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Future Expectations and Future Behavior (1987)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • EMNID, Bielefeld
Publication Date
  • EMNID, Bielefeld (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Society, Culture
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Leisure, tourism and sport
    • Social change
    • Health
    • Transport, travel and mobility
    • Natural environment
  • Abstract

    Ideas about the political, economic and social development in the future. Topics: fear of the future; importance of selected areas of life in the future; future more worth living in due to technology and science; thoughts about the future of the country; personal influence on the future; greatest dangers in the future; religious, philosophical and political value systems with increasing significance in the future; social groupings becoming more powerful in the Federal Republic; personal wish for the next 20 years; political power block with increasing significance in the future; peace strategy with greatest probabilities of success; estimate of time worked each week in the year 2000; technical further development and influences on the development of the job market (scale); attitude to flexible handling of working hours and leisure time; forms of investment, accumulation of assets and payment with prospects for future; type of energy with prospects for the future; assessment of the future energy need of industrial nations; development of energy prices; most important means of transport; new transport systems; the ocean as provider of raw material or energy; most important areas of threat to the environment; assumed change of environmental quality in the future; adequate environmental protection measures; form of school and instruction methods with increasing significance; vocational training or study as preferred alternatives; assessment of general political interest in the future; expectation of more leisure time and athletic activity for health reasons; types of sport with increasing numbers of supporters; expected increase of vacation in foreign countries or at home; means of vacation travel with the greatest chances for growth; obstacles for long-distance vacation travel; preferred offerings to strengthen the attractiveness of local recreational areas; estimated change of the share of vacation costs in household income in the future; reasons for vacation with increasing significance in the future; personal hobbies and hobbies with increasing significance; most important characteristics of the equipment of stores and demands when shopping in the future; world regions with strongly growing or declining future population figures; expected development of the desire for children in the future and average number of children; expected development of the problem of guest workers; future eating habits; biological or ecological or conventional agricultural production with chances for the future; most important sources of nutrition in the future; most healthful source of nutrition; development of nutrition habits; attitude to natural cosmetics; health complaints with increasing significance; expected development of the frequency of visits to the doctor and future conduct with minor complaints; primary causes for physical complaints in the future; judgement on the desirability of selected medical cures; expected increase of addiction and drug problems; judgement on the development of information technology; technical progress as advantage or disadvantage for humanity; trust in data protection; preferred form of housing in the future; preference for one´s own home in the country or city apartment; expected development of the housing supply; expected development of personal car use with increasing gas prices and increasing air pollution; party preference (Sunday question) and behavior at the polls in the last Federal Parliament election; employment in the civil service. Also encoded were: ZIP (postal) code and identification of interviewer.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1987-11 / 1987-12
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG incl. West Berlin
Sampled Universe
The German residential population 14 years old and older
Sampling Procedure Comment: Multi-stage stratified random sample (ADM mastersample)
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 1070
    Number of Variables: 518
The study is part of an omnibus survey.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA1719 (Type: ZA-No.)

Update Metadata: 2020-10-21 | Issue Number: 87 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22

EMNID, Bielefeld (1989): Zukunftserwartungen und Zukunftsverhalten (1987). Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.