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Politbarometer 1979 (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:
    • Working conditions
    • Labour relations/conflict
    • Compulsory and pre-school education
    • Leisure, tourism and sport
    • International politics and organisation
    • Government, political systems and organisation
    • Elections
    • Transport, travel and mobility
    • Natural resources and energy
    • Economic conditions and indicators
    • Economic systems and development
  • Abstract

    Judgement on parties and attitude to current political questions. Topics: Party preference (Sunday question and rank order procedure); behavior at the polls in the Federal Parliament election 1976; sympathy scale for the parties, coalition, opposition and selected federal politicians; size of household; employment; union membership; religiousness; party inclination and party identification; occupational groups represented in the residential area. Beyond this part common for all survey months of 1979 the following questions were also posed in at least one further survey month: judgement on current and future economic situation in the country; judgement on one´s own current and future economic situation; right persons in leading positions; satisfaction with democracy as well as satisfaction with political parties and the political system; personal change in party voted for; necessity of founding a new party for better representation of one´s own interests; satisfaction with the year 1978; preference for more income, more leisure time, shorter working hours or longer vacation; attitude to the right to strike and to lock-out; preference for a further reduction in working hours and preferred number of hours each week; anticipated price increases; interest in the European Parliament and European Election; level of information on the European Election; significance of the European Election for political unification of Europe; intent to participate in the European Election, preferred party as well as time of voting decision; positive or negative influence of the European Parliament on selected national problems; preference for European Government or loose cooperation of countries; issue ability of the German parties regarding political unification of Europe; advantage or disadvantage of EC membership of the country; expected winner of the European Election as well as the Federal Parliament election 1980; importance of decisions of the municipal council, state parliament, Federal Parliament and European Parliament; attitude to communist representatives in the European Parliament; ability of Helmut Schmidt and Franz-Josef Strauss as chancellor regarding selected tasks; approval of an extension of the CSU to the entire Federal Republic; voting for the CSU, were it to expand into one´s state; preference for common CDU/CSU candidates or for separate candidates; preference for chancellor; profile of characteristics of Helmut Schmidt, Franz-Josef Strauss as well as for an ideal federal chancellor; attitude to the Greens in the Bremen state parliament as well as in one´s own state parlament, municipal council or Federal Parliament; classification of the Greens as left or right; assessment of the danger from nuclear power plants; preference for further construction of nuclear power plants or switch to other energy sources; expected energy shortage if nuclear energy is not used; perceived possibilities to reduce one´s own use of energy; foregoing Christmas illumination to save energy; expected length of the oil crisis; desired personalities as participants in the television series ´Momentaufnahmen´ {snapshots}; the one primarily to blame for the Second World War; credibility of the figures regarding victims in concentration camps; concept of ´Germany´ as a country in the borders of the Federal Republic, the Federal Republic including the GDR or the former German Reich; expected reunification of the two German nations within the next 30 years; preferred East-West orientation of a reunited Germany; approval or rejection of reunification; visits to the GDR or East Berlin; relatives and friends in the GDR or East Berlin; possession of a car; interest in a more economical car; attitude to comprehensive schools and personal importance of this topic; fear of the future; participation in public and private Carneval events; hiding Easter eggs and Easter gifts; attitude to introduction of summer time; preferred destination, independent of the costs of travel; expected champion in the national soccer league; time of last reading a light reading book. Also encoded was: date of interview.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1979-01 / 1979-11
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: 10570
    Number of Variables: 153
The Politbarometers present a monthly trend investigation commissioned by the Second German Television (ZDF). The Politbarometers for 1979 are archived under ZA Study Nos. 2172 to 2181 and in cumulation under ZA Study No. 2182. Further Politbarometers are archived under ZA Study Nos. 1053, 1275, 1276, 1536, 1762, 1779, 1899, 1901, 1920, 1987, 2101, 2102, 2114, 2160, 2171, 2182, 2194, 2201, 2209, 2221, 2275 as well as 2287.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA2182 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • WAHLEN (Type: FDZ)

Update Metadata: 2020-10-21 | Issue Number: 89 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22

Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim (1992): Politbarometer 1979 (Kumulierter Datensatz). Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.