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MOSAiCH – ISSP

MOSAiCHMeasurement and Observation of Social Attitudes in Switzerland”

Abstract
MOSAiCH is a biennial cross-sectional survey that focuses on the Swiss population’s values and attitudes toward a wide range of social issues. The respondents are drawn from a probabilistic sample representing the country’s population aged 18 and above, and participate in a 1-hour CAPI face-to-face interview.

The questionnaire is basically divided into three parts: A first part with core questions on socio-political and socio-demographic topics that remain unchanged in every round; a second part with two current modules of the International Social Survey Program (ISSP) and a third part with additional questions gathered through an open call to the Swiss academic community.

The MOSAiCH-survey has been carried out under this name since 2005; selected parts of the survey, however, have been administered in Switzerland for more than 20 years. This applies for the modules of the International Social Survey Program as well as for selected questions of the Eurobarometer in Switzerland-survey .

The two ISSP-Modules represent a central part of MOSAiCH. The ISSP is a long-standing survey that is conducted in more than 40 countries all over the world, with Swiss data going back as far as 1987. The ISSP being an annual survey, MOSAiCH always includes two modules of the ISSP. MOSAiCH also adopts selected parts of the Eurobarometer in Switzerland, notably repeated questions on attitudes toward political and social institutions and questions related to the European Union. The repeated nature of these questions allows inter alia for the observation of these topics’ changes over time.

Main aims

The main aims of MOSAiCH are:

  • to produce internationally comparable data of very high quality that document the Swiss population’s attitudes and opinions on a wide spectrum of social issues,
  • to provide an overall dataset to researchers and other interested people that allows for comparisons over time and space.