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ZA4610: ALLBUS/GGSS 2010 (Allgemeine Bevölkerungsumfrage der Sozialwissenschaften/German General Social Survey 2010)

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Allgemeine Bevölkerungsumfrage der Sozialwissenschaften ALLBUS 2010
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Bibliographic Citation

Citation Citation GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences (2011): ALLBUS/GGSS 2010 (Allgemeine Bevölkerungsumfrage der Sozialwissenschaften/German General Social Survey 2010). GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA4610 Data file Version 1.1.0,
Study No.ZA4610
TitleALLBUS/GGSS 2010 (Allgemeine Bevölkerungsumfrage der Sozialwissenschaften/German General Social Survey 2010)
Current Version1.1.0, 2011-7-25,
Date of Collection05.2010 - 11.2010
Principal Investigator/ Authoring Entity, Institution
  • Diekmann, Andreas - ETH Zürich
  • Fetchenhauer, Detlef - Universität Köln
  • Kühnel, Steffen - Universität Göttingen
  • Liebig, Stefan - Universität Bielefeld
  • Schmitt-Beck, Rüdiger - Universität Mannheim
  • Trappe, Heike - Universität Rostock
  • Wagner, Michael - Universität Köln


Abstract1.) Importance of job characteristics: preferred job characteristics (security, income, career opportunities, prestige, free time, interesting work, autonomy, responsibility, human contact, charitableness, social utility). 2.) Social inequality and the welfare state: self-assessment of social class and classification on a top-bottom-scale; fair share in standard of living; evaluation of personal success in life; evaluation of equal educational opportunities for everyone; prerequisites for social success; income differences as incentive to achieve; acceptance of social differences and support of the welfare state; attitudes towards expansion or cuts in social services; perceived strength of conflicts between social groups; social pessimism and orientation towards the future (anomia). 3.) Political attitudes: 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; 4.) Economy: assessments of the present and future economic situation in Germany; assessment of present and future personal economic situation. 5.) Social networks and social capital: general trust in fellow men; trust and reciprocity in social relations; membership status of respondent in various clubs and organizations; friends and acquaintances (ego-centered networks), including information on: gender, age, kinship or type of relationship, school education, employment, occupational position, occupational group, voting behavior, current citizenship and country of origin, spatial distance between alter and ego, comparative economic situation; quality and quantity of contacts, mutual familiarity between friends or acquaintances. 6.) Ethnocentrism and minorities: scale of attitudes towards foreigners and contacts with foreigners within the family, at work, in the neighborhood, or among friends; opinion on dual citizenship and on equal rights for foreigners; pride in being a German. 7.) Attitudes relating to the process of German unification: attitude towards the demand for increased willingness to make sacrifices in the West and more patience in the East; unification is advantageous, for East and West respectively; future of the East depends on the willingness of eastern Germans to make an effort; strangeness of citizens in the other part of Germany; performance pressure in the new states; attitude towards dealing with the Stasi-past of individuals; evaluation of socialism as an idea. 8.) Other topics: family as a prerequisite for happiness; marriage in case of steady partnership or if child was born; overall health; physical and psychological shape during the last four weeks; Internet use. 9.) ALLBUS-Demography: Details about the respondent: attractiveness of respondent, month and year of birth, age, gender, geographical origin, citizenship(s) (nationality), number of citizenships, original citizenship, school education, vocational training, employment status, details about current and former occupation respectively, affiliation to public service, fixed-term or permanent employment contract, working hours per week (primary and secondary job), supervisory functions, fear of unemployment or loss of business, length of unemployment, status of non-employment, date of termination of full- or part-time employment, marital status, marital biography, co-habitation with spouse or steady partner, lived with parents when child, age when leaving parental home, respondent´s income, type of dwelling, self-description of place of residence, length of residence, distance to previous place of residence, self-assessment of religiousness, religious denomination, frequency of church attendance, voting intention (Sonntagsfrage), participation in last federal elections, overall life satisfaction, place of residence (federal state, administrative district, size of municipality, BIK-type of municipality). Details about respondent´s current spouse: month and year of birth, age, school education, vocational training, employment status, details about current occupation, affiliation to public service, fear of unemployment or loss of business status of non-employment. Details about respondent´s steady partner: month and year of birth, age, school education, vocational training, employment status, details about current occupation, affiliation to public service, fear of unemployment or loss of business status of non-employment. Details about respondent´s parents: school education, vocational training, details about parents´ occupation. Description of household: size of household, household income, number of persons older than 17 in household (reduced size of household). Details about household members: family relation to respondent, gender, month and year of birth, age, marital status. Details about children not living in the household: number of children not living in the household, gender, year of birth, age. 10.) Data on the interview (paradata): Date of interview; beginning and end of interview; length of interview; presence of other persons during interview: presence of spouse, partner or children during interview, presence of other relatives 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; participation in other surveys over the past year; willingness to participate in follow-up survey; willingness to provide e-mail address; participation in accompanying ISSP-interviews; details about respondent´s residential building and assessment of respondent´s neighborhood; reachability of respondent; willingness to participate; number of attempts to contact the respondent; release-id. Details about the interviewer: gender, age, school education, length of experience as an interviewer, identification number. 11.) Social inequality IV (ISSP): most important prerequisites for success in society; attitudes towards the welfare state and towards social differences; estimation of average earnings in occupational groups and estimation of appropriate earnings; social justice; self-classification on a top-bottom-scale; occupational status compared to father’s; estimation of own pay’s fairness; perceived and preferred type of society; parents’ occupational group; respondent’s occupational mobility; worth of family assets; respondent’s work ethic in school. 12.) Environment III (ISSP): the two most urgent problems of the country; attitudes towards the role of private business and government intervention; postmaterialism; general trust in fellow men and politicians; role of science in society; most relevant environmental issue for country and own family; estimate of own knowledge about environmental problems and their solutions; attitudes on the role of science and economic growth regarding environmental issues; willingness to make personal sacrifices to protect environment; assessment of efficacy of own actions to protect environment; assessment of relative danger of environmental problems; attitudes on measures to enforce environmental goals; preferred source of energy for country; environmental policies in a global context; own actions to protect environment; knowledge about reasons for climate change; details about the respondent (years in school, employment, type of employer, employment status); details about spouse or steady partner (employment; working hours per week; supervisory functions in job, employment status), self-classification on a top-bottom-scale. 13.) Added value: Inglehart-Index; International Standard Classification of Occupations (ISCO 1968, 1988); occupational prestige (according to Treiman); Standard International Occupational Prestige Scale (SIOPS, according to Ganzeboom), International Socio-economic Index of Occupational Status (ISEI, according to Ganzeboom); magnitude prestige (according to Wegener); class position (according to Goldthorpe); occupational metaclassification (according to Terwey); classification of private households (according to Porst and Funk);family typology; transformation weight for analyses on household level; east-west design weight.
Categories Categories
  • Political Attitudes and Behavior
  • Society, Culture
  • Family
  • Occupation, Profession
Topics Topics
  • 1.1 Working conditions
  • 1.5 Employment
  • 2.2 Migration
  • 5.5 Religion and values
  • 5.6 Social conditions and indicators
  • 5.8 Social behaviour and attitudes
  • 11.5 Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
  • 13 Social stratification and groupings
  • 13.3 Family life and marriage
  • 13.5 Equality and inequality
  • 13.10 Social and occupational mobility
  • 16.4 Environmental degradation/pollution and protection


Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
UniverseAll persons (German and non-German) who resided in private households on the day of the interview and were born before 1 January 1992
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: Computer-assisted (CASI)
Personal interview with standardized questionnaire (CAPI - Computer Assisted Personal Interviewing). Two additional 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
  • 05.2010 - 11.2010

Errata & Versions

VersionDate, Name, DOI
1.1.0 (current version)2011-7-25 Errata corrected
1.0.02011-5-30 first archive edition
Errata in current version
2016-4-8Stata: v978, v979, v980Respondents 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
2016-4-8Stata: v346, v348, v356, v362, v370, v380, v382, v390, v506, v508, v516, v549, v551, v559, v573, v575, v583, v592, v594, v602, v752, v754, v757, v929Unlabeled 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
Changes between version 1.0.0 and it's previous version
DateSubjectDescriptionCorrection Description
2011-6-22V849Family assets: Correction of Missing Value documentation according to standard ALLBUS procedure. [IF (VAL(V848) EQ 9) V849 = 99.]. Please use patch ZA4610_patch_v1-0-1.sps to correct.2011-7-25
2011-7-6V396, V397Length of unemployment: Data error, please use patch ZA4610_patch_v1-0-1.sps to correct.2011-7-25
2011-7-13V729Scale of religiousness: Incorrect value labels, please use patch ZA4610_patch_v1-0-1.sps to correct.2011-7-25

Further Remarks

NotesRespondents from the area of the new federal states are oversampled. A second version of this data set (600 variables) with a shortened demography module is additionally available as ALLBUScompact 2010 (Study-No. 4611). The known literature using ALLBUS-Data is documented in the ALLBUS-Bibliography. This bibliography can be searched online at the GESIS web presence.
Number of Units: 2.827
Number of Variables: 981
Analysis System(s): SPSS, Stata


  • Bens, Arno 2006: Zur Auswertung haushaltsbezogener Merkmale mit dem ALLBUS 2004. In: ZA-Information 59: 143 - 156
  • Koch, Achim; Wasmer, Martina 2004: Der ALLBUS als Instrument zur Untersuchung sozialen Wandels: Eine Zwischenbilanz nach 20 Jahren. In: Rüdiger Schmitt-Beck, Martina Wasmer und Achim Koch (Hg.), Sozialer und politischer Wandel in Deutschland. Analysen mit ALLBUS-Daten aus zwei Jahrzehnten. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften: 13 - 42.
  • Terwey, Michael; Baumann, Horst; Blohm, Michael 2011: Forschungsdatenzentrum ALLBUS Jahresbericht 2010, Berichtszeitraum 01.01.2010-31.12.2010. GESIS Technical Reports 2011/03. Bonn: GESIS - Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften.
  • Terwey, Michael 2003: Zum aktuellen Wandel im Zugriff auf ALLBUS-Materialien und zur ALLBUS-Nutzung in Publikationen. In: ZA-Information 53: 195 - 202.
  • Blohm, Michael 2006: Datenqualität durch Stichprobenverfahren bei der Allgemeinen Bevölkerungsumfrage der Sozialwissenschaften - ALLBUS. In: Frank Faulbaum und Christof Wolf (eds.), Stichprobenqualität in Bevölkerungsumfragen, Bonn: Informationszentrum Sozialwissenschaften 2006: 37 - 54
  • Terwey, Michael 2000: ALLBUS: A German General Social Survey. In: Schmollers Jahrbuch 120: 151 - 158
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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.