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Australian National Social Science Survey, 1984 (ICPSR 9084)

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This multipurpose survey measures a wide range of variables of interest in sociology, political science, and labor economics. It is similar to national social surveys conducted regularly in the United States, Britain, and West Germany, and much of the data are directly comparable. The questionnaire covers attitudes toward a broad range of topics, including government expenditures, taxation, inflation, crime, poverty, women and careers, migrants, political figures, and confidence in institutions such as banks and police. Other questions relate to the respondent's personal feelings about life, health, religion, moral issues, and family relationships. Political and economic data provided include party preference and voting history, income, and occupation. Additional background variables are available on education, birthplace, ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, location and size of town of residence, marital status, and union membership.

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Study Description


Kelley, Jonathan, Robert G. Cushing, and Bruce Headey. Australian National Social Science Survey, 1984. ICPSR09084-v1. Canberra, Australia: Social Science Data Archives/Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributors], 1989. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09084.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • Australian National University. Research School of Social Sciences
  • Australian Research Grants Scheme

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   beliefs, crime rates, government evaluation, government expenditures, inflation, life satisfaction, migration, poverty, public interest, public opinion, taxes, voting behavior, womens rights

Geographic Coverage:   Australia, Global

Time Period:  

  • 1984

Date of Collection:  

  • 1984-06--1986-07

Universe:   Noninstitutionalized persons aged 18 years or older, capable of being interviewed in English, in all States and Territories of Australia.

Data Types:   survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The data contain a weight variable. Bound, printed copies of the codebook also are available from Social Science Data Archives, the Australian National University.


Sample:   Stratified area-cluster sample.

Data Source:

personal interviews, and self-enumerated forms


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