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Cologne Election Study (Federal Republic, July 1961)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Scheuch, Erwin 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
  • DIVO, Frankfurt (Data Collector)
  • GESIS - Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften (Data Curator)
  • 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 before the start of the actual Federal Parliament election campaign. Topics: attitude to political unification of Western Europe; assessment of the danger of war; attitude to various nations; sympathy scale for political personalities as well as for the CDU/CSU, the SPD and the FDP; sources used for political information; significance of political work at the various political decision levels; current rank order of domestic and foreign policy; personal issue relevance and perceived issue competence of the CDU/CSU and the SPD; perceived party inclination of various social groups and of the media; expected election result; attitude to the party system; party preference and party identification; voting decision at earlier Federal Parliament elections and voting intent for the Federal Parliament election 1961; certainty of one´s voting decision; party that one cannot vote for; social status index (Scheuch Index). Demography: head of household; occupation; employment; age; marital status; school education; vocational training; size of household; religious denomination; state; household income; income. Interviewer rating: social class and willingness of respondent to cooperate; number of contact attempts.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1961-07 / 1961-08
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: 1679
    Number of Variables: 178
The 1st part of a three-part trend survey with largely identical questionnaires (see ZA Study No. 0056 and 0057).
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA0055 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • WAHLEN (Type: FDZ)
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.4232/1.11988
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.4232/1.0055
  • Scheuch, Erwin K.; Wildenmann, Rudolf (Hrsg.): Zur Soziologie der Wahl. Köln: Westdeutscher Verlag 1965 (Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie. Sonderheft 9)

Update Metadata: 2020-10-20 | Issue Number: 17 | Registration Date: 2015-02-25

Scheuch, Erwin K.; Wildenmann, Rudolf; Baumert, Gerhard (2015): Kölner Wahlstudie (Bundesrepublik, Juli 1961). Version: 2.1.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.