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ZA3700: ALLBUS/GGSS 2002 (Allgemeine Bevölkerungsumfrage der Sozialwissenschaften/German General Social Survey 2002)

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ALLBUS 2002, Allgemeine Bevölkerungsumfrage der Sozialwissenschaften
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Citation Citation GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences (2011): ALLBUS/GGSS 2002 (Allgemeine Bevölkerungsumfrage der Sozialwissenschaften/German General Social Survey 2002). GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA3700 Data file Version 2.0.0,
Study No.ZA3700
TitleALLBUS/GGSS 2002 (Allgemeine Bevölkerungsumfrage der Sozialwissenschaften/German General Social Survey 2002)
Current Version2.0.0, 2011-8-10,
Date of Collection02.2002 - 08.2002
Principal Investigator/ Authoring Entity, Institution
  • Andreß, Hans-Jürgen - Universität Bielefeld
  • Bürklin, Wilhelm - Universität Potsdam
  • Diekmann, Andreas - Universität Zürich
  • Feger, Hubert - Freie Universität Berlin
  • Huinink, Johannes - Universität Bremen
  • Meulemann, Heiner - Universität Köln
  • Solga, Heike - Max-Planck-Institut für Bildungsforschung


Abstract1.) Attitudes towards marriage, family, and partnership: family as prerequisite for happiness; marriage in case of steady partnership or if child was born. 2.) Personal and collective values: basic personal goals (law and order, standard of living, power and influence, fantasy and creativity, security, help marginalized social groups, ability to assert oneself, satisfaction of personal needs, industry and ambition, tolerance, political engagement, hedonism, faith in God, occupational achievement, self-realization); values of an ideal society (industry and achievement, take responsibility for fellow men; conformity, being self-assured and critical, laissez-faire, security and prosperity, political participation, self- realization, religiousness). 3.) Attitudes towards politics and economy: political participation; party inclination; confidence in public institutions and organizations (public health service, federal constitutional court, federal parliament (Bundestag), churches, judiciary, television, newspapers, universities, federal government, the police, political parties); likelihood of voting for different political parties; political interest; postmaterialism (importance of law and order, fighting rising prices, free expression of opinions, and influence on governmental decisions); self-placement on a left-right continuum; political support (satisfaction with democracy in Germany); assessment of the present and future economic situation in Germany; assessment of present and future personal economic situation. 4.) Attitudes towards and contacts with foreigners living in Germany: citizenships; scale of attitudes towards foreigners; contacts with foreigners living in Germany within the family, at work, in the neighborhood, or among friends. 5.) Religion and world view: the meaning of life, cosmology, and the belief in Christian God; funeral by church; self-assessment of religiousness; frequency of meditation; attitude towards religiousness; religious indifference; thinking about metaphysical questions; experience with and attitude towards different forms of belief, parabelief and superstition; religion vs. science; religious tolerance; belief in God; support for the teaching of Islam in public schools; attitude towards person with different faiths marrying into the family; religious doctrines; personal religious revival; sins and sinning; marriage in church; frequency of church attendance; present and former denominational membership; affiliation to a non-Christian religion; frequency of praying; reception of Christian sacraments; interest in Christian programs in the media; baptism; denominational membership and frequency of church attendance of children and respondent´s partner; denominational membership and frequency of church attendance of parents; religiousness of parents. 6.) Other topics: self-assessment of social class; fair share in standard of living; trust in fellow men and politicians; social pessimism and orientation towards the future (anomia); opinion on various deviant acts with reference to their reprehensibility; national pride; authoritarianism; volunteering; experience with and attitude towards survey research. 7.) ALLBUS-Demography: Details about the respondent: gender, month and year of birth, age; general education, vocational training, employment status, details about current occupation, affiliation to public service, supervisory functions, working hours per week, length of unemployment, details about former occupation, date of termination of full- or part-time employment; marital status, divorces; geographical origin and personal mobility, length of residence, citizenships; respondent´s income; membership in a political party or trade union; voting intention (Sonntagsfrage), recall of past vote; place of residence (federal state, administrative region, size of municipality; BIK-type of region). Details about respondent´s current spouse: age, general education, vocational training, employment status, details about current occupation, status of non-employment. Details about respondent´s steady extra-marital partner: age, general education, vocational training, employment status, details about current occupation, status of non-employment. Details about respondent´s parents: general education, university education, religious denomination, frequency of church attendance, religiousness, details about father´s occupation. Composition of household: size of household, number of persons older than 17 in household (reduced size of household), household income, type of dwelling. Details about household members: relation to respondent, gender, age, marital status, baptism, religious denomination, frequency of church attendance. Details about children not living in the household: gender, age, baptism, religious denomination, frequency of church attendance. 