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International Social Survey Programme: Role of Government II - ISSP 1990

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • ISSP Research Group
Publication Date
  • Kelley, Jonathan (The Australien National University) (Researcher)
  • Lewin-Epstein, Noah (Tel Aviv University, Israel) (Researcher)
  • Bean, Clive (The Australien National University) (Researcher)
  • Evans, M. (The Australien National University) (Researcher)
  • Brook, Lindsay (Social and Community Planning Research, London) (Researcher)
  • Taylor, Bridget (Social and Community Planning Research, London) (Researcher)
  • Jowell, Rroger J (Social and Community Planning Research, London) (Researcher)
  • Witherspoon, Sharon (Social and Community Planning Research, London) (Researcher)
  • Davis, James A. (NORC, Chicago) (Researcher)
  • Smith, Tom W. (NORC, Chicago) (Researcher)
  • Kolosi, Tamás (TARKI, Budapest) (Researcher)
  • Calvi, Gabriele (EURISCO, Mailand) (Researcher)
  • Ward, Conor (University College Dublin) (Researcher)
  • Whelan, Brendan (Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), Dublin) (Researcher)
  • ZUMA, Mannheim (Researcher)
  • Zentralarchiv für Empirische Sozialforschung an der Universität zu Köln (Researcher)
  • NSD, Bergen, Norway (Researcher)
  • NSSS, Research School of Social Sciences, Institute of Advanced Studies, Australian National University, in conjunction with Datacol (Data Collector)
  • INFAS (Data Collector)
  • National Opinion Research Center (NORC), University of Chicago (Data Collector)
  • TARKI, Budapest (Data Collector)
  • EURISCO, Mailand (Data Collector)
  • Norwegian Social Science Data Services, Norway (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Society, Culture
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Law, crime and legal systems
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
    • Government, political systems and organisation
    • Gender and gender roles
    • Economic policy
  • Abstract

    Functions and tasks of the state. Topics: 1. Citizen rights: attitude to law-abidingness and to selected forms of protest against the government; attitude to freedom of speech and freedom of the press even for revolutionaries and racists; attitude to police intervention in the private sphere to prevent crimes; attitude to the principle of rule by law, in doubt for the accused; attitude to participants in demonstrations, racists and revolutionaries. 2. Government intervention: attitude to tax progression and to income re-distribution by the government; attitude to government measures regarding control of wages, salaries and prices as well as the reduction of government expenditures; attitude to government job creation measures, measures to stimulate the economy and subsidies; preference for reduced government economic control; attitude to reduction in working hours for the purpose of creating new jobs; preference for an increase or reduction in government expenditures, applied to selected political areas; priority for fighting inflation or fighting unemployment; evaluation of the influence of trade unions, industry and government; evaluation of the position of the government in electricity supply, the steel industry as well as banking and insurance; attitude to a government job guarantee, to price control, to national health care, to maintenance of an appropriate standard of living for old people and the unemployed, to reduction in income differences, to support of students from poorer families and to providing housing opportunities for the poor; interest in politics. 3. Demography: time worked each week; employment in the civil service; span of control; company size; union membership; times of unemployment; self-classification on a left-right continuum; party inclination and party preference; behavior at the polls in the last national election; religiousness; self-assessment of social class; number of children; residential status. Additionally encoded were: city size; willingness of respondent to cooperate or response time of the questionnaire; ethnic, cultural or national affiliation or origins.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1990-02 / 1991-12
    Australia: March to July 1990 Germany (West): March to May 1990 Germany (East): December 1990 Great Britain: March and July 1990 Hungary: May 1990 Ireland: September to November 1991 Israel: December 1991 Italy: April 1990 Norway: February to July 1990 USA: February to April 1990
Geographic Coverage
  • Australia (AU)
  • Germany (DE)
  • Great Britain (GB-GBN)
  • Hungary (HU)
  • Ireland (IE)
  • Israel (IL)
  • Italy (IT)
  • Norway (NO)
  • Northern Ireland (GB-NIR)
  • United States (US)
Sampled Universe
Lower age cut-off between 14 and 18 years. For details see further remarks.
Probability; Sampling Procedure Comment: The sampling procedure and the survey methods are different in the individual countries. For details see further remarks.
Time Dimension
  • Cross-section
Collection Mode
  • Interview
  • Self-administered questionnaire
  • Oral, written or mail survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 14987
    Number of Variables: 142
The sampling procedure and the survey methods are different in the individual countries. For the individual countries: Australia: mail survey, 2398 cases, simple random selection. Germany (west): written survey as drop off, 2812 cases, multi-stage stratified random sample of persons in private households 18 years old and older. Germany (east): written survey as drop off 1028 cases, multi-stage stratified random sample. Great Britain: oral and written survey, 1197 cases, multi-stage stratified random sample from the election register of persons 18 years old and older. Hungary: oral survey, 977 cases, multi-stage random sample of persons over 18 years. Ireland: 1005 cases. Israel: oral survey, 991 cases. Italy: written survey as drop off, 983 cases, random selection (Random-Route) of persons between the ages of 14 and 74 years. Norway: mail survey, 1517 cases, simple random selection from the central register of persons between the ages of 16 to 79 years. Northern Ireland: 772 cases. USA: oral and written survey, 1217 cases, three-stage random selection (NORC master sampling). Further ISSP Surveys are archived under ZA Study Nos. 1490, 1620, 1680, 1700 and 1840. This survey is an almost identical replication of a study conducted in the years 1985/86 (ZA Study No. 1490).
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA1950 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Internationale Umfrageprogramme (Type: FDZ)
  • Bechert, Insa; Quandt, Markus: ISSP Data Report: Attitudes towards the Role of Government. Bonn: Gesis 2010. (GESIS-Schriftenreihe Band 6)

Update Metadata: 2020-10-21 | Issue Number: 191 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22

ISSP Research Group (1992): International Social Survey Programme: Role of Government II - ISSP 1990. Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Data Archive. Dataset.