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General Social Survey [United States] and German Social Survey (ALLBUS) Combined Files, 1982 (ICPSR 8365)

Principal Investigator(s): National Opinion Research Center


As part of a program of crossnational research, a collaboration took place in 1982 between the United States General Social Survey (GSS) and the Zentrum fur Umfragen, Methoden und Analysen (ZUMA) of the Federal Republic of Germany. Funded by the National Science Foundation, this data collection effort explored attitudinal similarities and differences between the two countries on a range of social issues. A common set of questions was included in both the 1982 GSS and the German Social Survey (ALLBUS). These common items included questions on job values, abortion, and subjective social class. The 1982 ALLBUS also contained several GSS items that were not contained in the 1982 GSS, but had been used in other years. Of the 4,497 total cases in the file, the General Social Survey portion contains 1,506 cases and the German Social Survey portion has 2,991 cases.

Series: General Social Survey Series

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Study Description


National Opinion Research Center. GENERAL SOCIAL SURVEY [UNITED STATES] AND GERMAN SOCIAL SURVEY (ALLBUS) COMBINED FILES, 1982. Chicago, IL: National Opinion Research Center [producer], 1985. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1985. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08365.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08365.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • National Science Foundation (SES-8118731)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    abortion, civil rights, class identity, families, life cycle, morale, morality, quality of life, race relations, racial attitudes, self concept, sexual attitudes, sexual behavior, social attitudes, social control, social indicators, social issues, social mobility, socioeconomic status, work attitudes

Geographic Coverage:    Germany, United States, Global

Time Period:   

  • 1982

Universe:    General Social Survey: English-speaking persons 18 years old or older living in noninstitutional arrangements within the continental United States. German Social Survey: German citizens 18 years old and older living in private households in the Federal Republic of Germany, including West Berlin.

Data Type(s):    survey data


Sample:    General Social Survey: Stratified multistage area probability sample of clusters of households. German Social Survey: Random selection of 630 electoral precincts, random selection of households within the precinct, and random selection of a single eligible respondent from each of the selected households.

Data Source:

personal interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1985-05-24


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