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Voter Resonance to Candidate Characteristics in Municipal Elections

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Werle, Raymund (Institut für Soziologie, Universität Heidelberg)
Publication Date
  • Institut fuer Soziologie, Universitaet Heidelberg (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Political Attitudes and Behavior
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
    • Government, political systems and organisation
    • Elections
  • Abstract

    Attitudes and characteristics of candidates for the municipal election 1980 in the Mannheim area. Topics: first-time candidacy; earlier candidacies for ´higher´ mandates, such as e.g. for the European Parliament or the Federal Parliament; number and length of political mandates held; length of party membership as well as party offices held and executive functions; active participation in citizen initiatives; scale of assumed voter orientation in voting (election of personalities versus list election and personal tie to election candidates versus political issues); expected number of seats of the party in the municipal council; expectation to achieve a seat oneself; satisfaction with personal list position; estimated proportion of votes for oneself in the total number of votes; characteristics of an ideal municipal council member and critical self-assessment regarding the same items (scale); self-assessment of training of political abilities and special knowledge; intended effort for special matters of local political concern; club memberships and honorary offices exercised there; extent of active participation in club meetings and public events; manner of preparation for a speech; feelings of uncertainty with a larger audience; preference for use of dialect; information on type and frequency of election campaign activities undertaken; assessment of the most effective election advertising; self-assessment of personal degree of familiarity as municipal council candidate and satisfaction with frequency of mention of name in the press; time invested in the election campaign and financial investment; local residency in the municipality; political activity of parents and grandparents; election campaign support from friends and acquaintances; self-assessment of political location in general and political location within one´s party on a left-right continuum; interest in a research report on this investigation; residential status; neighborhood contacts; preferred manner of clothing; religiousness; distance to place of work; company size; membership in a trade union. Scales: democratic attitude; sociability. Also encoded were data from the official election statistics about performance of candidate or party in the municipal election 1980. Demography: sex; marital status; characteristics of spouse; number of children; religious denomination; frequency of church attendance; school education; occupation; employment; income; social origins.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1980-05 / 1980-07
Geographic Coverage
  • Mannheim (DE-BW-MHG)
  • Heidelberg (DE-BW-HEI)
  • Mauer (DE-BW-MUX)
  • Karlsruhe (DE-BW-KAE)
Sampled Universe
Those persons running for election in the municipal election 1980 in the above-mentioned cities for the CDU, SPD, FDP, the Greens and the Free Voter Union (FWV) or the Mannheim List (ML).
Sampling Procedure Comment: Census
Collection Mode
  • Mail survey
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 283
    Number of Variables: 243
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA1203 (Type: ZA-No.)

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

Werle, Raymund (1982): Wählerresonanz auf Kandidatenmerkmale bei Kommunalwahlen. Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.