Kiel Election Study 1983

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Institut für Politische Wissenschaft, Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel
Publication Date
  • GETAS, Bremen (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Political Attitudes and Behavior
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
    • Government, political systems and organisation
    • Elections
  • Abstract

    Political attitudes and judgement on parties as well as politicians. Topics: political interest; most important political tasks in the Federal Republic and issue competence of parties as well as politicians; judgement on current economic situation and assessment of further economic development of the Federal Republic; party preference (first vote and second vote, ballot procedure); personal change in party voted for; importance of election result for further development of the Federal Republic; classification of parties with selected occupational groups for which they make particular efforts; self-classification as well as classification of parties and politicians on a left-right continuum; judgement on productivity and sympathy scale for the most important parties and the top politicians; party inclination and party identification; reasons for and time of change of personal party inclination; attitude to nuclear power plants, the installation of new weapon systems and the peace movement; attitude to house occupation; assessment of the extent of the housing problem in the Federal Republic; preferred conduct of the governments regarding house occupiers; most important political goals; judgement on the conduct of the politicians in the Federal Parliament election campaign; most important sources of information about politicians and parties; preference for chancellor. Residents in Schleswig-Holstein were asked the following additional questions regarding the state parliament election: issue competence of the state parties and state politicians; party preference regarding the state parliament election; personal change in party voted for; behavior at the polls in the last state parliament election (question of recall); importance of the election result for further development of Schleswig-Holstein; left-right classification of the state parties; assessment of productivity and sympathy scale for the state parties; judgement on the election campaign in Schleswig-Holstein; preferred prime minister. Demography: age; sex; marital status; number of children; ages of children (classified); religious denomination; frequency of church attendance; school education; occupational position; employment; is there a works council in the company; income; household income; sources of income; composition of household; respondent is head of household; characteristics of head of household; self-assessment of social class; memberships; union membership; personal membership in the works council; earlier and current offices; church office; number of persons in household with their own income; possession of a telephone; number of eligible voters in household; city size. Interviewer rating: length of interview and date of interview.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1983-02
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
Probability: Multistage; Probability: Stratified; Sampling Procedure Comment: Multi-stage stratified random sample
Time Dimension
  • Cross-section
Collection Mode
  • Face-to-face interview
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 1849
    Number of Variables: 209
The investigations archived under ZA Study Nos. 1391 to 1396 and 1398 were also conducted within the framework of the same project and with comparable question formulations.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA1399 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • WAHLEN (Type: FDZ)
  • Kaltefleiter, Werner: Eine kritische Wahl: Anmerkungen zur Bundestagswahl 1983. In: Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte B 14/83 vom 9.4.1983, S. 3-17.
  • Kaltefleiter, Werner: Parteien im Umbruch: Ein Beitrag zur politischen Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland. Düsseldorf, Wien: Econ Verlag 1984.

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