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Federal Parliament Election 1980 (Panel: 1st Wave 1978)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Sozialwissenschaftliches Forschungsinstitut der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Alfter/Bonn
Publication Date
  • INFRATEST, Munich (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Political Attitudes and Behavior
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
    • Government, political systems and organisation
    • Elections
  • Abstract

    Political attitudes and judgement on parties as well as politicians. The contents of the three surveys (ZA Study Nos. 1323 - 1325) are each divided in two, in a block of questions identical at all survey times and a further block specific to the respective wave. Topics: 1. The part of the survey identical to all investigations: judgement on one´s own economic situation and that of the Federal Republic; political interest; most important political event; party inclination and party identification; most important political task in the Federal Republic and most able party; satisfaction with the government coalition (SPD/FDP) and the opposition (CDU/CSU); party preference (Sunday question, first vote and second vote) as well as certainty of one´s voting decision; self-classification and classification of the parties on a conservative-modern continuum; strength of the representation of personal political concepts in the individual parties; satisfaction with the political system in the FRG; behavior at the polls in the Federal Parliament election 1976; self-assessment of feeling of belonging to the group of Europeans, of Liberals, of Conservatives, of the Left, of Free Democrats, of Christian Democrats and of Social Democrats; approval of the FDP´s departure from the Federal Parliament and most important reasons for this; judgement on the freedom of decision for the FDP in the choice of coalition; party preference of spouse; size of municipality; characteristics of place of residence; date of interview; length of interview. 2. Beyond this the following questions were posed in this wave: judgement on party efforts for selected population groups; the positive and negative sides of the SPD, CDU/CSU and of the FDP; adequate consideration of more recent problem areas by the established parties (protest potential); desire for further parties; attitude to separation of CDU and CSU as well as to a nation-wide expansion of the CSU; contacts with authorities and officials; judgement on the last contact with authorities; judgement on the efforts of the government for greater populism; expected opportunities for the parties to influence the government´s populism; the party making the strongest efforts for populism; personal opinion allegiance and frequency of seeking advice; party preference of opinion leader; reliable sources and conversation partner in the search for information on political questions; personal intent to participate in the election and party preference at the state level (Sunday question). Demography: age; sex; marital status; religious denomination; frequency of church attendance; school education; occupational position; employment; number of recipients of income; household income; characteristics of spouse; position in household; household size; household composition; respondent is head of household; characteristics of head of household; self-assessment of social class; Interviewer rating: length of interview; date.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1978-11
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
Sampled Universe
The population eligible to vote and 18 years old or older.
Probability: Multistage; Probability: Stratified; Sampling Procedure Comment: Multi-stage stratified random sample
Time Dimension
  • Longitudinal: Panel
Collection Mode
  • Face-to-face interview
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 5976
The current data set is the first wave of a three-part panel survey. The second and third waves are archived under ZA Study Nos. 1324 and 1325. The complete panel investigation is also available as an integrated data set.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA1323 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • WAHLEN (Type: FDZ)

Update Metadata: 2020-10-20 | Issue Number: 87 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22

Sozialwissenschaftliches Forschungsinstitut der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Alfter/Bonn (1984): Bundestagswahl 1980 (Panel: 1. Welle 1978). Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.