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Opinion Barometer August 1990 - Attitude to Development in the GDR

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Zentralinstitut für Jugendforschung (ZIJ), Leipzig in Zusammenarbeit mit der Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung
Publication Date
  • Zentralinstitut fuer Jugendforschung, Leipzig (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Political Attitudes and Behavior
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Social conditions and indicators
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
    • Government, political systems and organisation
    • Elections
    • Income, property and investment/saving
    • Economic conditions and indicators
  • Abstract

    Attitudes to the current political situation in the GDR, future expectations and stand on German-German unification. Topics: Evaluation of personal prospects for the future; stand on remaining in Eastern Germany; reasons against remaining in Eastern Germany (scale); goals in life (scale); expectations of immediate development on the territory of the GDR regarding economic upturn, social security, new jobs, just pay, mass unemployment, equal rights of Germans, willingness to make sacrifices by the citizens of the FRG, wage increase; evaluation of personal prospects for the future in various areas of life (scale); change in the cost of living since currency union; comparison of income and cost of living; evaluation of statements on willingness to work in a different occupation, expenditure of German Marks just for products from the West, demonstrations against the economic policy of the government, strikes for higher wages, wage demands only depending on higher work productivity; attitude to regulation of the right to asylum in the GDR for politically persecuted or economic refugees; personal interest in politics; evaluation of the demand for unity of Germany within the borders of 1937; stand on actions against foreigners; stand on German-German unification and the speed of the unification process; predicted time required until achievement of equivalent living conditions in East and West; participation and party preference in the election for the East German Parliament on 18 Mar. 1990; intended participation and party preference in the election of the state government and the all-German Federal Parliament election; preferred governing party; trust in politicians from East and West (scale); trust in various parties (scale); membership in parties and movements; religiousness; full-time or part-time employment; current job security and prospect of a new job; feeling of being threatened in view of increase in cost of living, crime, aggressiveness and violence, right-wing and left-wing radicalism, drug abuse, increasing egoism, personal unemployment; self-assessment of psychological condition (scale); satisfaction with economic, political and social situations such as housing conditions, standard of living, income, pension, earnings-related unemployment benefit, life all in all; personal identity; evaluation of experiences with the market economy; Supplemental form: possession and intended purchase of a car; age and brand of desired car; maximum expenditure for a car and planned borrowing.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1990-08
Geographic Coverage
  • German Democratic Republic (1949-1990) (DDDE)
Sampling Procedure Comment: Representative sample.
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 1287
    Number of Variables: 129
Further opinion polls at this time are the studies with ZA Study Nos. 6009, 6010, 6011, 6012, 6013, 6014, 6016, 6017, 6018, 6049, 6076.
A - Data and documents are released for academic research and teaching.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA6015 (Type: ZA-No.)

Update Metadata: 2020-10-21 | Issue Number: 86 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22

Zentralinstitut für Jugendforschung (ZIJ), Leipzig in Zusammenarbeit mit der Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (1990): Meinungsbarometer August 1990 - Einstellung zur Entwicklung in der DDR. Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.