Attitude to the Census (Panel: First wave, April - 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 and of census critics to the census before census day, 31 May 1987. Political attitudes. Topics: political interest; satisfaction with democracy in the Federal Republic; feeling of political effectiveness and degree of representation by politicians and parties; orientation of government policies on personal interest or public welfare; attitude to the census; intent to participate of members of household and respondent; willingness to participate after reference to threat of fine; filling out the survey questionnaire oneself or by another person in household; conversations about the census in social surroundings and time of last conversation; attitude to the census in circle of friends and acquaintances as well as their willingness to participate; importance of political attitudes in social surroundings and visibility of one´s own views; knowledge about contents of the census survey (scale); assumed difficulty of filling out the survey questionnaire; preference for filling it out in the presence of the canvasser or alone; misgivings about canvassers in residence; difficulties in taking care of official matters; frequency of contact and ability to establish contacts; trust in institutions and organizations; self-assessment on a left-right continuum; assumed position of the majority of the population on a left-right continuum; postmaterialism; sympathy scale for political parties; frequency of use of television news broadcasts as well as local news and political part of a daily newspaper; time of last noticed media reports about the census and tendency of content of these articles; assumed attitude of the population to the census; living together with a partner and his attitude to the census; assumed participation of partner in the census; response or boycott behavior during the census survey; attitude to government statistics; attitude to punishment of census boycotters and preferred government behavior regarding refusals; personal concerns regarding misuse of personal census data; trust in observance of data protection; sympathy regarding social movements as well as personal membership; party preference; perceived fears and their causes; attitude to technology; attitude to computers and to scientific innovations; attitude to government behavior with data; assessment of census refusers as system opponents; attitude to storing personal data; importance of data protection and trust in observance of the data protection regulation; judgement on the quality of data protection; earlier participation in a survey and type of survey; attitude to selected infringements of law and crimes as well as other illegal actions (scale); religiousness; union membership; self-assessment of social class; possession of a telephone; willingness to participate in a re-interview. The following additional questions were posed to persons with strong or very strong political interest: demographic information on close circle of friends (ego-centered network); agreement with the respondent regarding party preference and attitude to the census; willingness of friends to participate in the census; familiarity of friends with each other; personal willingness to participate in selected political forms of protest (scale); personal concerns regarding misuse of personal data by selected institutions and government offices. Demography: month of birth; year of birth; 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 and 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 additional persons 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
  • 1987-04 / 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). A supplemental sample was drawn following the same procedure. 604 persons spoken with, who described themselves as census critics, were additionally interviewed.
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 2556
    Number of Variables: 268
The 2556 units of the data set are comprised of 1952 representative interviews as well as the supplemental sample of the 604 census critics. 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
  • ZA1588 (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: 87 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22