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The Situation after the Federal Parliament Election 1949

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Institut für Demoskopie, Allensbach
Publication Date
  • Institut fuer Demoskopie, Allensbach (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
    • Economic conditions and indicators
    • Economic systems and development
  • Abstract

    Judgement on current economic and political questions. Topics: Election participation at the last Federal Parliament election; reasons for non-participation in the election; voting for the candidate of a party or a candidate without party affiliation; trust in party voted for; associations with the term socialization; belief in the political future of Germany; attitude to an active German peace initiative; expected development of a desire for peace in Germany, even under absence of independence of the country; personal readiness for action to regain political and economic independence of the country; willingness to make sacrifices for this independence; expectation of relative prosperity for West Germans; attitude to a re-distribution of national income; preference for free competition or socialization; preference for the Russian, English or German model of socialism; attitude to a strengthening of government influence due to socialism; expected ability of workers' representatives and trade unions regarding a socialist-led government; preferred management institution (works council, owner, trade unions, authorities, experts) for a socialized company; preference for restricted economic areas with customs duties or free world trade; judgement on the achievements of the parties since the collapse of 1949; preference for independence of the parties in achievement of their programs or preference for a common effort to achieve economic independence; attitude to Bonn as Federal Capital; preferred alternative capital city; refugee status; sign of the horoscope of respondent; height; preferred color; color of hair of respondent; listening to the radio. Interviewer rating: willingness of respondent to cooperate. With some questions it was additionally encoded whether the respondent provided explanatory comments. In part these comments were encoded for content in the sense of an open question.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1949-08
Geographic Coverage
  • the three western zones and West Berlin
Sampled Universe
German population 18 years old and older.
Non-probability: Quota; Sampling Procedure Comment: Quota 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: 1967
    Number of Variables: 62
The current data are part of an omnibus survey. The question of party preference is not contained in this data set, since this information was obtained anonymously after the interview (Urnenmodell). The original data are available in the IfD Allensbach as a so-called "Staebchenspiel", as a "Korrelations-Baukasten", as described in E. Noelle, Umfragen in der Massengesellschaft, rororo 1963, page 204-205. Making the data machine-readable was commissioned by the Zentralarchiv in 1993. At the Institut fuer Demoskopie {Institute for Public Opinion Research} in Allensbach the data set has IfD Archive No. 20.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA2361 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • WAHLEN (Type: FDZ)
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.4232/1.2361
  • Institut für Demoskopie: Bericht über die erste Umfrage der wirtschaftspolitischen Gesellschaft von 1947 über die deutsche Situation: Im Anschluß an die Bundestagswahl am 14. August 1949. Allensbach: Institut für Demoskopie (1949) (Unveröffentlichtes Manuskript)

Update Metadata: 2020-10-21 | Issue Number: 18 | Registration Date: 2015-07-31

Institut für Demoskopie, Allensbach (2015): Situation nach der Bundestagswahl 1949. Version: 2.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.