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Political Protest in the Federal Republic of Germany (Population)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • INFRATEST, München
Publication Date
  • INFRATEST, Munich (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Political Attitudes and Behavior
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Social behaviour and attitudes
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
    • Government, political systems and organisation
  • Abstract

    Inclination of the population of the Federal Republic to political extremism. Political attitudes, political participation and judgement on parties as well as government. Topics: political interest and frequency of political conversations; political participation; judgement on social equity in the FRG; most important political goals and issue ability of the government; attitude to the welfare state (scale); self-assessment on a left-right continuum and comparison with one´s own position 5 years ago; party preference and rank order for the SPD, CDU, CSU, FDP, NPD, DKP, KPD, KPD/ML and KBW; personal political conduct in the last few years; attitude to use of force and demonstrations; attitude to the conduct of the judiciary, government and police; behavior at the polls in the Federal Parliament election 1972 (first vote and second vote); party ties; assessment of the dependency of FRG politics on special interest groups; attitude to the trade unions and extremists in the civil service; attitude to various forms of political protest; judgement on the economic situation of the FRG and one´s own economic situation; contentment with life; fear of the future and fatalism; media usage; information on presence at home or availability in the last week. The following questions were posed in the form of extensive scales: political protest potential, conventional political behavior, postmaterialism, trust in political leadership, assessment of the ability of the political system to react, assessment of personal political influence, expected effectiveness of unconventional political behavior, political deprivation and government responsibility and achievement. Demography: age; sex; marital status; religious denomination; frequency of church attendance; school education; occupation; occupational position; household income; household composition; respondent is head of household; memberships; telefone. Interviewer rating: weekday of interview; willingness of respondent to cooperate; distance to large city; length of interview. Also encoded were: identification of interviewer and date of interview.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1975-11 / 1976-01
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG incl. West Berlin
Sampled Universe
Persons in private households. Age: 16 to 50
Sampling Procedure Comment: Multi-stage stratified random sample
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 4012
    Number of Variables: 325
In the framework of the same project supplementary surveys were also conducted with students, apprentices and young unemployed. These studies are available under ZA Study Nos. 1093, 1094, 1095.
A - Data and documents are released for academic research and teaching.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA1092 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Infratest Wirtschaftsforschung (Hrsg.): Politischer Protest in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland: Beiträge zur sozialempirischen Untersuchung des Extremismus. Stuttgart: Kohlhammer 1980.

Update Metadata: 2020-10-20 | Issue Number: 95 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22

INFRATEST, München (1976): Politischer Protest in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Bevölkerung). Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.