My da|ra Login

Detailed view

metadata language: German English

Attitude to the Census (Panel Study)

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
1988
Contributor
  • GFM-GETAS, Hamburg (Data Collector)
Language
German
Classification
  • ZA:
    • Political Institutions
Description
  • Abstract

    Attitude of the Federal German population and census critics to the census on 31. May 1987. Summary of three data sets archived and described under ZA Study Nos. 1588 to 1590. Topics: 1. From the first wave of 1987: 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 special interests or public welfare; attitude to the census; intent of members of household and respondent to participate; willingness to participate after notice of threat of fine; filling out the survey form 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 in filling out survey form; preference for filling out the form in the presence of the canvasser or alone; misgivings about canvasser in residence; difficulties in carrying out 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 the local part and political part of a daily newspaper; time of last noticed media reports about the census and content tendency of these programs; 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 conduct in the census survey; attitude to government statistics; attitude to punishment of census boycotters and preferred governmental behavior regarding refusal; personal fears regarding misuse of personal census data; trust in observance of data protection; sympathies regarding social movements as well as personal membership; party preference; perceived fears and their causes; attitude to technology; attitude to computers and scientific innovations; attitude to government dealing with data; assessment of census refusers as system opponents; attitude to storage of personal data; importance of data protection and trust in observance of the data protection regulation; judgement on quality of data protection; earlier participation in a survey and type of survey; attitude to selected infringements 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 circle of close friends (ego-centered network); agreement with respondent regarding party preference and attitude to the census; willingness of friends to participate in the census; familiarity of friends among each other; personal willingness to participate in selected political forms of protest (scale); personal fears regarding misuse of personal data by selected institutions and public offices. Demography: month of birth; year of birth; sex; marital status; number of children; ages of children (classified); 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 the 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. 2. From the second wave of 1987: 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 decision making on the census; changes in attitude to the census; personally knowing the canvasser; manner of receipt of questionnaire; conversation contact with canvasser at door of building or in residence; comments of canvasser about his attitude to the census and content tendency of these comments; questions of canvasser about residents of a neighbor residence; questionnaire filled out by canvasser or oneself; help or explanations of canvasser in filling out the form; support requested or offered by canvasser; length of stay of canvasser in household; filling out questionnaire individually or information on entire household from a single person; length of filling out the form; response or boycott conduct in the survey; manner of returning questionnaire; knowledge about census questions before start of the survey; judgement on clarity of survey form; census questions that caused difficulties or were answered reluctantly; additional expected questions; attitude to question program of the census and personal changes of attitude after taking notice of questionnaire content; participation in boycott initiatives and events against the census; intensity of one´s own boycott inclination; extent to which informed about defense against fines; receipt of a written demand 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 content tendency of these programs; attitude to use of canvassers; assessment and importance of trustworthiness of canvasser; influence on one´s own attitude to the census by incidents of use of violence against canvassers that have become known; attitude to a supposed connection of calls for boycott and acceptance of such violent actions; expectations regarding punishment of boycotters and knowledge cases of refusal prosecuted; attitude to punishment of census boycotters as well as calls for boycott; attitude to obligation to provide information in the census; attitude to census boycott as protest against the state; census participation as democratic duty; census as government demonstration of power; criticism of manner of conducting the census; attitude to government statistics; personal fears 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 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. 3. From the third wave of 1987/1988: political interest; satisfaction with democracy in the Federal Republic; orientation of the government on special interests or public welfare; perceived protection of civil rights and liberties by the political system and the current Federal Government; satisfaction with work of the Federal Government; attitude to the census; receipt of a written demand to fill out the questionnaire; intent to participate in the census before start of the census; personal willingness to participate in the census even with voluntary participation; 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 after conclusion of the survey and time of last conversation; knowledge about contents of the census survey; additional expected questions; questions that were answered reluctantly; response or boycott conduct in the survey; attitude to government statistics; attitude to punishment of census boycotters and knowledge of cases of refusal; assumed willingness of the population to participate as well as honesty of responses given voluntary participation in the census; voluntary provision of selected personal data; preference for census or provision of data already currently available to public offices; assumed benefit or harm from discussion about the census in the media and reasons for this assessment; attitude to earlier boycott calls and at the time of survey; judgement on outcome of the boycott movement; attitude to selected arguments for and against the census; benefit of a census; attitude to obligation to provide information; census boycott as protest against the state; census participation as democratic duty; self-assessment on a left-right continuum; assumed position of the majority of the population on a left-right continuum; understanding of democracy and comparison of this right with reality in the Federal Republic; party preference; harm to fundamental rights from measures by authorities, perceived personally or by persons of social surroundings; attitude to technology; perceived uncertainties in contact with authorities and attitude regarding public offices; fears regarding misuse of personal census data; trust in observance of data protection; attitude to storage of personal data; importance of data protection and assumed observance of data protection regulations; knowledge of cases of misuse of data and source of information about such violations; assumed willingness to participate in a future census; attitude to opinion polls (scale); willingness to participate in a microcensus survey; readiness to provide information from the private sphere to friends, neighbors, statistical offices and in scientific surveys; attitude to selected government statistics; willingness to respond in order to make statistics possible; fear of misuse of data; fears regarding misuse of personal data by selected institutions and public offices (scale); attitude to selected illegal actions (scale); religiousness (scale); attitude to matters of faith and the meaning of life (scale); belief in supernatural, inexplicable events as well as horoscopes and telepathy. Demography: month of birth; year of birth; sex; religious denomination; school education; employment; college in vicinity of place of residence; students in residential area; 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 / 1988-01
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). According to the same procedure a supplemental sample was drawn. It was possible to obtain a contact interview with 2127 persons. In this 604 respondents described themselves as census critics (scale values 1, 2 or 3 on a sevel-level scale) and were subsequently interviewed with the main questionnaire.
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 2556
    Number of Variables: 657
Note
The census project comprises altogether 5 cross-section studies (ZA Study Nos. 1583 to 1587) and a panel survey conducted 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 this ZA Study No.
Availability
Download
A - Data and documents are released for academic research and teaching.
Rights
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 https://dbk.gesis.org/dbksearch/guidelines.asp
Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA1592 (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. (1988): Einstellung zur Volkszählung (Panelstudie). Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.4232/1.1592