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Cologne Election Study (State Election in North Rhine-Westphalia 1962, Preliminary Investigation)

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 on the state parliament election in North Rhine-Westphalia. Topics: Political extent to which informed; judgement on the sincerity of conversation partners in political discussions; sources of political information and media usage; importance of elections and political work at the various political levels; attitude to federal national government; preferred authority distribution between federal government and state; preferred federal chancellor and desired coalition after the state parliament election; satisfaction with state government; most important political problems at state level; image of the parties as well as sympathy scale for the SPD, CDU, FDP and selected politicians; knowledge about the constituency delegate; certainty and time of personal voting decision; reason for one´s own election participation and party preference; party preference of family and friends; party one cannot vote for; expected changes with an SPD victory; assessment of the significance of the election campaign; attitude to intervention of special interest groups in election campaign events; attention to the election campaign; distance from workplace and means of transport used; judgement on the economic situation (Katona questions); memberships; religiousness. Demography: possession of durable economic goods; head of household; marital status; occupation; age (classified); size of household; regional origins; refugee status; personally a prisoner of war; household income (classified); school training and vocational training; military service; social origins; religious denomination; sex. Interviewer rating: social class of respondent; city size; type of building and condition of residence; length of interview; willingness of respondent to cooperate; number of contact attempts.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1962-06 / 1962-07
Geographic Coverage
  • North Rhine-Westphalia (DE-NW)
Sampled Universe
Age: 21-79
Probability: Multistage; Sampling Procedure Comment: Multi-stage random sample
Time Dimension
  • Cross-section
Collection Mode
  • Face-to-face interview
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 1890
    Number of Variables: 1133
For this representative survey for North Rhine-Westphalia a panel survey was conducted in parallel in two selected cities (see among others ZA Study No. 0061).
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA0062 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • WAHLEN (Type: FDZ)
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.4232/1.0062

Update Metadata: 2020-10-20 | Issue Number: 94 | Registration Date: 2012-03-07

Scheuch, Erwin K.; Wildenmann, Rudolf; Baumert, Gerhard (2012): Kölner Wahlstudie (Landtagswahl in Nordrhein-Westfalen 1962, Voruntersuchung). Version: 2.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.