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Politbarometer 1984 (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
    • Retirement
    • Leisure, tourism and sport
    • Cultural activities and participation
    • Social conditions and indicators
    • Mass media
    • Advertising
    • International politics and organisation
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
    • Government, political systems and organisation
    • Elections
    • Transport, travel and mobility
    • Environmental degradation/pollution and protection
    • Consumption/consumer behaviour
    • Economic conditions and indicators
    • Economic systems and development
    • Information technology
  • Abstract

    Judgement on parties and attitude to Europe as well as current political questions. Topics: Party preference (Sunday question and rank order procedure); party inclination and party identification; behavior at the polls in the last Federal Parliament election; sympathy scale for the parties, coalition, opposition and selected federal politicians; union membership; religiousness; description of residential surroundings; city size. Beyond this description part, identical for all survey months of this year, the following additional questions were posed in at least one survey month: satisfaction with democracy; the right people in leading positions; judgement on current and future economic situation of the country as well as the individual situation; preference for reduction in government debt or tax reduction; attitude to the 35-hour week without reduction in pay; willingness to strike for the 35-hour week; assumed reduction in unemployment through shortening working life or the 35-hour week; attitude to shortening working life to 58 years with a reduced pension; perceived changes since the change of government and the turning point 1982; territory associated with the word ´Germany´; possibility of reunification of Germany; attitude to a reunification; assessment of relations with the GDR since the change of government; judgement on the visit by Honecker, the billion credit and granting relief for the people; family relations in the GDR; interest in the Flick affair; attitude to publications from the investigation files of the prosecuting attorney; suspicion of a campaign against the government in the Flick affair; exaggerated interest of the media in the party contribution affair and Flick; judgement on the development of unemployment, government debts, environmental protection, retirement insurance, foreign relations, securing of peace since the change of government and issue relevance of these areas; issue ability of the government coalition or SPD opposition; attitude to the exclusive election of women to the board of the Greens; attitude to women in the Federal German Armed Forces; judgement on the security of peace. Interest in the European Election and adequate extent to which informed; most important source of information about the EC; intent to participate in the European Election and party preference; election participation and behavior at the polls in the European Election 1979; preference for a strong merger or loose association of EC countries; desired extent of power of the European Parliament; judgement on EC membership of the country; classification of the importance of the parliaments at municipal level, state level, federal level and European level; satisfaction with the work of the European Parliament (scale); judgement on the unification process since the first European election; preference for European or nation-state solutions of problems such as unemployment, environmental protection, agriculture and foreign aid; attitude to dissolution of the EC. Satisfaction with television stations; weekly watching television; desire for further television stations; desired reception of further Third Programs {local TV} from other regions; preferred broadcasts for new television stations; maximum affordable monthly costs for a cable connection; attitude to advertising interruptions after 8 PM; attitude to television programs financed by advertising; harm to society from increased television watching. Celebration of carneval; attending public carneval events or private celebration; possession of a telephone; possession of video equipment; perceived jeopardy to drinking water particularly from garbage disposal sites; possession of a vehicle in household and frequency of car driving; readiness to purchase a low-pollution vehicle thus more expensive; incentive of government financial aid on those not interested in purchase of low-pollution vehicles; attitude to a legal requirement of low-pollution vehicles; earliest point in time for such a legal regulation; attitude to Germany´s doing it alone or preference for European coordination in introducing low-pollution cars; development of forest death; possible causes of forest death; willingness to accept personal restrictions to reduce air pollution; attitude to a speed limit on freeways and highways; speed limit only for motor vehicles without catalytic converter; reduction of forest death through speed limit or through the introduction of catalytic converters; preference for Reagan or Mondale in the American presidential election; expected European soccer champion; interest in sports broadcasts; frequency of attendance of soccer games; attitude to national soccer league games on Friday evening; intent to purchase a Christmas tree; doing without a Christmas tree because of forest death; retrospect on the last year and prospect for the coming year; determination of first letter of family name of respondent.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1984-01 / 1984-12
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
Sampled Universe
Eligible voters living in private households
Probability: Multistage; Probability: Stratified; Sampling Procedure Comment: Random selection according to the ADM mastersample
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: 11219
    Number of Variables: 179
The Politbarometers present a monthly trend investigation commissioned by the Second German Television (ZDF). The Politbarometers for 1984 from January to June are archived under ZA Study Nos. 2210-2214 and 1374, and from August to September under ZA Study Nos. 2215-2219. The data presents the cumulation of the eleven monthly surveys of this year. Per month about 1000 persons were interviewed. 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
  • ZA2220 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • WAHLEN (Type: FDZ)

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

Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim (1992): Politbarometer 1984 (Kumulierter Datensatz). Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.