Data Collection Period:
- May 1992 to June 1992
- Klaus Allerbeck, University of Frankfurt;
- Jutta Allmendinger, University of Munich;
- Walter Müller, University of Mannheim;
- Karl Dieter Opp, University of Hamburg;
- Franz Urban Pappi, University of Mannheim;
- Erwin K. Scheuch, University of Cologne;
- Rolf Ziegler, University of Munich
- Infratest (Munich) and Infratest Burke (Berlin)
Social monitoring of trends in attitudes, behavior, and societal change in the Federal Republic of Germany. The main topics in 1992 are:
- Attitudes towards politics and economy
- Attitudes towards migration and personal migration movements
- National pride
- Attitudes relating to the process of German unification
- Importance of life aspects and job characteristics
- Attitudes towards marriage, family, and partnership
- Questions on AIDS (HIV)
- Religion and world view
- Other topics
- Data on the interview (paradata)
- Social inequality II (ISSP 1992)
- Added value
- Attitudes towards politics and economy: satisfaction with democracy in the Federal Republic; opinion on performance of the German political system (political support); satisfaction with the achievements of the federal and state governments; eligibility to vote, participation in the past federal election; recall of vote in last federal election; voting intention (Sonntagsfrage); political interest; postmaterialism (importance of law and order, fighting rising prices, free expression of opinions, and influence on governmental decisions); political participation; self-placement on a left-right continuum; assessments of the present and future economic situation in Germany and in one's own federal state; assessment of personal present and future economic situation.
- Attitudes towards migration and personal migration movements: attitude towards the influx of eastern European ethnic Germans, asylum seekers, labor from EC or non-EC countries; citizenship; birth in East or West Germany; year of moving between eastern and western Germany; status as immigrant or ethnic German; emigration to another EC country conceivable; length of residence in present state and at present location.
- National pride: pride in German institutions and German achievements; pride in being a German.
- Attitudes relating to the process of German unification: unification is advantageous, for East and West respectively; the future in the East depends on the willingness of eastern Germans to make an effort; attitude towards demand for increased willingness to make sacrifices in the West and more patience in the East; strangeness of citizens in the other part of Germany; pressures to work harder in the East; attitudes towards the Stasi-past of individuals; evaluation of socialism as an idea.
- Importance of life aspects and job characteristics: family and children, work and occupation, free time and recreation, friends and acquaintances, kinship, religion and church, politics and public life, neighborhood; preferred job characteristics (security, income, responsibility, etc.).
- Attitudes towards marriage, family, and partnership: attitude towards family and marriage; attitude towards employment of women and mothers; desired characteristics of children; educational goals; attitude towards abortion.
- Questions on AIDS (HIV): knowledge about the disease AIDS; sources of information on AIDS; attitude towards higher health insurance fees for AIDS-infected people; attitude towards firing infected employees and towards entry refusal for AIDS-infected foreigners; attitude towards a central registration requirement; fear of personal infection and protective measures taken; AIDS-infected people in one's circle of friends.
- Religion and world view: the meaning of life, cosmology, and the belief in Christian God; funeral by church; self-assessment of religiousness; present and former denominational membership of respondent and spouse; baptism of children.
- Other topics: interpersonal trust and trust in politicians; social pessimism and orientation towards the future (anomia); sense of security in the immediate vicinity and farther away (fear of crime); opinions on the personal and general burden through environmental pollution; perceived conflicts in the Federal Republic; fear of unemployment or loss of own business.
- Details about the respondent: gender; month and year of birth, age; geographical origin and citizenship; migration to East or West Germany, interest in migrating to East or West Germany or to another EC country; place of residence (federal state, administrative district, size of municipality, Boustedt-type of municipality) and length of residence; religious denomination, frequency of church attendance; voting intention (Sonntagsfrage), recall of past vote; school education, vocational training; employment status; details about current occupation, length of employment, industrial sector, affiliation to public service, supervisory functions, working hours per week; date of termination of full- or part-time employment; details about former occupation; length of unemployment; respondent's income; marital status.
