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Political Action II, 1979-1981

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Jennings, M. Kent
  • van Deth et al, Jan W.
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • National Science Foundation
  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (Germany)
  • Tilburg University (Netherlands)
  • Volkswagen Stiftung (Germany)
Free Keywords
attitudes; class consciousness; government performance; perceptions; political ethics; political interest; political issues; political parties; political systems; protest demonstrations; public opinion; quality of life; social classes; social issues; standard of living; trust in government; voting behavior
  • Abstract

    This data collection focuses on conventional and unconventional forms of political participation and closely follows the format of the first Political Action study, POLITICAL ACTION: AN EIGHT NATION STUDY, 1973-1976 (ICPSR 7777). POLITICAL ACTION II consists of two parts: a second panel wave of reinterviews with respondents from the first Political Action surveys and a new cross-section sample. Topics covered include respondent's level of satisfaction with material standard of living, interest in politics, perception of privileged and under-privileged groups, opinions on various social and political issues, and ranking of important political goals. Additional variables address the performance of the present government, good and bad aspects of major left and major right parties, legitimacy of the present government and the political system in general, approval of protest behavior, participation in conventional and unconventional activities, voting behavior, attitudes toward young people, and political trust items. Background information provided for respondents includes age, sex, ethnic origin, education, religion, marital status, number of children, employment status, occupation, union membership, personal and family income, organizational memberships and activities, and father's and mother's education and political preferences.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 1979 / 1981
    Time period: 1979--1981
  • 1979 / 1981
    Collection date: 1979--1981
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany
  • Netherlands
  • United States
  • Global
Sampled Universe
Respondents to Political Action I (1973-1976), and persons aged 16 years and older from three nations: Germany, the Netherlands, and the United States.
National multistage probability samples.
Collection Mode
  • Data were made available through the Zentralarchiv fuer empirische Sozialforschung, Universitaet zu Koeln, from whom a printed codebook (ZA-No. 1188) may be obtained.

This version of the study is no longer available on the web. If you need to acquire this version of the data, you have to contact ICPSR User Support (
Alternative Identifiers
  • 9581 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR09581.v1
  • Jennings, M. Kent. Political participation in the Chinese countryside. American Political Science Review.91, (2), 361-372.1997.
    • ID: (URL)

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Jennings, M. Kent; van Deth et al, Jan W. (1991): Political Action II, 1979-1981. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.