Politbarometer East 1995 (Cumulated Data Set)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Berger, Manfred (Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim)
  • Jung, Matthias (Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim)
  • Roth, Dieter (Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim)
Publication Date
  • Langhans, Monika (GESIS – Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften) (Data Curator)
  • Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Political Attitudes and Behavior
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Leisure, tourism and sport
    • Social conditions and indicators
    • Conflict, security and peace
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
    • Government, political systems and organisation
    • Elections
    • Natural resources and energy
    • Economic conditions and indicators
    • Economic policy
    • Economic systems and development
  • Abstract

    Cumulated data set of the Politbarometers for 1995. Judgement on parties and politicians before and after the Federal Parliament election. Attitude to current political questions. Topics: The following topics were repeated identically at every time of survey: most important political problems in the Federal Republic; party preference (Sunday question, rank order procedure); party inclination and party identification; behavior at the polls in the last Federal Parliament election; sympathy scale for the parties and selected politicians; self-assessment on a left-right continuum; jeopardy to one´s own job; jeopardy to the job of close persons; expected development of the economic situation in Germany and in the East of the country; judgement on current and future economic situation of respondent; most able party to solve the economic problems in the eastern part of the country; union membership; religiousness; survey date. The following questions were posed in at least one or several survey months: coalition preference; satisfaction with achievements of the Federal Government and the opposition; most important politicians in Germany; position of the FDP in the government coalition; judgement on FDP chairman Gerhard; FDP as extraneous party; assessment of the renewal of the PDS; classification of the PDS as a normal party; attitude to government participation by the PDS; attitude to a red-green minority government in Berlin with toleration of the PDS; assessment of the reputation of the party chairmen Scharping and Kohl in their parties; stronger left-orientation of the SPD under chairman Lafontaine; judgement on Scharping as candidate for federal chancellor in the next Federal Parliament election; alternative candidate for chancellor for the SPD; preference for federal chancellor; Scharping or Schroeder as better candidates against Federal Chancellor Kohl; attitude to a renewed candidacy of Kohl in the next Federal Parliament election; judgement on the status of unification and the condition of society; comparison of the condition of society in Germany with that of Western European neighbors; longing for social security, job protection, security, kindergartens, general security during the time of the GDR; attitude to democracy; the right people in leading positions; interest in politics; justified dissatisfaction of the East Germans with their current living conditions; adequate effort by the Federal Government forachievement of equivalent living conditions in East and West; expected period for achievement of the same conditions in East and West; judgement on the situation in Eastern Germany before the turning point regarding economic situation, social security, personal freedom and consideration for one another; attitude to union of Brandenburg and Berlin into a common state; attitude to increased acceptance of international political responsibility by united Germany; desire for German pressure on Russia to end the war in Chechnya; problems of the former Soviet Union as danger to Germany; desire for an active role for Michael Gorbachev in Russian politics; Gorbachev or Yeltsin as preferred Russian president; attitude to continuation of support of Boris Yeltsin by the West; attitude to an eastern extension of NATO; capitulation of the German Reich on 8 May 1945 as defeat or liberation; significance of this day; significance of a good relationship with German neighboring countries; National Socialism as a current danger in Germany; attitude to increased intervention of the UN in Bosnia; attitude to German participation in the UN protective troops in Bosnia; general judgement on the military action of UN and NATO in Bosnia; attitude to participation of German fighter planes; attitude to a reduction in troop levelof the Federal German Armed Forces and to the under-ground nuclear tests by France in the South Pacific; judgement on the government´s job; SPD as better government alternative; judgement on the solidarity tax to finance German unity; visit in West Germany since the border opening or in the last year; vacation destination in the last year; possession of a telephone and entry in telephone book; attitude to speed limits given high ozone values; preferred treatment of cars with catalytic converter during ozone alarm; closing the centers of town for car traffic during ozone alarm; job preservation through wage sacrifice; attitude to Saturday work in industry; judgement on the salary demands of the IG-Metall {metal workers´ union} in the wage negotiations or to wage demands at the level of the rate of inflation; satisfaction with residence, residential status, judgement on amount of rent; perceived threat of crime; advantageousness of membership of the country in the European Union; attitude to a common European currency; comparison of stability of the DM with the common European currency; necessity of a common currency; attitude to government support of German hard coal after elimination of the coal subsidy tax; attitude to an additional tax instead of the coal subsidy tax; general attitude to foreigners in Germany; attitude to immediate deportation of Kurds rejected as applicants for political asylum or who have committed a criminal offence in Germany; attitude to German pressure on Turkey to end the war in Kurdistan; attitude to delivery of weapons by Germany to the NATO partner Turkey; expected outcome of the UN climate conference in Berlin; attitude to reduction of welfare; assumptions about the extent of abuse of welfare; attitude to construction of further nuclear power plants in Germany; attitude to shut-down of existing nuclear power plants; attitude to construction of safe nuclear power plants; conclusion of dealing with the GDR past; judgement on the decision for the move of the Federal Government to Berlin; attitude to abortion; attitude to covering the Berlin Reichstag by Christo; knowledge about financing this art event; attitude to the idea of communism; judgement on the amount of compensation for members of parliament as well as coupling this income to the payment of Federal Judges; attitude to the ammendment to the constitution due to the parliamentary allowance; attitude to an extension of business hours; attitude to the so-called large bugging operation; perceived differences between East and West as well as between Northern and Southern Germany; retrospect on the current year and prospect for the coming year.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1995-01 / 1995-12
    January till July Septemeber till December
Geographic Coverage
  • Berlin (DE-BE)
    with East Berlin
  • Brandenburg (DE-BB)
  • Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (DE-MV)
  • Saxony (DE-SN)
  • Saxony-Anhalt (DE-ST)
  • Thuringia (DE-TH)
Sampled Universe
Eligible voters living in private households with telephone.
Probability: Systematic random; Sampling Procedure Comment: Sample according to the RLD procedure (randomize last digit).
Time Dimension
  • Longitudinal: Trend/Repeated cross-section
Collection Mode
  • Face-to-face interview: PAPI
  • Telephone interview
  • Oral and telephone (CATI) interview with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 11381
    Number of Variables: 250
In the course of the survey year the survey procedure was changed. While the surveys from January to July were conducted by means of an oral interview, from September to December a telephone interview was conducted. The Politbarometers present a trend survey commissioned by the second German television (ZDF). The Politbarometers for 1995 are archived under ZA Study Nos. 2766 to 2776 (East) and 2754 to 2764 (West) as well as in cumulation archived under ZA Study Nos. 2777 (East) and 2765 (West). Further Politbarometers are archived under ZA Study Nos. 1053, 1275, 1276, 1536, 1762, 1779, 1899, 1901, 1920, 1987, 2101, 2102, 2114, 2160, 2171, 2182, 2194, 2201, 2209, 2221, 2275, 2378, 2390, 2546 and 2559. A Politbarometer time series as of 1977 with selected variables is archived under ZA Study No. 2291.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA2777 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • WAHLEN (Type: FDZ)

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 90 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22