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ISSP2019: Social Inequality V

posted on 2021-09-28, 02:27 authored by Barry MilneBarry Milne, Martin von RandowMartin von Randow

The sixth International Social Survey Programme (ISSP) survey by COMPASS Research Centre at the University of Auckland. More information on our surveys, including data visualisations, can be found at International Social Survey Programme - The University of Auckland.

A verbose rundown on topics covered follows.

Attitudes towards social inequality. Social background and good relations as most important prerequisites for success in society; estimation of actual and adequate annual income for occupational groups; responsibility of government to reduce income differences.
Assessment of economic differences between poor and rich countries; attitude towards compensation by additional taxes in the wealthy countries; estimation of conflicts between social groups in the country; self-assessment on a top-bottom-scale and expectation of the individual level in 10 years' time.
Criteria for the classification of payment for work; characterisation of actual and desired social system in New Zealand.
Assessment of New Zealand against other countries; experience of discrimination in different settings; contact with much richer / much poorer people; more on government responsibility for reducing income gaps in society; respondent's current household financial situation; social mobility via parental occupations in respondent's childhood.
Demography: age; sex; living together with a partner; marital status; education; religion; occupation status and ANZSCO code; working hours per week; net income of respondent and total household.
Size of area lived in; voting status in last election; ethnicities of respondent and those represented in household; total number of adults and children in household.



We stratified a random sample from the electoral rolls by gender, age group, and ethnicity.

Data Collector

COMPASS Research Centre, the University of Auckland

Mode of Collection

Questionnaires were sent out 28 Jan 2020, with reminders later than usual due to COVID-19 lockdowns.


A weighting variable is included to re-align the sample with the electoral roll random sample.

Series Information

A continuing annual programme of cross-national collaboration on surveys on social science topics.


University of Auckland

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