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Polish General Social Survey, 1992-2002 (ICPSR 20501)

Principal Investigator(s): Cichomski, Bogdan, University of Warsaw. Institute for Social Studies; Jerzynski, Tomasz, University of Warsaw. Institute for Social Studies; Zielinski, Marcin, University of Warsaw. Institute for Social Studies


The Polish General Social Survey (PGSS), conducted annually since 1992 through 1995 and later biennially, is designed to measure opinions and social characteristics of the Polish society. PGSS core variables include socioeconomic and demographic items with an emphasis on stratification measures (occupation, labor force status, education, income) of respondents and their spouses and parents. In addition, there are attitudinal variables concerning politics and ideology, national spending, religious beliefs, social inequality, job and occupational values, tolerance, educational values, other countries, traditional sex roles, family issues, abortion, and homosexuality. Other variables gauge subjective well-being, social class identification, satisfaction with different spheres of life, and confidence in public institutions. Respondents were also queried about their voting behavior, social interactions, religiosity, health, smoking, and drinking. Each year, additional topical modules of questions from the International Social Survey Program have been added: "Social Inequality" (1992 and 1999), "Environment" (1993), "Family and Changing Gender Roles" (1994 and 2002), "Sexual Behavior" (1994), "National Identity" (1995), "Work Orientations II" (1997), and "Social Relations and Support Systems" (2002). This study is a continuation of the POLISH GENERAL SOCIAL SURVEY, 1992-1999 (ICPSR 3487).

Series: Polish General Social Survey (PGSS) Series

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Study Description


Cichomski, Bogdan, Tomasz Jerzynski, and Marcin Zielinski. Polish General Social Survey, 1992-2002. ICPSR20501-v1. Warsaw, Poland: University of Warsaw, Institute for Social Studies/Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributors], 2007-10-23. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR20501.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR20501.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • Komitet Badan Naukowych (Poland)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    abortion, attitudes, child rearing, children, civil rights, drinking behavior, durable goods, education, employment, environmental attitudes, family relationships, family work relationship, foreign languages, friendships, gender roles, government spending, health, health behavior, homosexuality, household composition, income, job history, job satisfaction, job skills, labor (work), life satisfaction, marriage, mass media, memberships, men, morality, news media, occupations, political attitudes, public opinion, religious attitudes, religious behavior, self evaluation, sexual behavior, smoking, social attitudes, social behavior, social change, social indicators, social inequality, social issues, social support, socioeconomic status, taxes, tolerance, trust in government, voting behavior, work attitudes, working women

Geographic Coverage:    Global, Poland

Time Period:   

  • 1992--2002

Date of Collection:   

  • 1992--2002 (May and June of 1992, 1993, 1994, and 1995, November and December of 1997 and 1999, February and March of 1998 (approximately 20 percent of interviews from the PGSS 1997), April of2002)

Unit of Observation:    individual

Universe:    Members of Polish households aged 18 and older.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

A split ballot was used for one or more questions in this survey. The variable BALLOT defines the separate groups. Other variables associated with split ballot include PGSS_BAL and FORM.

Two filter variables are present in the data: ISSP and SUPPLEM.


Sample:    Random multistage area sampling.

Weight:    Two weights are present in the data: WEIGHT and WEIG_BAL. For further information about the weights, please review Appendix A in the codebook.

Data Source:

personal interview

Response Rates:    1992: 82.3 percent, 1993: 82.4 percent, 1994: 80.4 percent, 1995: 80.1 percent, 1997: 75.1 percent, 1999: 67.0 percent, 2002: 61.7 percent


Original ICPSR Release:   2007-10-23

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