Living Spaces - Public Opinion Survey of the BBR 1989

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Böltken, Ferdinand (Bundesamt für Bauwesen und Raumordnung (BBR), Bonn)
  • Meyer, Katrin (Bundesamt für Bauwesen und Raumordnung (BBR), Bonn)
  • Neußer, Wolfgang (Bundesamt für Bauwesen und Raumordnung (BBR), Bonn)
  • Sturm, Gabriele (Bundesamt für Bauwesen und Raumordnung (BBR), Bonn)
  • Waltersbacher, Matthias (Bundesamt für Bauwesen und Raumordnung (BBR), Bonn)
Publication Date
  • GFM GETAS, Hamburg (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Political Attitudes and Behavior
    • Occupation, Profession
    • Income
    • Community, Living Environment
    • Natural Environment, Nature
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Employment
    • Migration
    • Community, urban and rural life
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
    • Environmental degradation/pollution and protection
    • Economic systems and development
    • Housing
  • Abstract

    Housing and residential status. Residential area and social structure. Economic situation. Foreigners in the neighborhood. Mobility. Employment. Voting decision and participation. Topics: 1. Housing and residential status: type of residential house; city size (degree of urbanisation); duration of residence; satisfaction with the place of residence; duration of living in the apartment; number of rooms; residential status; satisfaction with the apartment. 2. Residential area and social structure: residential area; description of residential environment; preferred residential environment; satisfaction with the place of residence; duration of residence; satisfaction with the immediate residential environment and the environmental conditions in the residential environment; expected change in environmental problems in the residential environment; subjective assessment of the class affiliation of residents in the residential environment; importance of selected living conditions for personal well-being at the place of residence (e.g. employment, infrastructure, housing, schools, clean air, etc.); satisfaction with these living conditions at home. 3. Foreigners: foreigners in the residential environment; estimated proportion of foreigners in the residential environment; attitude towards the spatial separation of Germans and foreigners in a neighbourhood; personal contacts with foreigners. 4. Mobility: intention to move; preference of moving (target area); bond to the place of residence; assessment of the current and future personal economic situation as well as the economic situation in Germany; expected change in unemployment figures; rather advantages or disadvantages for the region due to the internal market. 5. Employment: employment status; assessment of job security; everyday commute in minutes; means of transport used for the everyday commute. 6. Voting decision and participation: eligibility to vote in the last federal election; participation in the last federal election and voting decision (second vote); eligibility to vote in the last election to the Berlin House of Representatives; participation in the last election to the Berlin House of Representatives and voting decision (second vote). Demography: sex: age (month and year of birth); highest school leaving certificate or targeted school leaving certificate; age at school leaving certificate; years of school education including university education; vocational training or training certificate; marital status; cohabitation with a partner; self-assessment of class affiliation; religious denomination; close relationship to the church; frequency of going to church; net income of the respondent; household size; number of children in the household and age of these children; number of persons in the household over 18 years of German citizenship; number of persons in the household who contribute to the household income; household net income; telephone connection in the household; for the respondent and the partner, the following questions were asked: current or previous employment; employment status; full-time or part-time employment; current or former employment; current or former employment; occupation; current or former employment in the public sector. Interviewer rating: presence of other persons during the interview; intervention of persons present in the interview; willingness of the respondent to cooperate; reliability of the information; answering of the self-administered questionnaire together with the face-to-face interview or later; filling in the self-administered questionnaire alone or with assistance and type of return. Additionally coded was: ID BBSR; Interviewer ID; state;government district; city size (political community size, Boustedt); interview date; interview duration; interviewer ID; interviewer sex; interviewer age; weighting factor.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1989-11-04 / 1989-12-14
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    Federal Republic of Germany including West Berlin
Sampled Universe
Persons aged 18 years and over with German citizenship in private households of the Federal Republic of Germany and West Berlin
Sampling Procedure Comment: Probability Sample: Multistage Sample
Collection Mode
  • Face-to-face interview: PAPI (Paper and Pencil Interview)
Data and File Information
  • Number of Variables: 193
The study is part of a series that has been conducted since 1985. No information can be provided on the content of the self-administered questionnaire, as it is not available in the archive.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA5109 (Type: ZA-No.)

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 21 | Registration Date: 2014-11-20