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Opinion Makers 1983

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • MARPLAN, Offenbach
Publication Date
  • MARPLAN, Offenbach (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Economic Policy, National Economic Situation
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Trade, industry and markets
    • Economic policy
    • Economic systems and development
  • Abstract

    Attitudes of elites and persons influencing opinions on questions of economic policy. Topics: most important tasks of large concerns; assessment of the sense of responsibility of management of large concerns and of industry and economic organizations regarding the public; areas with increasing willingness to accept responsibility; expected development of domestic and foreign demand; assumed growth rate of the gross national product in 1984; inflation expectation for the next twelve months; expected unemployment figures in January 1984; preferred measures to combat unemployment; attitude to securing the provision of energy, saving energy and nuclear energy; trust in the problem-solving ability of the Federal Government; issue relevance; judgement on the importance of international cooperation in selected areas; judgement on the power of international concerns; preferred public areas of expenditure for economic or additional expenditures; print media usage; importance of selected business goals; professional contacts and interest in selected areas of industry; party preference; assumed effects of deployment of new arms on economic relations to the East; attitude to deployment of new arms. Demography: age; sex; occupational position; occupational area of responsibility; state.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1983-07 / 1983-09
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG incl. West Berlin
Sampled Universe
Persons influencing opinion in areas relevant to economic policy. The following were defined as target groups for the survey: politicians, management civil servants, trade unionists, journalists, managers and bankers.
Sampling Procedure Comment: Stratified random sample.
Collection Mode
  • Written and oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 825
The investigation is part of a trend survey conducted every two years since 1973. Besides the repetition of a series of identical question formulations current topics of economic policy at the time are additionally surveyed. The subsequent study of this series is archived under ZA Study No. 1633. Of the 825 opinion makers 762 were written interviews and 63 oral. The group of respondents was comprised of 168 politicians, 146 management civil servants, 138 trade unionists, 126 journalists, 123 managers and 124 bankers.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA1632 (Type: ZA-No.)

Update Metadata: 2020-10-21 | Issue Number: 86 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22

MARPLAN, Offenbach (1988): Meinungsbildner 1983. Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.