Opinion Poll 1990 - on Development in the GDR

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Zentralinstitut für Jugendforschung (ZIJ), Leipzig
Publication Date
  • Zentralinstitut fuer Jugendforschung, Leipzig (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Political Attitudes and Behavior
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Compulsory and pre-school education
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
    • Government, political systems and organisation
    • Elections
    • Youth
  • Abstract

    Opinions on the current political situation, expectations of the future development and German-German unification. Topics: General future expectations; remaining in the GDR; expectations regarding development of the environment, wages, democracy; identity; party preference; information about the program of one's preferred party; Sunday question; stand on unification of GDR and FRG; pace of unification; equal rights for the government in unification negotiations; unification as European matter; stand on the Oder-Neisse border and military neutrality of Germany; referendum on the unification question; preference for the GDR rapidly to join the FRG; assessment of the requirement of a new security service; preferred point in time for German unity; assessment of the time interval necessary for equalization of the level of the standard of living in East and West; trust in politicians of the GDR and the FRG (scale); trust in political committees and parties or movements (scale); preference of trade union and works councils as company representation of interests; attitude to wage structuring; stand on nuclear power plants; attitude to employment of women; attitude to constitutional guarantee of the right to work; STASI employees in management functions; attitude to the law allowing abortion in the first trimester, unity of Germany within the borders of 1937, actions against foreigners, action for others; goals in life (scale); future expectations regarding work, social and material certainty, productivity; personal menace from environmental pollution, unemployment, crime, economic crisis, aggressiveness and violence, right-wing radicalism, left-wing radikalism, egoism; personal condition; conversations on coping with of despondency and depression; attitude to horoscopes; satisfaction with environment, leisure opportunities, housing conditions, financial situation, standard of living, work, training, pension; reading the daily newspaper "Bild"; party affiliation; religiousness; net earnings of respondent and partner; savings; membership in youth organizations; Schoolchildren questionnaire: class level; attitude to school, teachers and learning; willingness to help in school; learning motivation (scale); performance goals; interest in political questions and processes; assessment of the development until the year 2000; solidarity with GDR; attitude to military service; attitude to relations with others of the same age from other cultures (scale); apprentice questionnaire: occupational and family goals in life; year in apprenticeship and examination sought; comparison of performance with other apprentices; learning motivation (scale); significance of occupation for further life (scale); interest in politics; attitude on development until the year 2000; solidarity with GDR; attitude to military service; attitudes to relations with others of the same age from other cultures (scale).
Temporal Coverage
  • 1990-04 / 1990-05
    End of April 1990 to Start of May 1990
Geographic Coverage
  • German Democratic Republic (1949-1990) (DDDE)
Sampled Universe
Schoolchildren of grades 9 and 10 as well as apprentices.
Sampling Procedure Comment: Representative sample
Collection Mode
  • Written survey
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 2265
    Number of Variables: 201
Further opinion polls of this time sind the studies with ZA Study Nos. 6009, 6010, 6011, 6012, 6013, 6014, 6015, 6016, 6017, 6018, 6076.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA6049 (Type: ZA-No.)

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 89 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22