Political Attitudes in East and West, March 1990 (Comparative Survey FRG - GDR)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Wildenmann, Rudolf (Forschungsstelle für gesellschaftliche Entwicklung, Universität Mannheim)
Publication Date
  • MARPLAN, Offenbach (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Political Attitudes and Behavior
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Cultural and national identity
    • Social behaviour and attitudes
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
    • Government, political systems and organisation
  • Abstract

    Political attitudes and judgement on the effects of the impending unification of the two German nations. Topics: judgement on the economic situation as well as assessment of further economic development in the Federal Republic as well as in the GDR; personal economic situation and expected development; fair share of gross national product; importance of areas of life and social norms (scale); joy at German unity; assessment of the economic and political consequences of German unity (scale); attitude to acceptance of the constitution or preference for a new constitution; areas of particular solidarity of all Germans; typology of German characteristics; a united Germany as a hinderance for EC integration; feeling as a European; preference for a European domestic market or the moving closer together of Western and Eastern Europe; ties to country or preference for a life abroad; perceived enrichment or disturbance through living together with foreigners; understanding of democracy (scale); ligitimacy of social differences; trust in other people; attribution of individual success; satisfaction with democracy; concepts of freedom (scale); degree of realization of personal freedom; potential helpers or helping institutions in health, financial and personal problems or in emergencies; party preference (rank order procedure and Sunday question); sympathy scale for the CDU, CSU, SPD, FDP, the Greens, Republicans, PDS, DSU and DA; religiousness. Also encoded was: date of survey. In the GDR the following questions were also posed: expected social changes through unification of the two German nations; commentary on the GDR election in March 1990. The following questions were posed only in the Federal Republic: attitude to influx of ethnic German foreigners and to the granting of asylum for politically and religiously persecuted foreigners.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1990-03
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
  • German Democratic Republic (1949-1990) (DDDE)
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: 2508
    Number of Variables: 188
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA1902 (Type: ZA-No.)

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