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Principal Investigator(s): International Social Survey Program (ISSP)
The International Social Survey Program (ISSP) is an ongoing program of cross-national collaboration. Formed in 1983, the group develops topical modules dealing with important areas of social science as supplements to regular national surveys. This survey is the second one to explore the "role of government" topic. The first survey was conducted in 1985-1986 and is released by ICPSR as INTERNATIONAL SOCIAL SCIENCE PROGRAM: ROLE OF GOVERNMENT, 1985-1986 (ICPSR 8909). Participating countries in the 1990 survey include the Federal Republic of Germany, Great Britain, the United States, Italy, Hungary, Norway, Ireland, and Israel. These data report citizens' opinions on the functions of their national governments and on what governments should and should not be doing. Questions were asked concerning taxes, gun control, cuts in government spending, government creation of new jobs, government spending on environmental concerns, law enforcement, health issues, education, defense, unemployment benefits, and the cultural arts. Other items focused on the role of public protest meetings, publications, and demonstrations, and the legality of police surveillance, including telephone taps, opening mail, and detaining people overnight for questioning. Respondents were also queried about the role of government in several industries, including electric power, steel, banking, and insurance. Demographic variables include age, sex, marital status, employment status, occupation, union membership, education, political party affiliation, religion, left-right self-placement, vote in the last election, subjective social class standing, size of household, family income, and parents' education and occupation.
This data collection has been deaccessioned; it is no longer distributed by ICPSR. The data are currently available at International Social Survey Program: Role of Government II, 1990.
International Social Survey Program (ISSP). International Social Survey Program: Role of Government II, 1990. ICPSR06010-v1. Cologne, Germany: Zentralarchiv fuer empirische Sozialforschung/Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributors], 1993. doi:10.3886/ICPSR06010.v1
Persistent URL: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06010.v1
Scope of Study
Subject Terms: arts, attitudes, budget cuts, defense spending, education, government, government performance, government spending, gun control, health, law enforcement, national economy, public confidence, public opinion, social protest, taxes, unemployment
Date of Collection:
Universe: Persons aged 18 years and older in the nations of Australia, the Federal Republic of Germany, Great Britain, the United States, Hungary, Italy, Norway, Ireland, and Israel.
Data Types: survey data
Data Collection Notes:
Data were made available through the Zentralarchiv fuer empirische Sozialforschung, Universitaet zu Koeln, from whom a printed codebook (ZA-No. 1950) may be obtained. Records for Great Britain, Hungary, and Italy have a weight variable that must be used in all analyses. No weighting was done for the Federal Republic of Germany, Australia, the United States, Norway, Ireland, or Israel.
Sample: Multistage probability samples.
self-administered questionnaires, and personal interviews
Extent of Processing: ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:
- Standardized missing values.
Original ICPSR Release: 1993-05-13