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The Attitude of the German Populace to Technology

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Internationales Institut für Empirische Sozialökonomie (inifes), Stadtbergen
  • Büro für Technikfolgen-Abschätzung beim Deutschen Bundestag, Bonn
Publication Date
  • EMNID, Bielefeld (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Technology, Energy
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Social change
    • Science and technology
  • Abstract

    Acceptance of technology and attitudes to technology. Topics: judgement on technology: agreement with selected statements about positive or negative consequences of technical development currently and in the future; ability of technical progress to solve problems regarding environment, unemployment, business, health and traffic; acceptance of technology in general; attitude to large technologies and technology in the working world; agreement with selected statements about technology, environment and politics (environment or health orientation, prosperity or business orientation); advantages or disadvantages of technical progress for the people in general and in selected areas of daily life (household, leisure time, medicine and education). Interest in technology: social and technically oriented socialization; readiness to participate in decisions about technical developments; technology orientation; extent to which informed and need for information about technical developments in selected areas; agreement with subsidies for selected research areas such as nuclear energy, sun energy, gene technology, automation, space travel, OEPNV {local public passenger transport}, multimedia, medicine technology and technology in the car. Attitude to future technologies: acceptance of multimedia and communication technologies in daily life and in medicine; attitude to gene technology in agriculture, production of foods and therapy for geneticically-caused illnesses; reasons and groups hindering technical progress in Germany; most important reasons for unemployment in Germany. Demography: sex; age; head of household; employment; occupation; school education, employment and occupation of head of household; marital status; size of household; composition of household; number of children; religious denomination; union membership; residential status; net income. Also encoded was: survey date; city size; state.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1997-02 / 1997-03
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
Sampled Universe
All of Germany
Sampling Procedure Comment: Representative sample
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire (CAPI)
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 3069
    Number of Variables: 194
In connection with this study the media report on technology was documented in the survey period. Relevant events in two selected daily newspapers "Sueddeutsche Zeitung" and "Augsburger Allgemeine" were recorded in the form of headlines.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA3093 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • L. Hennen: Monitoring "Technikakzeptanz und Kontroversen über Technik": Ambivalenz und Widersprüche: Die Einstellung der deutschen Bevölkerung zur Technik. Ergebnisse einer repräsentativen Umfrage des TAB, 2. Sachstandsbericht, 1997. Arbeitsbericht Nr. 54.

Update Metadata: 2020-10-21 | Issue Number: 91 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22

Internationales Institut für Empirische Sozialökonomie (inifes), Stadtbergen; Büro für Technikfolgen-Abschätzung beim Deutschen Bundestag, Bonn (1998): Die Einstellung der deutschen Bevölkerung zur Technik. Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.