Public Attitudes Toward Democracy in Post-War Germany

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Boynton, G. Robert (Laboratory for Political Research, Department of Political Science, University of Iowa, Iowa City)
Publication Date
  • Institut fuer Demoskopie, Allensbach (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Government, Political System
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • History
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
    • Government, political systems and organisation
  • Abstract

    Attitude to the Third Reich and democracy in post-war Germany. Political attitudes. Topics: Judgement on current financial situation; judgement on the pay of workers; judgement on the regard for workers in the Third Reich; consent with the policies of Adenauer; attitude to the necessity of particular abilities for members of Parliament; members of Parliament in the constituency; knowledge of activities of constituency representative; readiness of the representative to deal with the problems of respondent; knowledge about the number of representatives in Federal Parliament; attitude to a parliament with a significantly reduced number of representatives; judgement on the situation in 1933 as election between communism or National Socialism; responsibility for the start of war; assessment of Hitler as great statesman on the assumption that there had been no war; political interest; attitude regarding a new National Socialist Party; attitude to increased protest behavior regarding the government; judgement on the job of the Federal Parliament; knowledge about the governing parties; party closeness and party preference; attitude to a one or multi-party system; attitude to defense of democracy at any price. Demography: state; city size; religious denomination; age (classified); school education; occupational position; income; respondent is head of household; marital status; party inclination; sex. Also encoded was: city size.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1959
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG incl. West Berlin
Sampling Procedure Comment:
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 1038
    Number of Variables: 34
A - Data and documents are released for academic research and teaching.
All metadata from GESIS DBK are available free of restriction under the Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication. However, GESIS requests that you actively acknowledge and give attribution to all metadata sources, such as the data providers and any data aggregators, including GESIS. For further information see
Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA1540 (Type: ZA-No.)

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