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ZA1490: International Social Survey Programme: Role of Government I - ISSP 1985

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Citation Citation ISSP Research Group (1986): International Social Survey Programme: Role of Government I - ISSP 1985. GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA1490 Data file Version 1.0.0,
Study No.ZA1490
TitleInternational Social Survey Programme: Role of Government I - ISSP 1985
Current Version1.0.0, 2010-4-13, (Publication Year 1986)
Date of Collection02.1985 - 06.1986
Principal Investigator/ Authoring Entity, Institution
  • Department of Sociology, Research School of Social Sciences, The Australian National University, Canberra
  • Eurisko, Ricerca Sociale e di Marketing, Milan
  • Institut für Soziologie, Universität Graz
  • National Opinion Research Center (NORC), University of Chicago
  • Social and Community Planning Research, London
  • ZUMA, Mannheim


AbstractThe functions and duties of the state. Topics: 1. Civil rights: attitude to freedom of the press; attitude to obeying the law; attitude to selected forms of protest against the government; attitude to freedom of speech for revolutionaries and racists; attitude to police intervention in the private sphere to prevent criminal offences; attitude to the principle of rule by law: in doubt for the accused; peceived threat to one´s private sphere through centralized computer systems. 2. The state and social inequality; tax fairness; attitude to government redistribution of income; equal opportunities; attitude to government promotion of women; significance of various educational goals and moral orientation for school education; judgement on the chances of admittance to university; attitude to government financial support of education; attitude to government intervention in parental responsibilities for the protection of children; perceived degree of influence a citizen can have on politics, on politicians and on government decisions; interest in local elections. 3. Miscellaneous: time worked each week; position as a superior; trade union membership; type of residence; party preference; religiousness; self-assessment of social class; occupation of spouse; social origins; voting behavior in the last election; size of city. 4. Government economic influence: attitude to state intervention in the economy; attitude to changes in government expenditures for selected political duties; judgement on tax burden for private households and industry; desired government priority regarding inflation or jobs; judgement on the power of unions, the economy and the government; desired degree of intervention by the government in selected economic areas; assessment of government responsibility regarding various political duties.
Categories Categories
  • Society, Culture
  • Political behaviour and attitudes
  • Gender and gender roles
  • Economic policy, public expenditure and revenue
Old Topics Old Topics
  • 6 Law, crime and legal systems
  • 11.5 Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
  • 13.4 Gender and gender roles
  • 17.5 Economic policy


Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE), West (FRG)
  • Great Britain (GB-GBN)
  • United States of America (US)
  • Italy (IT)
  • Austria (AT)
  • Australia (AU)
UniverseIn Germany, West (FRG), Great Britain, USA: persons 18 years old and older In Italy: persons between 18 and 74 years old In Austria: persons 16 years old and older In Australia: not specified
Analysis Unit Analysis Unit
  • Individual
Sampling Procedure Sampling Procedure
  • Probability
In Germany, West (FRG), Great Britain, USA: multi-stage stratified random sample In Italy: multi-stage stratified random sample In Austria: multi-stage stratified random sample In Australia: random sample (area probability sample) in city areas and random sample from the voter registry in rural areas
Mode of Collection Mode of Collection
  • Interview
  • Self-administered questionnaire
Mail, written and oral interview with standardized questionnaire
Time Method Time Method
  • Cross-section
Kind of Data Kind of Data
  • Numeric
Data CollectorDepartment of Sociology, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University, Canberra; ZUMA, Mannheim; Eurisko, Ricerca Sociale e di Marketing, Milan; Social and Community Planning Research, London; National Opinion Research Center (NORC), University of Chicago, Ill.; Ifes, Institut fuer empirische Sozialforschung, Wien; Dr. Fessel + GfK, Institut fuer Marktforschung, Wien
Date of Collection
  • 02.1985 - 06.1986 (Germany, West (FRG): May to August 1985 Great Britain: April to June 1985 USA: February to April 1985 Italy: September to October 1985 Austria: May to June 1986 Australia: 1986)

Errata & Versions

VersionDate, Name, DOI
1.0.0 (current version)2010-4-13 Version number created automatically (implementation of a uniform versioning policy) (Publication Year unknown)
Errata in current version
1996-3-4V2 (Respondent ID Number) - Australia: Identical ID NumbersErroneously, all Australian cases have equal numbers. For the time being, ID numbers can be generated by running the following SPSS syntax command: Do if V3=01. Compute V2=100000+$CASENUM. End if. Exe.
2013-3-20Variable V141 (WEIGHT): Incorrect formatVariable V141 (WEIGHT) has got an incorrect format. Please select F10.7 as format setting and divide V141 by 100.000.
2018-2-1Information on identified duplicated records in ISSP datasets:Please, check in document ‘ZA1490_All_Overview_Duplicated Records.xlsx’ in tab ‘Data & Documents’, subtab ’Other Documents’, whether the dataset at hand contains any identified duplicated records. The document also offers recommendations for treatment.
Version changes

Further Remarks

NotesThe survey procedure as well as the number of units are organized as follows: Germany, West (FRG): interview by mail, 1048 respondents. Great Britain: written interview, 1530 respondents. USA: written interview, 677 respondents. Italy: oral interview, 1580 respondents. Austria: oral interview, 987 respondents. The survey took place at the same time as the ISSP-survey 1986. Australia: oral interview of the city population and interview of the rural population primarily by mail, 1528 respondents. The written surveys took place within the context of an oral survey. Further ISSP Surveys are archived under ZA Study Nos. 1620 and 1680.
Number of Units: 7350
Number of Variables: 141
Data Type: -
Analysis System(s): OSIRIS, SPSS


  • Becker, J.W.; Davis, James A.; Ester, Peter; Mohler, Peter P. (eds.): Attitudes to Inequality and the Role of Government. Rijswijk: Sociaal en Cultureel Planbureau, 1990. (International Social Survey Programme)
  • Rohrbach-Schmidt, Daniela: Leistung und Zuschreibung in der Wissensgesellschaft. In: Beckers, Tilo; Birkelbach, Klaus; Hagenah, Jörg; Rosar, Ulrich (Hrsg.): Komparative empirische Sozialforschung. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften 2010, S. 285-305
  • Bechert, Insa; Quandt, Markus: ISSP Data Report: Attitudes towards the Role of Government. Bonn: Gesis 2010. (GESIS-Schriftenreihe Band 6)
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Research Data Centre
  •  International Social Survey Programme (ISSP)
    The International Social Survey Programme (ISSP) is a continuing annual program of cross-national survey collaboration, covering a wide range of topics important for social science research. Since 1985 the ISSP provides international data sets, enabling cross-cultural and cross-temporal research.
  • ISSP - Module Topic: Role of Government
    ‘Role of Government’ is one of the eleven ISSP topic modules. Central themes are issues, such as attitudes towards government responsibilities and government spending, state intervention in the economy, civil liberties, political interest, trust and efficacy.