8.) Data on the interview (paradata): length of interview; date of interview; frequency of corrections of the interviewer; presence of other persons during interview (presence of spouse, partner, children, members of the family, other persons); interference of other persons in the course of the interview; willingness of respondent to cooperate; reliability of information from respondent; influence of the incentive on willingness to participate; willingness to participate in panel; reachability of respondent; details about respondent´s residential building; participation in additional ISSP-survey. Data on the interviewer: gender, age, general education, identification of interviewer, experience as interviewer. 9.) Social relations and support systems (ISSP): frequency of personal contacts (visits, meetings) and non-personal contacts (by telephone, mail, fax or e-mail) with parents, siblings and own children; commuting time for visits to mother; number of contacts with relatives. Number of close friends at work, in the neighborhood, and in other areas apart from these; gender of best friend; frequency of personal and non-personal contacts with this best friend; important traits of close friends; politics as conversational topic with friends. Involvement in activities of different groups and organizations (political party, trade union, church, club, neighborhood group and others); first and second contact for help with shopping etc. when ill, with financial problems, or when depressed; help given personally (with shopping, financial problems, when s.o. is depressed, or is looking for work); how respondent first heard about current job; opinions on the obligation or commitment to help; opinion on the state´s responsibility to provide childcare facilities and to secure citizen´s standard of living; estimation of personal happiness in life; feeling of overextension; trust in fellow men; length of residence; influence on local issues and on politics in general; self-assessment of social class; number of underage children. 10.) Family and changing gender roles (ISSP): attitude towards employment of mothers and married women; role distribution of man and woman in occupation and household; preferred extent of employment for women during different stages of child raising; attitudes towards marriage, single-parenting, cohabitation before marriage, and divorce; views on the significance of children in life; views on paid maternal leave and on financial aid for working parents; management of income in marriage or partnership; allocation of duties in the household and in family matters; principal earner; stress caused by family, work, household duties; estimation of general personal happiness; satisfaction with employment situation and family life; employment of mother during childhood of respondent; gainful employment in various phases of child raising; self-classification on a top-bottom-scale; partner affiliated to public service; working hours per week of partner. 11.) Added value: Inglehart-index; family typology, classification of households (according to Porst and Funk); International Standard Classification of Occupations (ISCO 1968, 1988); occupational prestige (according to Treiman); SIOPS (according to Ganzeboom); ISEI (according to Ganzeboom); magnitude prestige (according to Wegener); occupational classification (according to Terwey); class position (according to Goldthorpe); weights.
Categories Categories
  • Society, Culture
Topics Topics
  • 2.2 Migration
  • 5.5 Religion and values
  • 5.7 Social change
  • 5.8 Social behaviour and attitudes
  • 11.5 Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
  • 11.6 Government, political systems and organisation
  • 13.3 Family life and marriage
  • 13.4 Gender and gender roles


Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
UniverseAll persons (German and non-German) who resided in private households and were born before 1 January 1984
Analysis Unit Analysis Unit
  • Individual
Sampling Procedure Sampling Procedure
  • Probability: Stratified: Disproportional
  • Probability: Multistage
Sample of individuals: Two stage disproportionate random sample in western Germany (incl. West Berlin) and eastern Germany (incl. East Berlin). 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: Paper
Personal interview with standardized questionnaire (CAPI - Computer Assisted Personal Interviewing) and additional self-completion questionnaire (drop off) for ISSP (two split-versions).
Time Method Time Method
  • Cross-section
Kind of Data Kind of Data
  • Numeric
Date of Collection
  • 02.2002 - 08.2002

Errata & Versions

VersionDate, Name, DOI
2.0.0 (current version)2011-8-10 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: v205, v207, v214, v227, v229, v264, v266, v297, v299, v310, v312For 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
Version changes

Further Remarks

NotesRespondents from the area of the new federal states are oversampled. A second version of this data set with a shortened demography module is available as ALLBUScompact 2002 (ZA No. 3701).
Number of Units: 2820
Number of Variables: 723
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.