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Attitude to the Census (Representative Federal Surveys)

Version
1.0.0
Resource Type
Dataset
Creator
  • 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
1987
Contributor
  • GFM-GETAS, Hamburg (Data Collector)
Language
German
Classification
  • ZA:
    • Political Institutions
Description
  • Abstract

    Attitude of the West German population to the census. Summary of the data sets of a five-wave trend survey from ZA Study Nos. 1583 to 1587, insofar as it touches on the census topic. Topics: 1. From the first wave (ZA Study No. 1583): political interest; satisfaction with democracy in the Federal Republic; difficulties in completing official matters; sympathy scale for political parties; attitude to the census and intent to participate; knowledge about the legal obligation to participate; personal consequences of non-participation; readiness to participate given threat of fine; response or boycott conduct in the survey; time of last noticed media reports about the census and content tendency 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 on the census; knowledge about the survey procedure; attitude to government statistics; personal fears regarding misuse of personal census data; trust in observance of data protection; attitude to the census in 1983; willingness to participate in a microcensus survey; attitude to technology; self-assessment on a left-right continuum; knowledge about the office for data protection and the data protection official; earlier participation in a survey and type of survey; attitude to opinion polls (scale). 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 net 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 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 Test. 2. From the second wave (ZA Study No. 1584): political interest; satisfaction with democracy in the Federal Republic; difficulties in completing official matters; sympathy scale for political parties; attitude to the census; intent to participate in the census; knowledge about the legal obligation to participate; personal consequences of non-participation; readiness to participate given threat of fine; response or boycott conduct in the survey; time of last noticed media reports about the census and content tendency 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 the contents of the census survey; knowledge about the survey procedure; attitude to government statistics; personal fears 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 the argumentation 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 net 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 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. 3. From the third wave (ZA Study No. 1585): political interest; satisfaction with democracy in the Federal Republic; difficulties in completing official matters; sympathy scale for political parties; attitude to the census and intent to participate; knowledge about the legal obligation to participate; personal consequences of non-participation; willingness to participate given threat of fine; response or boycott conduct in the survey; noticed media reports about the census and content tendency 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 in the census of partner; 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 the contents of the census survey; attitude to punishment of census boycotters as well as person calling for boycott; knowledge about the survey procedure; attitude to government statistics; personal fears 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 argumentation 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 net 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 the interview and person introducing 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. 4. From the fourth wave (ZA Study No. 1586): political interest; satisfaction with democracy in the Federal Republic; difficulties in completing official matters; sympathy scale for political parties; 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; conversation contact with canvasser; questionnaire filled out by canvasser or oneself; individually filling out questionnaire or information for entire household by a single person; length of filling out the form; response or boycott conduct in the survey; manner of return of questionnaire; attitude to the question program of the census and personal change in attitude from taking notice of the questionnaire; intent to participate; response or boycott conduct in circle of friends and acquaintances; topics noticed of media reporting about the census and content tendency of these articles; attitude to use of canvassers; assessment and importance of trustworthiness of canvasser; attitude to punishment of census boycotters as well as persons calling for boycott; attitude to obligation to participate in the census (scale); attitude to boycott and criticism of the census (scale); attitude to government statistics; personal fears regarding misuse of personal census data; trust in observance of data protection; knowledge about the offices for data protection and the office of the data protection official. 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 net 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 indroducing 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. 5. From the fifth wave (ZA Study No. 1587): political interest; satisfaction with democracy in the Federal Republic; satisfaction with current Federal Government; attitude to the census; receipt of a written demand to fill out the questionnaire; assumed amount of non-participation in the census; attitude to the census in circle of friends and acquaintances; conversations about the census in social surroundings and time of last conversation; noticed media reporting about the census; census questions that would be answered reluctantly; attitude to punishment of census boycotters; knowledge of cases of refusal; assumed participation of the population in the census given voluntary participation; willingness to answer selected personal questions given voluntary participation; preference for census or provision by public offices of data already currently available; assumed benefit or harm of discussion about the census in the media; attitude to calls for boycott; judgement on results of the boycott movement; benefit of the census; self-assessment on a left-right continuum; most important elements of a democracy and characterization of democracy in the Federal Republic; party preference; violation of fundamental rights perceived personally or by persons in social surroundings; attitude to technology; personal fears and attitude regarding misuse of personal census data; trust in observance of data protection; attitude to storing personal data; attitude to opinion polls (scale); willingness to participate in a microcensus survey; willingness to provide data from private sphere to friends, neighbors, statistical offices and in scientific surveys; attitude to government statistics. 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 net 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 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
  • 1987-03 / 1987-12
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG incl. West Berlin
Sampled Universe
Persons with German citizenship 18 years old and older.
Sampling
multi-stage stratified random sample (ADM mastersample)
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 5003
    Number of Variables: 266
Note
The census project encompasses altogether five cross-section studies (ZA Study Nos. 1583 to 1587) summarized in this study and a panel survey (ZA Study No. 1592) surveyed in three waves.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA1591 (Type: ZA-No.)
Publications
  • 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: 2017-12-28 | Issue Number: 74 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22

Gräf, Lorenz; Kühnel, Steffen M.; Scheuch, Erwin K. (1987): Einstellung zur Volkszählung (Repräsentative Bundesumfragen). Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.4232/1.1591