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ISSP2017: Social Networks III

posted on 02.08.2019, 02:28 by Barry Milne, Lara Greaves, Ngaire Kerse, Martin von Randow

The third International Social Survey Programme (ISSP) survey by COMPASS Research Centre at the University of Auckland.

A verbose rundown on topics covered follows.

Social relations and social networks. Number of adult brothers and sisters; frequency of personal (visits, meetings) and non-personal contacts (telephone, letter, fax or email) with the parents, brothers and sisters and own children; time for the journey to where the mother lives, frequency of the contacts to relatives (uncles and aunts, cousins, parents-in-law, brothers-in-law or sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews, godparents); number of close friends at work place, in the neighbourhood, and in general; sex of best close friend; frequency of contact to the best friend; participation in activities of groups like sports club, charitable organisation, neighbourhood, political party, an association, and a church or religious organisation.

First and second contact person for support in respondent's household, at money problems and in case of a depression; frequency of helping others in household, by loaning money, by talking to depressed persons and in giving help at job search; information source at the search for the present job; importance of character traits of close friends: Intelligence, helpfulness, understanding and enjoyable company (scale); attitude to the moral obligation of adult children to care for their parents; people who are better off should help friends who are less well off; attitude to development of friendships to once own advantage; attitude to a state responsibility to provide the childcare and an adequate standard of living for old people; personal luck assessment; feeling of being overused by family, relatives or friends; trust in neighbours (scale); duration of living at the place of residence; political efficacy; frequency of political discussions with friends.

Demography: sex; age; marital-status; education; current employment status; hours worked weekly; occupation; working for private or public sector or self-employed; if self-employed: number of employees; supervisor function; trade union membership; current employment status; earnings; family income; household size; religious denomination; attendance of religious services; size of community; type of community: urban-rural area; ethnicity.



We sampled from electoral rolls in 12 strata, basing sizes on response rates in the 2016 survey.


People on the electoral rolls, so aged 18 or over, and at least a New Zealand Permanent Resident.

Data Collector

COMPASS Research Centre, the University of Auckland.

Mode of Collection

Mail survey, with the option to complete online via Qualtrics. 3,876 participants were selected.


A weight is provided, to make respondents representative of the original stratified sample.

Series Information

The ISSP is an annual cross-national collaboration on surveys in the social sciences.


University of Auckland

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