ISSP Study 1990

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Institut für Soziologie und Sozialpolitik (ISS), Berlin, ZUMA Mannheim
Publication Date
  • Institut für Soziologie und Sozialpolitik (ISS), Emprisch-methodische Arbeitsgruppe, Berlin (Researcher)
  • ZUMA, Mannheim (Researcher)
  • Institut fuer Soziologie und Sozialpolitik (ISS), Emprisch-methodische Arbeitsgruppe, Berlin (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Society, Culture
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Cultural and national identity
    • Childbearing, family planning and abortion
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
    • Social stratification and groupings
    • Economic conditions and indicators
    • Economic policy
  • Abstract

    Political attitudes and understanding of democracy. Topics: Judgement on the economic situation of the state as well as of the Federal Republic; assessment of personal economic situation; fair share of national product; interest in politics; preferred forms of political participation; attitude to life in the Federal Republic; judgement on the conduct of politicians regarding the citizens; interest in active participation in a political group; feeling of political effectiveness; politics perceived as too complicated; assessment of political conflicts as harm to the public interest; attitude to the right to demonstrate; necessity of violent conflicts in a democratic society; right to freedom of speech; attitude to criticism of the government by the opposition; judgement on the basic ability of each party to govern; priority of public interest over individual wishes; middle-class obligation to oppose human rights violations; perceived pride in the constitution, the Federal Parliament, German sport, German culture, economic success, scientific achievement of the country, the welfare state and the former GDR; national pride; postmaterialism; self-classification as well as classification of the parties Alliance 90, CDU, FDP, Greens, PDS, Republicans and SPD on a left-right continuum; acceptable reasons for an abortion; possession of a telephone; behavior at the polls in the last two elections; hours worked each week; personal unemployment in the last few weeks; religiousness; membership in a religious community; residential status. Within the framework of a written supplementary survey the respondents were asked the following questions: political participation and attitude to political resistance; attitude to protest actions; attitude to a miscarriage of justice; just share of tax for those with higher income; reduction of income differences as government task; attitude to legal wage and price control; preferred government measures to improve the economic situation of the country; attitude to the employment program and subsidies; preference for inflation or reduction in unemployment rate; approval of a reduction in working hours; preferred government control or responsibility in selected economic and social areas.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1990-12
Geographic Coverage
  • German Democratic Republic (1949-1990) (DDDE)
Sampled Universe
Over 18-year-old Germans living in private households
Sampling Procedure Comment: Multi-stage stratified random sample
Collection Mode
  • Oral and written survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 1028
    Number of Variables: 151
Parts of the survey are comparable with ALLBUS 88 (ZA Study No. 1670) and ALLBUS 90 (ZA Study No. 1800) and also at the same time part of the ISSP study archived under ZA Study No. 1950. Additionally there is a text file with the responses to the open questions and the term understanding test on social classes.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA2003 (Type: ZA-No.)

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 88 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22