Perception of the Chernobyl Reactor Catastrophy by the German Population (May 1987)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Kernforschungsanlage Jülich
  • INFRATEST, München
Publication Date
  • INFRATEST, Munich (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Technology, Energy
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Natural resources and energy
  • Abstract

    Perceived effects of the reactor accident in Chernobyl. Topics: effects of environmental pollution on health; attitude to use of nuclear energy for power generation; change of personal attitude to nuclear energy due to the events in Chernobyl; assumed effects of abandoning nuclear energy on the economic situation in the Federal Republic; assumed number of nuclear power plants as well as share of these nuclear power plants in power generation in the Federal Republic; type of nuclear power plant primarily used in the Federal Republic; assessment of the safety of nuclear power plants in Germany in comparison to the Soviet Union; assumed long-term consequences and estimated number of deaths in the Federal Republic due to the Chernobyl accident; credibility of information received about the magnitude of danger after the reactor accident in Chernobyl; preference for central information for the public from the Federal Government or from various institutions; cases of catastrophy; knowledge about the activity of selected institutions who came before the public in connection with the Chernobyl catastrophy; assessment of special interests, whether these institutions are well-informed and credible; interest in selected topics of media reporting; change of one´s own nutrition habits due to the Chernobyl reactor catastrophy; impairment of personal health through the additional radioactive radiation; effects of the Chernobyl catastrophy on nutrition and health of one´s own small children; attitude to nuclear energy; possession of a telephone; membership in a trade union or a professional organization.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1987-05 / 1987-06
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG incl. West Berlin
Sampled Universe
The German residential population 14 years old or older
Sampling Procedure Comment: Multi-stage stratified random sample
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 2013
    Number of Variables: 101
Further studies on perception of the Chernobyl reactor catastrophy by the German population are archived under ZA Study Nos. 1759 (November 1986) and 1761 (May 1988). The study is part of an omnibus survey.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA1760 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • INFRATEST Sozialforschung: Wahrnehmung der Reaktorkatastrophe von Tschernobyl durch die deutsche Bevölkerung: Mai 1987. Eine Repräsentativerhebung im Auftrage der Kernforschungsanlage Jülich. München: Selbstverlag 1987.
  • Peters, Hans Peter; Hennen, Leo: Einstellung der Bevölkerung zur Kernenergie nach Tschernobyl: Ein demoskopischer Rückblick. In: Energiewirtschaftliche Tagesfragen, 39, 6, 1989, S. 376-382.
  • Peters, Hans Peter; Albrecht, Gabriele; Hennen, Leo; Stegelmann, Hans-Ulrich: Die Reaktionen der Bevölkerung auf die Ereignisse in Tschernobyl: Ergebnisse einer Befragung. In: Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie, 39, 4, 1987, S. 764-782.

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 87 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22