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ZA4601: ALLBUScompact/GGSScompact 2008 (Allgemeine Bevölkerungsumfrage der Sozialwissenschaften/German General Social Survey 2008)

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  • ZA4601_v2-1-0.dta (Dataset Stata) 2 MBytes
  • ZA4601_v2-1-0.sav (Dataset SPSS) 2 MBytes


  • ZA4600_fb.pdf (Questionnaire) 925 KBytes
  • ZA4602_q.pdf (Questionnaire) 1 MByte


  • ZA4600_cdb.pdf (Variable Report) 4 MBytes
  • ZA4600_cdb_Supplement_Alter.pdf (Codebook) 876 KBytes
  • ZA4600_cdb_Supplement_Erhebungsgebiet.pdf (Codebook) 625 KBytes
  • ZA4600_cdb_Supplement_Geschlecht.pdf (Codebook) 629 KBytes
  • ZA4600_cdb_Supplement_Konfession.pdf (Codebook) 899 KBytes

Other Documents

  • ZA4600_readme.pdf (Other Document) 36 KBytes
  • ZA4601_compare.pdf (Other Document) 173 KBytes
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Bibliographic Citation

Citation Citation GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences (2015): ALLBUScompact/GGSScompact 2008 (Allgemeine Bevölkerungsumfrage der Sozialwissenschaften/German General Social Survey 2008). GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA4601 Data file Version 2.1.0,
Study No.ZA4601
TitleALLBUScompact/GGSScompact 2008 (Allgemeine Bevölkerungsumfrage der Sozialwissenschaften/German General Social Survey 2008)
Current Version2.1.0, 2015-9-8,
Date of Collection03.2008 - 08.2008
Principal Investigator/ Authoring Entity, Institution
  • Andreß, Hans-Jürgen - Universität Köln
  • Diekmann, Andreas - ETH Zürich
  • Feger, Hubert - Freie Universität Berlin
  • Liebig, Stefan - Universität Bielefeld
  • Meulemann, Heiner - Universität Köln
  • Schmitt-Beck, Rüdiger - Universität Mannheim
  • Trappe, Heike - Universität Rostock


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. 4600 (ALLBUS 2008).
Categories Categories
  • Political Attitudes and Behavior
  • Society, Culture
  • Family
  • Occupation, Profession
Topics Topics
  • 1.5 Employment
  • 5.1 Leisure, tourism and sport
  • 5.2 Community, urban and rural life
  • 5.4 Cultural and national identity
  • 5.5 Religion and values
  • 5.6 Social conditions and indicators
  • 5.8 Social behaviour and attitudes
  • 7.8 Specific diseases and medical conditions
  • 9.2 Mass media
  • 11.5 Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
  • 11.6 Government, political systems and organisation
  • 13 Social stratification and groupings
  • 13.3 Family life and marriage
  • 13.4 Gender and gender roles
  • 13.10 Social and occupational mobility


Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
Analysis Unit Analysis Unit
  • Individual
Sampling Procedure Sampling Procedure
  • Probability: Stratified: Disproportional
  • Probability: Multistage
Mode of Collection Mode of Collection
  • Face-to-face interview: Computer-assisted (CAPI/CAMI)
  • Self-administered questionnaire: Computer-assisted (CASI)
Time Method Time Method
  • Cross-section
Kind of Data Kind of Data
  • Numeric
Date of Collection
  • 03.2008 - 08.2008

Errata & Versions

VersionDate, Name, DOI
2.1.0 (current version)2015-9-8 errata corrected
2.0.02011-8-3 fit for ZACAT
1.0.02010-4-13 Version number created automatically (implementation of a uniform versioning policy) (Publication Year unknown)
Errata in current version
Version changes
Changes between version 2.1.0 and it's previous version
DateSubjectDescriptionCorrection Description
2015-10-12V634categorisation of BMI corrected in 6 cases.2015-10-12
2015-10-12Stata: V793, V794, V795respondents with missing information for weighting are recoded to .a2015-10-12
2015-10-12Stata: V11, V15, V17, V18unlabeled missing values recoded from float to integer2015-10-12

Further Remarks

Number of Units: 3469
Number of Variables: 491
Analysis System(s): SPSS, Stata


Relevant full texts
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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.