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Effects of the Berlin Crisis on the Image of Opinion in the Federal Republic

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Shell, Kurt L. (Institut für politische Wissenschaft an der Freien Universität Berlin)
Publication Date
  • EMNID, Bielefeld (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Political Attitudes and Behavior
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Conflict, security and peace
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
    • Government, political systems and organisation
  • Abstract

    Attitude of the West German population to Berlin in the crisis situation after construction of the wall on 13.Aug.1961. Topics: Relationship of the Federal Republic to Berlin; associations with the key word Berlin; the one responsible for the Berlin situation; contacts with citizens in the GDR and in East Berlin; readiness for action for West Berlin; personal judgement on the future of Berlin; prospects of reunification; assessment of the East-West balance of power and the danger of war due to Berlin; future conduct of the East in Berlin; judgement on the Berlin measures as well as the foreign policy of the Federal Government and reasons for the judgement; opinion on the allied Berlin guarantee; possibilities of the Americans to prevent construction of the wall; conduct of the Americans since 13. August; recognition of the Oder-Neisse Line; significance of a resignation of Brandt for West Berlin; assessment of the departures from Berlin and characterization of those leaving; personal economic situation and prospects for the future; attitude to one and multi-party system; basic attitude to politics and democracy; party as representative of its voters; self-image of the West Germans and image of the Berliners. Demography: school education; religious denomination; religiousness; sex; age (classified); occupation; household income; employment; state. Interviewer rating: city size.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1962-04 / 1962-05
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG without West Berlin
Sampled Universe
Age: 18 and older.
Sampling Procedure Comment: Quota sample
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 1696
On the same topic, with almost the same questions, survey of the West Berlin population was also conducted (ZA Study No. 0066).
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA0067 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Shell, Kurt L.: Bedrohung und Bewährung: Führung und Bevölkerung in der Berlin-Krise. Köln: Westdeutscher Verlag 1965 (Schriften des Instituts für politische Wissenschaft, Bd. 19)

Update Metadata: 2020-10-20 | Issue Number: 93 | Registration Date: 2010-07-21

Shell, Kurt L. (1962): Auswirkung der Berliner Krise auf das Meinungsbild in der Bundesrepublik. Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.