Politbarometer East 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)
  • USUMA, Berlin
Publication Date
  • Langhans, Monika (GESIS – Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften) (Data Curator)
  • Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim (Data Collector)
  • USUMA, Berlin (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Political Attitudes and Behavior
  • Abstract

    Judgement on parties and attitude to current political questions. Topics: Interview repeated at every time of survey: most important problems in Germany; satisfaction with democracy; party preference (Sunday question and rank order procedure); behavior at the polls in the last Federal Parliament election; sympathy scale for the parties, coalition, opposition, for selected federal politicians and the state government; self-classification on a left-right continuum; personal job security; judgement on the proportion of foreigners in Germany; judgement on the German unification process; ability of the government or opposition in solving economic problems in Eastern Germany; assessment of personal economic situation and expected development; union membership; religiousness; party inclination and party identification. Beyond this common part for all survey months of 1992 the following questions were also posed in at least one further survey month: coalition preference; most important federal politicians; the right people in leading position; assessment of disagreement or unity in the federal parties; judgement on the federal chancellor; most important federal chancellor in the history of the Federal Republic; reasons for party dissatisfaction; expected coalition change of the FDP and preference for a statement of willingness to form a coalition before the next Federal Parliament election; judgement on the current social crisis situation and expected development of the crisis; general judgement on the condition of society; necessity of foreign workers for the economy; foreigners as cultural enrichment; judgement on the introduction of democracy according to western pattern in the GDR; satisfaction with current living conditions; adequate commitment of the Federal Government to achieve equivalent living conditions in East and West; judgement on the time of currency union; judgement on the change of one´s own economic situation since currency union; willingness to sacrifice income for the benefit of improvement in the East German job market situation; expected time period for equalization; areas of life with particular changes since the turning point; judgement on the job of the trust-company; general agreement with unification of the two German nations; national pride; judgement on the stability of the DM and ability of the government or opposition on this question; attitude to tax increases and assessment of the necessity of tax measures to finance German unity; expected tax increase in the current year; judgement on increase in government debt to finance reunification; preference for economizing instead of a tax increase; attitude to reintroduction of the solidarity tax; most able party in policies on asylum; judgement on the German right to asylum; 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 extent of applicants for political 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 to asylum; attitude to immediate deportation of applicants for political asylum from countries without political persecution; expected effectiveness of change in the right to asylum from the compromise proposal of government and opposition; understanding for violence against applicants for political asylum; assessment of the violent criminals as hooligans or right-wing radicals; right-wing radicalism as a problem in East or West; judgement on the level of union wage demands; attitude to a strike to push wage demands through; 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 companies; preference for remaining an independent state or as part of a European merger; advantages or disadvantages from EC membership and the domestic market; approval of the Maastricht Treaty; attitude to a plebiscite on the Maastricht Treaty; attitude to a 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 to countries from the East as well as Austria, Switzerland and Turkey; attitude to acceptance of responsibility by united Germany in solving world conflicts; judgement on the influence of the states on the Federal Republic; 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; attitude to contacts of the protestant church with the STASI; demand for resignation of Stolpe and extradition of Honecker; appropriate sentence for Honecker and judgement on his condition of health; attitude to admission of Honecker into Chile in case of demonstrated illness; attitude to Bernhard Vogel as successor to Prime Minister Duchac after his resignation; attitude to a general filling of top positions in politics in Eastern Germany by persons from the West; preference for renovation or demolition of the Palace of the Republic; decay of the Soviet Union as a danger to the Federal Republic; most reliable partner of Germany; Germany as reliable partner for NATO; attitude to withdrawal of US military forces from Germany; receipt of a new notice of amount of pension; errors in this notification; increase in pension payments compared with earlier; judgement on the amount of pension; comparison of living conditions of pensioners compared with other population groups; attitude to abortion; importance of legal regulations regarding abortion; satisfaction with the situation on the housing market and party most able to solve these problems; satisfaction with housing; length of residence; presence of central heating and possibility of turning the radiator down; judgement on the fairness of the rent increase; 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 extension 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 of work 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, the price of medications or preference for patient participation; expectation of a savings effect through health care reform; necessity of an army in the Federal Republic; attitude to a professional army; attitude to 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; necessity to found a political party for Eastern Germany; willingness to buy food altered by gene technology; knowledge about the interest withholding tax; expected change in tax rates for interest returns; institution responsible for the current unemployment in Eastern Germany; sympathy scale for France, Great Britain, Israel, Italy, Greece, Poland, Russia, Spain and the USA; number of visits in West Germany this year and since reunification; 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; assessment of the extent of cases of doping among Olympics winners; assessment of the effectiveness of drug tests and the discrimination against German athletes by stricter controls; assessment of the retention of stricter drug tests for German athletes; judgement on the competition prohibition for Katrin Krabbe; attitude to application by Berlin for selection as Olympic site; attitude to aid for those wanting to die or determining 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; personal judgement on the previous year and assessment of the development in the following year. Also encoded was: date of interview.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1992-01 / 1992-12
Geographic Coverage
  • Berlin (DE-BE)
    with East Berlin
  • Brandenburg (DE-BB)
  • Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (DE-MV)
  • Saxony (DE-SN)
  • Saxony-Anhalt (DE-ST)
  • Thuringia (DE-TH)
Sampled Universe
Persons of German citizenship 18 years old and older living in private households and having a telephone mainline.
Probability: Multistage; Probability: Stratified; Sampling Procedure Comment: Multi-stage stratified random sample (random route procedure)
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: 11746
    Number of Variables: 332
The investigation was a parallel investigation to a survey in the western part of the Federal Republic archived under ZA Study No. 2275. The data set contains the cumulated data for this year for the survey months: January to July and September to December. At each of the 11 times of survey about 1000 interviews were conducted. The Politbarometers present a monthly trend survey commissioned by the Second German Television (ZDF).
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA2287 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • WAHLEN (Type: FDZ)

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