International Social Survey Programme: Role of Government V - ISSP 2016

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The role of Government Topics: Obey the law without exception vs. follow conscience on occasions; public protest meetings and protest marches and demonstrations against the government should be allowed; allowance for revolutionaries to hold public meetings and to publish books...
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Gonzales T., Ricardo
Mansfeldova, Zdenka
Wolf, Christof
Lund Clement, Sanne
Andersen, Johannes
Shamshiri-Petersen, Ditte
Andersen, Jørgen G.
Frederiksen, Morten
Severin, Majbritt C.
Holt, Steffen
Nielsen, Alex S.
Borregaard, Nicolaj
Méndéz Lago, Mónica
Melin, Harri
Borg, Sami
Gonthier, Frédéric
Forsé, Michel
Tsuladze, Lia
Clery, Liz
Phillips, Miranda
Marinović Jerolimov, Dinka
Kolosi, Tamás
Lewin-Epstein, Noah
Einarsson, Hafsteinn
Aramaki, Hiroshi
Murata, Hiroko
Yamamoto, Kayo
Kim, Jibum
Krupavičius, Algis
Niklass, Mareks
Kolsrud, Kirstine
Skjåk, Knut K.
Milne, Barry
Humpage, Louise
Greaves, Lara
Edlund, Jonas
Lindh, Arvid
Bahna, Miloslav
Hafner-Fink, Mitja
Malnar, Brina
Bureekul, Thawilwadee
Thananithichot, Stithorn
Sangmahamad, Ratchawadee
Fu, Yang-chih
Smith, Tom W.
Davern, Michael
Freese, Jeremy
Hout, Michael
Briceño-León, Roberto
Blunsdon, Betsy
Evans, Ann
Carton, Ann
Vander Molen, Tina
Vesentini, Frédéric
Lamy, Céline
Dehaibe, Xavier
Binon, Pauline
Deshmukh, Yashwant R.
Khakhulina, Ludmila
Sno, Tamira
Çarkoğlu, Ali
Kalaycıoğlu, Ersin
Struwig, Jare
Brien, Petra
Baumann, Horst
Post, Marlies
Cziesla, Markus
Quandt, Markus
Bechert, Insa
Schulte, Christoph
Edlund, Jonas (Drafting Group)
Lindh, Arvid (Drafting Group)
Clery, Liz (Drafting Group)
Phillips, Miranda (Drafting Group)
Gonthier, Frédéric (Drafting Group)
Forsé, Michel (Drafting Group)
Aramaki, Hiroshi (Drafting Group)
Murata, Hiroko (Drafting Group)
Yamamoto, Kayo (Drafting Group)
Krupavičius, Algis (Drafting Group)
Morones, César (Drafting Group)
Moran, Mauricio (Drafting Group)
Palacios, Felipe (Drafting Group)
Méndez Lago, Mónica (Drafting Group)
FORS, c/o University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland
Social Weather Stations, Quezon City, Philippines
M.I.S. Trend SA, Lausanne, Switzerland
CADEM, Santiago de Chile, Chile
FOCUS Marketing & Social Research, Brno, Czech Republic
TNS Infratest, Germany
Rambøll Denmark A/S, Copenhagen, Denmark
Centro de Investigaciones Sociólogicas (CIS), Madrid, Spain
Statistics Finland, Social Survey Unit, Helsinki, Finland
PACTE-CNRS, Grenoble, France
Center for Social Sciences (CSS), Tbilisi, Georgia
National Centre for Social Research (NatCen), London, Great Britain
GFK market research, Croatia
TÁRKI Social Research Institute, Budapest, Hungary
B.I. and Lucille Cohen, Institute for public opinion research, Tel Aviv, Israel
Social Science Research Institute, University of Iceland, Reykjavík, Iceland
Central Research Services, Inc., Tokyo, Japan
Survey Research Center at Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, Korea
Eurotela, Klaipėda, Lithuania
TNS Latvia, Riga, Latvia
TNS Gallup (contact and paper questionnaire administration) and Norwegian Social Science Data Services (NSD) (web questionnaire administration), Bergen, Norway
Centre of Methods and Policy Application in the Social Sciences (COMPASS), The University of Auckland, New Zealand
Social Weather Stations, Quezon City, Philippines
SIFO, Stockholm, Sweden
TNS Slovakia, Bratislava, Slovakia
Public Opinion and Mass Communication Research Centre (CJMMK), University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
King Prajadhipok’s Institute, Bangkok, Thailand
Center for Survey Research, RCHSS, Academia Sinica, Taipei City, Taiwan
National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago, Chicago, USA
Instituto Delphos, Caracas, Venezuela
Australian Consortium for Social and Political Research Incorporated (ACSPRI), Black Rock, Victoria, Australia
Vlaamse Overheid, Statistics Flanders, Brussels, Belgium
Walloon Institute of Assessment, Forecasting and Statistics (IWEPS), Namur, Belgium
Brussels Institute for Statistics and Analysis (BISA), Brussels, Belgium
CVoter News Services Pvt. Ltd., Noida, India
Levada-Center, Moscow, Russia
Anton de Kom University of Suriname, Tammenga, Suriname
Infakto Research Workshop Inc., Istanbul, Turkey
Human Sciences Research Council, Pretoria, South Africa
Datenarchiv für Sozialwissenschaften GESIS Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften, Germany
GESIS Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften, Germany
International DOI Fundation (IDF)



