Attitude to the Census (May 1987)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Gräf, Lorenz (Zentralarchiv für empirische Sozialforschung, Universität zu Köln)
  • Kühnel, Steffen M. (Zentralarchiv für empirische Sozialforschung, Universität zu Köln)
  • Scheuch, Erwin K. (Zentralarchiv für empirische Sozialforschung, Universität zu Köln)
Publication Date
  • GFM-GETAS, Hamburg (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Political Institutions
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Censuses
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
  • Abstract

    Attitude of the German population to the census before census day, 31 May 1987. Political attitudes. Topics: political interest; satisfaction with democracy in the Federal Republic; difficulties in taking care of official matters; sympathy scale for political parties; attitude to the census and intent to participate; knowledge about the compulsory participation requirment; personal consequences of non-participation; willingness to participate given threat of fine; response or boycott behavior during the survey; perceived media reports about the census and tendency of content of these articles; conversations about the census in social surroundings and time of last conversation; living together with a partner and his attitude to the census; assumed participation of partner in the census; attitude to the census in circle of friends and acquaintances as well as their assumed willingness to participate; perceived attitude of the population as well as parties, churches and trade unions to the census; knowledge about contents of the census survey; attitude to punishment of census boycotters as well as persons calling for boycott; knowledge about the survey procedure; attitude to government statistics; personal concerns regarding misuse of personal census data; trust in observance of data protection; attitude to the census in 1983; perception of advertising actions for and against the census and judgement on arguments of supporters and opponents; attitude to technology; self-assessment on a left-right continuum; knowledge about the office for data protection and the data protection official; frequency of conversations about politics; ability to establish contacts; party preference; behavior at the polls in the last Federal Parliament election. Demography: month of birth of respondent; sex; marital status; number of children; ages of children (classified); religious denomination; frequency of church attendance; school education; vocational training; occupation; occupational position; employment; monthly gross income of respondent und household altogether; number of persons contributing to household income; size of household; position of respondent in household; characteristics of head of household; number of persons eligible to vote in household; persons in household who do not have German citizenship; self-assessment of social class; union membership of respondent and other members of household; possession of a telephone. Interviewer rating: presence of third persons during interview and person desiring this presence; intervention of others in interview and person introducing this intervention; attitude to the census of persons additionally present during interview; presence of further persons in other rooms; willingness to cooperate and reliability of respondent. Also encoded was: length of interview; date of interview; identification of interviewer; sex of interviewer; age of interviewer.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1987-05
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG incl. West Berlin
Sampled Universe
Persons with German citizenship 18 years old and older
Sampling Procedure Comment: Multi-stage stratified random sample (ADM mastersample)
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 1037
    Number of Variables: 146
The census project encompasses altogether 5 cross-section studies (ZA Study Nos. 1583 to 1587) and a panel survey collected in three waves (ZA Study Nos. 1588 to 1590). The summarized data set of the 5 cross-section studies is archived under ZA Study No. 1591 and the summarized data set of the panel study is archived under ZA Study No. 1592.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA1585 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Scheuch, Erwin K.; Gräf, Lorenz; Kühnel, Steffen M.: Begleituntersuchung zur Volkszählung 1987: Endbericht zum 30. 11. 1988: Analysen und Tabellenband. Köln: Zentralarchiv für empirische Sozialforschung 1988.
  • Scheuch, Erwin K.; Gräf, Lorenz; Kühnel, Steffen-M.: Volkszählung, Volkszählungsprotest und Bürgerverhalten. Ergebnisse der Begleituntersuchung zur Volkszählung 1987. Forum der Bundesstatistik, Band 12 Stuttgart: Metzler-Poeschel 1989.
  • Kühnel, Steffen-M.: Zwischen Boykott und Kooperation. Teilnahmeabsicht und Teilnahmeverhalten bei der Volkszählung 1987. Empirische und methodologische Beiträge zur Sozialwissenschaft, Band 11. Frankfurt u.a.: Peter Lang 1993.

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 89 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22