Political Protest in the Federal Republic of Germany (Students)

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

    Inclination toward political extremism among students in colleges of the Federal Republic. Political attitudes, political participation and judgement on parties as well as the nation. Learning conditions and occupational concepts. Topics: political interest and frequency of political conversations; political participation; judgement on social justice in the FRG; most important political goals and issue-ability of the nation; 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 violence 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 dependence of politics in the FRG 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; description of learning conditions and housing situation; subjects of studies and personal impact from restricted admission; judgement on the selection procedure regarding its fairness; assignment of responsibility for the shortage of university/college openings; satisfaction with form of instruction and examination regulations in one´s subject; desired occupation; actual and ideal criteria for occupational success; assessment of personal occupational chances; judgement on the economic situation in the FRG; judgement on the necessity of a leadership elite; important problems to be solved at the university; degree of familiarity of university political groups and preferred university group; motives for non-participation in the election to the student parlament; behavior at the polls in the last student parlament elections; composition of the ASTA; satisfaction with ASTA; membership in a student university group; judgement on various forms of political conduct and protest at the university as well as judgement on their effectiveness; type of entitlement to university admission; participation in military service or community service; religiousness; political interest of both parents and assessment of parents on a left-right continuum. In the form of extensive scales the following was surveyed: political protest potential, conventional political conduct, 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 conduct, political deprivation and government responsibility and achievement; contacts with the police, court and authorities. Demography: age; sex; marital status; religious denomination; frequency of church attendance; school education; occupation; occupational position; household income; composition of household; respondent is head of household; memberships; telephone. Interviewer rating: weekday of interview; willingness of respondent to cooperate; distance to large city; length of interview. Also encoded was: identification of interviewer and date of interview.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1976-03 / 1976-04
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG incl. West Berlin
Sampled Universe
Students according to their distribution in subjects and their organization or non-organization in university groupings.
Sampling Procedure Comment: Quota sample
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 410
In the framework of the same project a representative survey of the population as well as a survey of further target groups were also conducted. These studies are available under ZA Study Nos. 1092 to 1095.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA1093 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Infratest Wirtschaftsforschung (Hrsg.): Politischer Protest in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland: Beiträge zur sozialempirischen Untersuchung des Extremismus. Stuttgart: Kohlhammer 1980.

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 95 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22