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Political Questions (May 1955)

Resource Type
  • USIA, Washington
  • DIVO, Frankfurt
Publication Date
  • DIVO, Frankfurt (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Political Issues
  • Abstract

    Attitude to regained sovereignty after the Paris Treaty of 5. May 1955 went into effect and attitude to various alternatives to reunification of Germany. Topics: Most important domestic and foreign policy problems of the FRG; extent to which informed about the recovery of sovereignty and judgement on the consequences for the country; preferred ideological and alliance policy orientation for the FRG; attitude to communism, establishing diplomatic relations with the USSR, rearmament, recognition of the GDR and a neutral, reunited Germany; attitude to negotiations of the Federal Government with the USSR regarding reunification; knowledge about the ratification of the Austrian Government or Peace Treaty of 15. May; evaluation of the conduct of the USSR in the Austria question as success of the policies of the western powers; assessment of the credibility of Soviet policies as well as of the peace plan and the disarmament recommendation; judgement on the success of a Four-Power Conference and of the American policies regarding the USSR; membership in a club, party or trade union; party preference; local residency. Demography: age (classified); sex; marital status; religious denomination; school education; occupation; household income; head of household; state; regional origins; refugee status. Interviewer rating: social class and willingness of respondent to cooperate; number of contact attempts; city size.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1955-05
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG incl. West Berlin, without Saarland
Sampled Universe
Age: 18 and older.
Multi-stage random sample
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 923
    Number of Variables: 270
Berlin respondents are over-represented in this data set.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA0448 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Allerbeck, Klaus R.: Demokratisierung und sozialer Wandel in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland: Sekund√§ranalyse von Umfragedaten 1953-1974. Opladen: Westdeutscher Verlag 1976.

Update Metadata: 2017-12-28 | Issue Number: 84 | Registration Date: 2010-07-21

USIA, Washington; DIVO, Frankfurt (1970): Politische Fragen (Mai 1955). Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.