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ZA5690: Religion Around the World Study of the 2008 International Social Survey Programme (ISSP)

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  • ZA5690_match_with_ZA4950.sps (Dataset) 19 KBytes
  • ZA5690_v1-0-1.dta (Dataset Stata) 2 MBytes
  • ZA5690_v1-0-1.por (Dataset SPSS Portable) 3 MBytes
  • ZA5690_v1-0-1.sav (Dataset SPSS) 2 MBytes


  • ZA5690_bq.pdf (Questionnaire) 31 KBytes
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  • ZA5690_q_id.pdf (Questionnaire) 133 KBytes
  • ZA5690_q_ke-ebu.pdf (Questionnaire) 120 KBytes
  • ZA5690_q_ke-guz.pdf (Questionnaire) 2 MBytes
  • ZA5690_q_ke-kik.pdf (Questionnaire) 127 KBytes
  • ZA5690_q_ke-kln.pdf (Questionnaire) 130 KBytes
  • ZA5690_q_ke-luy.pdf (Questionnaire) 136 KBytes
  • ZA5690_q_ke-swa.pdf (Questionnaire) 137 KBytes
  • ZA5690_q_ke_kam.pdf (Questionnaire) 130 KBytes
  • ZA5690_q_lk-sin.pdf (Questionnaire) 264 KBytes
  • ZA5690_q_lk-tam.pdf (Questionnaire) 126 KBytes
  • ZA5690_q_tz.pdf (Questionnaire) 182 KBytes


  • (Codebook) 1 MByte
  • ZA5690_backgroundvar_id.pdf (Codebook) 361 KBytes
  • ZA5690_backgroundvar_ke.pdf (Codebook) 344 KBytes
  • ZA5690_backgroundvar_lk.pdf (Codebook) 320 KBytes
  • ZA5690_backgroundvar_tz.pdf (Codebook) 361 KBytes
  • ZA5690_cdb.pdf (Variable Report) 2 MBytes

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  • ZA1490_all_Overview_Duplicated_Records.xlsx (Table) 204 KBytes
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Bibliographic Citation

Citation Citation ISSP Research Group; Saflianto, Muhammad; Omondi, Paul; Thavaraja, Joseph; Wanyama, Evangeline (2013): Religion Around the World Study of the 2008 International Social Survey Programme (ISSP). GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA5690 Data file Version 1.0.1,
Study No.ZA5690
TitleReligion Around the World Study of the 2008 International Social Survey Programme (ISSP)
Current Version1.0.1, 2013-9-16,
Date of Collection10.03.2008 - 15.10.2008
Principal Investigator/ Authoring Entity, Institution
  • Saflianto, Muhammad - TNS Indonesia, Jakarta
  • Omondi, Paul - The Steadman Group, Nairobi
  • Thavaraja, Joseph - Social Indicator-Centre for Policy Alternatives, Colombo
  • Wanyama, Evangeline - The Steadman Group, Dar es Salaam


