Cologne Local Study on Political Information Practices: State Parliament Election in NRW 1995

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Kühnel, Steffen (Institut für Angewandte Sozialforschung, Universität zu Köln)
  • Ohr, Dieter (Institut für Angewandte Sozialforschung, Universität zu Köln)
Publication Date
  • Institut fuer Angewandte Sozialforschung, Universitaet zu Koeln (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Political Attitudes and Behavior
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
    • Government, political systems and organisation
    • Elections
  • Abstract

    Political information practices. Orientations in the voting decision. Topics: sources of political information; most important source of information; interest in politics; frequency of use of news on television; watching political magazines; interest in political commentaries on television as well as in newspapers; frequency of use of local as well as national daily newspapers and weekly newspapers; interest in the political section in newspapers; importance of local politics, state politics and federal politics; self-assessment of extent to which informed on the three political levels; frequency of political discussions in parental home, in one's family, in one's circle of friends, with colleagues and neighbors as well as evaluation of their interest in politics; personal opinion leadership in political discussions; resistence to attempts of others to convince; interest in the election campaign in North Rhine-Westphalia; perception of election campaign reporting in print media and on television; memory of TV commercials, radio advertising and election posters of the individual parties; general judgement on television advertising, poster advertising, as well as mail advertising of the individual parties; information on the parties from whom the respondent had a house visit, received mail advertising, at whose street-side stand he stopped and whose election meetings the respondent took part in; evaluation of house visit experienced and attitude to house visits by politicians; assessment of the reliability of election promises; attitude to the election campaign (scale); intent to participate in the election; certainty of one's voting decision; party preference; behavior at the polls in the last NRW election; deliberately not voting in a state parliament election; importance of knowledge about the religiousness, personal life, occupational career, political past, special interest groups close to the politician, the financial advantages from politics, the trustworthiness, sympathy, achievement capability of a politician for one's own voting decision; assessment of the difficulty to obtain knowledge about the points mentioned; the significance of knowledge of the principles of a party, and thus the disagreement and past of a party for one's own voting decision; knowledge about the intent to participate in the election of family members, colleagues, friends and neighbors, as well as their knowledge about one's own intent to participate in the election; assumed evaluation by these persons of personal non-participation in the election; attitude to voting (scale); significance of one's own vote for the election result; assessment of the political effectiveness of letters to the editor, collection of signatures, demonstrations, citizens' initiatives and discussionn with members of parliament; satisfaction with democracy; feeling of political effectiveness; opportunity to influence by voting; corruptness of parties and politicians; expressing dissatisfaction by voting for outsider parties, by invalid ballots or not voting; most able party in NRW; party representing the interests of respondent; preference for prime minister; uncertainty about the result of the NRW election; effects of governing party on personal situation in life; judgement on achievements of individual parties as well as selected politicians; judgement on the economic situation and the economic development of the last few years in NRW; personal economic situation; judgement on personal situation in life; party inclination; party supporter; reasons for party identification (scale). Demography: sex; age (month and year of birth); marital status; living together with a partner; school education; completed vocational training; employment; occupation; size of household; going to the polling station together; religious denomination; frequency of church attendance; union membership; membership in an ecology group; election norm of the denomination, the trade union and the ecology group; activity in a trade union, an ecology group or a party; further memberships and activities; party closeness of the trade union; self-assessment of social class; housing situation; size of residence; residential status; amount of rent; characterization of residential surroundings (scale). Interviewer rating: start of interview; interview end; date of interview; presence of third persons during interview and reasons for this presence; intervention of others in the interview; willingness of respondent to cooperate; identification of interviewer.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1995-04 / 1995-05
Geographic Coverage
  • North Rhine-Westphalia (DE-NW)
Sampled Universe
Eligible voters
Sampling Procedure Comment: Multi-stage random sample
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 339
    Number of Variables: 290
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA3429 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Ohr, Dieter: Modellierung von Kontexteffekten: Voraussetzungen, Verfahren und eine empirische Anwendung am Beispiel des politischen Informationsverhaltens. In: ZA-Information 44, 1999, Seite 39-63.
  • Ohr, Dieter; Schrott, Peter: Campaigns and Information Seeking: Evidence From a German State Election. In: European Journal of Communication 16, 4

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 91 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22