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Politics and Democracy in the Federal Republic (Young People, 1968)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Wildenmann, Rudolf (Lehrstuhl für politische Wissenschaft, Universität Mannheim)
  • Kaase, Max (Lehrstuhl für politische Wissenschaft, Universität Mannheim)
Publication Date
  • INFRATEST, Muenchen (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Government, Political System
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Political ideology
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
    • Youth
  • Abstract

    Attitude of non-academic young people to politics and democracy in the FRG. Topics: Image of society; ideas about politics and attitude to democracy (scale); difference democracy and dictatorship; designation of dictatorial countries; interest in politics and political participation; party preference and party membership; interest in membership in a party; most important political problems and importance of areas of life; possibilities for citizens to protect fundamental rights; class justice in the FRG; attitude to the grand coalition, the emergency laws, the attitude of the Federal Government in the Vietnam war, Ostpolitik, recognition of the GDR, reunification of Germany and a leadership elite in democracy; judgement on the role of students in society; knowledge about the situation of students; personal participation in demonstrations; judgement on the demonstrations on the occasion of the Shah visit; personal election participation in the Federal Parliament election 1965; general judgement on the economic situation; judgement on the prospects of advancement and equal opportunities in the FRG; attitude to work; company size and change of job; attitude to superiors; training goal and occupation orientation; attitude to school grades and political instruction; personal activities in student council, student newspaper or as class spokesman; media usage; military service; membership in clubs, organizations or youth groups; participation in club events; pocket-money and money expenditure; friendships; family relationship of parents; authority structure in one´s family; attitude of father to National Socialism; social origins of spouse; political interest and party preference of spouse as well as of parents; attitude to raising children. Scales: fascism and dogmatism. The questions on the topics sexual relation and type of contraception were presented as written questionaire. Demography: age; sex; marital status; number of children; religious denomination; religiousness; school education; vocational training; occupation; income; party membership; social origins; regional origins; refugee status.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1968-01 / 1968-02
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG incl. West Berlin
Sampled Universe
Non-academic young people between the ages of 18 to 25 years.
Sampling Procedure Comment: Quota sample
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 995
On the same topic see also ZA Study Nos. 0326, 0521 and 0523.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA0522 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Kaase, Max: Demokratische Einstellungen in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland. In: Wildenmann, Rudolf: Sozialwissenschaftliches Jahrbuch für Politik, Bd. 2. München: Olzog 1971.
  • Wildenmann, Rudolf; Kaase, Max: Die unruhige Generation: Eine Untersuchung zu Politik und Demokratie in der Bundesrepublik. Mannheim: Lehrstuhl für politische Wissenschaft 1968.

Update Metadata: 2020-10-20 | Issue Number: 95 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22

Wildenmann, Rudolf; Kaase, Max (1970): Politik und Demokratie in der Bundesrepublik (Jugendliche, 1968). Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.