Election to the House of Representatives in Berlin 1981

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Berger, Manfred (Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim)
  • Gibowski, Wolfgang G. (Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim)
  • Roth, Dieter (Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim)
  • Schulte, Wolfgang (Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim)
  • Klingemann, Hans-Dieter (ZI für sozialwissenschaftliche Forschung der FU Berlin)
Publication Date
  • MARPLAN, Offenbach (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Political Attitudes and Behavior
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
    • Government, political systems and organisation
    • Elections
  • Abstract

    Judgement on parties and politicians. Attitude to political questions at state level. Topics: Satisfaction with democracy; interest in politics; willingness to participate in the impending election to the House of Representatives and decision for an absentee ballot; reasons for abstention; party preference (ballot procedure and rank order procedure) and time of personal voting decision; personal change in party voted for; satisfaction with the top candidate of one´s preferred party; behavior at the polls in the last election to the Berlin House of Representatives; sympathy scale for Berlin top politicians, parties, senate and opposition; politician preferred as mayor; participation in collection of signatures by the CDU or Alternative List for an early election to the Berlin House of Representatives; expectation that the Alternative List will take seats in the House of Representatives; attitude to the AL taking seats in parliament; attitude to absolute majority of one party in the House of Representatives; coalition preference; postmaterialism; attitude to the right of building owners to let residences remain empty; attitude to house occupations; preference for strict action by the police against demonstrators in connection with house occupations; judgement on the conduct of the Berlin Senate regarding house occupiers; self-classification on a left-right continuum; issue relevance and issue ability of the parties to solve political questions at state level such as house occupation, creation of housing, reduction in the proportion of foreigners, improvement in living conditions, job creation, policies on the old, citizen influence on political decisions, support for alternate ways of life, maintenance of law and order; ideas about further political and social development of society (scale); preference for growth policy; restriction of rights to demonstrate; importance of environmental policy; abortion; less achievement pressure; reduction of party influence; more influence of trade unions; securing energy supply through use of nuclear power; job guarantee; attitude to women´s groups, the welfare state, NATO and the Berlin aid of the Federal Government; possible reasons for a reduction in the Berlin aid; assumed tiredness of Berlin of the West Germans; ties to Berlin even in case of closing of access roads; political participation (scale); personal participation as well as possible willingness to participate in selected forms of political influence or political protest; trust in the promise of the western powers to guarantee freedom of West Berlin; expected winner in the election to the House of Representatives; self-assessment of social class; born in Berlin or year of moving to Berlin; regional origins; social mobility; employment in the civil service; assessment of economic circumstances of family during youth of respondent; union membership; religiousness; party inclination and party identification; characterization of residential area according to occupational groups; residential status. Interviewer rating: reliability and willingness of respondent to cooperate. Also encoded was: presence of third persons during interview and their intervention in the course of the interview; number and times of contact attempts; length of interview; date of interview; identification of interviewer.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1981-04 / 1981-05
Geographic Coverage
  • Berlin (DE-BE)
    West Berlin
Sampled Universe
Eligible voters
Probability: Multistage; Probability: Stratified; Sampling Procedure Comment: Random route procedure
Time Dimension
  • Cross-section
Collection Mode
  • Face-to-face interview
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 1358
    Number of Variables: 172
The representative sample for West Berlin of 935 interviews in 117 voting districts has been enhanced by 444 interviews in 59 voting districts. These voting districts are those in which the Alternative List achieved a proportion of at least 9,5% of the valid votes in the election of 1979. Comparable state election studies are archived from other states.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA2313 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • WAHLEN (Type: FDZ)
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.4232/1.2313

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 244 | Registration Date: 2012-03-13