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ZUMABUS 8 (1985)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Bühringer, Gerhard (Institut für Therapieforschung, München)
  • Gerchow, Joachim (Universität Frankfurt)
  • Frederichs, Günther (Kernforschungszentrum Karlsruhe)
  • Böltken, Ferdinand (Bundesforschungsanstalt für Landeskunde und Raumplanung, Bonn-Bad Godesberg)
  • ZUMA, Mannheim
Publication Date
  • GETAS, Bremen (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Society, Culture
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Working conditions
    • Social change
    • Drug abuse, alcohol and smoking
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
    • Science and technology
  • Abstract

    1. Questions on playing habits with gambling machines. 2. Questions on the situation in the job market. 3. Questions on large-scale technology. 4. ZUMA standard demography. Topics: 1. Questions on playing habits with gambling machines: frequency, duration and place of playing with slot machines with possibility of winning; level of last wagered sum of money as well as amount won or lost; information on earlier playing habits; monthly financial expenditures in leisure time altogether. 2. Questions on the situation in the job market: judgement on securing of jobs in the area; assessment of the certainty of one´s own job; judgement on the effects of computer technology on one´s own situation in the job market as well as on personal workplace; attitude to flexible working hours and an occupational pause; maximum reasonable time for the commute to work; regional mobility; workplace out of town and distance to place of residence; means of transport used and length of daily trip to work; professional career prospects; influence of newer technologies on the creation of new jobs or unemployment; local residency; greatest loss at moving away from residential area. With unemployed: interest in part-time employment or full-time position; reasonable distance and duration of commute to nearest place of work; regional mobility. 3. Questions on large-scale technology: associations with the word ´technology´; preferred areas of use of government support funds: scale on nuclear power plants, missile stationing, census and speed limit on streets; attitude to technical progress (scale); technical interest and self-assessment of technical knowledge; sources of information about technology used; attitude to nuclear energy (scales); postmaterialism index; most important political goals in the Federal Republic. 4. ZUMA standard demography: age; sex; marital status; religious denomination; religiousness; frequency of church attendance; school education; occupational training; occupation; occupational position; area of business of company; income; household size; household composition; respondent is head of household; characteristics of head of household; voting behavior at the last state parliament election; self-assessment of social class; possession of telephone. Interviewer rating: presence of third persons during interview and their intervention in survey; willingness of respondent to cooperate; reliability of responses; length of interview; date of interview. Also encoded were: sex of interviewer and age of interviewer.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1985-03 / 1985-04
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
Sampled Universe
Persons 18 years old and older at the time of survey, living in private households and of German nationality.
Sampling Procedure Comment: Multi-stage stratified random sample (ADM mastersample)
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 2069
    Number of Variables: 229
The remaining ZUMABUS surveys are archived under the following Nos.: ZUMABUS 1 - 1976 (ZA Study No. 0861) ZUMABUS 2 - 1977 (ZA Study No. 0814) ZUMABUS 3 - 1979 (ZA Study No. 1224) ZUMABUS 4 - 1979 (ZA Study No. 1017) ZUMABUS 5 - 1980 (ZA Study No. 1225) ZUMABUS 6 - 1982 (ZA Study No. 1226) ZUMABUS 7 - 1984 (ZA Study No. 1336) ZUMABUS 9 - 1985 (ZA Study No. 1338) Parts of the ZUMA standard demography have been summarized in a time series archived under ZA Study No. 1233.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA1337 (Type: ZA-No.)

Update Metadata: 2020-10-20 | Issue Number: 15 | Registration Date: 2014-09-10

Bühringer, Gerhard; Gerchow, Joachim; Frederichs, Günther; Böltken, Ferdinand; ZUMA, Mannheim (1987): ZUMABUS 8 (1985). Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.