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Opinion Makers 1987

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 systems and development
  • Abstract

    Attitudes of elites and persons influencing opinion on questions of economic policy. Topics: most important tasks of large concerns; expected development of the dollar exchange rate until the end of 1987 and growth rate of the gross national product in 1988; inflation expectation for 1988; expected unemployment figures in January 1988; preferred measures to combat unemployment; judgement on the importance of European cooperation in selected areas; most able politicians in selected subject areas; print media usage; importance of selected business goals; professional contacts and interest in selected areas of industry; party preference; preferred measures for a flexible management of working hours. Demography: age; sex; occupational position; occupational area of responsibility; state.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1987-07 / 1987-09
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: 1017
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. 1785, the first under 1632. Of the 1017 opinion makers 937 were writtten interviews and 80 oral. The group of respondents was comprised of 155 politicians, 213 management civil servants, 145 trade unionists, 149 journalists, 197 managers and 158 bankers.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA1634 (Type: ZA-No.)

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

MARPLAN, Offenbach (1988): Meinungsbildner 1987. Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.