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General Population Survey of the Social Sciences ALLBUS 1986 (Non-Response Study)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • GESIS - Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften
Publication Date
  • ZUMA, Mannheim (Researcher)
  • INFRATEST, Munich (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Society, Culture
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Science and technology
  • Abstract

    Accompanying methods investigation for the ALLBUS 1986. Topics: The data set consists of 4 major parts: 1. The first part of the data set contains information on interviewers employed in the main survey to accomplish the 5278 intended units of the sample. Information on sample cases is assigned to each interviewer. The information for an interviewer is thus contained in the data set several times corresponding to the frequency of his deployment: length of activity as interviewer; number of hours available in February 1986 for interviewing; preferred day of interview; preferred time of interview; most important criteria for establishing a successful contact and conducting an interview. 2. Contact protocols for the 5278 units of the master sample: identification of interviewer; number of contact attempts; willingness to participate in the interview of the household or of the target person; availability of the target person; reasons for non-completion; difficulties in completing the interview; reasons for non-completion of the interview; age and sex of the person providing information; relation of the person providing information to the target person; arranging an appointment with target person; reasons for insufficient willingness to cooperate; sex and age of persons not willing to cooperate and their relation to the target person; refusal of interview after consultation with others; friendly or unfriendly rejection of the interview; type of interview refusal. 3. Selection of variables from the content part of the ALLBUS main survey for the 3094 cases done as oral interviews: judgement on one´s own and general current economic situation; political interest; eligibility to vote, election participation and behavior at the polls in the last Federal Parliament election; detailed encoding of occupation according to the ISCO-code system; time worked each week; year of birth; memberships; sex. Interviewer rating: willingness to cooperate of respondent. Also encoded were: city size; length of interview; sex of interviewer; age of interviewer and primary occupational activity. 4. Supplementary telephone survey of non-responses in main survey as well as of a sample of participants in the main investigation (altogether 1077 respondents): 4a. contact protocols on telephone survey: identification of interviewer; willingness to participate in the interview of the target person; difficulties in completing the interview; reasons for non-completion; reasons for not achieving the interview; sex and age of person not willing to cooperate and their relation to target person; type of interview refusal. 4b. supplementary telephone survey: judgement on one´s own and general current economic situation; frequency of contact with persons not personally known; attitude to opinion polls (scale); full or part-time employment; detailed encoding of occupation according to the ISCO-code system; night or shift work; year of birth; memberships; honorary offices and functions; political interest; election participation, eligibility to vote and behavior at the polls in the last Federal Parliament election. Interviewer rating: sex and estimated age of respondent; linguistic expression of respondent (dialect). The size of the city was also encoded.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1986-03 / 1986-09
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG incl. West Berlin
Sampled Universe
Persons and interviewer from ZA Study No. 1500
Sampling Procedure Comment: The sample for the supplementary telephone survey is divided in two: 1. Census of the group of persons with whom in the ALLBUS survey 1986 no interview took place (non-responses), with the exception of non-completions not affecting quality and those explicitly refusing. 2. Simple random selection from the respondents of the main survey, in that every fifth interview in sequence of receipt was selected for the supplementary telephone survey. Census of the interviewers of the ALLBUS main survey. On the sampling procedure of the main survey see the information in ZA Study No. 1500.
Time Dimension
  • Cross-section
Collection Mode
  • Face-to-face interview: PAPI
  • Telephone interview
  • Self-administered questionnaire: Paper
  • Telephone, written and oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Text Unit
    Number of Units: 5278
    Number of Variables: 179
The data set is based on the 5278 units of the cleaned sample of the ALLBUS survey 1986. It was possible to interview 670 persons of the 2184 non-responses of the main survey and 407 persons of 619 selected responses (every fifth respondent of the main survey) in the supplementary telephone survey. The main survey of the ALLBUS 1986 was conducted in the form of an oral survey. In order to be able to investigate more closely the influence of interviewers on willingness to participate in the interview, all interviewers of the main survey were interviewed with a short written questionnaire. The supplementary telephone survey was conducted between June 1986 and September 1986. The ALLBUS survey 1986 is archived under ZA Study No. 1500.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA1669 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • ALLBUS (Type: FDZ)
  • Erbslöh, Barbara; Koch, Achim: Die Non-Response-Studie zum ALLBUS 1986: Problemstellung, Design, erste Ergebnisse. In: ZUMA-Nachrichten, Nr. 22, Mai 1988, S. 29 - 44.

Update Metadata: 2020-10-21 | Issue Number: 89 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22

GESIS - Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften (2004): Allgemeine Bevölkerungsumfrage der Sozialwissenschaften ALLBUS 1986 - Non-Response-Studie. Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.