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USICA Youth Study (Panel: 1st Wave 1976-1977)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Dalton, Russell J. (USICA, Washington)
  • ZUMA, Mannheim
Publication Date
  • GETAS, Bremen (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Political Attitudes and Behavior
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • International politics and organisation
    • Conflict, security and peace
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
    • Government, political systems and organisation
    • Youth
  • Abstract

    Political fundamental philosophies, political participation and judgement on international relations by German young people as well as younger adults. Topics: self-image of Germans; self-assessment of progressiveness; fair share of national product for young people; attitude to observance of law and order; situations of not obeying laws; attitude to demonstrations and to a larger proportion of developing countries with prosperity; satisfaction with the political system in the FRG and preferred changes in the system; reasons for dissatisfaction; political interest and political participation; personal participation in political actions and protests; consideration of general citizen interests by the government; attitude to the DKP and extremists in the civil service; attitude to the USA and various other countries; judgement on the influence of the FRG in the world and attitude to a claim to leadership by the FRG; most important goals of a preferred foreign policy; attitude to NATO and cooperation of the FRG with the USA or Europe; judgement on the future influence of communists in Western Europe; accepted decision-making responsibility for a European Government; personal opinion leadership in political questions; self-assessment on a left-right continuum; personal election participation and behavior at the polls in the Federal Parliament election (ballot procedure, first and second votes); party preference; party identification; religiousness. Scales: political activity, democratic attitude, old and new political values, political repression, supranationalism, political and economic human rights. Demography: age; sex; marital status; frequency of church attendance; school education; occupational training; occupational position; employment; sources of income; income of spouse; memberships. Interviewer rating: presence of other persons and their degree of relationship to respondent; reliability and willingness of respondent to cooperate; date of interview; number of contact attempts. Also encoded was: identification of interviewer.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1976-11 / 1977-03
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG incl. West Berlin
Sampled Universe
German residential population: 16 to 34 years old
Sampling Procedure Comment: Over-sample stratified random sample 1) about 50 percent of the respondents had attended university (better educated) or had not (less educated); 2) the age cohort of those 31 to 34 years old is only represented in the sample by 50 percent of its normal proportion of the German population.
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 1790
    Number of Variables: 207
The current data set contains the data of the first wave of a panel survey. The second wave is available under ZA Study No. 1091.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA1090 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Dalton, Russell J.: Values in Change: A Panel Study of German Youth, 1976-79. Tallahassee: Florida, State University, Department of Government, Forschungsbericht 1980.

Update Metadata: 2020-10-20 | Issue Number: 94 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22

Dalton, Russell J.; ZUMA, Mannheim (1981): USICA-Jugend-Studie (Panel: 1. Welle 1976-1977). Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.