Sampled Universe
Persons aged 18 years and older Exception: Finland (15 to 74 years), Japan (16 years and over), Latvia (18 to 74 years), Norway (18 to 79 years), Sweden (18 to 79 years), South Africa (16 years and over), and Suriname (21 to 74 years)
Probability: Simple random; Probability: Systematic random; Probability: Stratified; Probability: Stratified: Proportional; Probability: Stratified: Disproportional; Probability: Multistage; Sampling Procedure Comment: Probability Sample: Simple Random Sample Probability Sample: Systematic Random Sample Probability Sample: Stratified Sample Probability Sample: Stratified Sample: Proportional Probability Sample: Stratified Sample: Disproportional Probability Sample: Multistage Sample

Time Dimension

  • Cross-section

Collection Mode

  • Face-to-face interview: CAPI/CAMI
  • Face-to-face interview: PAPI
  • Telephone interview
  • Self-administered questionnaire: Paper
  • Self-administered questionnaire: Web-based
  • Self-administered questionnaire: Computer-assisted (CASI)
  • Face-to-face interview: CAPI (Computer Assisted Personal Interview) Face-to-face interview: PAPI (Paper and Pencil Interview) Self-administered questionnaire: Paper Self-administered questionnaire: CASI (Computer Assisted Self-Interview) Self-administered questionnaire: CAWI (Computer Assisted Web Interview) Telephone interview

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  • Number of Variables: 395


  • Abstract

    The role of Government Topics: Obey the law without exception vs. follow conscience on occasions; public protest meetings and protest marches and demonstrations against the government should be allowed; allowance for revolutionaries to hold public meetings and to publish books expressing their views; worse type of justice error (to convict an innocent person or to let a guilty person go free); consent or rejection of various economic measures by the government (cuts in government spending, government financing of projects to create new jobs, less government regulation of business, support for industry to develop new products and technology, support for declining industries to protect jobs, reducing the working week to create more jobs); preference for more or less government spending in various areas (the environment, health, the police and law enforcement, education, the military and defence, old age pensions, unemployment benefits, culture and the arts); question of government´s responsibility (provide a job for everyone, keep prices under control, provide health care for the sick, provide a decent standard of living for the old, provide industry with the help it needs to grow, provide a decent standard of living for the unemployed, reduce income differences between the rich and the poor, give financial help to university students from low-income families, provide decent housing for those who can’t afford it, impose strict laws to make industry do less damage to the environment, promote equality between men and women); responsibility for the provision of health care for the sick, care for older people, and school education (Government, private companies/for-profit organisations, non-profit organisations/charities/cooperatives, religious organisations, family relatives or friends); most and second most influence factor on government actions (e.g. the media, trade unions, business, banks and industry, etc.); policies in the country depend more on what is happening in the world economy, rather than who is in government vice versa; opinion on civil liberties and public security: government should have the right to keep people under video surveillance in public areas, and to monitor e-mails and any other information exchanged on the Internet; all government information should be publicly available vs. limited (scale 0-10); government should have the right to collect information about anyone living in the country, and about anyone living abroad without their knowledge; government should have the right to detain people without putting them on trial, to tap people’s telephone conversations, and to stop and search people in the street at random; interest in politics; people like me don’t have any say about what the government does; pretty good understanding of the important political issues; Members of Parliament try to keep promises; most civil servants can be trusted; evaluation of the amount of taxes for high incomes, middle incomes, and low incomes; tax authorities make sure people pay their taxes, and treat everyone in accordance with the law; major private companies comply with laws, and try to avoid paying their taxes; corruption: estimated incidence of corruption among politicians, and among public officials; personal experience with corruption in the last five years: frequency of how often a public official wanted a bribe; evaluation of success of the government in providing health care, in providing a decent standard of living for the old, and in dealing with security threats. Demography: sex; age; year of birth; years in school; education (country specific); highest completed education level; work status; hours worked weekly; employment relationship; number of employees; supervision of employees; number of supervised employees; type of organisation: for-profit vs. non-profit and public vs. private; occupation (ISCO/ILO-08); main employment status; living in steady partnership; trade union membership; religious affiliation or denomination (country specific); groups of religious denominations; attendance of religious services; top-bottom self-placement; vote participation in last general election; country specific party voted in last general election; party voted (left-right); self-assessed affiliation to ethnic group 1 and 2 (country specific); number of children in the household; number of toddlers in the household; size of household; earnings of respondent (country specific); household income (country specific); father´s and mother´s country of birth; marital status; place of living: urban – rural; region (country specific). Information about spouse/ partner on: work status; hours worked weekly; employment relationship; supervision of employees; occupation (ISCO/ILO-08); main employment status. Additionally encoded: respondent-ID number; date of interview (year, month, day); case substitution flag; mode of data collection; weight; Country ISO 3166 Code, Country/Sample ISO 3166 Code, Country Prefix ISO 3166 Code.


