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Autumn Study 1981

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Sozialwissenschaftliches Forschungsinstitut der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, St. Augustin
Publication Date
  • GETAS, Bremen (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Political Attitudes and Behavior
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Conflict, security and peace
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
    • Government, political systems and organisation
    • Elections
  • Abstract

    Judgement on parties and politicians. Political attitudes. Topics: judgement on the economic situation in the Federal Republic and assessment of further development next year; judgement on one´s own financial situation; most important political events in the last year; party preference (ballot procedure); personal change in party voted for since 1949; behavior at the polls in the Federal Parliament election 1980; most important political tasks in the Federal Republic and issue competence of the parties; satisfaction with the government coalition and opposition; preference for expenditure development for selected political areas; importance of areas of life; satisfaction with democracy in the country; self-classification and assessment of federal parties on a left-right continuum; judgement on questions of foreign and defense policy; major reason for the time of peace since 1945; interest in the disarmament discussion; perceived threat from the Soviet Union and judgement on the development in the last 5 years; attitude to an increase in defense expenditures; assessment of the military balance of power between east and west; attitude to disarmament and stationing of medium-range missiles in Europe; general agreement of one´s own personal opinion with the top politicians of the parties; postmaterialism index; judgement on freedom and development possibilities in the Federal Republic; securing prosperity through nuclear energy; attitude to selected future political problems as well as judgement on their treatment by the politicians (scale); preferred government measures to alleviate current economic difficulties; attitude to a social service for men and women; coalition most able to alleviate the economic difficulties; attitude to expansion of media offerings by private broadcasters; party preference at federal level (ballot procedure); behavior at the polls in the last state parliament election. Date of birth; religiousness; party preference of spouse; union membership and solidarity with trade unions; membership in occupational organizations; self-assessment of social class; party inclination and party identification; characterization of occupational groups primarily represented in the residential area; preferred party among residents of residential surroundings; possession of telephone, camera, bicycle, freezer, car and camping vehicles. Beyond the first part the following additional questions were posed in Hesse: agreement of one´s own political opinion with the state parties and their top politicians; attitude to revising political decisions already made on major technological projects; preferred conduct of state government regarding construction of the runway west {Frankfurt Airport}. Beyond the first part the following questions were posed in Lower Saxony: agreement of one´s own political opinion with the state parties and top politicians; evaluation of the influence of the CDU as a party on the job of the state government; assessment of future development of the Greens at the state level; satisfaction with government work of the CDU and the job of the SPD in opposition in Lower Saxony. Interviewer rating: size of place of residence; interest of respondent in interview; number of contact attempts; length of interview; date of interview.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1981-09 / 1981-10
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG without West-Berlin
Sampled Universe
Persons with German citizenship 18 years old or older and living in private households
Probability: Multistage; Probability: Stratified; Sampling Procedure Comment: Multi-stage stratified random sample (ADM mastersample). Besides the representative sample for the rest of the Federal Republic supplemental samples were drawn by over-representation in the states Hesse and Lower Saxony
Time Dimension
  • Cross-section
Collection Mode
  • Face-to-face interview
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 3609
The supplemental samples in Hesse and Lower Saxony contain about 800 cases each. Further Autumn Studies are archived under ZA Study Nos. 1454, 1456, 1505, 1508, 1808, 1809, 1811, 1954 and 1956. The Spring Studies are archived under ZA Study Nos. 1450, 1453, 1455, 1501 to 1504, 1506, 1507, 1807, 1810, 1953 and 1955.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA1452 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • WAHLEN (Type: FDZ)

Update Metadata: 2020-10-21 | Issue Number: 89 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22

Sozialwissenschaftliches Forschungsinstitut der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, St. Augustin (1985): Herbststudie 1981. Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.