International Social Survey Programme

The International Social Survey Programme (ISSP) is a voluntary grouping of study teams in over twenty nations, each of which undertake to run a short, annual self-completion survey containing an agreed set of questions asked of a probability-based, nation wide sample of adults. The topics change from year to year by agreement, with a view to replication every five years or so. This study is largely a replication of the 1991 Religion Survey, held by the SSDA (ZA No 2150). The data consists of Australian respondents’ answers to international questions asked as a component of the National Social Science Survey (NSSS).

The current module looks at the impact of religious beliefs and behaviours on social, political and moral attitudes. Variables include government responsibility; criminal penalties; sexual relations; working women; religious beliefs; the influence of religious leaders on voting and goverment decisions; religious affiliation of respondent and respondent’s partner and parents; church attendance and involvement in other religious activities; blasphemy; image of God and image of the world. Demographic variables include age; sex; geographical location; ethnicity; marital status; employment status; occupation; trade union membership; level of education; political party affiliation; personal income; spouse’s income; characteristics of spouse; occupation of father and mother; father’s and mother’s level of education; size and composition of household.


YearADA IDStudyDOIDocumentation
199100817International Social Survey Programme, Religion, Australia, 1991
199200810International Social Survey Programme, Social Inequality II, Australia, 1992
199300825International Social Survey Programme, Environment, Australia, 1993
199400826International Social Survey Programme, Family and Changing Sex Roles II, Australia, 1994
199600989International Social Survey Programme, Role of Government III, Australia, 1996