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International Social Survey Programme , ISSP

    For details on all aspects of this database, see ISSP

1. General description

    The International Social Survey Programme (ISSP) is a cross-national survey held annually in about 50 countries worldwide. The survey contains different modules on important areas of social research such as religion, environment, government and work. The modules are repeated every few years.

2. Survey type

  • Cross-national
  • Cross-sectional with rotating longitudinal modules
  • Representative national samples, ≥ 18 years of age
  • Module themes:
  • Role of government: 1985, 1990, 1996, 2006, 2016
  • Social networks: 1986, 2001, 2017
  • Social inequality: 1987, 1992, 1999, 2009, 2019
  • Family and changing gender roles: 1988, 1994, 2002, 2012
  • Work Orientation: 1989, 1997, 2005, 2015
  • Religion: 1991, 1998, 2008, 2018
  • Environment: 1993, 2000, 2010, 2020
  • National Identity: 1995, 2003, 2013
  • Citizenship: 2004, 2014
  • Leisure time and sports: 2007
  • Health and health care: 2011

3. Participating countries

  • 54 countries
  • All countries: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United States of America, Uruguay, Venezuela
  • Countries participating differ per year and module. For information on participating countries per module, see GESIS 

4. Topics

a. Socio-demographics

  • Respondent: sex, age, marital status, education, work and employment, religion, region
  • Partner: education, work and employment
  • Parents: nationality
  • Children:
  • Household: composition, income

b. General

    All the waves contain at least the following social structural topics: party affiliation and social class

c. Regarding work and welfare

    The following modules each contain a substantial number of work and welfare related opinions:
  • Role of government
  • Social networks
  • Social inequality
  • Family and changing gender roles
  • Work orientations
  • Social relations and support systems
  • Citizenship

5. Questionnaires available

    Downloadable in PDF format per module, per year and per country; from GESIS (under Data & Documents)

6. Keyword search in questionnaires


7. Data available

  • Data per country up to the 2015 wave is available and downloadable in SPSS and Stata; from GESIS (under Data & Documents)
  • Cumulated data sets are available for the modules Role of Government, Religion and Social Inequality; from GESIS
  • After registration, free of charge

8. Online data analysis

  • Frequencies, crosstabs and regressions for all the waves; from ZACAT (follow ISSP)
  • By year and module
  • After registration, free of charge
  • Frequencies, crosstabs and graphs for a selection of waves (1998-2007); from ASEP/JDS
  • By year and country
  • No registration required, free of charge