- May 2010 to November 2010
- TNS Infratest Sozialforschung, Munich
- 2827 respondents
- 981 variables
- Andreas Diekmann, ETH Zurich;
- Detlef Fetchenhauer, University of Cologne;
- Steffen Kühnel, University of Göttingen;
- Stefan Liebig, University of Bielefeld, chair;
- Rüdiger Schmitt-Beck, University of Mannheim;
- Heike Trappe, University of Rostock;
- Michael Wagner, University of Cologne
Social monitoring of trends in attitudes, behavior, and societal change in the Federal Republic of Germany.
The main topics in 2010 are:
- Importance of job characteristics
- Social inequality and the welfare state
- Political attitudes
- Social networks and social capital
- Ethnocentrism and minorities
- Attitudes relating to the process of German unification
- Other topics
- Data on the interview (paradata)
- Social Inequality IV (ISSP)
- Environment III (ISSP)
- Added value
- Importance of job characteristics: preferred job characteristics (security, income, career opportunities, prestige, free time, interesting work, autonomy, responsibility, human contact, charitableness, social utility).
- 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; assessment of access to education; perceived prerequisites for success in society; 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).
- 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.
- Economy: assessments of the present and future economic situation in Germany; assessment of present and future personal economic situation.
- Social networks and social capital: interpersonal trust; 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.
- Ethnocentrism and minorities: scale of attitudes towards foreigners 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Details about the interviewer: gender, age, school education, length of experience as an interviewer, identification number.
Total Population and Sample:
- Universe sampled: Federal Republic of Germany
- 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.
Method of Data Collection:
- Personal interview with standardized questionnaire (CAPI - Computer Assisted Personal Interviewing).
- Two additional questionnaires (CASI - Computer Assisted Self-Interviewing) for ISSP (split questionnaire design).
Primary Sampling Units / Sample-Points:
|West:||111||Sample-Points (in 104 municipalities)|
|East:||51||Sample-Points (in 46 municipalities)|
|Total:||34.4 %||(weighted 34.6%)|
- Bens, Arno 2006:
Zur Auswertung haushaltsbezogener Merkmale mit dem ALLBUS 2004, in: ZA-Information 59: 143 - 156.
- Blohm, Michael 2006:
Datenqualität durch Stichprobenverfahren bei der Allgemeinen Bevölkerungsumfrage der Sozialwissenschaften - ALLBUS, in: Frank Faulbaum und Christof Wolf (eds.), Stichprobenqualität in Bevölkerungsumfragen, Bonn: Informationszentrum Sozialwissenschaften 2006: 37 - 54.
- Koch, Achim and Martina Wasmer 2004:
Der ALLBUS als Instrument zur Untersuchung sozialen Wandels: Eine Zwischenbilanz nach 20 Jahren, in: Rüdiger Schmitt-Beck, Martina Wasmer and Achim Koch (eds.), Sozialer und politischer Wandel in Deutschland. Analysen mit ALLBUS-Daten aus zwei Jahrzehnten, Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften: 13 - 42.
- Terwey, Michael 2000:
ALLBUS: A German General Social Survey, in: Schmollers Jahrbuch 120: 151 - 158.
- Terwey, Michael 2003:
Zum aktuellen Wandel im Zugriff auf ALLBUS-Materialien und zur ALLBUS-Nutzung in Publikationen, in: ZA-Information 53: 195 - 202.
- 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.
- Respondents from the area of the new federal states are oversampled.
- A second version of this data set (600 variables) with a shortened demography module is additionally available as ALLBUScompact 2010 (Study-No. 4611, German Version; Study-No. 4613, English version).