German Social Survey (ALLBUS), 1996

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Zentralarchiv fuer Empirische Sozialforschung and Zentrum fuer Umfragen, Methoden und Analysen (ZUMA)
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  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
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Free Keywords
anti-Semitism; cultural perceptions; family life; gender roles; government spending; immigrants; life satisfaction; marriage; minorities; political attitudes; political interest; public opinion; social attitudes; social issues; socioeconomic status; trends
  • Abstract

    The German Social Survey monitors social trends in Germany. The central topics of the 1996 survey were attitudes toward ethnic minority groups, immigrant groups, and foreigners living in Germany. The survey elicited respondents' attitudes toward dual citizenship, the civil rights of foreigners, perceived cultural differences, advocating the teaching of Islam in the schools, various manifestations of anti-Semitism, and the distribution of foreigners in East and West Germany. Respondents were also queried on the first, second, or third country of citizenship and origin for themselves, for their spouse or living partner, and for their parents, and immigrants were asked how long they had been living in Germany. In addition, attitudes toward family, marriage, and partnership, the roles of women in the family, and the importance of special learning goals for children were collected. Other items probed for respondents' perceptions of the state and government, including attitudes toward various forms of protest against the government as well as toward increasing or decreasing government expenditures for environmental protection, public health, defense, unemployment, pensions, and culture. Additional topics included the economic situation and fear of unemployment, abortion, social inequality, political interests, things that a German can be proud of, and the Inglehart Index of respondent materialism/post-materialism category, coded according to which national goals the respondent thought should be given top priority: maintaining order and protecting freedom of speech, or giving people more say in important government decisions and fighting rising prices. Basic demographic characteristics of respondents were also collected, such as age, gender, education, occupation, religion, personal and household income, household size and composition, and marital status.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1996-03 / 1996-06
    Time period: 1996-03--1996-06
  • 1996-03 / 1996-06
    Collection date: 1996-03--1996-06
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany
  • Global
Sampled Universe
German-speaking persons, born before January 1, 1978, living in private households in Germany.
Two-stage disproportionate stratified random sampling in West Germany, including West Berlin, and in East Germany, including East Berlin.
Collection Mode
  • All documentation and data definition statements for this study are in German.

    A region variable (V436, REGIERUNGSBEZIRK) is documented by the principal investigator, but is not included in the data submitted to ICPSR.

    The variable widths of 13 variables in the LRECL data are one column wider than specified in the documentation, but this does not affect the accuracy of the data nor of the data definition statements.

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This study is no longer distributed by ICPSR.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 2005 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR02005.v1

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15