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ZA4589: German General Social Survey (ALLBUScompact) - Cumulation 1980-2016

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Citation Citation GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences (2019): German General Social Survey (ALLBUScompact) - Cumulation 1980-2016. GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA4589 Data file Version 1.0.0,
Study No.ZA4589
TitleGerman General Social Survey (ALLBUScompact) - Cumulation 1980-2016
Current Version1.0.0, 2019-8-7,
Date of Collection1980 - 2016
Principal Investigator/ Authoring Entity, Institution
  • Klaus Allerbeck - University of Frankfurt
  • Jutta Allmendinger - University of Munich
  • Hans-Jürgen Andreß - University of Cologne
  • Stefan Bauernschuster - University of Passau
  • Wilhelm Bürklin - University of Potsdam
  • Andreas Diekmann - ETH Zurich
  • Hubert Feger - Free University of Berlin
  • Detlef Fetchenhauer - University of Cologne
  • Andreas Hadjar - University of Luxemburg
  • Johannes Huinink - University of Bremen
  • Marie Luise Kiefer - University of Vienna
  • Frauke Kreuter - University of Munich
  • Steffen Kühnel - University of Göttingen
  • Karin Kurz - University of Göttingen
  • M. Rainer Lepsius - University of Heidelberg
  • Stefan Liebig - University of Bielefeld
  • Karl Ulrich Mayer - Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin
  • Heiner Meulemann - University of Cologne
  • Walter Müller - University of Mannheim
  • Karl Dieter Opp - University of Leipzig
  • Franz Urban Pappi - University of Mannheim
  • Ulrich Rosar - University of Düsseldorf
  • Erwin K. Scheuch - University of Cologne
  • Rüdiger Schmitt-Beck - University of Mannheim
  • Heike Solga - University of Göttingen
  • Heike Trappe - University of Rostock
  • Michael Wagner - University of Cologne
  • Ulrich Wagner - University of Marburg
  • Bettina Westle - University of Marburg
  • Rolf Ziegler - University of Munich


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. 4588 (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
  • Natural Environment, Nature


Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
UniverseUniverse sampled: Resident population of the Federal Republic of Germany (until 1990: West Germany including West Berlin). 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, Munich (1986, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1996, 2000) TNS Infratest, Munich (2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016)
Date of Collection
  • 1980 - 2016

Errata & Versions

VersionDate, Name, DOI
1.0.0 (current version)2019-8-7 first archive edition
Errata in current version
Version changes

Further Remarks

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


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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.