A joint project by
Institute for Social Studies of the University Of Warsaw and
Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences

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International Social Survey Programme 2008 (Religion III)

Title of the StudyInternational Social Survey Programme 2008 (Religion III)
Full name of the institution depositing the dataInstitute for Social Studies at the Warsaw University authorized by the Zentralarchiv für Empirische Sozialforschung at the University of Cologne, Germany
Principal InvestigatorSee documentation
Contact personSee documentation
Data collection languageEN
Documentation languageEN

The purpose of the study

The ISSP is a continuing annual programme of cross-national collaboration on surveys covering topics important for social science research. It brings together pre-existing social science projects and coordinates research goals, thereby adding a cross-national, cross-cultural perspective to the individual national studies.

Main topics of the study

Assessment of personal happiness; attitudes towards pre-marital sexual intercourse; attitudes towards committed adultery; attitudes towards homosexual relationships between adults; attitudes towards abortion in case of serious disability or illness of the baby or low income of the family; attitudes towards gender roles in marriage; trust in institutions (parliament, business and industry, churches and religious organisations, courts and the legal system, schools and the educational system); mobility; attitudes towards the influence of religious leaders on voters and government; attitudes towards the benefits of science and religion (scale: modern science does more harm than good, too much trust in science and not enough in religious faith, religions bring more conflicts than peace, intolerance of people with very strong religious beliefs); judgement on the power of churches and religious organisations; attitudes towards equal rights for all religious groups in the country and respect for all religions; acceptance of persons from a different religion or with different religious views in case of marrying a relative or being a candidate of the preferred political party (social distance); attitudes towards the allowance for religious extremists to hold public meetings and to publish books expressing their views (freedom of expression); doubt or firm belief in God (deism, scale); belief in: a life after death, heaven, hell, religious miracles, reincarnation, Nirvana, supernatural powers of deceased ancestors; attitudes towards a higher truth and towards meaning of life (scale: God is concerned with every human being personally, little that people can do to change the course of their lives (fatalism), life is meaningful only because God exists, life does not serve any purpose, life is only meaningful if someone provides the meaning himself, connection with God without churches or religious services); religious preference (affiliation) of mother, father and spouse/partner; religion respondent was raised in; frequency of church attendance (of attendance in religious services) of father and mother;personal frequency of church attendance when young; frequency of prayers and participation in religious activities; shrine, altar or a religious object in respondent’s home; frequency of visiting a holy place (shrine, temple, church or mosque) for religious reasons except regular religious services; self-classification of personal religiousness and spirituality; truth in one or in all religions; attitudes towards the profits of practicing a religion (scale: finding inner peace and happiness, making friends, gaining comfort in times of trouble and sorrow, meeting the right kind of people).

Unit of Analysis

a person

Sample design

Type of the sample applied in the Study

See documentation

Geographic coverage of the sample

Australia, Austria, Belgium - Flanders, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine, Uruguay, United States, Venezuela
Lower age cut-off for the sample18
Upper age cut-off for the samplebrak

Data collection methods were used for the study

no information

The total number of starting or issued names/addresses and the total number of successfully completed

starting or issued names/addresses
sucessfully completed


See documentation

Substitution or replacement of respondents

no information

Post-stratification weight


Factors considered at construction of the post-stratified weighting factor

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Weighting or post-stratification strategy used

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Known limitations (biases) of the achieved sample. For example: differential coverage of particular groups, either because of sample design or response differences.

See documentation

Description of sample design

no information


Start and end dates of fieldwork

Start date-11-2007
End date-7-2010

Inny termin

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Interviews back-checked (e.g. supervisor checks later whether interview was conducted

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Other information about the study

Pattern for data quotation

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If the study is a part of a larger survey or coming from other sources (like e.g. public statistics) - what is its source?

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Generally accessible publications that refer to this data

See documentationBibliografia publikacji: See documentation

Data distribution

Data use restrictions

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