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ZA1335: ALLBUS/GGSS 1980-86 (Kumulierte Allgemeine Bevölkerungsumfrage der Sozialwissenschaften/Cumulated German General Social Survey 1980-86)

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Bibliographic Citation

Citation Citation GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences (2002): ALLBUS/GGSS 1980-86 (Kumulierte Allgemeine Bevölkerungsumfrage der Sozialwissenschaften/Cumulated German General Social Survey 1980-86). GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA1335 Data file Version 1.0.0,
Study No.ZA1335
TitleALLBUS/GGSS 1980-86 (Kumulierte Allgemeine Bevölkerungsumfrage der Sozialwissenschaften/Cumulated German General Social Survey 1980-86)
Current Version1.0.0, 2010-4-13, (Publication Year 2002)
Date of Collection01.1980 - 05.1986
Principal Investigator/ Authoring Entity, Institution
  • Lepsius, M. Rainer - Universität Heidelberg
  • Mayer, Karl U. - Max-Planck-Institut für Bildungsforschung, Berlin
  • Müller, Walter - Universität Mannheim
  • Pappi, Franz U. - Universität Kiel
  • Scheuch, Erwin K. - Universität Köln
  • Ziegler, Rolf - Universität München


AbstractThese surveys were designed to monitor trends in attitudes, behavior, and societal change in the Federal Republic of Germany. The data set contains, with only few exceptions, the full contents of the three single data sets which are archived as ZA Nos. 1000 (ALLBUS 1980), 1160 (ALLBUS 1982) and 1340 (ALLBUS 1984), and parts of ZA No. 1500 (ALLBUS 1986). Those variables from ALLBUS 1986 which had already been part of at least one earlier ALLBUS survey were included in this cumulative file. Topics of these ALLBUS surveys were: Topics: ALLBUS 1980: importance of life aspects and job characteristics; attitude towards and contacts with foreign guest-workers (Gastarbeiter); educational goals; data on friends; assessment of social conflicts in the Federal Republic; contacts with administration as well as attitudes towards administration, family, and the welfare state. ALLBUS 1982: importance of life aspects and job characteristics; educational goals; desired characteristics of children; role of women in the family; attitudes towards abortion; assessment of the economic situation and of social conflicts in the Federal Republic; religious attitudes and participation in church life. ALLBUS 1984: questions on occupational biography; relevance of personal characteristics to social advancement; assessment of welfare state and social inequality; attitudes towards and contacts with foreign guest-workers (Gastarbeiter); confidence in public institutions and organizations; perception of environmental pollution. ALLBUS 1986: importance of life aspects; attitudes towards abortion; assessment of economic situations. For a more detailed description of the questions compare the individual study descriptions. ALLBUS-Demography: Details about the respondent: gender; age; place of residence (federal state, size of municipality, Boustedt-type of municipality); religious denomination, frequency of church attendance; voting intention (Sonntagsfrage); currently at school or university, general education, vocational training; employment status; details about current occupation, industrial sector, supervisory functions, working hours per week, size of company; date of termination of full- or part-time employment; details about first occupation; details about former occupation; length of unemployment; desire for work; principal source of livelihood; respondent´s income; telephone; marital status; marital biography. Details about respondent´s current and former spouse. Details about respondent´s parents: general education of parents; father´s occupation. Composition of household: size of household; household income; type of dwelling, telephone. Details about household members: relation to respondent; gender; month and year of birth, age; marital status; income, German citizenship. Respondent´s current memberships of various unions or trade associations, political parties, religious organizations, citizens´ action groups, and other societies or clubs. Added value: Inglehart-index; International Standard Classification of Occupations (ISCO 1968), occupational prestige (according to Treiman), magnitude prestige (according to Wegener), occupational meta-classification (according to Pappi); weights.
Categories Categories
  • Society, Culture
Topics Topics
  • 1.5 Employment
  • 5.5 Religion and values
  • 5.6 Social conditions and indicators
  • 5.8 Social behaviour and attitudes
  • 11.5 Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
  • 11.7 Elections
  • 14.3 Social welfare systems/structures


Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE), FRG incl. West Berlin
UniversePrivate households addressing all individuals with German citizenship who were at least 18 years of age by the day of the interview.
Analysis Unit Analysis Unit
  • Individual
Sampling Procedure Sampling Procedure
  • Probability: Multistage
Household Sample: Multi-stage random sample (ADM-Mastersample)
Mode of Collection Mode of Collection
  • Face-to-face interview: Paper-and-pencil (PAPI)
Personal interview with standardized questionnaire (PAPI - Paper and Pencil Interviewing)
Time Method Time Method
  • Longitudinal: Trend/Repeated cross-section
Kind of Data Kind of Data
  • Numeric
Date of Collection
  • 01.1980 - 05.1986 (1980: January to February 1982: February to May 1984: March to June 1986: March to May)

