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Anti-democratic Thought and Potential for Right-wing Radicalism

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Herz, Thomas A. (Zentralarchiv für empirische Sozialforschung, Universität zu Köln)
  • Scheuch, Erwin K. (Institut für vergleichende Sozialforschung, Universität zu Köln)
Publication Date
  • DIVO, Frankfurt (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Political Ideology
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Political ideology
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
    • Government, political systems and organisation
    • Elections
  • Abstract

    Attitudes to selected political questions as well as personal value orientations and the social structure of sympathisers with the National Democratic Party of Germany {NPD}. Topics: most important problems in the FRG; national pride; interest in politics and political knowledge; sympathy scale for SPD, CDU/CSU, FDP, NPD, DKP; party preference; election behavior since 1949; aversion to certain parties; attitude to the grand coalition; judgement on issue-competence of the parties concerning economic policy, foreign policy, policies to the East, educational and social policy; judgement on the parties concerning their behavior toward trade unions, freedom of the press and freedom of speech, the statute of limitations for NS war crimes and authoritarian government policy; perceived influence of special interest groups as well as the churches on politics; attitude to recognition of the GDR, to demonstrations, to the death penalty, to the return of emigrants from the Third Reich, to the Third Reich, to the Empire and the Weimar Republic; judgement on National Socialism and the goals of the NPD; image of the NPD; sources of political knowledge; daily newspapers read; character traits of successful people and those who might become friends of the respondent; statement of the number of Jews murdered in the Third Reich; satisfaction with place of residence; judgement on education goals; changes of profession and job; exact determination of respondent´s profession; social origins; religiousness; judgement on the economic situation. Scales: Anomia, dogmatism, democracy, totalitarialism, authoritarian traditionalism, nationalism, right-wing extremist ideology, anti-semitism and ethnocentrism. Demography: age; sex; marital status; number of children; religious denomination; school education; professional position; employment; head of household; self-assessment of social class; refugee status. Interviewer rating: willingness of respondent to cooperate; length of interview; date of interview; day of interview; presence of other people; number of contact attempts; reasons for non-completion.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1969-08 / 1969-10
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG without West Berlin
Sampled Universe
Age: 21 and older.
Sampling Procedure Comment: Multi-stage stratified random sample of respondents from 6 earlier projects of the DIVO institute; over-representation of NPD-supporters in the 2nd survey. In this sample an attempt was made to interview 263 dropouts from the first survey.
Collection Mode
  • Oral interview with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 1679
    Number of Variables: 177
This study is the second wave of a panel survey and was carried out 6 weeks before the Federal Parliament election. The structure of this study deviates from conventional panel surveys. The initial survey was not carried out during a single period. More importantly, 450 respondents were chosen from 6 different surveys of the DIVO Institute carried out between January 1968 and March 1969. This selection was made with the intent of maximizing NPD supporters. The data from the first survey are contained in ZA Study Nos. 0281, 0283, 0310 to 0313.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA0422 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Herz, Thomas A.: Soziale Bedingungen für Rechtsextremismus in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland und in den Vereinigten Staaten. Meisenheim am Glan: Anton Hain 1975.

Update Metadata: 2020-10-20 | Issue Number: 98 | Registration Date: 2010-07-21

Herz, Thomas A.; Scheuch, Erwin K. (1969): Antidemokratisches Denken und Rechtsradikalismus-Potential. Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.