Opinion Barometer September 1990 - Attitude to Development in the GDR

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Zentralinstitut für Jugendforschung (ZIJ), Leipzig in Zusammenarbeit mit dem "Spiegel"
Publication Date
  • Zentralinstitut fuer Jugendforschung, Leipzig (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Political Attitudes and Behavior
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Leisure, tourism and sport
    • Cultural and national identity
    • Social conditions and indicators
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
    • Government, political systems and organisation
    • Elections
    • Economic conditions and indicators
    • Housing
  • Abstract

    Attitudes to the current political situation and expectations of the development after unification. Topics: Evaluation of personal prospects for the future and future development on the territory of the GDR; prediction on the length of time for of achievement of equivalent living conditions in East and West; judgement on the economic situation on the territory of the GDR; judgement on one's own economic situation currently, a year ago and in one year; Sunday question; decision for H. Kohl or O. Lafontaine given possible elections of the all-German federal chancellor; stand on municipal right to vote for foreigners; personal identity; prediction on economic development of Eastern Germany; stand on German-German unification; effects of unification on personal social security, the standard of living and life happiness; dominance of differences or things in common between the two German states; assessment of the possibility of a real community of the two German states and length of time for the process; description of personality traits of the West Germans and the citizens of the GDR (scale); sympathy assessment for other peoples (scale); personal basic position on life; time span for planning for the future; goals in life (scale); feeling of threat in view of threat to the environment, danger of war, falling standard of living, North-South conflict, loss of job; assessment of condition of health; self-assessment of dealing with problems in life; assessment of changes in emotional condition; feeling of being threatened in view of the increase of aggressiveness and violence, right-wing radicalism, unemployment and egoism; interest in politics; self-classification on the left-right scale; religiousness; stand on remaining in the territory of the GDR; full-time or part-time employment; job security; length of unemployment and prospect of a new job; assessment of the significance of work in life; stand on living in the GDR and working in the west; confidence in personal development until the year 2000; confidence in political development, preservation of peace, natural environment and occupational development until the year 2000; satisfaction with housing situation; amount of monthly rent; existence of building owners from the FRG; concern for termination of residence lease; assessment of the closeness of contact with relatives or friends and acquaintances in Western Germany; comparison of standard of living of these relatives, acquaintances and friends with one's own and self-assessment of emotional consequences; frequency of various leisure activities (scale); average daily television time; satisfaction with time for reading; preference for more leisure time or more income; amount of monthly net income; assessment of experiences with the market economy; intended participation in state parliament elections and party preference.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1990-09
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: 1307
    Number of Variables: 187
Further opinion polls at this time are the studies with ZA Study Nos. 6009, 6010, 6011, 6012, 6013, 6014, 6015, 6017, 6018, 6049, 6076.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA6016 (Type: ZA-No.)

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 87 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22