Future Expectations and Future Conduct

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • EMNID, Bielefeld
Publication Date
  • EMNID, Bielefeld (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Society, Culture
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Leisure, tourism and sport
    • Social change
    • Natural resources and energy
  • Abstract

    General future expectations of the population and assessment of political, personal, social and economic development. Leisure behavior and structuring of vacation. Topics: 1. Future expectations: fear of the future; personal thoughts about the future and expectation of a future worth living; detailed recording of the importance of topics of the future; perceived possibilities to influence personal future; perceived jeopardy to the future of humanity; ideals and ideologies of the future; expected development of group influences and growth of power of selected organizations in the Federal Republic; greatest desire for the next 20 years; expected development of political power blocks; perceived possibilities to secure peace; attitude to the economic future, the job market and further development of technology (scale); future time worked each week and expected arrangements of working hours and leisure time; most promising type of investment; future forms of payment in shopping; types of energy with increasing significance; expected development of the need for energy and energy prices; means of transport in the future and transport systems with growing significance; significance of the ocean for the food supply and raw material supply; reasons for the threat as well as expected development of environmental quality; assessment of adequate efforts for environmental protection; expected development of instruction methods and types of school; assessment of the development of political interest of West Germans; expected development of leisure time and frequency of vacation; vacation destinations and means of transport for the vacation trip that are becoming more significant; obstacles to distant trips; deficiencies in selected local recreational areas; the significance of the car in using local recreation opportunities; planned changes of one´s own vacation expenditures; most important reasons for vacation; athletic activity for health reasons; types of sport and hobbies with increasing significance; personal hobbies; clothing characteristics with a future; most important point of view in shopping; expected development of the total population in selected world regions; average number of children and desires for children in the future; development of the guest worker problem; nutrition habits and preferred fruits as well as vegetables in the future; most important and most healthful sources of nutrition in the future; physical complaints becoming more frequent and visits to the doctor; supposed reasons for the increase of physical complaints; assessment of the progress of medicine; desirable medical developments; expected development of the addiction and drug problem; familiarity and judgement on more recent developments of information technology; effects of technical progress on the environment; attitude to data protection; housing desires; one´s own home or city residence; preferred developments in the housing area (scale); prediction of personal conduct regarding motor vehicle use in view of air pollution and increasing gasoline prices. 2. Attitude to rental cars: attitude to use of rental car on vacation and expected development of the frequency of use of campers; interest in use of rental car for one´s own vacation or short vacations. Demography: age; sex; marital status; religious denomination; school education; occupational position; employment; number of recipients of income; household income; household size; household composition; respondent is head of household; characteristics of head of household; person managing household; city size; state. Interviewer rating: weekday of interview.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1980-09
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG incl. West Berlin
Sampled Universe
Age: 14 and older.
Sampling Procedure Comment: Quota sample
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 1120
    Number of Variables: 533
The study is part of a survey series dealing with the same survey contents. The other studies are archived under the following ZA Study Nos.: ZA Study No. 0906 (1976) ZA Study No. 1546 (1983) ZA Study No. 1547 (1985) ZA Study No. 1683 (1981)
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA1166 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • EMNID (Hrsg.): Zukunftserwartungen und Zukunftsverhalten. Bielefeld: Forschungsbericht 1980.

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 87 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22