Attitude to Technology (1980)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Merbold, Claus (SIEMENS, München)
  • INFRATEST Wirtschaftsforschung, München
Publication Date
  • INFRATEST Wirtschaftsforschung, Muenchen (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Technology, Energy
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Social change
    • Business/industrial management and organisation
    • Natural resources and energy
    • Science and technology
  • Abstract

    Attitude to technical progress, the economy and the environment. Topics: relative interest in media reporting in selected areas such as science, technology, culture etc.; preferred source of information about the mentioned topic areas; importance of and satisfaction in selected areas of life; sociability and work orientation (scales); expectation of one´s own and the general economic development in the next five years; probability of personal impact and assessment of the general significance of dangers to health, the economy and environment; associations with the term technology (the same question was posed twice in the course of the interview); acquiring durable economic goods in the last 12 months; car possession; annual distance driven; fuel consumption for 100 km; type of vehicle fuel used; attitude to citizen objection against large technical projects; attitude to a coal-fired power plant as well as to a nuclear power plant in the vicinity of place of residence; assessment of personal extent to which informed about the dangers of nuclear power plants; type and distance from nuclear power plants; type and distance of the nearest large technical company; perceived environmental pollution of residential area; expected development of environmental pollution; assumed effects of technology on the type of work and workplace (scale); probability of exhausting oil reserves and preferred countermeasures; areas for sacrificing prosperity; manner of one´s own attempts to save energy in heating; attitude to recycling of glass and paper; preference for city or country life; attitude to technical occupations; dealing with mashines and technical facilities at work; personal impact of technical innovations at work (scale); assumed jeopardy to personal job from technical innovations or rationalization measures; judgement on the importance as well as the harm to the environment of various branches of industry; perceived motivating force of technical progress; areas of desirable increased use of electronics technology; attitude to microelectronics, computers, news technology or entertainment electronics, technology in medicine and nuclear power plants (scales); one´s own children in technology or engineer occupation; personal support of a citizen initiative; party preference and party membership; availability at home in the last 3 days. Demography: age; sex; marital status; school education; occupational training; occupation; occupational position; employment; household income; household size; household composition.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1980-12
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG incl. West Berlin
Sampled Universe
German citizens living in private households.
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: 1984
    Number of Variables: 388
A follow-up survey in which parts of this study were replicated 3 years later is archived under ZA Study No. 1367.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA1274 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Bergler, Reinhold: Die Technik zwischen Selbstverständnis, Skepsis und Notwendigkeit. In: Siemens-Zeitschrift, 55 Heft 3, 1981, S. 2 - 5.
  • Merbold, Claus: The Pessimism With Technology. In: E.S.O.M.A.R. (European Society for Opinion and Marketing Research): Fitting Research to Turbulent Times: Vienna, 29th August to 2nd September 1982, Volume 1, S. 337 -346.

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 244 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22