Church Membership Survey of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) 1972

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland
  • Evangelische Kirche Hessen und Nassau
  • Evangelischer Gemeindeverband, Frankfurt/Main
Publication Date
  • IFAK, Institut fuer Absatzforschung, Wiesbaden (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Religion and "Weltanschauung"
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Religion and values
    • Social behaviour and attitudes
    • Social stratification and groupings
    • Income, property and investment/saving
  • Abstract

    Attitude of protestant Christians to their church. Topics: Constituting characteristic for the protestant denomination; selected reasons for infant baptism; attitude to baptism; preference for infant baptism or adult baptism as well as for government or church kindergartens; meaning of confirmation; confirmation of respondent; memory of the confirmation pastor and the confirmation text; regular attendance at the children's service; attitude to the current children's service; experiences and memories of one's confirmation classes; closeness of father and mother as well as respondent with church; perceived change and direction of change of church closeness; agreement with the church in religious matters; most important reasons and attitude to church membership (scale); preference for church or government hospital in case of illness; perceived differences between government and church hospitals regarding medical equipment, medical personnel and care for the sick; occasion for the last conversation with a protestant pastor or minister; time of conversation; general impression of this conversation; knowledge about the pastor in one's parish and frequency of contact; cause for the last house visit of the pastor; attitude to a house visit by the pastor; preferred relief organization for a donation; reasons for preference of the selected relief organization; knowledge about the protestant relief organization; donation readiness with house-to-house and street collections for selected purposes and projects; general attitude to house-to-house and street collections; desired and actual involvement of the protestant church in selected religious and social areas; preference for government or church involvement in selected areas; preference for government or church home for the old; frequency of conversation about religion, church and faith; personal opinion leadership or opinion allegiance; interest in church counseling in case of marriage problems; inclination toward leaving the church; knowledge about the office responsible for leaving the church; estimated personal consequences of leaving the church; persons leaving the church in the circle of relatives and friends; knowledge about the church tax rate; figures of church tax and judgement on the level of the amount; attitude to the church tax (scale); preference for voluntary payments or government tax collection; extent of one's own payments in case of elimination of the church tax; length of local residency; party preference; union membership; party membership; club membership; employment in a church facility; interest in participating in a church facility; satisfaction with the social conditions in the Federal Republic; watching television; interest in church broadcasts and services on the radio; spatial closeness to parents and frequency of visits; frequency of contacts with friends in one's residence as well as with the friends; reading of magazines; frequency of church attendance; religiousness (Kaufmann Scale); identification as a member of the parish, the established protestant church in the state or member of the protestant church of Germany; knowledge about individual established protestant church in the state; membership in the established protestant church in the state; religious denomination of spouse and parents; main denomination affiliation of residents at place of survey; city size; refugee or exile status; fleeing before 1948; judgement on the income tax burden of respondent.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1972-06 / 1972-08
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG incl. West Berlin
Sampled Universe
Members of the established protestant church in the state 14 years old and older.
Sampling Procedure Comment: a) Quota sample b) Beyond the representative sample three ´special samples´ were drawn: 1) respondents with a net household income of over 2000 DM (recipients of higher income). 2) respondents with high school graduation or university/college degree (respondents with higher school education). 3) residents from ten typical suburban cities (influx after 1950).
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 2000
    Number of Variables: 270
The total sample is comprised of 2000 respondents in the representative survey, 665 with a high net income, 407 respondents with higher education and 389 respondents from the suburban cities. See also the second church membership investigation of 1982 archived under ZA Study No. 2420.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA2419 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Hild, Helmut (Hrsg.): Wie stabil ist die Kirche? Bestand und Erneuerung. Ergebnisse einer Meinungsbefragung. Gelnhausen, Berlin: Burckhardthaus Verlag, 1974.
  • Höhmann, Peter: Kirchenbindung im gesellschaftlichen Wandel: Eine empirische Untersuchung pluraler Bindungsmuster von Kirchenmitgliedern. Frankfurt: AIM Verlagshaus 2009

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 78 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22