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Politbarometer West 1999 (Cumulated Data Set)

Resource Type
  • Berger, Manfred (Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim)
  • Jung, Matthias (Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim)
  • Roth, Dieter (Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim)
Publication Date
  • Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Political Attitudes and Behavior
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • International politics and organisation
    • Conflict, security and peace
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
    • Government, political systems and organisation
    • Elections
    • Social welfare systems/structures
    • Economic policy
    • Economic systems and development
  • Abstract

    Cumulated dataset of the Politbarometers for 1999. Judgement on parties and politicians before and after the Federal Parliament election. Attitude to current political questions. Topics: 1. the following topics were posed identically at every survey time: most important political problems of the Federal Republic; intent to vote in the next Federal Parliament election; behavior at the polls in the last Federal Parliament election; sympathy scale for the SPD, CDU, CSU, FDP, the Greens and the PDS; satisfaction with achievements of the Federal Government (scale); sympathy scale for the big or the small partner in the government as well as the small and big partner in the opposition; party preference according to the rank order procedure and Sunday question; sympathy scale for the top politicians of the parties; judgement on the economic situation of the country and one's own economic situation; expected economic situation for the country; self-assessment on a left-right continuum. 2. In at least one or more survey months the following questions were posed: coalition preference; naming the five most important political personalities in the Federal Republic; sympathy scale for the most important top politicians in the Federal Republic as well as for Herbert Wehner and Franz-Josef Strauss; approval for the resignation of Oskar Lafontaine; attitude to Lafontaine's criticism of participation in the Federal Government; agreement with the criticism of the Federal Government and Gerhard Schroeder made public in Lafontaine's book; Lafontaine's criticism harmful to the SPD; anticipated return of Lafontaine to politics; judgement whether the SPD stands behind the policies of Gerhard Schroeder; comparison of Federal Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder with Helmut Kohl; comparison of current SPD-Greens Federal Government with previous CDU/CSU-FDP Federal Government; judgement on coalition loyalty of SPD as well as of Greens; desired development direction of the SPD to the right or left; desired distance of the SPD from the trade unions; judgement on the ability of the Greens to assert themselves as well as their reliability in the coalition; assessment of the unity of SPD, CDU, CSU, FDP and the Greens in important political questions; expected influence of contributions on political decisions under Helmut Kohl; assumption of the existence of inofficial bank accounts also for the SPD; general satisfaction with democracy; interest in politics; the right people in leading positions; judgement on the situation of the German economy; approval of reunification in 1989 as well as currently; perceived joy or concern over reunification; expected job market situation in a year; attitude to the new tax law for 630-Mark jobs and contributions to social security and wage and inome tax; personal impact of the 630-DM ruling; attitude to social security contributions for the self-employed; satisfaction with the condition of society in general and in comparison with Western Europe; expected economic situation in Germany and personal economic situation in a year; issue-ability of the parties in the areas of business, job creation, finances, tax policy, foreigner policy and securing pensions; expectations of tax reform; expected personal effects of tax reform; approval of an energy tax, inheritance tax and an assets tax; assessment of personal financial situation in the future as a pensioner in comparison with pensioners today; judgement on the current social situation of pensioners and assessment of the security of pensions in 20 years; coupling pension increases with the rate of inflation; attitude to private retirement provision for workers; coupling wage increases with the rate of inflation and expected effect on unemployment; evaluation of the conclusion of wage negotiations in the metal industry; judgement on the job of the Federal Government; better government by the CDU/CSU; FDP and Greens have become unnecessary; judgement on the cost-cutting program of the government; preferred chancellor candidate for the CDU/CSU; attitude to the new beginning of the SED as PDS as well as to the behavior of the other parties toward the PDS; attitude to dual citizenship as well as to change in the citizenship law; attitude to collection of signatures by the CDU/CSU against dual citizenship as well as to the resulting charges of hostility to foreigners; preferred type of punishment for Kurds who commit a criminal offence at demonstrations; preference for Federal President; knowledge about the Federal President and evaluation of his work in general; expected advantages and disadvantages for the country from membership in the EU; judgement on the efforts to reduce the German EU contributions; interest in European policies; extent to which adequately informed about the EU; attitude to a common currency in Europe; expected personal advantages or disadvantages from the European currency; advantageousness of new currency for Germany as well as long-term consequences; importance of the topic Euro; intent to participate in the European election; party preference in the European election; importance of decisions made in the municipal council, state parliament, Federal Parliament as well as European Parlament; attitude to armed military service for women; attitude to the air attacks on Yugoslavia, the recommendation of the Greens for interruption as well as participation of Federal German Armed Forces; assumption whether the air attacks alone are enough that the demands of NATO will be fulfilled by Serbia; approval for the deployment of ground troops in general as well as German ground troops; judgement on the possibility of Russian intervention as well as a military threat against Germany; perceived fear of war; judgement on media presence in the Yugoslavia war; agreement with participation of Federal German Armed Forces in Kosovo; approval of financial participation of Germany in reconstruction in Kosovo as well as in Serbia; Milosevic before an international court; attitude to the store closing law as well as to business on Sundays; feeling of threat from crime (fear of victimization); attitude to using or shutting down nuclear power plants; retrospect on the year 1999; prospect for the year 2000; frequency of being struck by one's parents during childhood; attitude to physical punishment as child-raising method. Demography: sex; age (classified); marital status; living together with a partner; children present in household; school degree (East or West); number of children not yet going to school; number of children under 13 years; ages of children; government examination or similar; recognized degree; completed occupational training; employment; assessment of risk to one's own job; occupation group; household size and number of persons 18 years old or older; head of household as well as his occupation group and employment; union member in household; religious denomination; frequency of church attendance; risk to job or unemployment of close persons; party inclination and party identification. Also encoded was: day of survey; state.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1999-01 / 1999-12
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
Sampled Universe
The residential population eligible to vote living in private households with telephone
Multi-stage random sample: selection of household addresses according to the RLD procedure and selection according to a birthday key
Collection Mode
  • Telephone interview (CATI) with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 12635
    Number of Variables: 253
The dataset consists of a cumulation of the surveys conducted monthly from January to December 1999. While there is a common sample for the months January and February (with approx. 1000 respondents West and approx. 250 respondents East each month), for the other months separate samples with around 1000 respondents were drawn for each month and state. This dataset contains the information of the common samples from January and February as well as all information of the survey section for the West. ZA Study No. 3262 contains the surveys of the eastern part as well as an additional weighting factor, with which it is possible, to consolidate the two datasets into an over-all German weighted survey.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA3261 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • WAHLEN (Type: FDZ)

Update Metadata: 2019-09-20 | Issue Number: 77 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22

Berger, Manfred; Jung, Matthias; Roth, Dieter (2000): Politbarometer West 1999 (Kumulierter Datensatz). Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.