Attitude to the Census (Panel: 2nd Wave, June - July 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
  • Abstract

    Attitude of the German population and census critics on the census after census day, 31 May 1987. Political attitudes. Topics: political interest; attitude to the census; conversations about the census in social surroundings and topics discussed; attitude to the census in circle of friends and acquaintances; perceived attitude of the population to the census; time of personal opinion making on the census; changes in attitude to the census; personally knowing the canvasser; type of questionnaire distribution; conversation contact with canvasser at house door or in residence; remarks by canvasser about his attitude to the census and tendency of content of these comments; questions of canvasser about residents of a neighboring residence; questionnaire filled out personally or by canvasser; help or explanation of canvasser when filling it out; help requested or offered by canvasser; length of stay of canvasser in household; individually filling out questionnaire or information on entire household from a single person; duration of filling it out; response or boycott behavior during the survey; type of questionnaire return; knowledge about census questions before start of survey; judgement on clarity of survey questionnaire; census questions causing difficulties or reluctantly answered; additionally expected questions; attitude to the question program of the census and personal changes in attitude after knowledge of questionnaire content; participation in boycott initiatives and events against the census; intensity of one´s own boycott inclination; extent to which informed about avoiding fines; receipt of a written request to fill out the questionnaire; co-ordinated conduct of entire household regarding the census; boycott inclination in circle of friends and acquaintances; topics of noticed media reports about the census and tendency of the content of these articles; attitude to use of canvassers; assessment and importance of trustworthiness of canvasser; influence on one´s own attitude to the census from acts of violence against canvassers that became known; attitude to a supposed connection of calls for boycott and acceptance of such violent actions; expectations regarding punishment of boycotters and knowledge of prosecuted cases of refusal; attitude to punishment of census boycotters as well as calls for boycott; attitude to the requirement to provide information in the census; attitude to census boycott as protest against the government; census participation as democratic duty; census as government demonstration of power; criticism of the manner of conducting the census; attitude to government statistics; personal concerns regarding misuse of personal census data; trust in observance of data protection; attitude to selected illegal actions and the census boycott; party preference. Demography: month of birth; year of birth; sex; religious denomination; school education; employment; possession of a telephone. Interviewer rating: presence of third persons during interview and person desiring this presence; intervention of others in interview and person causing this intervention; attitude to the census of other persons present during interview; presence of further persons in other rooms; reliability and willingness of respondent to cooperate. Also encoded were: length of interview; date of interview; identification of interviewer; sex of interviewer; age of interviewer.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1987-06 / 1987-07
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG incl. West Berlin
Sampling Procedure Comment: Re-interview of the persons interviewed in the First panel wave (ZA Study No. 1588) who declared themselves willing to participate in a renewed survey
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 1403
    Number of Variables: 189
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
  • ZA1589 (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: 86 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22