Politbarometer 1977 (Cumulated Data Set)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim
Publication Date
  • Langhans, Monika (GESIS – Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften) (Data Curator)
  • MARPLAN, Offenbach (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Political Attitudes and Behavior
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Vocational education
    • Health care and medical treatment
    • Domestic political issues
    • International politics and organisation
    • Political ideology
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
    • Government, political systems and organisation
    • Elections
    • Social welfare systems/structures
    • Natural resources and energy
    • Economic systems and development
  • Abstract

    Summarized data set of the nine monthly surveys between March and December 1977. Judgement on parties and politicians as well as attitude to questions of daily politics. Topics: Assessment of personal economic situation and future development; judgement on current and future economic development of the country; fear for job security; interest in politics; memory of voting behavior in the Federal Parliament election 1976 (first vote and second vote); party preference (ballot procedure, rank order procedure); party inclination; party one cannot vote for; satisfaction with achievements of the government and opposition (scale); satisfaction with democracy; reasons for satisfaction or dissatisfaction with democracy; the right people in leading positions; necessity of founding new parties; expected election winner and expected effects on the SPD/FDP coalition; desire for the CSU to be on the ballot in the entire Federal Republic; knowledge of the name of the Federal President and preference for a president or king as leader of the Federal Republic; general judgement on the situation of pensioners in the Federal Republic and financial protection of retirement pensions; preference for increase in retirement insurance or a subsidy by the government in case of insufficient coverage; assumed reasons for the increase in costs in the public health system; attitude to a strike by doctors and introduction of a road toll for citizens of the GDR in the FRG; judgement on the reform of political boundaries with consolidation of municipalities into larger units; preference for provision of energy by nuclear power plants or by other power plants; assessment of the danger from nuclear power plants; attitude to construction of a nuclear power plant in the immediate vicinity and protest behavior in such a case; expected energy shortage without nuclear power plants; personal willingness to conserve power; attitude to European unification; advantageousness of membership of the Federal Republic in the EC; judgement on student demands for better study conditions and increased financial support; general attitude to Italy and the Italians; knowledge about the election success of the communist party in Italy and attitude to cooperation of the Christian-Democratic party with the communists; perceived differences between the communist party of Italy and the parties in the East Bloc; knowledge about the term Euro-Communism; assessment of equal opportunities in the Federal Republic; the death penalty as a means to reduce crime; judgement on the usefulness of citizen initiatives; judgement on the base treaty between the Federal Republic and the GDR; judgement on improvement or deterioration of the relation with the GDR and the side responsible for this; the Federal Government giving in too much in negotiations with the GDR; judgement on task fulfillment of the parties; most important causes as well as judgement on further development of unemployment, price stability, certainty of pensions, the fight against terrorism and youth unemployment; institution most able to solve these problems; personal thoughts about growing old and feelings of concern or pleasure; threat to the state from terrorism and necessity of special laws to fight against terrorism; personal threat from terrorism; willingness to accept increased controls as security measure against terrorism; judgement on the conduct of the Federal Government and authorities after Schleyer´s kidnapping and expected search outcome in this case; terrorism and unemployment as problems calling for a strong man to lead the nation; interest of politicians in what the people think; attitude to a single strong party that represents the interests of all classes; introducing the death penalty for certain crimes; interest in a strong leadership personality to govern the country with a strong hand; adequate differences between the political views and goals of the parties; National Socialism as a good idea; attitude to the increasing number of books published about Hitler and the Third Reich; political retrospect on the year; increase of unemployment and short time work as temporary or long-term phenomenon; union membership; typical occupational groups in one´s residential area; satisfaction with residential area; religiousness. Also encoded was: willingness of respondent to cooperate; administrative district.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1977-03 / 1977-12
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG without West Berlin
Sampled Universe
Eligible voters living in private households.
Probability: Multistage; Probability: Stratified; Sampling Procedure Comment: Multi-stage stratified random sample
Time Dimension
  • Longitudinal: Trend/Repeated cross-section
Collection Mode
  • Face-to-face interview: PAPI
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 10151
    Number of Variables: 151
The Politbarometers for 1977 (ZA Study Nos. 2151 to 2159) were conducted in the months March to June and August to December. The sample size was in each case around 1000 respondents. The Politbarometers present a monthly trend investigation commissioned by the Second German Television (ZDF). Further Politbarometers are archived under ZA Study Nos. 1053 to 1063, 1277 to 1281, 1469 to 1479, 1677, 1687 to 1696 as well as 1768 to 1779.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA2160 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • WAHLEN (Type: FDZ)

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 91 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22