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ZA4587: ALLBUScompact/GGSScompact 1980-2016 (Kumulierte Allgemeine Bevölkerungsumfrage der Sozialwissenschaften/ Cumulated German General Social Survey 1980-2016)

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Citation Citation GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences (2018): ALLBUScompact/GGSScompact 1980-2016(Kumulierte Allgemeine Bevölkerungsumfrage der Sozialwissenschaften/Cumulated German General Social Survey 1980-2016). GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA4587 Data file Version 1.0.0,
Study No.ZA4587
TitleALLBUScompact/GGSScompact 1980-2016 (Kumulierte Allgemeine Bevölkerungsumfrage der Sozialwissenschaften/ Cumulated German General Social Survey 1980-2016)
Current Version1.0.0, 2018-7-16,
Date of Collection1980 - 2016
Principal Investigator/ Authoring Entity, Institution
  • Allerbeck, Klaus - Universität Frankfurt
  • Allmendinger, Jutta - Universität München
  • Andreß, Hans-Jürgen - Universität Köln
  • Bauernschuster, Stefan - Universität Passau
  • Bürklin, Wilhelm - Universität Potsdam
  • Diekmann, Andreas - ETH Zürich
  • Feger, Hubert - Freie Universität Berlin
  • Fetchenhauer, Detlef - Universität Köln
  • Hadjar, Andreas - Universität Luxemburg
  • Huinink, Johannes - Universität Bremen
  • Kiefer, Marie Luise - Universität Wien
  • Kreuter, Frauke - Universität München
  • Kühnel, Steffen - Universität Göttingen
  • Kurz, Karin - Universität Göttingen
  • Lepsius, M. Rainer - Universität Heidelberg
  • Liebig, Stefan - Universität Bielefeld
  • Mayer, Karl Ulrich - Max Planck Institut, Berlin
  • Meulemann, Heiner - Universität Köln
  • Müller, Walter - Universität Mannheim
  • Opp, Karl Dieter - Universität Leipzig
  • Pappi, Franz Urban - Universität Mannheim
  • Rosar, Ulrich - Universität Düsseldorf
  • Scheuch, Erwin K. - Universität Köln
  • Schmitt-Beck, Rüdiger - Universität Mannheim
  • Solga, Heike - Universität Göttingen
  • Trappe, Heike - Universität Rostock
  • Wagner, Michael - Universität Köln
  • Wagner, Ulrich - Universität Marburg
  • Westle, Bettina - Universität Marburg
  • Ziegler, Rolf - Universität München


AbstractALLBUScompact is offered as an alternative to the structurally more complex full version of ALLBUS. It addresses the needs of newcomers to data analysis by providing a simplified demography module containing an easily manageable group of the most important demographic indicators. All topical question modules not containing sensitive data are retained as in the ALLBUS full version (scientific use file). For a comprehensive description of study topics please compare Study No. 4586 (ALLBUS/GGSS 1980-2016).
Categories Categories
  • Society, Culture
  • Political Attitudes and Behavior
  • Economic Policy, National Economic Situation
  • Social Policy
  • Person, Personality, Role
  • Family
  • Medicine
  • Communication, Public Opinion, Media
  • Religion and Weltanschauung
  • Natural Environment, Nature


Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
UniversePersons living in private households in the Federal Republic of Germany who were 18 years or older at the time of the survey. As of 1991 the ALLBUS sample also includes foreigners living in Germany. Targeted individuals who did not have adequate knowledge of German to conduct the interview were treated as systematic unit non-responses.
Analysis Unit Analysis Unit
  • Individual
Sampling Procedure Sampling Procedure
  • Probability: Stratified: Disproportional
  • Probability: Multistage
From 1980 to 1992 and in 1998, a multi-stage random sample of private households was conducted addressing all persons who were at least 18 years of age (ADM Sample Design). In 1994, 1996, and from 2000 a two-stage, disproportionate random sample was conducted in West Germany (including West Berlin) and East Germany (including East Berlin), comprising all persons living in private households who were at least 18 years old on 1 January of the year of the survey. 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.
Mode of Collection Mode of Collection
  • Face-to-face interview: Computer-assisted (CAPI/CAMI)
  • Face-to-face interview: Paper-and-pencil (PAPI)
  • Self-administered questionnaire: Computer-assisted (CASI)
  • Self-administered questionnaire: Paper
Personal interview with standardized questionnaire (PAPI – Paper and Pencil Interviewing; since 2000: CAPI – Computer Assisted Personal Interviewing), supplementary data from accompanying ISSP surveys (self-completion questionnaires, drop off).
Time Method Time Method
  • Longitudinal: Trend/Repeated cross-section
Kind of Data Kind of Data
  • Numeric
Data CollectorGETAS, Bremen (1980-84) GFM-GETAS (IPSOS), Hamburg (1988, 1998) INFAS, Bonn (1990, 2002) Infratest, München (1986, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1996, 2000) TNS Infratest, München (2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016)
Date of Collection
  • 1980 - 2016

