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 in the Year of the Corona Crisis 2020/2021


The planned 2020 SSÖ survey was postponed to the first half of 2021 (circumstances permitting) due to the Corona Crisis, as a face-to-face survey was not possible at that time. In order to capture the societal impact of the Corona crisis, the SSÖ team participated in two survey programmes, namely the international Values in Crisis survey programme and the Austrian Corona Panel Project of the University of Vienna.


Values in Crisis

Values in Crisis is an international survey programme with questions on the perception of the COVID pandemic as well as selected items from the World Value Survey questionnaire. Approximately 15 countries participated in the first wave of the survey, which was conducted between May and October 2020, including Germany, Great Britain, Austria and Sweden. The second wave of the survey is planned for 2021. A final survey wave is to take place one year after the end of the pandemic.

In Austria, the first survey wave was collected in August 2020, and the second survey wave will be conducted in April 2021.

Data set and data documentation of the first wave of the VIC:


VIC website:


Austrian Corona Panel Project (ACPP)

The ACPP is an interdisciplinary panel study of the University of Vienna. From March to June 2020, approx. 1500 people were interviewed weekly. Since July 2020, the panel waves have taken place monthly. The study collects data on people’s experience with Corona, mental and physical well-being, media consumption and information behaviour as well as attitudes towards the government's Corona measures and the social, political and economic consequences of the crisis. The SSÖ team participated in several waves of the ACPP with items from past SSÖ surveys as well as new items on the change in values during the Corona crisis.

Analyses of the current survey waves of the ACPP are continuously shared with a broad public in the ACPP Corona Blog.

ACPP website:

ACPP Corona Blog:

ACPP data:

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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: Caroline Berghammer, Nadia Steiber