International Environmental Survey 1980 (Germany)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Fietkau, Hans-Joachim (Internationales Institut für Umwelt und Gesellschaft, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin)
  • Kessel, Hans (Internationales Institut für Umwelt und Gesellschaft, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin)
  • Tischler, Wolfgang (Internationales Institut für Umwelt und Gesellschaft, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin)
  • Watts, Nicholas (Internationales Institut für Umwelt und Gesellschaft, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin)
Publication Date
  • Institut für Demoskopie, Allensbach (Data Collector)
  • Internationales Institut für Umwelt und Gesellschaft,Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Technology, Energy
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Social change
    • Social behaviour and attitudes
    • Natural resources and energy
    • Environmental degradation/pollution and protection
  • Abstract

    Ecological moral concepts in West Germany Topics: 1. Aspects of ecological awareness: attitudes to science, technology, nuclear power, limits to economic growth and increase in problems with raw materials and energy; quality of life in industrial societies; the world´s over-population; harmony between man and nature as prerequisite to survival; increasing foreign requirements; disturbance of the ecological balance; abuse of nature. 2. Social attitudes to the environment: perceived future social development regarding economic growth, the use of nature and citizens´ participation in political decisions; preference for a planned economy or a market economy; judgement on the achievement-oriented society; prosperity at the price of risks; individual standard of living determined by achievement; meaning of work; priority for environmental protection or economic growth; citizen participation in political decisions; personal responsibility for one´s own prosperity. 3. Personal willingness to act regarding the environment: importance of unspoiled nature, contact opportunities, adventure, cultural sights and good shopping opportunities when choosing a vacation destination; personal participation in recycling; attention to packaging when shopping. 4. Political activities regarding the environment: commitment in environmental questions; membership in a citizens´ initiative or an organization for environmental protection; personal registering of complaint at perceived environmental pollution; assessment of personal political effectiveness regarding environmental questions within the community. 5. Indicators for the natural and social environment: urgency of selected problems of environmental protection and perceived probability of solving them; satisfaction with environment policies in the Federal Republic; urgency of selected areas of political tasks; the contribution to solving environmental problems by selected political and economic groups, as well as environmental protection groups and the populace; attitude to environmental protection groups; willingness to pay additional taxes for environmental protection; general assessment of the extent of danger to the environment; thinking about environmental problems; priority of job security or environmental protection; solving environmental protection problems through social, economic and political changes; attitude to citizen actions against large projects; union membership; self-evaluation of social class; left-right orientation; party preference; size of city.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1980-03 / 1980-06
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
Sampled Universe
People in Germany
Sampling Procedure Comment: The universe of this study is divided into four parts: 1. Multi-stage stratified random sample (ADM mastersample) of people in West Germany (without West Berlin). This sample contains 1088 respondents with a response ratio of 48.8%. 2. Supplementary sample of a group of ´environmentalists´ who were randomly selected from the address book ´Buerger im Umweltschutz´ {citizens in environmental protection} at the Ministry for the Environment (1979). This sample contains 98 people who are active members of environmental organizations (response ratio 21.9%). 3. Supplementary ´industrial´ sample. Selection of industry representatives from the index of ´Leitende Maenner der Wirtschaft´ {leading men of the economy} from 1979. It was possible to interview 130 people from this group with a response ratio of 32.5%. 4. Supplementary sample ´politicians´. A survey was conducted among people in high positions in environmental policy-making in national administration. 102 people participated in this survey with a response ratio of 25.5%.
Collection Mode
  • Mail survey
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 1418
    Number of Variables: 114
The data set is part of a complete project which also includes ZA Study Nos. 1386-1388
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA1819 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Fietkau, Hans-Joachim; Kessel, Hans; Tischler, Wolfgang: Umwelt im Spiegel der öffentlichen Meinung. Frankfurt: Campus 1982

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 89 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22