German National Election Study - Post-Election Study 1998 German CSES Study

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Mannheimer Zentrum für Europäische Sozialforschung (MZES), Mannheim
  • Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB), Berlin
  • Zentralarchiv für Empirische Sozialforschung, Universität zu Köln
  • ZUMA, Mannheim
Publication Date
  • FORSA, Berlin and Dortmund (Data Collector)
  • 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 after the Federal Parliament election. Behavior at the polls and political knowledge. Topics: satisfaction with democracy; correctly conducting the Federal Parliament election; party identification (rank order); necessity of parties; memory of direct candidates in the constituency and knowledge of names; sympathy scale for parties and leading politicians; assessment of the economic situation of Germany and perceived change in the course of the last few years; populism of members of Parliament and parties; contact with a member of Parliament; significance of the governing party for the respondent; perceived political effectiveness through one´s own voting decision; expressing personal political opinion taboo; self-assessment and assessment of parties on a left-right continuum; political knowledge test (name of foreign minister, number of states in Germany and member countries in the EU); most important topics in the media in the last few days; most able party to solve current problems in the Federal Republic; personal change in party voted for; interest in politics; expected development of personal standard of living; most important election campaign topics for the respondent and assignment of election campaign topics to the parties; issue-competence of different governments and coalitions; comparison of personal character traits and political abilities of the two candidates for chancellor Kohl and Schroeder (split); preference for representative or direct democracy (split: exchange of sequence of the permitted response alternatives); personal election participation at the last Federal Parliament election and behavior at the polls regarding first vote and second vote; current party preference (Sunday question). Demography: year of birth; sex; school degree; marital status; living together with a partner; union membership; union member in household; extent of employment; occupation; size of household and number of adult persons in household; employment and occupational position of partner as well as head of household; household income; religiousness; religious denomination; characterization of place of residence; state; municipality code; city name; city size; survey date.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1998-09 / 1998-10
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
Sampled Universe
German-speaking persons in private households eligible to vote in the Federal Parliament election
Probability: Multistage; Sampling Procedure Comment: Multi-stage random sample
Time Dimension
  • Cross-section
Collection Mode
  • Telephone interview
  • Telephone interview with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 2019
    Number of Variables: 269
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA3073 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • WAHLEN (Type: FDZ)
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.4232/1.3073

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 30 | Registration Date: 2013-02-27