Politbarometer 1983 (Cumulated Data Set)

Resource Type
Dataset : Numeric; Text
  • Berger, Manfred (Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim)
  • Gibowski, Wolfgang G. (Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim)
  • Roth, Dieter (Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim)
  • Schulte, Wolfgang (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:
    • Working conditions
    • Unemployment
    • Retirement
    • Censuses
    • Conflict, security and peace
    • Political behaviour and attitudes
    • Government, political systems and organisations
    • Elections
    • Social welfare systems/structures
    • Environment and conservation
    • Economic conditions and indicators
    • Economic policy, public expenditure and revenue
    • Economic systems and development
  • Abstract

    The Politbarometer has been conducted since 1977 on an almost monthly basis by the Forschungsgruppe Wahlen on behalf of the Second German Television (ZDF). Since 1990, this database has also been available for the new German states. The survey focuses on the opinions and attitudes of the voting-age population in the Federal Republic on current political issues, parties, politicians, and voting behavior. From 1990 to 1995 and from 1999 onward, the Politbarometer surveys were conducted separately both in the newly formed eastern and in the western German states (Politbarometer East and Politbarometer West). The separate monthly surveys of a year are integrated into a cumulative data set that includes all surveys of a year and all variables of the respective year. Starting in 2003, the Politbarometer short surveys, collected with varying frequency throughout the year, are integrated into the annual cumulation.
  • Table of Contents

    At all ten survey times the following questions were posed: party preference (list procedure and rank order procedure); sympathy scale for the parties, government, opposition and selected politicians; union membership; religiousness; party inclination and party identification; description of residential surroundings. In at least one of the monthly surveys the following questions were posed: right people in political leadership; satisfaction with democracy; interest in politics; behavior at the polls in the last Federal Parliament election; personal change in party voted for; knowledge of survey results and expected influence of these results on one´s own voting decision; party one cannot vote for; significance of first vote and second vote; attitude to absolute majority for one party; coalition preference; expected election winner; assessment of the chances for the FDP and the Greens to take seats in Federal Parliament; judgement on the manner of change of government; assumed change of political goals of the FDP in the new coalition; assessment of the achievement ability of the FDP in the new coalition; the FDP as progressive party; party most able to solve the most important political problems; self-classification on a left-right continuum; assumed reasons for the loss of votes by the SPD; attitude to a government office for Franz-Josef Strauss; attitude to a red-green coalition in Hesse; judgement on current general as well as personal economic situation and expected further development; expected development of unemployment in general; significance of the composition of the government for one´s own economic situation; satisfaction with government; attitude to expansion of nuclear power plants and reduction in governmental services in the social area as well as stationing of missiles in the Federal Republic; judgement on changes in unemployment, reduction in government debt, environmental protection and securing of pensions as well as perceived reasons for the changes determined; assessment of youth unemployment; personal willingness to make sacrifices to reduce unemployment; readiness to work less or go on pension early and assessment of the effectiveness such measures; attitude to the 35-hour work week; compatibility of nuclear armament and Christianity; perceived threat from nuclear armament; judgement on the security of peace in Europe; necessity of a peace movement and willingness to participate in non-violent or violent demonstrations; attitude to armament in the case of failure of disarmament negotiations; expected installation of missiles in the Federal Republic; personal forms of protest against the stationing; general attitude to public opinion polls and especially regarding stationing of new missiles; comparison of the military strength of East and West; perceived threat; necessity of NATO for peace; attitude to NATO membership; judgement on the standard of living of pensioners and assessment of the pension development; assessment of the security of pensions in 20 years; attitude to the health insurance fee of pensioners; judgement on reduction in governmental social services such as unemployment benefit, child allowance, education aid, welfare, compulsory retirement program, compulsory health insurance and housing benefit; attitude to making demonstration laws stricter; attitude to the census and intent to participate; concern for misuse of data of the census responses; expectation and judgement on a temporary halt of the census by the Federal Constitutional Court; knowledge about the Federal Constitutional Court and interest in the work of the highest court; knowledge about introduction of a new identity card; knowledge about security against forgery and concern for greater surveillance of citizens through machine-readable identification; general attitude to the new identification and attitude to stronger surveillance of the citizens by the state; preferred Federal President; frequency of watching television; judgement on the development of forest death; preferred pants length for men in the summer (short pants, Bermuda shorts, long pants); attitude to topless swimming in outdoor pools.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1983-01 / 1983-11
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG without West Berlin
Sampled Universe
Persons with German citizenship living in private households 18 years old or older
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: 10274
    Number of Variables: 183
The data set contains the cumulation of ZA Study Nos. 1279 to 1281 as well as 2203 to 2208. In August 1983 no survey was conducted. The Politbarometers present a monthly trend investigation commissioned by the Second German Television (ZDF). 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
  • ZA2209 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • WAHLEN (Type: FDZ)

Update Metadata: 2021-05-29 | Issue Number: 91 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22