Social Problems and Protest Behavior

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Opp, Karl-Dieter (Institut für Soziologie, Universität Hamburg)
Publication Date
  • Institut fuer Soziologie, Universitaet Hamburg (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Society, Culture
  • Abstract

    Attitude of nuclear power opponents to atomic energy and the anti-nuclear power movement. Judgement on the utility of anti-nuclear power protest and evaluation of personal commitment. Topics: satisfaction with planned use of atomic energy; intensity of one´s own dissatisfaction with use of atomic energy; perceived threat from nuclear power plants; specification and judgement on activities against nuclear power plants; time of last involvement against nuclear power plants; most important current actions against nuclear power plants; self-classification on an activity scale; probability of personal future activities against nuclear power plants; expected development of expansion or shut-down of nuclear facilities; perceived personal influence and judgement on influence of the anti-nuclear power movement; estimated number of active opponents of nuclear power plants in the Federal Republic; importance of political participation; judgement on advantages and disadvantages of anti-nuclear power engagement (scale); altruism as motive for anti-nuclear power engagement; those perceived responsible for construction of nuclear power plants; bottled up anger about construction of nuclear power plants; contribution of the anti-nuclear power movement to a higher mistrust regarding persons responsible; influence of the anti-nuclear power movement on the nuclear power discussion; evaluation of personal commitment through the circle of friends and significance of this judgement; fun at organizing and convincing; attitude to violence; probability and evaluation of reactions of others to personal political commitment (scale in Likert form as well as according to magnitude scaling); memberships and judgement on personal commitment in organizations, clubs or groups; neighborhood contacts; things in common with neighbors and estimated proportion of nuclear power opponents in one´s own neighborhood; postmaterialism index (short and long version of the scale); socially desired responding (short scale); contentment with life (scale); judgement on government, the police and judiciary as well as satisfaction with the political system (scale); experiences in public appearances and speaking; naming of further nuclear power opponents. Interviewer rating: presence of other persons and interventions in the interview; reliability and willingness of respondent to cooperate; length of interview; date of interview; type of survey; sampling procedure according to which respondent became part of the sample. Demography: age; sex; marital status; religious denomination; school education; vocational training; further education; occupation; occupational position; employment; income and how many persons live on it; sources of income; size of household; self-assessment of social class; length of living in the current residence or the part of town; residential status; self-assessment on a left-right continuum; living in a group sharing a residence; size of household; contribution to support of other persons; readiness for a re-interview.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1982-04 / 1982-10
Geographic Coverage
  • Schleswig-Holstein (DE-SH)
    Eimsbüttel and Geesthacht
Sampling Procedure Comment: The sample of respondents in Eimsbuettel took place through random selection from the resident registry containing all Germans between the ages of 16 to 60 years. Besides the 130 persons thus obtained further 99 respondents were obtained via the snowball selection procedure. In Geesthacht 57 persons were obtained for the survey through random selection from the addressbook of the city and 112 respondents through the snowball selection procedure.
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 398
    Number of Variables: 488
The data set contains exclusively those persons who in establishing contact identified themselves as nuclear power opponents (active or inactive). The formulations of the questions are correspondingly different for active and inactive nuclear power opponents. While the one group was asked about their actual involvement, the other group was interviewed on their possible involvement. For methodological considerations a 14-part scale was surveyed in 2 alternative forms (Likert versus magnitude scaling).
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA1379 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Opp, Karl-Dieter u.a.: Soziale Probleme und Protestverhalten: Eine empirische Konfrontation des Modells rationalen Verhaltens mit soziologischen und demographischen Hypothesen am Beispiel von Atomkraftgegnern. Opladen: Westdeutscher Verlag 1984.

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 87 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22