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International Social Science Program: Role of Government, 1985-1986 (ICPSR 8909) RSS

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This study is designed to supplement regular, national, social science surveys in the following countries: West Germany, Great Britain, United States, Italy, Austria, and Australia. The data report citizens' opinions on the functions of their national governments and on what governments should and should not be doing. Included are respondents' attitudes towards civil liberties e.g., measures against extremism, power of police), the family (intervention in parenting, welfare provision), inequality (the role of government in correcting inequalities of race, sex, class, income, and education), and economic intervention (measures to prevent unemployment, intervention in industrial disputes). Demographic data on respondents are also provided.

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Study Description


International Social Survey Program (ISSP). International Social Science Program: Role of Government, 1985-1986. ICPSR08909-v1. Cologne, Germany: Zentralarchiv fuer empirische Sozialforschung/Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributors], 1988. doi:10.3886/ICPSR08909.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • Nuffield Foundation (United Kingdom)
  • National Science Foundation
  • Science Research Foundation (Austria)
  • Austrian National Bank
  • Federal Ministry of Science and Research (Austria)

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

Geographic Coverage:   Australia, Austria, Germany, Global, Great Britain, Italy, United States

Date of Collection:  

  • 1985--1986

Universe:   Persons aged 18 years and older from six nations: Germany, Great Britain (excluding the Scottish highlands and islands), the United States (noninstitutionalized English-speaking only), Italy (excluding adults aged 75 years and older), Austria (including youths aged 16 to 18), and Australia.

Data Types:   survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The International Social Survey Program (ISSP) is an ongoing program of cross-national collaboration. Formed in 1984, the group develops topical modules dealing with important areas of social science as supplements to regular national surveys. Data were made available through the Zentralarchiv fur Empirische Sozialforschung, Universitat zu Koln, from whom a printed codebook (ZA-No. 1490) may be obtained. Records for Great Britain, United States, Italy, and Austria have a weight variable that must be used in all analyses. No weighting was done for Germany, and weighting for Australia is unknown.


Sample:   Multistage probability samples

Data Source:

self-enumerated forms, and personal interviews


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