Federal Survey 1978 (2nd Wave, May 1978)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Institut für Politische Wissenschaft, Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel
Publication Date
  • GETAS, Bremen (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Political Attitudes and Behavior
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
    • Government, political systems and organisation
    • Elections
  • Abstract

    Judgement on parties and politicians. Topics: political interest; judgement on economic situation in the Federal Republic; party preference (ballot procedure); behavior at the polls in the last Federal Parliament election; trust in selected institutions such as chancellor, government, Federal Parliament, judiciary, police etc.; sympathy scale and assessment of political capability of the parties as well as of the most important federal politicians; assessment of reliability of political sources of information; behavior at the polls given a nation-wide separation of CDU and CSU; judgement on economic situation. The following questions were also posed in Lower Saxony: judgement on the economic situation of Lower Saxony; most important political tasks in the state and issue ability of parties and politicians; knowledge about the Green Lists and the political matter of concern of this party; attitude to the Greens gaining seats in the Lower Saxony state parliament; classification of state parties and politicians on a left-right continuum; self-classification on a left-right continuum; assessment of the position of the Lower Saxony CDU in comparison to the federal CDU; preference for prime minister; party preference for the next state parliament election; judgement on the job of the CDU/FDP coalition up to now in Lower Saxony as well as attitude to a possible model character of this coalition at federal level. Demography: age; sex; marital status; number of children; ages of children (classified); religious denomination; frequency of church attendance; school education; occupational position; employment; income; household income; size of household; composition of household; respondent is head of household; characteristics of head of household; party inclination; party identification; self-assessment of social class; city size; state; union membership; party inclination; party identification; number of persons in household with their own income. Interviewer rating: length of interview. Also encoded was: administrative district; political municipality size class; degree of urbanization.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1978-05
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG without West Berlin
Sampled Universe
Persons 18 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: 1668
    Number of Variables: 226
The data set was created as part of a trend survey summarized in a data set under ZA Study No. 1415.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA1417 (Type: ZA-No.)

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