ALLBUS/GGSS 2008 (Allgemeine Bevölkerungsumfrage der Sozialwissenschaften/German General Social Survey 2008): Open answers to the question on associations with the terms “left” and “right”

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • GESIS - Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften
Publication Date
  • Andreß, Hans-Jürgen (Universität Köln, Vorsitz) (Researcher)
  • Diekmann, Andreas (ETH Zürich) (Researcher)
  • Feger, Hubert (Freie Universität Berlin) (Researcher)
  • Liebig, Stefan (Universität Duisburg, Bielefeld) (Researcher)
  • Meulemann, Heiner (Universität Köln) (Researcher)
  • Schmitt-Beck, Rüdiger (Universität Duisburg, Mannheim) (Researcher)
  • Trappe, Heike (Universität Rostock) (Researcher)
  • TNS Infratest, Munich (Data Collector)
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
  • Abstract

    This data set documents the answers to the open questions on associations with the terms ´left´ and ´right´ (F029 and F030) that were part of the interview for ALLBUS 2008 (ZA4600). The two questions followed the self-placement on a left-right-continuum (F028/V106). The sequence of the two questions was randomized during the interview. This data set works as a supplement to the regular ALLBUS 2008 data. Together with the main data set it offers enhanced possibilities of analysis.
Temporal Coverage
  • 2008-03 / 2008-08
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
Sampled Universe
All persons (German and non-German) who resided in private households on the day of the interview and were born before 1 January 1990
Probability: Stratified: Disproportional; Probability: Multistage; Sampling Procedure Comment: Sample of individuals: Two stage disproportionate random sample in western Germany (incl. West Berlin) and eastern Germany (incl. East Berlin). 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. Targeted individuals who did not have adequate knowledge of German to conduct the interview were treated as systematic unit non-responses.
Time Dimension
  • Cross-section
Collection Mode
  • Face-to-face interview: CAPI/CAMI
  • Personal interview with standardized questionnaire (CAPI - Computer Assisted Personal Interviewing), one question battery on political knowledge as CASI (Computer Assisted Self-Interviewing) Two additional questionnaires (CASI) for ISSP (split questionnaire design).
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 3469
    Number of Variables: 7
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA4605 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • ALLBUS (Type: FDZ)
  • Cornelia Züll, Evi Scholz und Hermann Schmitt: Kategorienschema für die Vercodung von Assoziationen mit den politischen Richtungsbegriffen „links“ und „rechts“. GESIS Technical Report, 19, Bonn: GESIS, 2010.

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 177 | Registration Date: 2012-12-06