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Politics in the Federal Republic of Germany (1980)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Bürklin, Wilhelm P. (Universität Mannheim)
  • Wildenmann, Rudolf (Universität Mannheim)
  • Wollweber, S. (Universität Mannheim)
Publication Date
  • INFRATEST, Muenchen (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Political Attitudes and Behavior
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
    • Government, political systems and organisation
  • Abstract

    Political attitudes as well as judgement on parties and politicians in the Federal Republic. Topics: most important problems of the Federal Republic; judgement on one´s own and the general economic situation; issue relevance; issue-ability of the parties; attitude to selected political topics such as e.g. nuclear energy, the death penalty for terrorists, directing the economy, abortion and restriction of civil rights; postmaterialism index; knowledge about the time of the next Federal Parliament election; importance of result of Federal Parliament election for oneself; party preference (ballot procedure); preference for federal chancellor; not desired federal chancellor; behavior at the polls with other candidates for chancellor than Schmidt and Strauss; trust in the leadership role of the USA; fear of war (scale); preferred chancellor given a hypothetical international crisis situation; attitude to founding of the Greens; attitude to voting for the Greens in a Federal Parliament election; assumed taking seats in Parliament by the Greens as well as a tax party; self-classification on a left-right continuum; sympathy scale for the political parties and leading politicians in the Federal Republic; judgement on social-liberal coalition and opposition in Bonn; party inclination; party identification; satisfaction with democracy in the Federal Republic; attitude to a grand coalition; self-assessment of social class; trust in the action of the Federal Government; Federal Government in the service of the public interest or special interest groups; the right to political opposition and personal understanding of democracy (scale); judgement on the relationship between taxpayer and tax office; judgement on tax equity and honesty in paying taxes; trust in the the judiciary; assumed equality of all citizens before the law; personal court experiences and judgement on the court decision; association with policemen and prestige of the police; attitude to authorities and conduct in contact with authorities (scale); judgement on the possibilities of political participation; complexity of political events; assessment of the relation between voter and politician or the parties; personal political interest and activities; importance of participation in politics; attitude to selected protest measures and judgement on the effectiveness of such measures; personal participation and intent to participate in protest measures; assumed winner of the next Federal Parliament election; frequency of conversations about politics and the Federal Parliament election. Demography: ZUMA standard demography: age; sex; marital status; religious denomination; frequency of church attendance; school education; vocational training; occupational position; employment; area of business of company; company size; household income; sources of income; composition of household; residential status; interest in politics; behavior at the polls in the last Federal Parliament election; regional origins; memberships. Interviewer rating: type of city; degree of urbanization; presence of others during the interview; interventions by other persons in the interview; willingness to cooperate and reliability of respondent; time of interview. Also encoded was: availablilty of respondent on various weekdays; interviewer identity; length of interview; day of interview.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1980-04
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG incl. West Berlin
Sampling Procedure Comment: Multi-stage stratified random sample of persons 18 years old and older
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 1939
    Number of Variables: 279
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA1221 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Bürklin, Wilhelm P.: Grüne Politik: Ideologische Zyklen, Wähler und Parteiensystem. Opladen: Westdeutscher Verlag 1984. (Beiträge zur sozialwissenschaftlichen Forschung, Bd. 64)
  • Bürklin, Wilhelm P.: The Greens: Ecology and the New Left. In: Wallach, H.G. Peter; Romoser, George K. (eds.): West German Politics in the Mid-Eighties: Crises and Continuity. New York: Praeger 1985, S. 187-218.
  • Bürklin, Wilhelm P.: Die Grünen und die "Neue Politik": Abschied vom Dreiparteiensystem? In: Politische Vierteljahresschrift, 22, 1981, S. 359-382.
  • Bürklin, Wilhelm P.: The Split Between the Established and the Non-established Left in Germany. In: European Journal of Political Research 13, 1985, S. 283-293.

Update Metadata: 2020-10-20 | Issue Number: 85 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22

Bürklin, Wilhelm P.; Wildenmann, Rudolf; Wollweber, S. (1982): Politik in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (1980). Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.