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ALLBUS/GGSS 2010 (Allgemeine Bevölkerungsumfrage der Sozialwissenschaften/German General Social Survey 2010)

Resource Type
  • Diekmann, Andreas (ETH Zürich)
  • Fetchenhauer, Detlef (Universität Köln)
  • Kühnel, Steffen (Universität Göttingen)
  • Liebig, Stefan (Universität Bielefeld)
  • Schmitt-Beck, Rüdiger (Universität Mannheim)
  • Trappe, Heike (Universität Rostock)
  • Wagner, Michael (Universität Köln)
Publication Date
  • TNS Infratest Sozialforschung, München (Data Collector)
  • TNS Infratest Sozialforschung, Munich (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Political Attitudes and Behavior
    • Society, Culture
    • Family
    • Occupation, Profession
  • Abstract

    Social monitoring of trends in attitudes, behavior, and societal change in the Federal Republic of Germany. The main topics in 2010 are: 1.) Importance of job characteristics; 2.) Social inequality and the welfare state; 3.) Social networks and social capital; 4.) Social capital; 5.) The political system and social inequality; 6.) Citizenships and country of origin; 7.) National pride; 8.) Other topics; 9.) ALLBUS-Demography; 10.) Data on the interview; 11.) Leisure time and sports (ISSP); 12.) Religion III (ISSP); 13.) Derived indices. Topics: 1.) Importance of life aspects and job characteristics: preferred job characteristics (security, income, career opportunities, prestige, free time, interesting work, autonomy, responsibility, human contact, charitableness, social utility). 2.) Social inequality and the welfare state: self-assessment of social class and classification on a top bottom scale; fair share in standard of living; evaluation of personal success in life; evaluation of equal educational opportunities for everyone; prerequisites for social success; income differences as incentive to achieve; acceptance of social differences and support of the welfare state; attitudes towards expansion or cuts in social services; perceived strength of conflicts between social groups; social pessimism and orientation towards the future (anomia). 3.) Social networks and social capital: general trust in fellow men; trust and reciprocity in social relations; membership status of respondent in various clubs and organizations; friends and acquaintances (ego centered networks), including information on: gender, age, kinship or type of relationship, school education, employment, occupational position, occupational group, voting behavior, current citizenship and country of origin, spatial distance between alter and ego, comparative economic situation; quality and quantity of contacts, mutual familiarity between friends or acquaintances. 4.) Political attitudes: political interest; postmaterialism (importance of law and order, fighting rising prices, free expression of opinions, and influence on governmental decisions); self-placement on left right continuum; 5.) Economy: assessments of the present and future economic situation in Germany; assessment of present and future personal economic situation. 6.) Ethnocentrism and minorities: attitudinal scale and contacts with foreigners within the family, at work, in the neighborhood, or among friends; opinion on dual citizenship and on equal rights for foreigners; pride in being a German. 7.) Attitudes relating to the process of German unification: attitude towards the demand for increased willingness to make sacrifices in the West and more patience in the East; unification is advantageous, for East and West respectively; future of the East depends on the willingness of eastern Germans to make an effort; strangeness of citizens in the other part of Germany; performance pressure in the new states; attitude towards dealing with the Stasi past of individuals; evaluation of socialism as an idea. 8.) Other topics: family as a prerequisite for happiness; marriage in case of steady partnership or if child was born; overall health; physical and psychological shape during the last four weeks; Internet use. 9.) ALLBUS Demography: Details about the respondent: attractiveness of respondent, month and year of birth, age, gender, geographical origin, citizenship(s) (nationality), number of citizenships, original citizenship, school education, vocational training, employment status, details about current and former occupation respectively, affiliation to public service, fixed-term or permanent employment contract, working hours per week (primary and secondary job), supervisory functions, fear of unemployment or loss of business, length of unemployment, status of non-employment, date of termination of full or part time employment, marital status, marital biography, co-habitation with spouse or steady partner, lived with parents when child, age when leaving parental home, respondent´s income, type of dwelling, self-description of place of residence, length of residence, distance to previous place of residence, self-assessment of religiousness, religious denomination, frequency of church attendance, voting intention (Sonntagsfrage), participation in last federal elections, overall life satisfaction, place of residence (federal state, administrative district, size of