Politics and Democracy in the Federal Republic (Students, June 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:
    • Post-compulsory education
    • Political ideology
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
  • Abstract

    Political and college political attitudes of students as well as individual attitude and behavioral changes after the assassination of Rudi Dutschke and problems of German students with studies abroad. Topics: 1. General political views: interest in politics and political participation; image of society; ideas about politics and attitude to democracy (scale); attitude to the political system of the FRG and personal agreement with political parties; party membership and party preference; judgement on social equal opportunities and differences in living conditions of individual classes; political interest and party preference of spouse and father; political difference of opinions with father; attitude of father to National Socialism; sources of political information and media usage; naming dictatorships; attitude to violence; personal participation in protest actions. Scales: fascism and dogmatism. 2. Student matters: participation in political activities in the area of the college; ASTA membership; candidacy to student parlament; attitude to the general political mandate of the members of the student parlament; knowledge of political college groups and student leaders; attitude to the SDS; knowledge about the goals of the SDS; judgement on student demonstrations; attitude to college reform and satisfaction with university operation and examination regulations; occupational goals and occupation prospects; type of financing studies; academic status consciousness. 3. Studies abroad: general judgement on studies abroad; judgement on information offering about studies abroad; expectations of studies abroad; financing of studies abroad; organizations supporting and type of scholarship; reasons for decision for choice of country, college and college instructor; language difficulties abroad. With students interested in studies abroad: desired country in which to study and judgement on language proficiency; judgement on the allocation criteria for scholarships; interest in short scholarships. 4. Miscellaneous: membership in associations and organizations; attitude to employment of married women, abortion and the death penalty; friendships; family relationship of parents; family authority structure; contacts with parental home. Demography: age; sex; marital status; number of children; religious denomination; occupation; party inclination; party identification; social origins; possession of durable economic goods; membership; media usage.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1968-06 / 1968-07
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG incl. West Berlin
Sampled Universe
3027 respondents of the first survey.
Sampling Procedure Comment: Simple random selection
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 1004
The study presents the second wave of a panel survey. The data of the first wave are archived under ZA Study No. 0326. On the same topic see also ZA Study Nos. 0521 and 0522.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA0523 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Wildenmann, Rudolf; Kaase, Max: Die unruhige Generation: Eine Untersuchung zu Politik und Demokratie in der Bundesrepublik. Mannheim: Lehrstuhl für politische Wissenschaft 1968.
  • Kaase, Max: Demokratische Einstellungen in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland. In: Wildenmann, Rudolf (Hrsg.): Sozialwissenschaftliches Jahrbuch für Politik, Bd. 2. München: Olzog 1971.

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 96 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22