZUMA, Mannheim (Data Collector)
  • Eurisko, Ricerca Sociale e di Marketing, Milan (Data Collector)
  • Social and Community Planning Research, London (Data Collector)
  • National Opinion Research Center (NORC), University of Chicago, Ill. (Data Collector)
  • Ifes, Institut fuer empirische Sozialforschung, Wien (Data Collector)
  • Dr. Fessel + GfK, Institut fuer Marktforschung, Wien (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Society, Culture
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Law, crime and legal systems
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
    • Gender and gender roles
    • Economic policy
  • Abstract

    The functions and duties of the state. Topics: 1. Civil rights: attitude to freedom of the press; attitude to obeying the law; attitude to selected forms of protest against the government; attitude to freedom of speech for revolutionaries and racists; attitude to police intervention in the private sphere to prevent criminal offences; attitude to the principle of rule by law: in doubt for the accused; peceived threat to one´s private sphere through centralized computer systems. 2. The state and social inequality; tax fairness; attitude to government redistribution of income; equal opportunities; attitude to government promotion of women; significance of various educational goals and moral orientation for school education; judgement on the chances of admittance to university; attitude to government financial support of education; attitude to government intervention in parental responsibilities for the protection of children; perceived degree of influence a citizen can have on politics, on politicians and on government decisions; interest in local elections. 3. Miscellaneous: time worked each week; position as a superior; trade union membership; type of residence; party preference; religiousness; self-assessment of social class; occupation of spouse; social origins; voting behavior in the last election; size of city. 4. Government economic influence: attitude to state intervention in the economy; attitude to changes in government expenditures for selected political duties; judgement on tax burden for private households and industry; desired government priority regarding inflation or jobs; judgement on the power of unions, the economy and the government; desired degree of intervention by the government in selected economic areas; assessment of government responsibility regarding various political duties.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1985-02 / 1986-06
    Germany, West (FRG): May to August 1985 Great Britain: April to June 1985 USA: February to April 1985 Italy: September to October 1985 Austria: May to June 1986 Australia: 1986
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    West (FRG)
  • Great Britain (GB-GBN)
  • United States (US)
  • Italy (IT)
  • Austria (AT)
  • Australia (AU)
Sampled Universe
In Germany, West (FRG), Great Britain, USA: persons 18 years old and older In Italy: persons between 18 and 74 years old In Austria: persons 16 years old and older In Australia: not specified
Probability; Sampling Procedure Comment: In Germany, West (FRG), Great Britain, USA: multi-stage stratified random sample In Italy: multi-stage stratified random sample In Austria: multi-stage stratified random sample In Australia: random sample (area probability sample) in city areas and random sample from the voter registry in rural areas
Time Dimension
  • Cross-section
Collection Mode
  • Interview
  • Self-administered questionnaire
  • Mail, written and oral interview with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 7350
    Number of Variables: 141
The survey procedure as well as the number of units are organized as follows: Germany, West (FRG): interview by mail, 1048 respondents. Great Britain: written interview, 1530 respondents. USA: written interview, 677 respondents. Italy: oral interview, 1580 respondents. Austria: oral interview, 987 respondents. The survey took place at the same time as the ISSP-survey 1986. Australia: oral interview of the city population and interview of the rural population primarily by mail, 1528 respondents. The written surveys took place within the context of an oral survey. Further ISSP Surveys are archived under ZA Study Nos. 1620 and 1680.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA1490 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Internationale Umfrageprogramme (Type: FDZ)
  • Becker, J.W.; Davis, James A.; Ester, Peter; Mohler, Peter P. (eds.): Attitudes to Inequality and the Role of Government. Rijswijk: Sociaal en Cultureel Planbureau, 1990. (International Social Survey Programme)
  • Rohrbach-Schmidt, Daniela: Leistung und Zuschreibung in der Wissensgesellschaft. In: Beckers, Tilo; Birkelbach, Klaus; Hagenah, Jörg; Rosar, Ulrich (Hrsg.): Komparative empirische Sozialforschung. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften 2010, S. 285-305
  • Bechert, Insa; Quandt, Markus: ISSP Data Report: Attitudes towards the Role of Government. Bonn: Gesis 2010. (GESIS-Schriftenreihe Band 6)

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 193 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22