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Political Indicators (Panel 1974-1976)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Muller, Edward N. (Universität Mannheim)
  • Wildenmann, Rudolf (Universität Mannheim)
Publication Date
  • INFRATEST, Muenchen (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Political Attitudes and Behavior
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Social behaviour and attitudes
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
  • Abstract

    Attitude to political participation and political questions. Topics: General contentment with life; expected development of contentment with life and assessment of satisfaction some years ago; satisfaction with housing conditions and with income situation; satisfaction with provision with doctors and hospitals; work satisfaction; achievement orientation or good luck as reason for success in life; fatalism; attitude to the welfare state, nationalization, the free market economy and reform policies; most important tasks of the Federal Republic and the Federal Government; evaluation of the Federal Government; evaluation of a potential CDU government and the CDU/CSU in general; trust in the government and in the political representative; assessment of personal possibilities of political influence; political interest and political participation (scale); attitude to various forms of political protest against the government, beginning with demonstrations for environmental protection and extending to sympathy for the Baader-Meinhoff group; personal readiness to participate in political protests; assumed percentage distribution of attitudes of West Germans to the individual forms of political protest; contact with authorities; contacts with the police as well as with the courts and judgement on the treatment experienced there; self-assessment on the left-right continuum; party preference (ballot procedure and rank order procedure); behavior at the polls in the Federal Parliament elections 1972 and 1976 (ballot procedure, first vote and second vote); time of voting decision; attitude to DKP and NPD (scales). In the second survey the same topics were addressed. In most cases the same question formulation was also used. Demography: memberships; interest in the work of the organization; self-assessment of social class; religiousness; age; sex; marital status; religious denomination; school education; vocational training; occupation; employment; household income; size of household; composition of household; head of household. Interviewer rating: willingness of respondent to cooperate; length of interview; reasons for lack of interview.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1974-08 / 1976-11
Sampled Universe
Residentual population in rural areas of North- and South-Germany (Friedrichskoog, Neuenkirchen, Erpolzheim and Mauchenheim); Residentual population in workers´ neighbourhoods in the towns of Bremen and Nuremberg; Students and faculty members of the universities in Berlin, Bochum, Frankfurt, Heidelberg, Cologne and Munich
Sampling Procedure Comment: The universe and sample is divided in three: 1. 569 respondents in Rural areas of North and South Germany (Friederichskoog, Neuenkirchen, Erpolzheim and Mauchenheim). 2. 990 respondents in worker quarters of the cities Bremen and Nuremberg. 3. 1104 students and faculty members at the universities in Berlin, Bochum, Frankfurt, Heidelberg, Cologne and Munich.
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 2662
    Number of Variables: 412
The current data set contains the data of a two-wave panel survey. The first survey took place in August 1974, the second wave followed after the Federal Parliament election in November 1976. 1310 of the altogether 2662 interviewed persons could be interviewed twice.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA0963 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Muller, Edward N.; Jukam, Thomas O.: On the Meaning of Political Support. In: The American Political Science Review, 71, 1977, S. 1561 - 1595.
  • Muller, Edward N.: Ein Modell zur Vorhersage aggressiver politischer Partizipation. In: Politische Vierteljahresschrift, 19, 1978, S. 514 - 558.
  • Muller, Edward N.: Aggressive Political Participation. Princeton: Princton University Press 1979.
  • Opp, Karl-Dieter; Burow-Auffarth, Käte; Heinrichs, Uwe: Conditions for Conventional and Unconventional Political Participation: An Empirical Test of Economic and Sociological Hypotheses. In: European Journal of Political Research, 9, 1981, S. 147 - 168.

Update Metadata: 2020-10-20 | Issue Number: 86 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22

Muller, Edward N.; Wildenmann, Rudolf (1976): Politische Indikatoren (Panel 1974-1976). Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.