Comparative Election Study 1990 (Political Conversation Partners)

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; judgement on parties and politicians. Topics: Judgement on the current economic situation in the Federal Republic and expectation for the next year; judgement on the current economic situation in the new states and expectation for the next year; most able governing party for positive economic development in the FRG; interest in politics; regularly reading the Bild tabloid; daily newspapers regularly read; preference for parties in the election campaign by the daily newspapers named; most important political problems in the FRG; postmaterialism; intent to participate in the election; party preference (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; self-classification on a left-right continuum; preference for governmental or non-governmental 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, the question of abortion as well as assumed position of the parties on these questions; preference of financing the costs of unity of the nation through increased indebtedness or tax increase and assumed position of the parties on this question; behavior at the polls in the last Federal Parliament election or in the election to the Berlin House of Representatives; membership in organizations, trade union, associations and initiatives; personally most important organizations; membership in a party; religious affiliation; religiousness; year of birth; month of birth; sex; occupational position; frequency of political discussion with the primary respondent; stating the political topics discussed and frequency of different opinions. 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)
Non-probability: Purposive; Sampling Procedure Comment: Conversation partners named in the first survey of the primary respondents (ZA Study No. 2517)
Time Dimension
  • Longitudinal: Panel
Collection Mode
  • Face-to-face interview
  • Telephone interview
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire (East) Telephone interviews and a few oral interviews (West)
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 208
    Number of Variables: 178
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" (ZA Study No. 2517) 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 besides a repeated spouse survey (ZA Study No. 2521) so-called political conversation partners of the primary respondents and the primary respondents themselves (ZA Study No. 2518) were 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.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA2522 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • WAHLEN (Type: FDZ)

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 87 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22