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Kiel Election Study 1987

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Kaltefleiter, Werner (Institut für Politische Wissenschaft, Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel)
  • Bürklin, Wilhelm P. (Institut für Politische Wissenschaft, Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel)
Publication Date
  • GETAS, Bremen (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Political Attitudes and Behavior
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
    • Government, political systems and organisation
    • Elections
  • Abstract

    Political attitudes as well as judgement on parties and politicians. Topics: political interest; issue relevance and issue competence of parties and politicians; judgement on current and future economic situation in the Federal Republic as well as in comparison to the previous year; party preference (ballot procedure); behavior at the polls in the last Federal Parliament election; personal change of party voted for; assumed significance of the composition of the new Federal Government for the further development of the Federal Republic; political parties as representatives for the interests of selected population groups; classification of political parties and leading politicians as well as self-assessment on a left-right continuum; judgement on ability and sympathy scale for political parties and leading politicians; party inclination and party supporter; change in party inclination and earlier party preference; attitude to the Greens; judgement on conduct and influence of trade unions in the Federal Republic; attitude to construction of new nuclear power plants; postmaterialism index; preference for security policies in the western alliance or neutrality; security with or without nuclear weapons; judgement on the importance of selected political factual questions for one´s own election decision; preference for federal chancellor and assumed election winner; necessity of a new party; attitude to profit for entrepreneurs and judgement on the fairness of distribution in the Federal Republic; satisfaction with life in the Federal Republic; judgement on social inequality in the Federal Republic and attitude to these differences; type of city of residence; residential status; assumed winner in the next Federal Parliament election; assumption that FDP and Greens will take seats in the Federal Parliament. The following additional questions were posed in writing: determining one´s own position on tax reform, on the securing of peace, on the right to asylum, on abortion, on nuclear energy, on a more active role for Germany in the world, on the fight against terrorism and on those promoting environmental safety of industrial installations through stricter laws, tax privileges for investments in environmental protection as well as assumed position of the CDU/CSU, of the SPD, of the FDP and of the Greens on these topics. In Schleswig-Holstein the following questions were additionally posed: issue relevance and issue competence of the state parties and state politicians; party preference at the state level (ballot procedure); behavior at the polls in the last state parliament election; personal change in party voted for in state parliament elections; assumed significance of the composition of the new state government for the further development of Schleswig-Holstein; classification of state parties and leading state politicians on a left-right continuum; judgement on productivity and sympathy scale for state parties and leading state politicians; preference for prime minister. Demography: age (classified); date of birth; sex; marital status; religious denomination; frequency of church attendance; school education; occupational group; current and earlier employment; works council at work and membership; monthly net income; number of persons contributing to household income; sources of income; monthly net household income; possession of a telephone; composition of household; position of respondent in household; characteristics of head of household; self-assessment of social class; union memberships in household. Interviewer rating: city size; state; state and administrative district. Also encoded was: length of interview; date of interview.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1986-12 / 1987-01
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
Sampled Universe
All eligible voters
Probability: Multistage; Probability: Stratified; Sampling Procedure Comment: Multi-stage stratified random sample
Time Dimension
  • Cross-section
Collection Mode
  • Face-to-face interview
  • Self-administered questionnaire
  • Oral and written survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 1794
    Number of Variables: 236
In Schleswig-Holstein an over-sampling was performed, such that the number of respondents for this state alone was 542.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA1681 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • WAHLEN (Type: FDZ)
  • Bürklin, Wilhelm P.; Kaltefleiter, Werner: Die Bundestagswahl 1987: Streitfragen einer neuen Konfliktdimension In: Zeitschrift für Politik, 34, 1987, S. 400 - 425.
  • Bürklin, Wilhelm P.: Die Jungwähler 1987: Politische Einstellungen, Wertorientierungen und Wahlverhalten. In: Jugendforum 3/87, S. 3 - 10.

Update Metadata: 2020-10-21 | Issue Number: 88 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22

Kaltefleiter, Werner; Bürklin, Wilhelm P. (1988): Kieler Wahlstudie 1987. Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.