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Election Study 1972 (Panel: Preliminary Investigations, September - October 1972, October - November 1972; Follow-Up Survey, December 1972)

Version
4.0.0
Resource Type
Dataset
Creator
  • Berger, Manfred (Lehrstuhl für politische Wissenschaft, Universität Mannheim)
  • Wildenmann, Rudolf (Lehrstuhl für politische Wissenschaft, Universität Mannheim)
  • Schleth, Uwe (Lehrstuhl für politische Wissenschaft, Universität Mannheim)
  • Kaase, Max (Lehrstuhl für politische Wissenschaft, Universität Mannheim)
  • Gibowski, Wolfgang G. (Lehrstuhl für politische Wissenschaft, Universität Mannheim)
  • Roth, Dieter (Lehrstuhl für politische Wissenschaft, Universität Mannheim)
Publication Date
2015-12-08
Contributor
  • INFRATEST, Munich (Data Collector)
Language
German
Classification
  • ZA:
    • Political Issues
    • Political Attitudes and Behavior
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes / opinion
    • Government, political systems and organisation
    • Elections
Description
  • Abstract

    Topics: 1. Pre-election questionnaire, September – October 1972: state of the economy; political interest, media exposure and attention; party preferences; government and opposition performance; position on politics toward the Soviet Union and German Democratic Republic (GDR); satisfaction with democracy; political knowledge: awareness of political figures; sympathy scale: chancellor candidates; sympathy scale: parties; turnout and vote choice; government and coalition preference; chancellor candidate preference; better candidate for minister of economic affairs; effects of party win on personal financial situation; most important problems in the country; party performance on most important problems; party identification; expected winner of the coming elections; interest in labor unions. Demography: age; sex; marital status; occupation; employment status; education; head of household; employment status and occupation of head of household; size of household; number of persons aged 18 and over; number of persons in the household with independent income; household income; respondent or someone else in the household is a refugee or an expellee; union member in the household; religious denomination; frequency of church attendance; type of town (degree of urbanization); respondent lives in an area with new housing developments. 2. Pre-election questionnaire, October - November 1972: state of the economy; political interest, media exposure and attention; party preferences; government and opposition performance; position on politics toward the Soviet Union and German Democratic Republic (GDR); satisfaction with democracy; political knowledge: awareness of political figures; sympathy scale: chancellor candidates; sympathy scale: parties; turnout and vote choice; government and coalition preference; chancellor candidate preference; better candidate for minister of economic affairs; effects of party win on personal financial situation; most important problems in the country; party performance on most important problems; party identification; expected winner of the coming elections; interest in labor unions; political efficacy. Demography: sex; age; marital status; occupation; employment status; education; head of household; employment status and occupation of head of household; size of household; household income; interest in church activities; religious denomination; frequency of church attendance; type of town (degree of urbanization); respondent lives in an area with new housing developments. 3. Post-election questionnaire, December 1972: state of the economy; political interest; post turnout, and vote choice; satisfaction with democracy; right people in leading positions; policy and attitudes toward German Democratic Republic (GDR); sympathy scale: chancellor candidates; sympathy scale: parties; better candidate for minister of economic affairs; effect of newly formed government on personal financial situation; party Identification; expected election win of the SPD and FDP coalition; campaign mobilization and engagement in the political process; reception and attitudes toward election debate; attitude towards campaigns; campaign finance regulation; importance of chancellor candidate for personal vote choice; importance of chancellor candidate for election outcomes; party preferences; importance of election campaign for personal vote choice. Demography: sex; religious denomination; age (month and year of birth); generation; respondent’s parents’ party preference; strength of parent’s party preference; parents for Hitler; father’s occupation; party membership of the respondent; voting behavior 1969 (party 2nd vote and first vote); respondent’ financial situation in 1 year. Additionally coded was: interview number; interviewer-id; weight; panel wave filter; federal state; district; size of town; date of interview (2nd wave); questionnaire form (wave 1); summary party preference ranking.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1972-09-23 / 1972-10-11
    Preliminary Investigation, September - October 1972
  • 1972-10-20 / 1972-11-06
    Preliminary Investigation, October - November 1972
  • 1972-12-09 / 1972-12-30
    Follow-Up Survey, December 1972
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG without West Berlin
Sampled Universe
Population eligible to vote, aged 18 years and older
Sampling
Probability Sample: Multistage Stratified Random Sample
Collection Mode
  • Face-to-face interview
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 2052
    Number of Variables: 371
Note
The current data set comprises all data of a three-wave panel survey (former archived as ZA Study Nos. 0635, 0636, and 0637) and is now available as a complete data set. The variables of the different waves have been arranged one below the other. For information on identical variables in the three waves, check the correspondence list. The questionnaire for the waves 1 and 2 is largely identical. In the third wave, there were a couple of additional questions to respondent’s voting decision and the results of the election. A split questionnaire was used in the first wave with the following characteristic: with one part of the respondents the question of voting intention was placed relatively early in the survey, in the other part not until the end of the survey, in order to control for the effect of a different placement of the question.
Availability
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Rights
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA0635 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • WAHLEN (Type: FDZ)
Relations
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.4232/1.11981
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.4232/1.10838
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.4232/1.0635
Publications
  • Kaase, Max: Die Bundestagswahl 1972: Probleme und Analysen. In: Politische Vierteljahresschrift, 14, 1973, S. 145 - 190.
  • Gibowski, Wolfgang G.: Der Effekt unterschiedlicher Platzierung der Wahlabsichten im Fragebogen. In: Politische Vierteljahresschrift, 14, 1973, S. 275 - 294.

Update Metadata: 2019-09-14 | Issue Number: 4 | Registration Date: 2015-12-08

Berger, Manfred; Wildenmann, Rudolf; Schleth, Uwe; Kaase, Max; Gibowski, Wolfgang G. et. al. (2015): Wahlstudie 1972 (Panel: Voruntersuchungen, September - Oktober 1972, Oktober - November 1972; Nachuntersuchung, Dezember 1972). Version: 4.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.4232/1.12414