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Political Action Panel Study, 1973-1981

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Jennings, M. Kent
  • van Deth et al, Jan W.
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (Germany)
  • Tilburg University (Netherlands)
  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. National Institute of Mental Health
  • United States Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences
  • Volkswagen Stiftung (Germany)
  • National Science Foundation
Free Keywords
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 presents data for a two-wave panel survey conducted in three nations. 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 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. 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


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Data
    • DS2: Frequency Addendum
Temporal Coverage
  • 1973 / 1981
    Time period: 1973--1981
  • 1973 / 1981
    Collection date: 1973--1981
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany
  • Netherlands
  • United States
  • Global
Sampled Universe
Persons aged 16 years and older in the Wave I survey period (1973-1976) from three nations: Germany, the Netherlands, and the United States.
National multistage probability samples.
Collection Mode
  • This collection combines data for common respondents in POLITICAL ACTION: AN EIGHT NATION STUDY, 1973-1976 (ICPSR 7777), and POLITICAL ACTION II, 1979-1981 (ICPSR 9581). Data were made available through the Zentralarchiv fuer empirische Sozialforschung, Universitaet zu Koeln (ZA-No. 1189).

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Alternative Identifiers
  • 9582 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR09582.v1
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Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Jennings, M. Kent; van Deth et al, Jan W. (1992): Political Action Panel Study, 1973-1981. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.