Errata & Versions

VersionDate, Name, DOI
1.0.0 (current version)2018-7-16 First edition
Errata in current version
Version changes

Further Remarks

Number of Units: 64684
Number of Variables: 1020
Analysis System(s): SPSS, Stata


  • Alba, Richard, Peter Schmidt und Martina Wasmer (Hg.) 2000: Blickpunkt Gesellschaft 5. Deutsche und Ausländer: Freunde, Fremde oder Feinde?, Wiesbaden: Westdeutscher Verlag.
  • Alba, Richard, Peter Schmidt und Martina Wasmer (Hg.) 2003: Germans or Foreigners? Attitudes Towards Ethnic Minorities in Post-Reunification Germany, New York und Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Blohm, Michael 2005: Die Allgemeine Bevölkerungsumfrage der Sozialwissenschaften (ALLBUS), in: Grözinger, Gerd und Wenzel Matiaske (Hg.), Deutschland regional. Sozialwissenschaftliche Daten im Forschungsverbund, München und Mering: Hampp Verlag: 43 - 55.
  • Blohm, Michael, und Achim Koch. 2015: Führt eine höhere Ausschöpfung zu anderen Umfrageergebnissen? Eine experimentelle Studie zum ALLBUS 2008, in Schupp, Jürgen und Christof Wolf (Hg.), Nonresponse Bias: Qualitätssicherung sozialwissenschaftlicher Umfragen, Schriftenreihe der ASI - Arbeitsgemeinschaft Sozialwissenschaftlicher Institute, Wiesbaden: Springer VS: 85 - 129.
  • Braun, Michael und Peter Ph. Mohler (Hg.) 1994: Blickpunkt Gesellschaft 3. Einstellungen und Verhalten der Bundesbürger, Opladen: Westdeutscher Verlag.
  • Braun, Michael und Peter Ph. Mohler (Hg.) 1998: Blickpunkt Gesellschaft 4. Soziale Ungleichheit in Deutschland, Opladen: Westdeutscher Verlag.
  • Koch, Achim, und Martina Wasmer. 2004: Der ALLBUS als Instrument zur Untersuchung sozialen Wandels: Eine Zwischenbilanz nach 20 Jahren. In Sozialer und politischer Wandel in Deutschland. Analysen mit ALLBUS-Daten aus zwei Jahrzehnten, in Schmitt-Beck, Rüdiger, Wasmer, Martina und Achim Koch (Hg.), Blickpunkt Gesellschaft 7, Wiesbaden: VS Verl. für Sozialwissenschaften: 13-41.
  • Koch, Achim, Martina Wasmer und Peter Schmidt (Hg.) 2001: Blickpunkt Gesellschaft 6. Politische Partizipation in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland. Empirische Befunde und theoretische Erklärungen, Opladen: Leske + Budrich.
  • Mohler, Peter Ph. und Wolfgang Bandilla (Hg.) 1992: Blickpunkt Gesellschaft 2. Einstellungen und Verhalten der Bundesbürger in Ost und West, Opladen: Westdeutscher Verlag.
  • Müller, Walter, Peter Ph. Mohler, Barbara Erbslöh und Martina Wasmer (Hg.) 1990: Blickpunkt Gesellschaft. Einstellungen und Verhalten der Bundesbürger, Opladen: Westdeutscher Verlag.
  • Schmitt-Beck, Rüdiger, Martina Wasmer und Achim Koch (Hg.) 2004: Blickpunkt Gesellschaft 7. Sozialer und politischer Wandel in Deutschland. Analysen mit ALLBUS-Daten aus zwei Jahrzehnten, Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften.
  • Wasmer, Martina, Michael Blohm, Jessica G. Walter, Regina Jutz, und Evi Scholz. 2017: Konzeption und Durchführung der "Allgemeinen Bevölkerungsumfrage der Sozialwissenschaften" (ALLBUS) 2014. GESIS Papers 2017/20. Köln: GESIS.
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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.