The Political Situation in West Berlin (February - March 1953)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • USIA, Washington
  • DIVO, Frankfurt
Publication Date
  • DIVO, Frankfurt (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Political Issues
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • International politics and organisation
    • Conflict, security and peace
    • Government, political systems and organisation
  • Abstract

    Judgement on the policies of the Federal Government and the western powers as well as the political situation of Berlin. Assessment of the mood in the population of Berlin in the time of political difficulties. Topics: Satisfaction with the senate; judgement on the western powers and the Federal Government regarding their effort for Berlin; desired measures given a renewed blockade; fear of a new world war; expectations of the Berlin policies and policies on the east of the new Eisenhower government; assumed attitude of the American government on reunification of Germany; preferred East-West orientation of the FRG; attitude to participation of the FRG in the western defense community; attitude to refugees from the east and the conduct of the political authorities on refugee questions; judgement on the efforts of the GDR government to isolate Berlin and the influence of the SED on the population of Berlin; party preference and preferred party for the Federal Parliament. Demography: age (classified); sex; religious denomination; school education; occupation; household income; refugee status.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1953-02 / 1953-03
Geographic Coverage
  • Berlin (DE-BE)
    West Berlin
Sampled Universe
no specific information
Sampling Procedure Comment: Multi-stage random sample
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 399
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA0587 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Merritt, Anna J.; Merritt, Richard L. (Hrsg.): Public Opinion in Semisovereign Germany: The HICOG Surveys, 1949 - 1955. Urbana: University of Illinois Press 1980. (Report No. 177).

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