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International Social Survey Programme

Data and Documentation

On the following pages, you will find detailed additional information on each module, such as the Source Questionnaire, Codebooks and Study Monitoring Reports with direct links to the data and documentation.

In addition, for each module there is information on the participating countries, their sample sizes and field periods, access to national questionnaires, and documentation on the ISSP background variables (from 2004 on). The News section on each module page provides information on current data updates.

ISSP Modules by Topic



Aspects of citizenship like citizen rights and obligations, participation, tolerance, group membership, trust, empowerment, political interest, evaluation of institutions, satisfaction with democracy and global vs. national citizenship



Attitudes towards environment related issues, environmental protection, respondents' behavior and respondents' preferences regarding governmental measures on environmental protection

Family and Changing Gender Roles

1988199420022012, 2022

Attitudes towards women’s employment, marriage, children and financial support, household management and partnership

Health and Healthcare

2011, 2021

Health and well-being, experiences with health care, trust in the health care system, importance of various health care fields, conventional vs. alternative medicine, and satisfaction with health care services

Leisure Time and Sports


Leisure time activities, the subjective meaning of leisure time, and its relation to work and other spheres of life, sociological aspects of sports, social determinants, and consequences of leisure

National Identity


Respondents’ global, national or ethnic identification, aspects of national pride and support for their own nation, attitudes towards national and international issues, attitudes towards foreigners and foreign cultures



Religious attitudes and beliefs, religious socialization, past and current religious practices, religion and governmental connections and aspects of secularization

Role of Government


Attitudes towards government responsibilities and government spending, state intervention in the economy, civil liberties, political interest, trust and efficacy

Social Inequality


Attitudes towards income inequality, views on earnings and incomes, legitimation of inequality, career advancement by means of family background and networks, social cleavages and conflict, and current and past social position

Social Networks


Contacts with family members and friends, participation in associations and groups, duties and rights in social networks and social trust

Work Orientation


Employment arrangements, job characteristics, subjective experience of job, outcome of work, work-life balance, work centrality, and solidarity and conflict in work relations

Under development:

2021 Health and Healthcare II (see questionnaire). First partial data release expected in spring 2024, final release in summer 2024.
2022 Family and Changing Gender Roles V (see questionnaire). First partial data release expected in spring 2025, final release in summer 2025.
2023 National Identity & Citizenship (see questionnaire). First partial data release expected in winter 2025, final release in spring 2026.
2024 Digital Societies (see questionnaire). First partial data release expected in spring 2026, final release in summer 2026.


2025 Work Orientation V
2026 Role of Government VI

List of all available ISSP data sets (91 kB)

Description of the procedure for developing and processing the annual survey

Information on ISSP background variables ex-post harmonized according to the specific guidelines.

Overview of publications on research based on ISSP data and the survey program itself.