USICA Youth Study (Panel: 2nd Wave 1979)

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: strengths and weaknesses of the political system in the FRG and reformability of the weaknesses; greatest future dangers for the FRG; country with a preferred political system; self-image of Germans (scale); self-assessment of progressiveness; importance of political goals; political interest and attitude to political participation; approval of and personal participation in political actions and protests; attitude to demonstrations and judgement on the conduct of government and authorities regarding demonstrators; attitude to intervention in other countries given human rights violations; attitude to the NPD and communist parties in the FRG as well as to extremists in the civil service; judgement on the influence of the FRG in the world and attitude to a claim to leadership; attitude to selected countries; most important goals of a preferred foreign policy; desire for independence from the USA and cooperation with other countries; attitude to NATO as well as to military service or alternate service; attitude to military service for women; defense preparedness (scale); assessment of the development of communism in the FRG and Western Europe; self-assessment on a left-right continuum; party preference (ballot procedure;first and second votes) and party identification; behavior at the polls in the last Federal Parliament election. Scales: political activity, democratic attitude, old and new political values, political repression, supranationalism, political and economic human rights. Demography: age; sex; marital status; religious denomination; frequency of church attendance; school education; occupational training; occupational position; employment; income; sources of income; income of spouse; memberships; telefone. 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
  • 1979-04 / 1979-10
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 Repeated survey of persons selected in ZA Study No. 1090 according to the following criteria: 1) about 50 percent of the respondents should have attended university (better educated) or not (less educated); 2) the age cohort of those 31 to 34 years old should be represented in the sample with only 50 percent of the normal proportion in the German population.
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 1103
The current data set contains the data of the second and last wave of a panel survey and contains a series of question formulations identical to ZA Study No. 1090. There exists also a panel data set based on the number of cases of the first wave.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA1091 (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