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Politbarometer 1978 (Cumulated Data Set)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim
Publication Date
  • MARPLAN, Offenbach (Data Collector)
  • GESIS – Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften (Data Curator)
  • ZA:
    • Political Attitudes and Behavior
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Labour relations/conflict
    • Leisure, tourism and sport
    • Mass media
    • International politics and organisation
    • Conflict, security and peace
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
    • Government, political systems and organisation
    • Elections
    • Social welfare systems/structures
    • Environmental degradation/pollution and protection
    • Economic systems and development
  • Abstract

    Judgement on parties and attitude to current political questions. Topics: Party preference (Sunday question and rank order procedure); sympathy scale for the parties, government, opposition and selected federal politicians; union membership; religiousness; party inclination and party identification; occupational groups in the residential area. Beyond this common part for all survey months of 1978 the following additional questions were posed in the individual surveys: change of one´s own economic situation compared to the previous year; judgement on current and future economic situation in the country; right persons in leading positions in the country; satisfaction with democracy; personal change in party voted for; behavior at the polls in the Federal Parliament election 1976; necessity of founding a new party for better representation of one´s own interests and preferred political orientation of such a party; satisfaction with re-organization of government; judgement on the parties in the state parliament and Federal Parliament; judgement on the strength of democracy in the fight against terrorism; perceived equal opportunities in the country; significance of the so-called ban on employment of radicals as teachers and civil servants; attitude to the right to strike and to lock-out; comparison of the military strength of the East Bloc nations and western alliance; knowledge about the neutron bomb; attitude to the neutron bomb; attitude to the First of May; security of retirement benefits in general as well as one´s own pension; issue competence of an SPD/FDP government or a CDU/CSU government regarding pensions; improvement or deterioration of the relationship FRG/GDR; judgement on the behavior of the Federal Government in negotiations with the GDR; influence of the visit of state of Brezhnev on German-Soviet relations; approval of an extension of the CSU to the entire Federal Republic; voting for the CSU, were it to expand into one´s state; party preference regarding the two Union parties; preferred candidate for chancellor of the CDU/CSU; expected winner of the metropolitan council election in Hamburg (state parliament election) or the state parliament election in Lower Saxony; influence of the Hamburg or Lower Saxony election result on the SPD/FDP coalition in Bonn; expected winner of the state parliament elections in Hesse and Bavaria; attitude to the absence of the FDP in the Hamburg or Lower Saxony state parliament; reasons for the election defeat of the FDP; preference for a statement of willingness to form a coalition by the FDP before the state parliament elections; judgement on the election result of the GLU (Party of Environmental Protectors); eligibility of the GLU and a tax party; perceived equity of the tax system; attitude to resignation of the Baden-Wuerttemberg Prime Minister, Filbinger; judgement on the development of unemployment, price stability, securing of pensions, the fight against terrorists and environmental protection; approval of Sundays without automobile traffic to relieve the environment; judgement on the effectiveness of Sundays without automobile traffic; preference for dialect or High German in daily life; knowledge about the ZDF {Second German Television Network} broadcast ´Laenderspiegel´ {Mirror on the States} and frequency of watching it; preference for the designation ´Laenderjournal´ {Journal of the States} instead of ´Laenderspiegel´; attitude to rapid publication of election results; falling asleep while watching television; satisfaction with television in the FRG; adequate consideration of viewer wishes; preference for more information broadcasts or more entertainment broadcasts; satisfaction with duration of broadcasting; time preference for additional broadcasting; preference for a third nation-wide television station; frequency of personal use of television; attitude to participation of Beckenbauer in a soccer world championship; expected world soccer champion and placing of the German team; expected German soccer champion; time of purchase of Christmas presents. Also encoded was: administrative district; city size; date of interview.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1978-01 / 1978-11
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
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: 10276
    Number of Variables: 121
The Politbarometers present a monthly trend investigation commissioned by the Second German Television (ZDF). The Politbarometers for 1978 are archived under ZA Study Nos. 2161 to 2170 and in cumulation under ZA Study No. 2171. 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
  • ZA2171 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • WAHLEN (Type: FDZ)

Update Metadata: 2020-10-21 | Issue Number: 90 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22

Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim (1992): Politbarometer 1978 (Kumulierter Datensatz). Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.