- Details about respondent's current spouse: cohabitation before marriage; age; school education, vocational training; employment status; details about current and former occupation respectively; date of termination of full- or part-time employment; religious denomination; church marriage.
- Details about respondent's former spouse: age; details about current occupation; religious denomination; church marriage.
- Details about respondent's steady partner: common household; month and year of birth, age; school education, vocational training; employment status; details about current and former occupation respectively; religious denomination.
- Details about respondent's parents: school education of father and mother; father's occupation.
- Description of household: size of household; number of persons older than 17 in household (reduced size of household); household income; number of children; type of dwelling, telephone.
- Details about household members: family relation to respondent; gender; month and year of birth, age; marital status.
- Respondent's current memberships: Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund - DGB (German Confederation of Trade Unions), Deutsche Angestelltengewerkschaft - DAG (German Salaried Employees' Trade Union), Christlicher Gewerkschaftsbund - CGB (Christian Federation of Trade Unions), Union Leitender Angestellter - ULA (Association of Executive Staff), Deutscher Beamtenbund - DBB (German Civil Service Federation), Deutscher Bauernverband (German Farmers Association), retail or trade association, Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie - BDI (Federation of German Industries), association of a liberal profession, other occupational association; choral society, sports club, leisure activity club, local citizens or community club, other social association, association of German expellees or refugees, charitable association, religious/church organization, youth or student organization, political party (plus former membership), citizens' initiative, other club or association).
- Data on the interview (paradata): presence of respondent in the last four days prior to personal interview; length of interview; beginning and end of interview.
- Social inequality II (ISSP): fair share in standard of living; perceived prerequisites for success in society; attitude towards the welfare state and towards social differences; self-classification on a top-bottom-scale; estimation of average earnings in occupational groups and estimation of appropriate earnings.
- Added value: Inglehart-Index; family typology, classification of private households (according to Porst and Funk); International Standard Classification of Occupations (ISCO 1968, 1988); occupational prestige (according to Treiman); magnitude prestige (according to Wegener); occupational metaclassification (according to Pappi and Terwey), class position (according to Goldthorpe); weights.
Total Population and Sample:
- Universe sampled: Federal Republic of Germany
- Household sample: Multi-stage random sample (ADM-Mastersample) of private households in the new and old states addressing all individuals (German and non-German) who were at least 18 years of age by the day of the interview. The basis for selection in western Germany was the ADM-Master-Design as modified by Infratest and in eastern Germany the Infratest Mastersample East, each with subsequent random route. The disproportionate sampling approach was set up such that the West-East relation of usable interviews was about 2:1.
Targeted individuals who did not have adequate knowledge of German to conduct the interview were treated as systematic unit non-responses.
Method of Data Collection:
- Personal interview with standardized questionnaire (PAPI - Paper and Pencil Interviewing)
- additional self-completion questionnaire (drop off) for ISSP
Primary Sampling Units / Sample-Points:
|West:||504||electoral districts (multi-stage random sample based on the 3500 electoral districts from the ADM-Mastersample available to Infratest)|
|East:||297||Sample-Points (from the Infratest mastersample of municipalities)|
|Number of Respondents:||3,548|
|Number of Variables:||555|
- Braun, Michael, Carmen Eilinghoff, Siegfried Gabler and Michael Wiedenbeck 1993:
Methodenbericht zur "Allgemeinen Bevölkerungsumfrage der Sozialwissenschaften" (ALLBUS) 1992. ZUMA Arbeitsbericht 93/01.
- Terwey, Michael 2013:
Oversamples, Units of Analysis, and the Topic of Data Transformation, in: Michael Terwey and Horst Baumann: Variable Report ALLBUS / German General Social Survey Cumulation 1980-2010. Study-No. 4576. Cologne: GESIS, GESIS - Variable Reports; No. 2013/2: x – xvii.
The known literature using ALLBUS-Data is documented in the ALLBUS-Bibliography. This bibliography can be searched online at the GESIS web presence.
- A second version of this data set (268 variables) with a shortened demography module is additionally available as ALLBUScompact 1992 (ZA No. 3716).
- A Digital Object Identifier (DOI) for use in data citations can be found in the GESIS Data Catalogue.