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International Social Survey Programme: Role of Government III - ISSP 1996

Resource Type
  • ISSP Research Group
Publication Date
  • Kelley, Jonathan (RSSS, Canberra, Australia) (Researcher)
  • Evans, Mariah (RSSS, Canberra, Australia) (Researcher)
  • Dimova, Lilia (Agency for Social Analyses (ASA), Sofia, Bulgaria) (Researcher)
  • Papageorgiou, Bambos (Center of Applied Research, Nicosia, Cyprus) (Researcher)
  • Lemel, Yannick (France) (Researcher)
  • Mohler, Peter Ph. (ZUMA, Mannheim, Germany) (Researcher)
  • Harkness, Janet (ZUMA, Mannheim, Germany) (Researcher)
  • Park, Alison (Great Britain) (Researcher)
  • Brook, Lindsay (Great Britain) (Researcher)
  • Thomson, Katarina (Great Britain) (Researcher)
  • Bryson, Caroline (Great Britain) (Researcher)
  • Jowell, Roger (Great Britain) (Researcher)
  • Ward, Conor (SSRC, Social Science Research, Dublin, Ireland) (Researcher)
  • Lewin-Epstein, Noah (Tel Aviv University, Israel) (Researcher)
  • Calvi, Gabriele (Italy) (Researcher)
  • Onodera, Noriko (Japan) (Researcher)
  • Tabuns, Aivars (Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Riga, Latvia) (Researcher)
  • Zepa, Brigita (Baltic Data House, Riga, Latvia) (Researcher)
  • Gendall, Philip (Department of Marketing, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand) (Researcher)
  • Legreid, Per (Department of Administration and Organization Theory, University of Bergen, Norway) (Researcher)
  • Pettersen, Per A. (Department of Sociology and Political Science, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway) (Researcher)
  • Skjak, Knut K. (Norwegian Social Science Data Services, Norway) (Researcher)
  • Guerrero, Linda L. (Quezon City, Philippines) (Researcher)
  • Cichomski, Bogdan (Institute for Social Studies, Warsaw University, Poland) (Researcher)
  • Khakhulina, Ludmila (Russia) (Researcher)
  • Tos, Niko (Public Opinion and Mass Communication Research Centre, Ljubljana, Slovenia) (Researcher)
  • Svallfors, Stefan (Department of Sociology, Umea University, Umea, Sweden) (Researcher)
  • Davis, James A. (NORC, USA) (Researcher)
  • Smith, Tom W. (NORC, USA) (Researcher)
  • Armingeon, Klaus (Institute of Political Science, University of Berne, Switzerland) (Researcher)
  • Geissbuehler, Simon (Institute of Political Science, University of Berne, Switzerland) (Researcher)
  • Diekmann, Andreas (Department of Sociology, University of Berne, Switzerland) (Researcher)
  • Engelhardt, Henriette (Department of Sociology, University of Berne, Switzerland) (Researcher)
  • Carleton University Survey Centre, Canada (Researcher)
  • Research team on Social Stratification, Institute of Sociology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague, Czech Republic (Researcher)
  • TARKI, Budapest, Hungary (Researcher)
  • Research Council of Norway, Norway (Researcher)
  • C.I.S (Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas), Spain (Researcher)
  • Agency for Social Analyses, Sofia, Bulgaria (Data Collector)
  • School of Journalism and Communication, Carleton University,Ottawa, Canada (Data Collector)
  • Cyprus College, Cyprus (Data Collector)
  • STEM - Center for Empirical Studies, Prague, Czech Republic (Data Collector)
  • Infratest Burke Sozialforschung, Muenchen, Germany (Data Collector)
  • TARKI, Social Research Information Center, Hungary (Data Collector)
  • ESRI - The Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin, Ireland (Data Collector)
  • Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology, Tel Aviv University, Israel (Data Collector)
  • EURISKO, Milano, Italy (Data Collector)
  • NHK, Tokio, Japan (Data Collector)
  • Massey University, Department of Marketing, New Zealand (Data Collector)
  • Social Weather Stations, Quezon City, Philippines (Data Collector)
  • ISS, Warsaw, Poland (Data Collector)
  • VCIOM, Moscow, Russia (Data Collector)
  • Public Opinion and Mass Communication Research Centre, Ljubljana, Slovenia (Data Collector)
  • Centro de Investigaciones Sociologicas, Spain (Data Collector)
  • Statistics Sweden, Sweden (Data Collector)
  • National Opinion Research Center, University of Chicago, NORC, USA (Data Collector)
  • LINK Institute, Luzern, Switzerland (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Society, Culture
  • Abstract