Number of respondents for each country, first release: Switzerland: 1066; Chile: 1416; Czech Republic: 1400; Germany: 1689; Denmark: 1138; Spain: 1834; Finland: 1186; France: 1501; Georgia: 1487; Great Britain: 1563; Croatia: 1026; Hungary: 1000; Israel: 1248; Iceland: 1322; Japan: 1611; Korea: 1051; Lithuania: 1006; Latvia: 1002; Norway: 1260; New Zealand: 1350; Philippines: 1200; Sweden: 1140; Slovakia: 1150; Slovenia: 1024; Thailand: 1475; Taiwan: 1966; United States: 1390; Venezuela: 1045; Number of respondents of additionaly included countries in the final release: Australia: 1267; Belgium: 1952; India: 1508; Russia: 1576; Suriname: 1273; Turkey: 1535; South Africa: 3063


Temporal Coverage

  • 2017-02-15 / 2017-08-07
  • 2016-07-09 / 2016-08-07
  • 2016-05-24 / 2016-07-18
    Czech Republic
  • 2016-04-05 / 2016-09-18
  • 2016-05-15 / 2016-07-19
  • 2016-04-11 / 2016-06-29
  • 2016-09-16 / 2016-12-20
  • 2016-02-09 / 2016-09-30
  • 2016-06-05 / 2016-07-23
  • 2016-07-13 / 2016-10-30
    Great Britain
  • 2017-07-20 / 2017-08-25
  • 2016-04-14 / 2016-04-20
  • 2015-12-24 / 2016-04-05
  • 2017-02-01 / 2017-05-10
  • 2016-10-29 / 2016-11-06
  • 2016-06-27 / 2016-10-07
    Korea (South)
  • 2016-06-27 / 2016-08-02
  • 2016-08-27 / 2016-09-25
  • 2016-10-26 / 2017-02-13
  • 2016-07-11 / 2016-12-19
    New Zealand
  • 2016-03-16 / 2016-03-20
  • 2016-10-10 / 2016-12-12
  • 2016-10-13 / 2016-11-28
  • 2015-11-14 / 2016-02-23
  • 2017-06-01 / 2017-08-09
  • 2016-08-07 / 2016-11-27
  • 2016-04-05 / 2016-11-19
    United States
  • 2016-09-02 / 2016-10-04
  • 2016-05-31 / 2017-05-18
  • 2017-11-28 / 2018-03-28
  • 2018-02-11 / 2018-03-25
  • 2016-02-12 / 2016-02-16
  • 2018-01-11 / 2018-06-21
  • 2017-08-26 / 2017-11-15
  • 2017-01-25 / 2017-04-30
    South Africa

Geographic Coverage

  • Switzerland (CH)
  • Chile (CL)
  • Czech Republic (CZ)
  • Germany (DE)
  • Denmark (DK)
  • Spain (ES)
  • Finland (FI)
  • France (FR)
  • Georgia (GE)
  • Great Britain (GB-GBN)
  • Croatia (HR)
  • Hungary (HU)
  • Israel (IL)
  • Iceland (IS)
  • Japan (JP)
  • Korea, Republic of (KR)
  • Lithuania (LT)
  • Latvia (LV)
  • Norway (NO)
  • New Zealand (NZ)
  • Philippines (PH)
  • Sweden (SE)
  • Slovakia (SK)
  • Slovenia (SI)
  • Thailand (TH)
  • Taiwan (TW)
  • United States (US)
  • Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of (VE)
  • Australia (AU)
  • Belgium (BE)
  • India (IN)
  • Russian Federation (RU)
  • Suriname (SR)
  • Turkey (TR)
  • South Africa (ZA)


Alternative Identifiers

  • ZA6900 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Internationale Umfrageprogramme (Type: FDZ)

Related Identifiers

  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.4232/1.12994

Update Metadata: 2021-08-28 | Issue Number: 18 | Registration Date: 2018-09-19