Catalog of Holdings

Study Report

Study Number: SA-520-011-2-1-International-ICPSR-1985

Subject Area: Attitudes Toward Self and Society

Bibliographic Citation: International social survey program (ISSP): role of government I and II, cumulative file, 1985-1986, 1990.  [machine-readable data file] / International Social Survey Program  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 6233

Date Accessioned: 3/12/2004

Number of Files Received: 0

Comments: Data file is in raw ASCII and SPSS portable format. SPSS statement file is provided. It is stored on ICPSR CD-ROM 3881. Its original study number is ZA2240.

Access Status: Access limited to UW Campus

Date Ordered: 2/13/2004

Documentation: Codebook file is in PDF format. One volume hard copy user's guide shared with all ISSP studies, SA-520-003 through SA-520-018.

Abstract: The International Social Survey Program (ISSP) is an ongoing program of crossnational collaboration. Formed in 1984, the group develops topical modules dealing with important areas of social science as supplements to regular national surveys. This collection presents cumulative data from two surveys exploring the ''role of government'' topic: INTERNATIONAL SOCIAL SURVEY PROGRAM: ROLE OF GOVERNMENT, 1985-1986 (ICPSR 8909) and INTERNATIONAL SOCIAL SURVEY PROGRAM: ROLE OF GOVERNMENT II, 1990 (ICPSR 6010). Only those countries surveyed in both studies (Australia, Great Britain, the United States, Germany, and Italy) are represented in this cumulative file, and only those questions asked in both waves are included. These data report citizens' opinions on the functions of their national governments and on what governments should and should not be doing. Questions were asked concerning taxes, gun control, cuts in government spending, government creation of new jobs, government spending on environmental concerns, law enforcement, health issues, education, defense, unemployment benefits, and the cultural arts. Other items focused on the role of public protest meetings, publications, and demonstrations. Respondents were also queried about the role of government in several industries, including electric power, steel, banking, and insurance. Demographic variables include age, sex, marital status, employment status, occupation, union membership, education, political party affiliation, religion, vote in the last election, subjective social class standing, size of household, family income, and occupation.

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