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ZA2140: ALLBUS/GGSS 1992 (Allgemeine Bevölkerungsumfrage der Sozialwissenschaften/German General Social Survey 1992)

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ALLBUS 1992, Allgemeine Bevölkerungsumfrage der Sozialwissenschaften
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Citation Citation GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences (2014): ALLBUS/GGSS 1992 (Allgemeine Bevölkerungsumfrage der Sozialwissenschaften/German General Social Survey 1992). GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA2140 Data file Version 2.0.0,
Study No.ZA2140
TitleALLBUS/GGSS 1992 (Allgemeine Bevölkerungsumfrage der Sozialwissenschaften/German General Social Survey 1992)
Current Version2.0.0, 2014-4-16,
Date of Collection05.1992 - 06.1992
Principal Investigator/ Authoring Entity, Institution
  • Allerbeck, Klaus R. - Universität Frankfurt
  • Allmendinger, Jutta - Universität München
  • Müller, Walter - Universität Mannheim
  • Opp, Karl-Dieter - Universität Hamburg
  • Pappi, Franz U. - Universität Mannheim
  • Scheuch, Erwin K. - Universität Köln
  • Ziegler, Rolf - Universität München


Abstract1.) Attitudes towards politics and economy: satisfaction with democracy in the Federal Republic; opinion on performance of the German political system (political support); satisfaction with the achievements of the federal and state governments; eligibility to vote, participation in the past election; recall of past vote; voting intention (Sonntagsfrage); political interest; postmaterialism (importance of law and order, fighting rising prices, free expression of opinions, and influence on governmental decisions); political participation; self-placement on a left-right continuum; assessments of the present and future economic situation in Germany and in one´s own federal state; assessment of personal present and future economic situation. 2.) Attitudes towards migration and personal migration movements: attitude towards the influx of eastern European ethnic Germans, asylum seekers, labor from EC or non-EC countries; citizenship; birth in East or West Germany; year of moving between eastern and western Germany; status as immigrant or ethnic German; emigration to another EC country conceivable; length of residence in present state and at present location. 3.) National pride: pride in German institutions and German achievements; pride in being a German. 4.) Attitudes relating to the process of German re-unification: more advantages for East or West through German unification; the future in the East depends on the willingness of eastern Germans to make an effort; attitude towards demand for increased willingness to make sacrifices in the West and more patience in the East; strangeness of citizens in the other part of Germany; pressures to work harder in the East; attitudes towards the Stasi-past of individuals; valuation of socialism as an idea. 5.) Importance of life aspects and job characteristics: family and children, work and occupation, free time and recreation, friends and acquaintances, kinship, religion and church, politics and public life, neighborhood; preferred job characteristics (security, income, responsibility, etc.). 6.) Attitudes towards marriage, family, and partnership: attitude towards family and marriage; attitude towards employment of women and mothers; desired characteristics of children; educational goals; attitude towards abortion. 7.) Questions on AIDS (HIV): knowledge about the disease AIDS; sources of information on AIDS; attitude towards higher health insurance fees for AIDS-infected people; attitude towards firing infected employees and towards entry refusal for AIDS-infected foreigners; attitude towards a central registration requirement; fear of personal infection and protective measures taken; AIDS-infected people in one´s circle of friends. 8.) Religioun and world view: the meaning of life, cosmology, and the belief in Christian God; funeral by church; self-assessment of religiousness; present and former denominational membership of respondent and spouse; baptism of children. 9.) Other topics: general trust in fellow men and politicians; social pessimism and orientation towards the future (anomia); sense of security in the immediate vicinity and farther away (fear of crime); opinions on the personal and general burden through environmental pollution; perceived conflicts in the Federal Republic; fear of unemployment or loss of own business. 10.) ALLBUS-Demography: Details about the respondent: gender; month and year of birth, age; geographical origin and citizenship; migration to East or West Germany, interest in migrating to East or West Germany or to another EC country; place of residence (federal state, administrative region, size of municipality, Boustedt-type of municipality) and length of residence; religious denomination, frequency of church attendance; voting intention (Sonntagsfrage), vote in last election; general education, vocational training; employment status; details about current occupation, length of employment, industrial sector, affiliation to public service, supervisory functions, working hours per week; date of termination of full- or part-time employment; details about former occupation; length of unemployment; respondent´s income; marital status. Details about respondent´s current spouse: cohabitation before marriage; age; general education, vocational training; employment status; details about current and former occupation respectively; date of termination of full- or part-time employment; religious denomination; church marriage. Details about respondent´s former spouse: age; details about current occupation; religious denomination; church marriage. Details about respondent´s steady extra-marital partner: common household; month and year of birth, age; general education, vocational training; employment status; details about current and former occupation respectively; religious denomination. Details about respondent´s parents: general education of father and mother; father´s occupation. Composition of household: size of household; number of persons older than 17 in household (reduced size of household); household income; number of children; type of dwelling, telephone. Details about household members: relation to respondent; gender; month and year of birth, age; marital status. Respondent´s current memberships (Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund (DGB, blue-collar union), Deutsche Angestelltengewerkschaft (DAG, white-collar union), Christlicher Gewerkschaftsbund (CGB, Christian union), Union Leitender Angestellter (ULA, association of managers), Deutscher Beamtenbund (DBB, public service union), farmer´s association, trade association, Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie (BDI, association of German industry), association of a liberal profession, other occupational association; choral society, sports club, leisure activity club, local history or community club, other social association, association of German expellees or refugees, charitable association, religious/church organization, youth or student organization, political party (plus former membership), citizens´ action group, other club or association). 11.) Data on the interview (paradata): presence of respondent in the last four days prior to personal interview; length of interview; beginning and end of interview. 12.) Social inequality II (ISSP): fair share in standard of living; most important prerequisites for success in society; attitude towards the welfare state and towards social differences; self-classification on a top-bottom-scale; estimation of average earnings in occupational groups and estimation of appropriate earnings. 13.) Added value: Inglehart-index; family typology, classification of private households (according to Porst and Funk); International Standard Classification of Occupations (ISCO 1968, 1988); occupational prestige (according to Treiman); magnitude prestige (according to Wegener); occupational meta-classification (according to Pappi and Terwey), class position (according to Goldthorpe); weights.
Categories Categories
  • Society, Culture
Topics Topics
  • 1.5 Employment
  • 2.2 Migration
  • 5.4 Cultural and national identity
  • 5.5 Religion and values
  • 5.6 Social conditions and indicators
  • 7.8 Specific diseases and medical conditions
  • 11.5 Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
  • 11.6 Government, political systems and organisation
  • 11.7 Elections
  • 13 Social stratification and groupings
  • 13.3 Family life and marriage
  • 13.5 Equality and inequality
  • 13.7 Children
  • 17.6 Economic systems and development


Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
UniversePrivate households in the new and old states addressing all individuals (German and non-German) who were at least 18 years of age by the day of the interview
Analysis Unit Analysis Unit
  • Individual
Sampling Procedure Sampling Procedure
  • Probability: Stratified: Disproportional
  • Probability: Multistage
Household sample: Multi-stage random sample (ADM-Mastersample). The basis for selection in western Germany was the ADM-Master-Design as modified by Infratest and in eastern Germany the Infratest Mastersample East, each with subsequent random route. The disproportionate sampling approach was set up such that the West-East relation of usable interviews was about 2:1. 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: Paper-and-pencil (PAPI)
  • Self-administered questionnaire: Paper
Personal interview with standardized questionnaire (PAPI - Paper and Pencil Interviewing), additional self-completion questionnaire (drop off) for ISSP
Time Method Time Method
  • Cross-section
Kind of Data Kind of Data
  • Numeric
Date of Collection
  • 05.1992 - 06.1992

Errata & Versions

VersionDate, Name, DOI
2.0.0 (current version)2014-4-16 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
2016-5-31Stata: V167, V168, V177, V190, V191, V222, V223, V233, V234, V246, V247, V276, V277, V287, V288, V297, V298For 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: V554Respondents 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

Further Remarks

NotesA second version of this data set with a shortened demography module is available as ALLBUScompact 1992 (ZA No. 3716).
Number of Units: 3548
Number of Variables: 556
Data Type: -
Analysis System(s): SPSS, Stata


  • 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.