Errata & Versions

VersionDate, Name, DOI
1.0.0 (current version)2010-4-13 Version number created automatically (implementation of a uniform versioning policy) (Publication Year unknown)
Errata in current version
2016-5-31Stata: v231, v243, v258, v262, v263, v558, v568, v574For Stata data sets: Unlabeled missing values with decimal places have to be recoded to integer values and labels have to be added. For correction of the Stata dataset a patch was provided together with the Stata dataset. Please download
2016-5-31Stata: v691Respondents with missing information on weighting variables have to be assigned to missing value (.a). For correction of the Stata dataset a patch was provided together with the Stata dataset. Please download
2016-5-31v231Both the value 0 and the value 9 are defined as missing values with the same label.
Version changes

Further Remarks

NotesThe cumulated data set is constructed such that it is relatively easy to analyze identical questions across time. The data has been worked over in numerous details for the cumulation and has been augmented by new, derived variables. Users wishing to use ALLBUS individual surveys 1980, 1982 or 1984 should consider using the cumulation 1980-86 for this purpose. A second version of this data set with a shortened demography module is available as ALLBUScompact 1980-86 (ZA No. 3707).
Number of Units: 12045
Number of Variables: 659
Data Type: -
Analysis System(s): SPSS


  • Braun, Michael; Mohler, Peter Ph.: Die Allgemeine Bevölkerungsumfrage der Sozialwissenschaften (ALLBUS). Rückblick und Ausblick in die neunziger Jahre. In: ZUMA-Nachrichten 29, 1991, S. 7-28.
  • Terwey, Michael: ALLBUS: Das Programm und Erweiterungen des bestehenden Angebots. In: ZA-Information 42, 1998, S. 33-43.
  • Terwey, Michael: ALLBUS: A German General Social Survey. Schmollers Jahrbuch 120, 2000, S. 151-158.
  • Terwey, Michael: Zum aktuellen Wandel im Zugriff auf ALLBUS-Materialien und zur ALLBUS-Nutzung in Publikationen. In: ZA-Information 53, 2003, S. 195-202.
  • Veröffentlichungsreihe "Blickpunkt Gesellschaft": Müller, Walter; Mohler, Peter Ph.; Erbslöh, Barbara; Wasmer, Martina (Hrsg.): Blickpunkt Gesellschaft: Einstellungen und Verhalten der Bundesbürger. Opladen: Westdeutscher Verlag 1990.
  • Mohler, Peter Ph.; Bandilla, Wolfgang (Hrsg.): Blickpunkt Gesellschaft: 2. Einstellungen und Verhalten der Bundesbürger in Ost und West. Opladen: Westdeutscher Verlag 1992.
  • Braun, Michael; Mohler, Peter Ph. (Hrsg.): Blickpunkt Gesellschaft: 3. Einstellungen und Verhalten der Bundesbürger. Opladen: Westdeutscher Verlag 1994.
  • Braun, Michael; Mohler, Peter Ph. (Hrsg.): Blickpunkt Gesellschaft: 4. Soziale Ungleichheit in Deutschland. Opladen: Westdeutscher Verlag 1998.
  • Alba, Richard; Schmidt, Peter; Wasmer, Martina (Hrsg.): Blickpunkt Gesellschaft: 5. Deutsche und Ausländer: Freunde, Fremde oder Feinde? Wiesbaden: Westdeutscher Verlag 2000.
  • Koch, Achim; Wasmer, Martina; Schmidt, Peter (Hrsg.): Blickpunkt Gesellschaft: 6. Politische Partizipation in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland. Empirische Befunde und theoretische Erklärungen. Opladen: Leske + Budrich 2001.
  • Alba, Richard; Schmidt, Peter; Wasmer, Martina (Hrsg.): Germans or Foreigners? Attitudes Towards Ethnic Minorities in Post-Reunification Germany. New York und Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan 2003.
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Research Data Centre
    The German General Social Survey (ALLBUS) collects up-to-date data on attitudes, behavior, and social structure in Germany. Every two years since 1980 a representative cross section of the population is surveyed using both constant and variable questions. The ALLBUS data become available to interested parties for research and teaching as soon as they are processed and documented.