States Study Autumn 1974

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Dabler, Monika (Sozialwissenschaftliches Forschungsinstitut der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Alfter/Bonn)
  • Garding, Hartmut (Sozialwissenschaftliches Forschungsinstitut der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Alfter/Bonn)
  • Gluchowski, Peter (Sozialwissenschaftliches Forschungsinstitut der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Alfter/Bonn)
Publication Date
  • GETAS, Bremen (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Political Attitudes and Behavior
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
    • Government, political systems and organisation
    • Elections
  • Abstract

    Political attitudes before the state parliament elections 1974 in the states Schleswig-Holstein, Rhineland-Palatinate, North Rhine-Westphalia, Bavaria and Hesse. Judgement on parties and politicians. The questionnaire consists of a nationally uniform part and a state-specific part. Topics: 1. nationally uniform part: judgement on the economic situation and assumed economic development; extent to which politically informed and political interest; attitude to tax reform; spectrum of parties voted for by respondent in Federal Parliament elections since 1949; behavior at the polls in the Federal Parliament election 1972; personal change in party voted for; party preference and party ties; preferred federal chancellor; judgement on the government Schmidt/Genscher as well as the relationship of the FDP to the SPD; party inclination (split); changes of party sympathies in the course of time; most important political tasks in the FRG; preferred CDU/CSU politicians in leading positions; issue ability of the parties and selected politicians; sympathy scale for the SPD, CDU/CSU and the FDP; judgement on the Young Union as well as the Jusos {Young Socialists}; assessment of personal political location on the question of price stability and securing jobs as well as assumed attitudes of top politicians and parties; judgement on current foreign policy relations and their significance for the future; parties one cannot vote for; assessment of changes within a party since 1969; assumed identity of interests of the parties represented in the Federal Parliament; attitude to rejection of draft laws by the CDU/CSU majority in the Federal Upper House; judgement on Schmidt as federal chancellor (scale). 2a. State-specific part: judgement on the economic situation of the state; degree of familiarity of state politicians; knowledge about the party affiliation of selected politicians; preferred prime minister; profiles of characteristics of the prime minister candidates; most important state political goals; party preference at state level (ballot procedure); behavior at the polls in the last state parliament election; preferred government coalition; sympathy scale for the parties at state level. 2b. In Lower Saxony (as follow-up survey after the state parliament election had taken place): assessment of the economic situation and economic development; personal election participation and behavior at the polls in the last state parliament election; time of voting decision; satisfaction with the prime minister and the election result; election result corresponding to one´s own expectation; preferred government coalition; judgement on the election campaign; assessment of state or national political character of the state parliament election; expected influence of the change of federal chancellor on this election; knowledge about the counting error in the state parliament election; assumed reasons for this error; assumed party influence on this counting error; attitude to a new election and presumed change of personal behavior at the polls in this case; party preference (ballot procedure); sympathy changes regarding selected politicians and parties since the last state parliament election. 3. To all: knowledge of lay-offs in one´s own economic area; probability of loss of job next year regarding respondent as well as a member of the household; possession of a telephone. Demography: age; sex; marital status; religious denomination; frequency of church attendance; school education; occupational position; employment; household income; household composition; respondent is head of household; characteristics of head of household; self-assessment of social class; city size; state; union membership; Interviewer rating: length of interview; day of interview; interest of respondent in interview; number of contact attempts.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1974-10
Geographic Coverage
  • Schleswig-Holstein (DE-SH)
  • Rhineland-Palatinate (DE-RP)
  • North Rhine-Westphalia (DE-NW)
  • Bavaria (DE-BY)
  • Hesse (DE-HE)
  • Lower Saxony (DE-NI)
  • Germany (DE)
Sampled Universe
No specific information
Probability: Multistage; Probability: Stratified: Disproportional; Sampling Procedure Comment: Multi-stage over-sample stratified random sample (ADM mastersample). Beyond the individual representative state samples for the above-mentioned states a small ´national sample´ was taken. Besides statements about the individual states, after cleaning the over-sample of the state sample through a weighting factor (specified in the data set) statements about the entire territory of the Federal Republic are also possible.
Time Dimension
  • Cross-section
Collection Mode
  • Face-to-face interview
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 4287
    Number of Variables: 220
A split questionnaire was used in which a question was posed in alternative form (see split). With the exception of Lower Saxony (by-election investigation) all data were collected in the framework of a pre-election investigation. The nationally uniform part of the questionnaire permits statements about the entire territory of the Federal Republic. The 4287 respondents are distributed among the individual states as follows: Schleswig-Holstein 560, Lower Saxony 589, North Rhine-Westphalia 638, Hesse 624, Rhineland-Palatinate 639, Bavaria 654, remaining states (small national sample) 583. In the course of the survey the the question of the most important goals was posed twice in identical manner. See also the State Study 1975 archived under ZA Study No. 1127.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA1126 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • WAHLEN (Type: FDZ)

Update Metadata: 2020-10-20 | Issue Number: 88 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22