    The role of the government. Topics: attitude to observance of laws; attitudes to various forms of protest against the government; willingness to participate and actual participation in public protest events or demonstrations against the government; views regarding freedom of speech for extremists; attitude to miscarriage of justice; perceived threat to the private sphere from governmental data collection and computer networks (privacy protection); income equalization as government task and stand on economy-related measures of government; attitude to increase in government expenditures for environmental protection, public health system, the police, education system, defense, pensions, unemployment benefits, culture; assessment of the power of trade unions, business and government; assessment of the governmental responsibility for social political tasks (protection of old people, students, housing supply, jobs, economic growth through aid to industry, price stability etc.); political interest; general attitudes to politics and the political system (subjective assessment of the political possibilities to influence (efficacy), political extent to which informed, politicians and election promises, satisfaction with democracy); tax reduction versus expansion of social services; assessment of tax equity with various income groups; attitude to privatization or nationalization of selected public facilities; reducing inflation versus fight against unemployment; preference for increased social services or reduction in debt; attitude to amount of income tax for first and second job. Demography: sex; age; living together with a partner; school education; employment status of respondent as well as partner; occupation (ILO/ISCO Code); employment in the public sector; self-employed occupation; hours worked each week; supervisor status; income; family income; religious denomination; religiousness; self-classification of social class; union membership; party preference (left-right orientation); behavior at the polls in the last election; reasons for not voting; size of household; composition of household; degree of urbanization; city size; region; ethnic or national affiliation or origins.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1993-02 / 1998-11
    Australia: February 1997 to May 1997 Bulgaria: February 1997 to May 1997 Canada: 01. November 1996 to 30. December 1996 Czech Republic: October 1996 to December 1996 Germany (West): 29. February 1996 to 01. July 1996 Germany (East): 29. February 1996 to 01. July 1996 France: 07. October 1997 to 07. December 1997 Great Britain: May 1996 to July 1996 Hungary: October 1996 Ireland: May 1996 to June 1996 Israel (Hebrew): November 1996 Israel (Arabian): November 1996 Italy: 17. October 1996 to 29. October 1996 Japan: 05. July 1996 to 08. July 1996 Latvia: 12. September 1996 to 16. September 1996 New Zealand: 24s April 1997 to 05. August 1997 Norway: February 1996 to May 1996 Philippines: 05. September 1996 to 05. October 1996 Poland: October 1997 to December 1997 Russia: 08. April 1997 to 30. April 1997 Slovenia: November 1995 to December 1995 Spain: 27. January 1996 to 31. January 1996 Sweden: February 1996 to May 1996 Switzerland: 12. May 1998 to 09. November 1998 USA: 01. February 1996 to 25. May 1996 Cyprus: 01. November 1996 to 30. November 1996
Geographic Coverage
  • Australia (AU)
  • Bulgaria (BG)
  • Germany (DE)
  • France (FR)
  • Great Britain (GB-GBN)
  • Ireland (IE)
  • Israel (IL)
  • Italy (IT)
  • Japan (JP)
  • Canada (CA)
  • Latvia (LV)
  • New Zealand (NZ)
  • Norway (NO)
  • Philippines (PH)
  • Poland (PL)
  • Russian Federation (RU)
  • Slovenia (SI)
  • Spain (ES)
  • Sweden (SE)
  • Czech Republic (CZ)
  • Hungary (HU)
  • United States (US)
  • Cyprus (CY)
  • Switzerland (CH)
Sampled Universe
Age: 18 years old and older
Multi-stage stratified random sample
Collection Mode
  • Mail, written as well as oral survey and telephone interview (CATI) with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 32795
    Number of Variables: 321
The number of cases for the individual countries are distributed follows: Australia: 2151 cases Bulgaria: 1012 cases Canada: 1182 cases Czech Republic: 1100 cases Germany (West): 2361 cases Germany (East): 1109 cases France: 1312 cases Great Britain: 989 cases Hungary: 1500 cases Ireland: 994 cases Israel (Hebrew): 1043 cases Israel (Arabian): 500 cases Italy: 1104 cases Japan: 1249 cases Latvia: 1505 cases New Zealand: 1198 cases Norway: 344 cases Philippines: 1200 cases Poland: 1183 cases Russia: 1691 cases Slovenia: 1004 cases Spain: 2494 cases Sweden: 1238 cases Switzerland: 2518 cases USA: 1332 cases Cyprus: 1000 cases
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA2900 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Internationale Umfrageprogramme (Type: FDZ)
  • Wasmer, M.; Koch, A.; Harkness, J.; Gabler, S.: Konzeption und Durchführung der ´Allgemeinen Bevölkerungsumfrage der Sozialwissenschaften´ (ALLBUS) 1996. Mannheim: ZUMA 1996. (ZUMA-Arbeitsbericht 96/08)
  • Bechert, Insa; Quandt, Markus: ISSP Data Report: Attitudes towards the Role of Government. Bonn: Gesis 2010. (GESIS-Schriftenreihe Band 6)

Update Metadata: 2017-12-28 | Issue Number: 181 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22

ISSP Research Group (1999): International Social Survey Programme: Role of Government III - ISSP 1996. Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Data Archive. Dataset.