Study title
MOSAiCH 2015. Measurement and Observation of Social Attitudes in Switzerland
Ref study 12089
Study language German
Contributing institutions
  • International comparisons
  • Social change
  • National identity
  • General social survey
  • Citizenship and work orientation
Geographical space
Whole Switzerland
  • Switzerland
MOSAiCH stands for “Measurement and Observation of Social Attitudes in
Switzerland” and is a survey conducted under this name since 2005. It integrates
several international repeated surveys, with Swiss data going back as far as 1987. In
practice, a minimum of 1,200 people answer a 1-hour face-to-face interview, with the
survey being conducted every two years. The data offer valuable information about
attitudes and behaviours of the resident population of Switzerland, with strong
analytical power for sociological research.
The questionnaire is structured in five parts: (1+2) At the heart of MOSAiCH stands the
International Social Survey Programme (ISSP). This longstanding survey includes
today 45 countries all over the world. As the fieldwork of MOSAiCH takes place every
two years, two modules of the ISSP are included in each survey. There are currently 12
different modules, regularly repeated for comparisons over time. (3) The
socio-demographic part is designed to meet the ISSP requirements, and is further
elaborated to improve the analytical power. (4) An additional part of the survey takes
over certain repeated parts of the standard Eurobarometer, adapted to the Swiss
context, especially the attitudes toward political and social institutions and issues
related to the European Union. (5) A last part is open for propositions of Swiss
scholars, which have to be related to the topics of the fielded survey.
For the edition in 2015, the ISSP modules will be on the repeated topics “Citizenship (II)” and “Work orientations (IV)”.
The questions for the last part have been determined by a call for proposals. The additional questions in the Face-to-Face questionnaire are related to National identity, gender role and work complexity. The drop-off questionnaire is related to family network
Methods (description)
Data collection mode: Standardized face to face Interviews, CAPI (Computer Aided Personal Interviewing)
Erhebungseinheiten: Grundgesamtheit: Personen in schweizer Privathaushalte, die deutsch, französisch oder italienisch sprechen. Die Befragten müssen mindestens 18 Jahre alt sein, keine obere Altersgrenze.
Auswahlverfahren: 1) Zufällige Auswahl von Zielpersonen aus dem Stichprobenregister des Bundesamtes für Statistik
- Gross sample size 2424
- Net sample size (without ineligibles): 2390
- Interviews: 1235 (Response rate=51.7%)
- Querschnitt, alle 2 Jahre, ein Teil des Fragebogens bleibt identisch
- Fieldwork period: 12. February - 10. July 2015
Fieldwork institute: M.I.S. Trend SA, Lausanne
No weighting, all weight=1, according to the sample design (all respondents have the same probability to be selected)
Methods (instruments)
  • Standardised interviews - face-to-face
Replicated study No
Financed by
Ethical approval No
Study type
Data availability
Source (Updates) Web
Date created 01.02.2016
Date modified 28.03.2019
Start - End date 12.02.2015 -