Leadership in the Federal Republic of Germany (Population Survey for the Mannheim Elite Study 1981)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Kaase, Max (Lehrstuhl für politische Wissenschaft und international vergleichende Sozialforschung, Universität Mannheim)
  • Wildenmann, Rudolf (Lehrstuhl für politische Wissenschaft, Universität Mannheim)
Publication Date
  • GETAS, Bremen (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Political Issues
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
    • Government, political systems and organisation
  • Abstract

    The attitude of the German population to current political questions as well as to fundamental problems of democracy and its ability to function. Topics: most important problems of the FRG; judgement on the importance of political goals; attitude to selected topics of domestic and foreign policy, such as e.g. the comprehensive school, ecology and competitive ability, foreign aid, EC sovereignty, government supervision of primary industry and banks, reduction of social services, ban on employment of radicals as teachers and civil servants, co-determination and private radio stations; judgement on policies to reduce tension and Soviet foreign policy; attitude to nuclear energy; political interest; party preference; sympathy scale for the CDU/CSU, SPD, FDP and the Greens; self-assessment on a left-right continuum; preferred government coalition. Scales: understanding of democracy; dogmatism; postmaterialism. Demography: age; sex; marital status; religious denomination; frequency of church attendance; occupation; employment; income; household income; household size; household composition; respondent is head of household; characteristics of head of household; person managing household. Also encoded was: weekday of interview; size of municipality class, politically and after Boustedt; administrative districts.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1982
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG incl. West Berlin
Sampled Universe
Persons 16 years old and older.
Sampling Procedure Comment: Multi-stage stratified random sample
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 2206
    Number of Variables: 138
The data set is part of an omnibus survey. All questions originated in an elite survey conducted in 1981 and archived under ZA Study No. 1139. The elite survey contains further topic complexes going beyond the questions posed here.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA1231 (Type: ZA-No.)

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 242 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22