Change of Subjective Attitudes of the People in Eastern Germany 1996

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Häder, Michael (ZUMA, Mannheim)
  • Mohler, Peter Ph. (ZUMA, Mannheim)
  • Opp, Karl-Dieter (Universität Leipzig)
  • Rehberg, Karl-Siegbert (Technische Universität Dresden)
  • Sahner, Heinz (Martin-Luther-Universität Halle Wittenberg)
Publication Date
  • USUMA, Markt-, Meinungs- und Sozialforschung (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Society, Culture
  • Abstract

    Change of subjective attitudes of the people in Eastern Germany. Topics: Development of personal situation in life in the next few weeks; importance of areas of life; time consciousness; general contentment with life; satisfaction with areas of life; comparison of retrospective satisfaction with current; eligibility to vote and election participation at the last Federal Parliament election; the question of memory of the election; self-classification on a left-right continuum; assessment of socialism as an idea; satisfaction with democracy in the Federal Republic; preferred forms of political participation (scale); political commitment; goals in life (scale); strength of influence of various groups of persons on municipal politics; importance of support by family, relatives, friends, colleagues, government and church facilities in situations of need; expectations of family and friends of the conduct of respondent; opinion on the adaptation of living conditions in Eastern and Western Germany and expected time period; judgement on one's own economic situation; preferred leisure activities; activities to structure one's own situation in life; expected social changes in the next few years; self-assessment of condition of health; relationship to various parties; membership in trade union, club, association, citizen initiative; discussion about the affairs of the municipality in these organizations; frequency of activity in these organizations; gatherings such as group of regulars, hen party, sociable circle of friends, environment and peace groups; sources of information on municipal affairs; participation in citizen initiatives or collecting signatures; readiness for participation in municipal politics; criticism of conditions in the new states within the circle of friends; cultural gains and losses since the turning point; postmaterialism questions; existence of building loan contract, life insurance, other capital insurance policies, loans; residency at place of residence and in part of town; length of residence in current residence; solidarity with place of residence; interest in municipal politics; relatives in same place of residence; subjective classification of social class; possession of a telephone and entry in telephone book; personal jeopardy to job; religious affiliation; solidarity with church; place of birth in the new states; time of move to the new states.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1996-01 / 1996-03
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    Eastern Germany
Sampled Universe
Persons with German citizenship living in private households and 18 years old or older.
Sampling Procedure Comment: Multi-stage random sample
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 1523
    Number of Variables: 299
Comparable studies are archived under ZA Study Nos. 6873 (1990), 6314 (1991), 6346 (1992), 6600 (1993), 6601 (1994) and 6602 (1995). The cumulated data sets 1990-1993 and 1996 are archived under ZA Study No. 6666. The "Women Report - Brandenburg 1991" is archived under ZA Study No. 6315.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA6665 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Häder, M.; Mohler, P.: Zukunftsvorstellungen der Menschen als Erklärungsvariable für die Krise in der DDR und die gegenwärtige Situation in Ostdeutschland. In: Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte, Beilage zur Wochenzeitung Das Parlament, B27/95, 30. Juni 1995, S.19-27.

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