Social Survey Austria (SSÖ)

The Social Survey Austria (SSÖ) is a research program to monitor changes in attitudes and values in the Austrian population.

  • The questionnaire consists of annual modules of the International Social Survey Program (ISSP) which are fielded in about 45 countries, and a national section with questions on current Austrian social issues. The surveys are based on a representative sample of the Austrian resident population aged 18 and over.
  • Replication of sets of questions in the successive survey waves and combination of SSÖ and ISSP make it possible to study societal developments and social change in Austria over time as well as in comparative perspective.
  • The surveys are jointly designed by a team of social scientists from the Universities of Graz, Linz, Salzburg and Vienna. The SSÖ thus also fosters cooperation and networking among social scientists in Austria.
  • So far, SSÖ has been conducted five times - in the years 1986, 1993, 2003, 2016 and 2018. The next survey is scheduled for 2020.
  • The Austrian data are archived in the Austrian Social Science Data Archive (AUSSDA) and the international dataset at GESIS. Data are available to interested users free of charge. A cumulative data set that includes the first four survey waves (1986 to 2016) is also available.


SSÖ 2018
SSÖ 2016
SSÖ 2003
SSÖ 1993
SSÖ 1986


Department of Sociology, University of Graz: Christoph Glatz, Markus Hadler, Franz Höllinger
Department of Sociology, University of Linz: Johann Bacher, Robert Moosbrugger, Dimitri Prandner
Department of Sociology, University of Salzburg: Wolfgang Aschauer, Martin Weichbold
Department of Sociology, University of Vienna: Nina Fritsch, Laura Wiesböck