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ZA5242: German General Social Survey - ALLBUS 2014

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Citation Citation GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences (2018): German General Social Survey - ALLBUS 2014. GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA5242 Data file Version 1.1.0,
Study No.ZA5242
TitleGerman General Social Survey - ALLBUS 2014
Current Version1.1.0, 2018-9-14,
Date of Collection24.03.2014 - 13.09.2014
Principal Investigator/ Authoring Entity, Institution
  • Andreas Diekmann - ETH Zürich
  • Detlef Fetchenhauer - Universität zu Köln
  • Frauke Kreuter - Universität München
  • Karin Kurz - Universität Göttingen
  • Stefan Liebig - Universität Bielefeld
  • Michael Wagner - Universität zu Köln
  • Bettina Westle - Universität Marburg


AbstractSocial monitoring of trends in attitudes, behavior, and societal change in the Federal Republic of Germany. ALLBUS/GGSS 2014 is an English translation of the original German survey ALLBUS 2014 (ZA5240). The main topics in 2014 are: 1.) Free time activities and media use 2.) Social inequality and the welfare state 3.) Attitudes towards marriage, family and partnership 4.) Political attitudes 5.) Health 6.) Other topics 7.) ALLBUS-Demography 8.) Data on the interview (paradata) 9.) National Identity III (ISSP) 10.) Citizenship II (ISSP) 11.) Added value Topics: 1). Free time activities and media use: reading books; listening to music; using the internet; online chats and social networks; playing computer games; relaxing, being lazy; walking or hiking; yoga, meditation; going to restaurants etc.; visiting friends; visiting relatives; playing games; making music; doing other artistic activities; do it yourself; active sport; attending sports events; going to the cinema, to pop concerts, jazz or dance events; classic culture (opera, classical concerts, theater); visiting museums or exhibitions; attending public festivals or fairs; private music lessons; private lessons in other artistic skills; membership status of respondent in various clubs and organizations (cultural or arts associations, sports clubs, leisure activity clubs, charitable associations, pacifist or human rights organizations, environmental or animal welfare groups, health groups, parents organizations, senior citizens associations, citizens’ initiatives); membership in informal groups; musical preferences: folk music (German or other cultures), German pop music (‘Schlager’) , pop or what is in the charts, rock, heavy metal, electronic music (house, techno etc.), hip hop / soul / reggae, classical music, opera, musicals, jazz; preferred television genres: variety or quiz shows, sports, movies, news broadcasts, political magazines, art and culture programs, crime fiction, family and entertainment programs. 2.) Social inequality and the welfare state: self-assessment of social class; fair share in standard of living; attitudes towards the welfare state and social inequality; assessment of access to education; perceived prerequisites for success in society; attitudes towards social differences and conditions for success; evaluation of personal social security; stance on extension or reduction in social services; attitudes towards different ideas of social justice. 3.) Attitudes towards marriage, family and partnership: family as a prerequisite for happiness; marriage in case of steady partnership or if child was born; desire to have children. 4.) Political attitudes: interpersonal trust; political interest; postmaterialism (importance of law and order, fighting rising prices, free expression of opinions, and influence on governmental decisions); self-placement on left-right continuum; political support (satisfaction with democracy in Germany). 5.) Health: overall health; physical and psychological shape during the last four weeks; health problems impact on everyday life; chronic illnesses; been sick in the last four weeks; reason for and frequency of seeing a doctor in the last three months; time spent in hospital during the last 12 months; officially recognized disability level; smoking habits; height and weight; consumption of various foodstuffs and beverages; affectedness by unhealthy working conditions; mobbing; impact of noise and air pollution on living conditions. 6.) Other topics: assessment of the present and future economic situation in Germany; assessment of present and future personal economic situation; overall life satisfaction. 7.) ALLBUS-Demography: Details about the respondent: month and year of birth, age, gender, place of residence (federal state, administrative district, size of municipality, BIK-type of region), self-description of place of residence, overall health, school education, vocational training, university degree, employment status, details about current and former occupation respectively, affiliation to public service, supervisory functions, working hours per week (primary and secondary job), fixed-term or permanent employment contract, size of workplace, fear of unemployment, status of non-employment, length of unemployment, occupational position compared to father and to mother, date of termination of full- or part-time employment, details about first occupation, marital status, citizenship (nationality), number of citizenships, geographical origin, length of residence and mobility, lived with parents when child, respondent´s income, number of books in own home and in childhood home, parents‘ attendance of cultural events, religious denomination, frequency of church attendance, membership in a political party or trade union, electoral participation, voting intention (Sonntagsfrage). Description of household: size of household, number of persons older than 17 in household (reduced size of household), household income, types of income in household, principal source of income, real estate assets, other assets, number of books in household, type of dwelling, size of dwelling place, cat or dog in the household. Details about household members: family relation to respondent, gender, age, marital status; type of school currently attended by children, children´s school education, children´s university degree. Details about children not living in the household: gender, age, type of school currently attended, school education, university degree. Details about respondent´s current spouse: age, school education, vocational training, university degree, employment status, details about current occupation, status of non-employment. Details about respondent´s steady partner: age, school education, vocational training, university degree, employment status, details about current occupation, status of non-employment, common household. Details about children not living in the household: number of children not living in the household, gender, age, school education, university degree. Details about respondent´s parents: country of origin, school education, vocational training, details about parents´ occupation. 8.) Data on the interview (paradata): date of interview; beginning and end of interview; length of interview; presence of third persons (spouse, partner, children, other family, other person) during interview; interference of other persons in the course of the interview; willingness to cooperate and reliability of information from respondent; respondent followed interview on screen; details about respondent´s residential building and assessment of respondent´s neighborhood; number of attempts to contact the respondent; participation in other surveys during preceding 12 months; willingness to participate in further survey. Details about the interviewer: gender, age, school education of interviewer; identification number, length of experience as an interviewer. 9.) National Identity III: identification with one´s place of residence, the federal state, Germany and Europe; criteria for being German; attitudes toward Germany; reasons for being proud of Germany; relative importance of national interest and international cooperation; attitudes towards immigrants; assimilation or multicultural society; perceived pros and cons of migration; support for more or for less migration; perceived consequences of patriotism. Ethnic self-identification; years of education in school and university (not including vocational training); employment status; supervisory functions; type of employer; employment status of partner; self-assessment of social class (top-bottom scale); electoral participation; recall of vote in last federal election; self-assessment of attractiveness. 10.) Citizenship II: qualities of a good citizen; freedom of assembly for religious fanatics, revolutionaries and ethnocentrists; political participation; media use for political information; social integration and membership in groups or organizations; relative importance of various civil rights; political alienation; level of political awareness; subjective assessment of political influence (political efficacy); political interest; self-assessment on a left-right-continuum; interpersonal trust and trust in politicians; frequency of discussing politics; political parties and participation of citizens in political life; assessment of the electoral process; assessment of commitment to serve the people and corruption in public service; working of democracy at the moment, 10 years ago, in 10 years. Ethnic self-identification; years of education in school and university (not including vocational training); employment status; supervisory functions; type of employer; employment status of partner; self-assessment of social class (top-bottom scale); electoral participation; recall of vote in last federal election; self-assessment of attractiveness. 11.) Added value: Inglehart-Index; Body-Mass-Index; International Standard Classification of Occupations (ISCO) 1988 and 2008; Standard International Occupational Prestige Scale (SIOPS, according to Ganzeboom), International Socio-economic Index of Occupational Status (ISEI, according to Ganzeboom); occupational metaclassification (according to Terwey); International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) 1997 and 2011; per capita income; equivalised income (OECD-modified scale); family typology, classification of private households (according to Porst and Funk); transformation weight for analyses on household level; east-west design weight.
Topics Topics
  • 1.5 Employment
  • 2.2 Migration
  • 5.1 Leisure, tourism and sport
  • 5.3 Cultural activities and participation
  • 5.4 Cultural and national identity
  • 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
  • 13.3 Family life and marriage
  • 13.5 Equality and inequality
  • 13.9 Social exclusion
  • 13.10 Social and occupational mobility
  • 17.2 Income, property and investment/saving


Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
Analysis Unit Analysis Unit
  • Individual
Sampling Procedure Sampling Procedure
  • Probability: Stratified: Disproportional
  • Probability: Multistage
Two stage disproportionate random sample in western Germany (incl. West Berlin) and eastern Germany (incl. East Berlin) from all persons (German and non-German) who resided in private households and were born before 1 January 1996. 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. Targeted individuals who did not have adequate knowledge of German to conduct the interview were treated as systematic unit non-responses.
Mode of Collection Mode of Collection
  • Face-to-face interview: Computer-assisted (CAPI/CAMI)
  • Self-administered questionnaire: Computer-assisted (CASI)
Personal interview with standardized questionnaire (CAPI – Computer Assisted Personal Interviewing) and two additional self-completion questionnaires (CASI – Computer Assisted Self-Interviewing) for ISSP (split questionnaire design).
Time Method Time Method
  • Cross-section
Kind of Data Kind of Data
  • Numeric
Data CollectorTNS Infratest Sozialforschung, Munich
Date of Collection
  • 24.03.2014 - 13.09.2014

Errata & Versions

VersionDate, Name, DOI
1.1.0 (current version)2018-9-14 Release1-1-0
1.0.02016-1-19 first archive edition
Errata in current version
2016-4-8Only for Stata-data set: V70, V112, V114, V118, V135, V137, V150, V152, V168, V170, V279, V328, V330, V365, V367, V395, V397, V407, V409, V613, V615, V618, V723, V804Unlabeled 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
2016-4-8Only for Stata-data set: V871, V872, V873Respondents 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
Version changes
Changes between version 1.1.0 and it's previous version
DateSubjectDescriptionCorrection Description
2016-7-13V609Code 42 ´Alternative for Germany <“AfD (Alternative für Deutschland”>´ was unlabeled. 2018-9-14Value Label for code 42 ´AFD´ added.
2017-1-11v338The value labels for v338 PARTNER: AGE, CATEGORIZED were incorrect. 2108-9-14The value labels were amended to: 0 ´NOT APPLICABLE´ 1 ´UNDER 18 YEARS´ 2 ´18-29 YEARS´ 3 ´30-44 YEARS´ 4 ´45-59 YEARS´ 5 ´60-74 YEARS´ 6 ´OVER 74 YEARS´ 9 ´NO ANSWER´
2017-1-11v301The value labels for v301 PRESENT SPOUSE: AGE, CATEGORIZED were incorrect. 2018-9-14The value labels were amended to: 0 ´NOT APPLICABLE´ 1 ´UNDER 18 YEARS´ 2 ´18-29 YEARS´ 3 ´30-44 YEARS´ 4 ´45-59 YEARS´ 5 ´60-74 YEARS´ 6 ´OVER 74 YEARS´ 9 ´NO ANSWER´

Further Remarks

Number of Units: 3471
Number of Variables: 861
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.