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Election Study 1987 (Panel Study)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Berger, Manfred (Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim)
  • Gibowski, Wolfgang G. (Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim)
  • Kaase, Max (Universität Mannheim)
  • Klingemann, Hans-Dieter (FU Berlin)
  • Küchler, Manfred (Florida State University, Tallahassee)
  • Pappi, Franz U. (Universität Kiel)
  • Roth, Dieter (Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim)
  • Schulte, Wolfgang (Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim)
Publication Date
  • MARPLAN, Offenbach (Data Collector)
  • GESIS – Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften (Data Curator)
  • ZA:
    • Political Attitudes and Behavior
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
    • Government, political systems and organisation
    • Elections
  • Abstract

    Judgement on parties and politicians in view of the Federal Parliament election in January 1987. Topics: judgement on current economic situation in the Federal Republic as well as assessment of further economic development; political interest; intent to participate in the election; party preference (ballot procedure, first and second votes as well as rank order procedure); certainty of personal voting decision; behavior at the polls in the last Federal Parliament election (question of memory); satisfaction with achievement up to now of the CDU/CSU-FDP government, the individual partners in this government and the achievements of the SPD and the Greens in opposition (scales); sympathy scale for the federal parties as well as selected top politicians; preferred federal chancellor; judgement on positive and negative characteristics of the parties as well as the chancellor candidates Rau and Kohl; judgement on current personal economic situation as well as expected development in a year; satisfaction with democracy in the Federal Republic; judgement on the intensity of government care for the citizens; frequency of political discussions about the impending Federal Parliament election in one´s family as well as with friends and acquaintances; assessment of the most active election campaign workers among the individual parties; approval of the FDP as well as the Greens taking seats in the new Federal Parliament; most important tasks and political goals in the Federal Republic; issue competence of the parties; responsibility of the employment offices to continue payment of wages during strikes; attitude to expansion of further or shut-down of existing nuclear power plants; attitude to peacekeeping, legalization of abortions, and the equalisation of women in professional life; assumed position of the parties as well as the Federal Government on these topics; self-classification as well as classification of the parties on a left-right continuum; attitude to the churches as well as the trade unions having a right to a say in politics (scale); personal support for the anti-nuclear power, the women´s as well as the peace movement; judgement on economic recovery in the Federal Republic and the share of the government in this development; assessment of the possibility of a reactor accident in the Federal Republic with the gravest of consequences; attitude to an absolute majority of one party in the next Federal Parliament; preferred government coalition; preferred conduct of SPD and the Greens given a hypothetical majority of votes; assumed election winner and possibility of an absolute majority for the CDU/CSU; judgement on the chances of the FDP as well as the Greens again to obtain seats in the Federal Parliament; assessment of political information by mass media; television and radio consumption; frequency of reading daily newspapers; detailed information on the five most important persons of trust; Information on the relationships of these persons as well as the respondent’s relationship to these persons (social network); party inclination of the named persons; frequency of political discussions with these persons; involvement of the trust persons in an anti-nuclear movement; knowledge of followers of the anti-nuclear power movement in the further circle of acquaintance; frequency of political discussions with these persons. Demography: year of birth; month of birth; sex; marital status; religious denomination; frequency of church attendance; school education; occupational position; employment; respondent is head of household; characteristics of head of household; party inclination; party identification; union membership; number of persons in household 18 years old and older; characterization of residential surroundings according to occupational groups. Interviewer rating: city code; date of interview; place of interview.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1986-09
    1st wave
  • 1987-01
    2nd wave
  • 1987-02
    3rd wave
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG without West Berlin
Sampled Universe
Persons 18 years old and older
Probability: Multistage; Probability: Stratified; Sampling Procedure Comment: Multi-stage stratified random sample (ADM mastersample)
Time Dimension
  • Longitudinal: Panel
Collection Mode
  • Face-to-face interview
  • Oral interview with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 1954
    Number of Variables: 492
A consolidated data set with all interview contents and respondents of the ZA Study Nos. 1533 to 1535.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA1537 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • WAHLEN (Type: FDZ)
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.4232/1.1537

Update Metadata: 2020-10-19 | Issue Number: 231 | Registration Date: 2012-09-25

Berger, Manfred; Gibowski, Wolfgang G.; Kaase, Max; Klingemann, Hans-Dieter; Küchler, Manfred et. al. (2012): Wahlstudie 1987 (Panelstudie). Version: 2.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.