German General Social Survey (ALLBUScompact) - Cumulation 1980-2016

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • GESIS - Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften
Publication Date
  • Klaus Allerbeck (Researcher)
  • Jutta Allmendinger (Researcher)
  • Hans-Jürgen Andreß (Researcher)
  • Stefan Bauernschuster (Researcher)
  • Wilhelm Bürklin (Researcher)
  • Andreas Diekmann (Researcher)
  • Hubert Feger (Researcher)
  • Detlef Fetchenhauer (Researcher)
  • Andreas Hadjar (Researcher)
  • Johannes Huinink (Researcher)
  • Marie Luise Kiefer (Researcher)
  • Frauke Kreuter (Researcher)
  • Steffen Kühnel (Researcher)
  • Karin Kurz (Researcher)
  • M. Rainer Lepsius (Researcher)
  • Stefan Liebig (Researcher)
  • Karl Ulrich Mayer (Researcher)
  • Heiner Meulemann (Researcher)
  • Walter Müller (Researcher)
  • Karl Dieter Opp (Researcher)
  • Franz Urban Pappi (Researcher)
  • Ulrich Rosar (Researcher)
  • Erwin K. Scheuch (Researcher)
  • Rüdiger Schmitt-Beck (Researcher)
  • Heike Solga (Researcher)
  • Heike Trappe (Researcher)
  • Michael Wagner (Researcher)
  • Ulrich Wagner (Researcher)
  • Bettina Westle (Researcher)
  • Rolf Ziegler (Researcher)
  • GETAS, Bremen (1980-84) GFM-GETAS (IPSOS), Hamburg (1988, 1998) INFAS, Bonn (1990, 2002) Infratest, Munich (1986, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1996, 2000) TNS Infratest, Munich (2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016) (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Political Attitudes and Behavior
    • Economic Policy, National Economic Situation
    • Social Policy
    • Society, Culture
    • Family
    • Medicine
    • Communication, Public Opinion, Media
    • Person, Personality, Role
    • Natural Environment, Nature
  • Abstract

    ALLBUScompact is offered as an alternative to the structurally more complex full version of ALLBUS. It addresses the needs of newcomers to data analysis by providing a simplified demography module containing an easily manageable group of the most important demographic indicators. All topical question modules not containing sensitive data are retained as in the ALLBUS full version (scientific use file). For a comprehensive description of study topics please compare Study No. 4588 (ALLBUS/GGSS 1980-2016).
Temporal Coverage
  • 1980 / 2016
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    (until 1990 only former West Germany, including West Berlin)
Sampled Universe
Universe sampled: Resident population of the Federal Republic of Germany (until 1990: West Germany including West Berlin). As of 1991 the ALLBUS sample also includes foreigners living in Germany. Targeted individuals who did not have adequate knowledge of German to conduct the interview were treated as systematic unit non-responses.
Probability: Stratified: Disproportional; Probability: Multistage; Sampling Procedure Comment: From 1980 to 1992 and in 1998, a multi-stage random sample of private households was conducted addressing all persons who were at least 18 years of age (ADM Sample Design). In 1994, 1996, and from 2000 a two-stage, disproportionate random sample was conducted in West Germany (including West Berlin) and East Germany (including East Berlin), comprising all persons living in private households who were at least 18 years old on 1 January of the year of the survey. In the first sample stage municipalities (Gemeinden) in western Germany and municipalities in eastern Germany were selected with a probability proportional to their number of adult residents; in the second sample stage individual persons were selected at random from the municipal registers of residents.
Time Dimension
  • Longitudinal: Trend/Repeated cross-section
Collection Mode
  • Face-to-face interview: CAPI/CAMI
  • Face-to-face interview: PAPI
  • Self-administered questionnaire: Paper
  • Self-administered questionnaire: Computer-assisted (CASI)
  • Personal interview with standardized questionnaire (PAPI – Paper and Pencil Interviewing; since 2000: CAPI – Computer Assisted Personal Interviewing), supplementary data from accompanying ISSP surveys (self-completion questionnaires, drop off).
Data and File Information
  • Number of Variables: 1020
A - Data and documents are released for academic research and teaching.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA4589 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • ALLBUS (Type: FDZ)

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 14 | Registration Date: 2019-08-20