Politbarometer West 1992 (Cumulated Data Set)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Berger, Manfred (Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim)
  • Jung, Matthias (Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim)
  • Roth, Dieter (Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim)
Publication Date
  • Langhans, Monika (GESIS – Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften) (Data Curator)
  • Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Political Attitudes and Behavior
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Migration
    • Leisure, tourism and sport
    • Religion and values
    • Social behaviour and attitudes
    • Law, crime and legal systems
    • Crime
    • Health policy
    • Childbearing, family planning and abortion
    • International politics and organisation
    • Conflict, security and peace
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
    • Government, political systems and organisation
    • Elections
    • Economic conditions and indicators
    • Economic policy
    • Economic systems and development
    • Housing
  • Abstract

    General judgement on the correctness of unification of the two German nations; national pride; judgement on the stability of the German Mark and ability of the government or opposition in this question; attitude to tax increases and assessment of the necessity of tax increases to finance German unity; expected tax increase in the current year; attitude to increase in government debt to finance re-unification; preference for economizing or tax increase; attitude to reintroduction of the solidarity tax. Most competent party in policies on asylum; judgement on the German asylum law; assessment of abuse of the right to asylum; attitude to an ammendment to the Constitution and acceleration of asylum hearings; attitude to housing applicants for asylum in communal housing; judgement on the allocation of applicants for political asylum to the new states; ability to cope with the current crush of applicants for asylum; attitude to guarantee of the right to take legal action for applicants for political asylum; expected chances for Engholm´s proposal on the right of asylum; attitude to immediate deportation of applicants for political asylum from countries without political persecution; expected effectiveness of change in the right to asylum after the compromise between government and opposition; understanding for violence against applicants for political asylum; regret for the acts of violence; assessment of the violent criminals as hooligans or right-wing radicals; necessity of stricter laws against right-wing extremism; assessment of the voters for Republicans as protest voters; right-wing radicalism as a problem. Judgement on the union wage demands; attitude to strikes to push wage demands through; judgement on wages in the civil service; attitude to acceptance of wage settlements in other economic areas; attitude to preference for the lower salary groups; personal impact from the OETV {civil service transport traffic} strike; justified wage differentials between East and West; attitude to wage increases sufficient to compensate inflation; attitude to sacrifice of wages due to bad financial situation of the company. Preference for remaining an independent state or as part of a European merger; advantages or disadvantages from EC membership and domestic market; attitude to rejection of the Maastricht Treaty by the Danes; approval of the Maastricht Treaty; attitude to a plebiscite on the Maastricht Treaty; attitude to a partial union of EC countries and preferred countries for such a merger; attitude to a European currency; preference for the German Mark as common European currency; assessment of the stability of a European currency; support for the demand for introduction of the German language as a further official language; attitude to an expansion of the EC by countries from the East as well as Austria, Switzerland and Turkey. Attitude to acceptance of responsibility of united Germany in solving world conflicts; judgement on the influence of the states on federal policy; retention of the states in case of a united Europe; attitude to prosecution of STASI employees; attitude to access to STASI files; preference for thoroughly dealing with the GDR Past; demand for resignation of Stolpe and the extradition of Honecker; appropriate sentence for Honecker and judgement on his condition of health; attitude to court proceedings as well as departure of Honecker to Chile in case of demonstrated sickness. Judgement on the influence of the trade unions and churches; attitude to elimination of the church tax; judgement on the work of the trust-company; decay of the Soviet Union as danger to the Federal Republic; most reliable partner of Germany; Germany as reliable partner for the NATO; attitude to withdrawal of US military forces from Germany; attitude to abortion; importance of legal regulation regarding abortion; preferred abortion regulation; satisfaction with the situation in the housing market and most able party to solve these problems; satisfaction with housing; length of residence; residential status; judgement on current amount of rent; difficulties in house-hunting in the last 5 years; impact of crime; most able party in the fight against crime and necessity of stricter laws; attitude to expansion of police authority to combat organized crime; attitude to nursing care insurance and preferred provider; attitude to financing nursing care insurance through introduction of a day without compensation or elimination of a day of vacation; knowledge about the recommendations on cost reduction in the public health system; preference for a limitation of doctor fees, price of medications or patient participation; expected effectiveness of health care reform; judgement on the trustworthiness of politicians and their income; preference for job security or environmental protection; sacrifice of income for the benefit of improvement in the environment; necessity of an army in the Federal Republic; attitude to a professional army; attitude to a reduction in troop strength and deployment of Federal German Armed Forces outside of NATO territory or in Blue Helmet missions of the UN; attitude to a European military mission in Yugoslavia and participation of the Federal Republic in the naval blockade against Serbia; attitude to the move of the government to Berlin; attitude to elimination of a legal holiday compensated by an additional day of vacation; necessity to found a political party for Eastern Germany; attitude to conducting plebiscites with important political questions; perceived obligation to support the former Soviet Union; willingness to purchase food altered by gene technology; knowledge about the interest withholding tax; expected change in tax rates for interest return; institution responsible for the current unemployment in Eastern Germany; knowledge of unemployed persons doing illicit work; readiness to employ illicit workers; knowledge of recipients of unemployment support unwilling to work; adequate efforts of the unemployed to find a job; creation of jobs as government task; sympathy scale for France, Great Britain, Israel, Italy, Greece, Poland, Russia, Spain and the USA; number of trips to Eastern Germany this year and since re-unification; attitude to the terms ´Wessi´ {´Westy´} and ´Ossi´ {´Easty´}; future significance of the USA for the Federal Republic; sympathy for Americans; preference for Bush or Clinton as American president; interest in sports; significance of the Olympics success of the German team; judgement on the effort for the Olympics; assessment of the extent of cases of doping among Olympics winners; assessment of the effectiveness of drug tests and discrimination against German athletes through stricter controls; attitude to retention of stricter drug tests for German athletes; judgement on the competition prohibition for Katrin Krabbe; attitude to the application of Berlin for selection as Olympic site; attitude to aid to those wanting to die or to determine one´s own time of death; preferred blood-alcohol limit; judgement on the extent of alcohol checks conducted; vacation trip and country visited last summer; attitude to smoking in public; use of tobacco; personal judgement on the previous year and assessment of the development for the following year. Also encoded was: date of interview.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1992-01 / 1992-12
Geographic Coverage
  • Berlin (DE-BE)
    with West Berlin
  • Baden-Württemberg (DE-BW)
  • Bavaria (DE-BY)
  • Bremen (DE-HB)
  • Hesse (DE-HE)
  • Hamburg (DE-HH)
  • Lower Saxony (DE-NI)
  • North Rhine-Westphalia (DE-NW)
  • Rhineland-Palatinate (DE-RP)
  • Saarland (DE-SL)
  • Schleswig-Holstein (DE-SH)
Sampled Universe
Eligible voters living in private households with a telephone
Probability: Systematic random; Sampling Procedure Comment: Random selection. Sample according to the RLD procedure (randomize last digit)
Time Dimension
  • Longitudinal: Trend/Repeated cross-section
Collection Mode
  • Telephone interview
  • Telephone interview (CATI) with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 11143
    Number of Variables: 351
The Politbarometers present a monthly trend investigation commissioned by the Second German Television (ZDF). The Politbarometers for 1992 are archived under ZA Study Nos. 2091 to 2101 and in cumulation under ZA Study No. 2275. 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
  • ZA2275 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • WAHLEN (Type: FDZ)

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