municipality, BIK type of municipality). Details about respondent´s current spouse: month and year of birth, age, school education, vocational training, employment status, details about current occupation, affiliation to public service, fear of unemployment or loss of business status of non-employment. Details about respondent´s steady partner: month and year of birth, age, school education, vocational training, employment status, details about current occupation, affiliation to public service, fear of unemployment or loss of business status of non-employment. Details about respondent´s parents: school education, vocational training, details about parents´ occupation. Description of household: size of household, household income, number of persons older than 17 in household (reduced size of household). Details about household members: family relation to respondent, gender, month and year of birth, age, marital status. Details about children not living in the household: number of children not living in the household, gender, year of birth, age. 10.) Data on the interview: Date of interview; beginning and end of interview; length of interview; presence of other persons during interview: presence of spouse, partner or children during interview, presence of other relatives during interview; interference of other persons in the course of the interview; willingness to cooperate and reliability of information from respondent; respondent followed interview on screen; participation in other surveys over the past year; willingness to participate in follow-up survey; willingness to provide e-mail address; participation in accompanying ISSP-interviews; details about respondent´s residential building and assessment of respondent´s neighborhood; reachability of respondent; willingness to participate; number of attempts to contact the respondent; release-id. Details about the interviewer: gender, age, school education, length of experience as an interviewer, identification number. 11.) Social inequality IV (ISSP): most important prerequisites for success in society; attitudes towards the welfare state and towards social differences; estimation of average earnings in occupational groups and estimation of appropriate earnings; social justice; self-classification on a top-bottom-scale; occupational status compared to father’s; estimation of own pay’s fairness; perceived and preferred type of society; parents’ occupational group; respondent’s occupational mobility; worth of family assets; respondent’s work ethic in school12.) Environment II (ISSP): the two most urgent problems of the country; attitudes towards the role of private business and government intervention; postmaterialism; general trust in fellow men and politicians; role of science in society; most relevant environmental issue for country and own family; estimate of own knowledge about environmental problems and their solutions; attitudes on the role of science and economic growth regarding environmental issues; willingness to make personal sacrifices to protect environment; assessment of efficacy of own actions to protect environment; assessment of relative danger of environmental problems; attitudes on measures to enforce environmental goals; preferred source of energy for country; environmental policies in a global context; own actions to protect environment; knowledge about reasons for climate change; details about the respondent (years in school, employment, , type of employer, employment status); details about spouse or steady partner (employment; working hours per week; supervisory functions in job, employment status), self-classification on a top-bottom-scale. 13.) Derived indices: Inglehart-Index; International Standard Classification of Occupations (ISCO 1968, 1988); occupational prestige(according to Treiman); Standard International Occupational Prestige Scale (SIOPS, according to Ganzeboom), International Socio-economic Index of Occupational Status (ISEI, according to Ganzeboom); magnitude prestige (according to Wegener); class position (according to Goldthorpe); occupational meta classification (according to Terwey);classification of private households (according to Porst and Funk);family typology; transformation weight for analyses on household level; east-west design weight.
Temporal Coverage
  • 2010-05 / 2010-11
  • 2010-05 / 2010-11
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
  • Germany (DE)
Sample of individuals: Two stage disproportionate random sample in western Germany (incl. West Berlin) and eastern Germany (incl. East Berlin) of all persons (German and non-German) who resided in private households on the day of the interview and were born before 1 January 1992. 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.
Data and File Information
  • Number of Variables: 981
  • Number of Variables: 981
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Update Metadata: 2015-09-02 | Issue Number: 10 | Registration Date: 2011-06-01

Diekmann, Andreas; Fetchenhauer, Detlef; Kühnel, Steffen; Liebig, Stefan; Schmitt-Beck, Rüdiger et. al. (2011): Allgemeine Bevölkerungsumfrage der Sozialwissenschaften ALLBUS 2010. Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.