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Cologne Election Study (Dortmund, Arnsberg-Soest, Heilbronn, Munich; November 1961)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Scheuch, Erwin K. (Forschungsinstitut für Soziologie, Universität zu Köln)
  • Wildenmann, Rudolf (Forschungsinstitut für Politische Wissenschaft und Europäische Fragen, Universität zu Köln)
  • Baumert, Gerhard (DIVO, Frankfurt)
Publication Date
  • DIVO, Frankfurt (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Political Attitudes and Behavior
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
    • Government, political systems and organisation
    • Elections
  • Abstract

    Judgement on parties and politicians shortly after formation of the new government. Topics: Political interest, assessment of the sincerity of friends in political conversations; knowledge about the constituency delegate in Federal Parliament; image and sympathy scale for the SPD, CDU/CSU, FDP and for selected federal politicians; judgement on the conduct of the parties in the election campaign; evaluation of the election result and the government coalition; behavior at the polls in all elections since 1945; most recent change of party sympathy; party preference and party identification; party preference of family and friends; judgement on economic development (Katona questions); general contentment with life; importance of areas of life (scale); preferred character traits; personal opinion allegiance; self-assessment of social class; affiliation and class of friends (scale); memberships; religiousness. Scale: nationalism. Demography: marital status; occupation; age(classified); composition of household; regional origins; refugee status; personally a prisoner of war; head of household; household income (classified); school education; vocational training; military service; social origins; tenancy; religious denomination; sex. Interviewer rating: social class, reliability and willingness of respondent to cooperate; number of contact attempts; presence of other persons; length of interview; type of building and condition of residence.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1961-11 / 1961-12
Geographic Coverage
  • Dortmund (DE-NW-DTM)
    Dortmund city
  • Heilbronn (DE-BW-HEN)
  • Munich (DE-BY-MUC)
    Munich country
  • Arnsberg (DE-NW-ARN)
    Arnsberg-Soest, Soest
Sampled Universe
Age: 21-79
Sampling Procedure Comment: Multi-stage random sample
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 1501
Third wave of a three-part panel survey (see ZA Study No. 0058 and 0059). The survey was conducted parallel to a representative population survey; see ZA Study No. 0057.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA0060 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Scheuch, Erwin K.; Wildenmann Rudolf (Hrsg.): Zur Soziologie der Wahl. Köln: Westdeutscher Verlag 1965 (Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie. Sonderheft 9)

Update Metadata: 2020-10-20 | Issue Number: 94 | Registration Date: 2010-07-21

Scheuch, Erwin K.; Wildenmann, Rudolf; Baumert, Gerhard (1961): Kölner Wahlstudie (Dortmund, Arnsberg-Soest, Heilbronn, München; November 1961). Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.