Cologne Election Study (Federal Republic, September 1961)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Scheuch, Erhard K. (Forschungsinstitut für Soziologie, Universität zu Köln)
  • Wildenmann, Rudolf (Forschungsinstitut für Politische Wissenschaft und Europäische Fragen, Universität zu Köln)
  • Baumert, Gerhard (DIVO, Frankfurt)
Publication Date
  • Kratz, Sophia (GESIS – Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften) (Data Curator)
  • DIVO, Frankfurt (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Political Attitudes and Behavior
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
    • Government, political systems and organisation
    • Elections
  • Abstract

    Attitude to current problems of domestic and foreign policy immediately before the Federal Parliament election. Topics: assessment of current and future economic situation of the respondent and future economic situation of the FRG (Katona questions); satisfaction with what one has personally achieved; source used for political information; frequency of political discussions; significance of political work at the various political decision levels; sympathy scale for political personalities as well as for the CDU/CSU, the SPD and the FDP; party identification; image of CDU or CSU and SPD; perceived party inclination of various institutions and social groups; attention to politicians in the election campaign; the Berlin Crisis and danger of war as well as desired federal chancellor; expected election result; voting decisions at earlier Federal Parliament elections and voting intent for the Federal Parliament election 1961; time of voting decision. Indices: party preference; social status (Scheuch Index). Demography: head of household; marital status; occupation; employment; age; school education; vocational training; regional origins; refugee status; sex; state; household income; size of household and composition of household; religious denomination. Interviewer rating: social class and willingness of respondent to cooperate; number of contact attempts.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1961-09
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG incl. West Berlin
Sampled Universe
Age: 16-70
Probability: Multistage; Sampling Procedure Comment: Multi-stage random sample
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: 1633
    Number of Variables: 178
The second part of a three-part trend survey with largely identical questionnaires (see ZA Study Nos. 0055 and 0057).
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA0056 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • WAHLEN (Type: FDZ)
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.4232/1.0056
  • Scheuch, Erwin K.; Wildenmann, Rudolf (Hrsg.): Zur Soziologie der Wahl. Köln: Westdeutscher Verlag 1965 (Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie. Sonderheft 9)

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 18 | Registration Date: 2014-12-09