The Polish General Social Survey (PGSS) is the major ISS project, carried out by since 1992 by the Center for Sociological Research.
PGSS core variables include socioeconomic and demographic variables with an emphasis on stratification measures (occupation, labour force, education, income) of respondents and their spouse and partners. In addition, there are attitudinal variables concerning political opinion and ideology, national spending, religious beliefs, social inequality, job and occupational values, tolerance, educational values, attitudes toward other countries, traditional sex roles, family issues, abortion, and homosexuality. Other variables gauge subjective well-being, social class identification, satisfaction with different spheres of life, and confidence in different public institutions. Respondents were also queried about their voting behavior, social interactions, religiosity, health, smoking, and drinking. Each year, additional topical modules of questions from the International Social Survey Program have been added.
The PGGS data files and documentation are in public domain. Users are welcome to duplicate the data and code book, and are free to publish research based on these materials. Distribution of the data sets is handled by the Institute for Social Studies, University of Warsaw.
Due to the fact that many of the PGSS variables are comparable to those used in the GSS and ALLBUS surveys, these data provide scientists with a unique, well-tuned instrument enabling them to search for theories or to build new ones. The results of PGSS are also of interest to policy makers and to public opinion analysists.
The PGSS program closely collaborates on rules of data collection and exchange with the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), the Institute for Social Research, the National Opinion Research Center (University of Chicago) and Zentrum fuer Umfragen, Methoden and Analysen (Mannheim).
PGSS’ main page: http://pgss.iss.uw.edu.pl/