Comparative Election Study 1990 (Primary Respondents, 2nd Wave)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Kaase, Max (Mannheimer Zentrum für europäische Sozialforschung, Universität Mannheim)
Publication Date
  • GFM-GETAS, Hamburg (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Political Attitudes and Behavior
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Mass media
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
    • Government, political systems and organisation
    • Elections
    • Economic policy
    • Economic systems and development
  • Abstract

    Recording the communication processes between the political system and the voter. Political attitudes; media usage; judgement on parties and politicians. Topics: Judgement on the current economic situation in the Federal Republic and expectation for the next year; interest in politics; judgement on political reporting in the daily newspapers preferred by the respondent as well as in selected television stations; classification of these media with preferential treatment of individual parties; television set in household; opportunity to receive RTL plus and SAT 1; most important problems in the Federal Republic; intent to participate in the election; party preference (first vote and second vote); knowledge about the significance of first vote and second vote; expected winner of the coming Federal Parliament election; sympathy scale for Federal Chancellor Kohl and candidate for chancellor Lafontaine; preference for federal chancellor; preference for governmental or market economy solution of the economic problems in the new states; assumed position of the individual parties on this question; attitude to restriction of the right to asylum, to the question of abortion as well as assumed positions of the parties; preference for new indebtedness or tax increase to finance German unity and assumed position of the parties; membership in associations, organizations and initiatives; rank order of the individual importance of these organizations; participation in activities and receipt of publications of the three most important organizations; assumed party allegiance of these organizations; selected associations, organizations as well as churches and their willingness to support the individual parties in the coming Federal Parliament election; party membership; intensity of contacts with the parties in the course of the election campaign in form of brochures, participation in election events or personal contacts with election helpers or candidates; frequency of political conversations with partner through life; common or different political conviction; frequency of political conversations with the conversation partner named in the first interview wave; stating political topics mentioned and frequency of different opinions; religious affiliation; year of birth; month of birth; possession of a telephone. In the East the following was also asked: behavior at the polls in the last state parliament election (second vote). Interviewer rating: presence of other persons during the interview; interventions of other persons in the course of the interview; willingness of respondent to cooperate; classification of reliability of respondent; length of interview; date of interview; identification of interviewer; sex of interviewer; age of interviewer.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1990-11 / 1990-12
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
Probability: Stratified; Sampling Procedure Comment: Follow-up survey of the sample East and West from the 1st wave (ZA Study No. 2517)
Time Dimension
  • Longitudinal: Panel
Collection Mode
  • Face-to-face interview
  • Telephone interview
  • Telephone interviews and a few oral interviews with standardized questionnaire for West (n=449) Only oral interviews with standardized questionnaire for East (n=253)
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 702
    Number of Variables: 350
The data set described above is part of the project "Comparative Election Studies 1990", which is the German sub-project of the international project network "Comparative National Election Project (CNEP)". The data sets 2517 to 2522 have been archived on the German project. The project design anticipated a three-wave panel survey conducted both in the eastern part and in the western part of the Federal Republic. These surveys are largely identical and therefore consolidated in one data set. Besides this data set about the so-called "primary respondents" at the time of the first survey wave the spouses (ZA Study No. 2520) of these primary respondents were also interviewed in writing. In the second survey wave presented here besides a repeated spouse survey (ZA Study No. 2521) so-called political conversation spartners (ZA Study No. 2522) of the primary respondents were also interviewed. The third wave consisted of a ballot survey among the primary respondents (ZA Study No. 2519). Part of this project are ZA Study Nos. 2656 and 2657 in which the coded recording of political articles in the media was surveyed.
A - Data and documents are released for academic research and teaching.
All metadata from GESIS DBK are available free of restriction under the Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication. However, GESIS requests that you actively acknowledge and give attribution to all metadata sources, such as the data providers and any data aggregators, including GESIS. For further information see
Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA2518 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • WAHLEN (Type: FDZ)
  • Schmitt-Beck, Rüdiger: Politische Kommunikation und Wählerverhalten: Ein internationaler Vergleich. Wiesbaden: Westdeutscher Verlag 2000.

Update Metadata: 2020-10-21 | Issue Number: 86 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22