Spring Study 1979

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Sozialwissenschaftliches Forschungsinstitut der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, St. Augustin
Publication Date
  • Census, Frankfurt (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 at federal as well as state level. Topics: besides questions uniform at the federal level the questionnaire also contains questions only posed in individual states: 1. Federal part: assessment of economic situation in the Federal Republic as well as of economic development of personal household; political interest; most important political events in the last year and judgement on them by respondent; behavior at the polls in the last Federal Parliament election; general agreement of one´s own political opinions with the top politicians of the parties as well as the parties (scale); party preference (ballot procedure); the significance of the candidate for chancellor for one´s own voting decision; demands on a good chancellor and a party one can vote for; effort of the parties for selected social groups; personal identification with selected groups; most important political tasks in the Federal Republic and issue competence of the parties; satisfaction with the job of the government coalition and opposition; classification of parties and politicians as well as self-classification on a left-right continuum; party inclination; attitude to state, politicians and political participation (scale); most important characteristics of a desirable society and degree of realization in the Federal Republic; most important characteristics of an effective government and opposition; issue position of the candidates for chancellor, parties as well as personal attitude to selected issues; familiarity of the scheduled date of the elections for European Parliament; assessment of the agreement of the EC member countries; intent to participate in the European Parliament election; preferred interest group representation in the European Parliament; most important political tasks in the state. 2. State parts: In North Rhine-Westphalia the following questions were also posed: general agreement of one´s own political opinions with selected politicians and parties in North Rhine-Westphalia; party preference at state level; satisfaction with state government and opposition in the state; personal impact of political decisions in North Rhine-Westphalia in the last year; most important political tasks in one´s own municipality; most important problems at federal, state or municipal level as well as judgement on the achievements of politicians at these levels; child-orientation of society in general as well as of one´s own residential area; reasons for reduction in birthrate; attitude to government support for young families. In Schleswig-Holstein beyond part 1 the following questions were posed: agreement of one´s own political opinion with selected politicians and parties in the state; party preference at state level; satisfaction with the job of the state government and state opposition; trust in selected state institutions; judgement on the election campaign of individual parties; change of sympathy for top politicians as well as parties in the course of the election campaign. In the state of Rhineland-Palatinate the following additional questions were posed: election participation and behavior at the polls in the last state parliament election; judgement on the election campaign of individual parties; information conduct in the election campaign and attendance at election campaign events; judgement on the election result for the CDU, SPD and FDP; general agreement of one´s own political opinion with the top politicians and parties in Rhineland-Palatinate. Demography: age; sex; marital status; religious denomination; frequency of church attendance; school education; occupational position; current and earlier employment; household income; size of household; characteristics of head of household; self-assessment of social class; union membership; number of persons in household contributing to household income; number of persons in household 18 years old and older; position in household. Interviewer rating: length of interview; date of interview; description of place of residence.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1979-03 / 1979-04
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 of North Rhine-Westphalia, Schleswig-Holstein and Rhineland-Palatinate.
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: 4484
The supplemental samples in North Rhine-Westphalia contain about 550 cases, in Schleswig-Holstein about 1000 cases and in Rhineland-Palatinate about 850 cases. Further Spring Studies are archived under ZA Study Nos. 1450, 1453 1455, 1501 to 1504, 1506, 1807, 1810, 1953 and 1955. The Autumn Studies are archived under ZA Study Nos. 1452, 1454, 1456, 1505, 1508, 1808, 1809, 1811, 1954 and 1956.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA1507 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • WAHLEN (Type: FDZ)

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