Data release on social conditions in Austria since 1986


Since 1986, the Social Survey Austria (SSÖ) has examined a vast number of social-science questions. All data and documentation are now available via the AUSSDA Dataverse.

How have opinions and attitudes in Austria changed in the last 3 decades? Were people more environmentally conscious in the past? Has religiosity decreased? Have social networks changed since 1986?


The Social Survey Austria consists of individual modules of the International Social Survey Programme (ISSP), a national branch with reference to Austria, and supplementary methodological studies. The ISSP is conducted in approximately 45 countries to examine the Austrian population's attitudes and value orientation over time, and in international comparison.

Linked research at four universities

A team of sociologists from the universities of Graz, Linz, Salzburg, and Vienna is responsible for the implementation of this large-scale research project. They co-design the surveys that have been carried out five times so far -  in 1986, 1993, 2003, 2016 and 2018. The next data collection wave is planned for 2020. The surveys are carried out in cooperation with renowned Austrian survey institutes, and are based on representative samples of the Austrian residential population aged 18+. 

C as in Citizens and L as in Living conditions 

A wide variety of question groups have been asked over time. These not only include the topics mentioned above, but many others as well. A more detailed overview can be found here.

Numbers, data, facts

The Austrian data is archived in our AUSSDA Dataverse, while the international data is stored at GESIS. All data is publicly available to interested researchers. For trend analyses, a cumulative dataset was created comprising the first four data collection waves (1986 to 2016).

"Which picture on this map would best represent your career path up to now?"(Foto: SSÖ 1993)