AbstractAttitudes towards religious practices. Topics: assessment of personal happiness; attitudes towards pre-marital sexual intercourse; attitudes towards committed adultery; attitudes towards homosexual relationships between adults; attitudes towards abortion in case of serious disability or illness of the baby or low income of the family; attitudes towards gender roles in marriage; trust in institutions (parliament, business and industry, churches and religious organizations, courts and the legal system, schools and the educational system); mobility; attitudes towards the influence of religious leaders on voters and government; attitudes towards the benefits of science and religion (scale: modern science does more harm than good, too much trust in science and not enough in religious faith, religions bring more conflicts than peace, intolerance of people with very strong religious beliefs); judgment on the power of churches and religious organizations; attitudes towards equal rights for all religious groups in the country and respect for all religions; acceptance of persons from a different religion or with different religious views in case of marrying a relative or being a candidate of the preferred political party (social distance); attitudes towards the allowance for religious extremists to hold public meetings and to publish books expressing their views (freedom of expression); doubt or firm belief in God (deism, scale); belief in: a life after death, heaven, hell, religious miracles, reincarnation, Nirvana, supernatural powers of deceased ancestors; attitudes towards a higher truth and towards meaning of life (scale: God is concerned with every human being personally, little that people can do to change the course of their lives (fatalism), life is meaningful only because God exists, life does not serve any purpose, life is only meaningful if someone provides the meaning himself, connection with God without churches or religious services); religious preference (affiliation) of mother, father and spouse/partner; additional country specific for Kenya: religious preference (affiliation) of mother, father and spouse/partner; religion respondent was raised in; additional country specific for Kenya: religion respondent was raised in; frequency of church attendance (of attendance in religious services) of father and mother; personal frequency of church attendance when young; frequency of prayers and participation in religious activities; shrine, altar or a religious object in respondent’s home; frequency of visiting a holy place (shrine, temple, church or mosque) for religious reasons except regular religious services; self-classification of personal religiousness and spirituality; truth in one or in all religions; attitudes towards the profits of practicing a religion (scale: finding inner peace and happiness, making friends, gaining comfort in times of trouble and sorrow, meeting the right kind of people). Optional items: conversion of faith after crucial experience; personal sacrifice as an expression of faith such as fasting or following a special diet during holy season such as Lent or Ramadan. Demography: sex; age; marital status; steady life partner; years of schooling; highest education level; country specific education and degree; current employment status (respondent and partner); hours worked weekly; occupation (ISCO 1988) (respondent and partner); supervising function at work; working for private or public sector or self-employed (respondent and partner); if self-employed: number of employees; trade union membership; earnings of respondent (country specific); family income (country specific); size of household; household composition; party affiliation (left-right); country specific party affiliation; participation in last election; religious denomination; religious main groups; attendance of religious services; self-placement on a top-bottom scale; region (country specific); size of community (country specific); type of community: urban-rural area; country of origin or ethnic group affiliation; additional country specific for Kenya and Tanzania: ethnic group affiliation. Additionally coded: administrative mode of data-collection; case substitution; weighting factor.
Categories Categories
  • Religion and Weltanschauung
Topics Topics
  • 5.5 Religion and values


Geographic Coverage
  • Indonesia (ID)
  • Kenya (KE)
  • Sri Lanka (LK)
  • Tanzania, United Republic of (TZ)
UniverseRespondents 18 years old and older
Analysis Unit Analysis Unit
  • Individual
Sampling Procedure Sampling Procedure
  • Probability
Kenya, Tanzania: Systematic PPS Sampling with implicit stratification with Wards as the sampled units Indonesia: Stratified Random Sample Sri Lanka: Simple Random Sample
Mode of Collection Mode of Collection
  • Interview
Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Tanzania: Face-to-face interview with standardized questionnaire Kenya: Face-to-face, paper and pencil interviews with standardized questionnaire
Time Method Time Method
  • Cross-section
Kind of Data Kind of Data
  • Numeric
Data CollectorIndonesia: TNS Indonesia, Jakarta Kenya: The Steadman Group, Nairobi Sri Lanka: Social Indicator-Centre for Policy Alternatives, Colombo Tanzania: The Steadman Group, Dar es Salaam
Date of Collection
  • 10.03.2008 - 04.04.2008 (Indonesia)
  • 10.09.2008 - 01.10.2008 (Kenya)
  • 24.09.2008 - 15.10.2008 (Sri Lanka)
  • 28.08.2008 - 08.09.2008 (Tanzania)

Errata & Versions

VersionDate, Name, DOI
1.0.1 (current version)2013-9-16 Update/ correction of minor bugs
1.0.02013-7-11 First archive edition
Errata in current version
2015-5-28WEIGHT (Weighting factor) - Tanzania: Not rescaledFor Tanzania, the weighting factor is designed to match the full population size and needs to be rescaled to the net sample size. In SPSS, you can fix this as follows: do if c_alphan=´TZ´. compute weight=weight/10341. end if. exe.
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 project ‘Religion Around the World Study of the 2008 International Social Survey Programme‘ was funded by the Templeton Foundation and covers four non-ISSP member countries. Data harmonization and integration were achieved by the GESIS Data Archive. The reference study for the project named above (ZA5690) is the ISSP 2008 study on Religion III (ZA4950).
Number of Units: 6697
Number of Variables: 149
Analysis System(s): SPSS, Stata


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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: Religion
    ‘Religion’ is one of the eleven ISSP topic modules. Central themes are issues, such as religious attitudes and beliefs, religious socialization, past and current religious practices, religion and governmental connections and aspects of secularization.