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German Election Panel Study, 1990 (ICPSR 6192)

Principal Investigator(s): Forschungsgruppe Wahlen (Mannheim); Kaase, M.; Klingermann, H.-D.; Kuechler, M.; Pappi, F.U.; Semetko, H.A.


Data covering opinions about politicians, parties, and political issues were gathered for the first three waves of this panel study before the Bundestag election in 1990, and again for a fourth wave after the election. Topics include voting behavior in the most recent general election, party preference, attitudes toward political candidates, issue relevance and competence of parties versus coalitions, projected results of this election, views regarding the respondent's personal economic situation, attitudes toward the 35-hour work week, opinions about the unification of Germany and the short- or long-term advantages or disadvantages of unification, interest in opinion polls and their possible influence on voting, and beliefs about television programming's neutrality in the election campaign. Other subjects covered were fear of losing one's job, interest in media coverage of political issues, preferred newspaper, political discussions among family members, education level attained, and religiosity.

Access Notes

  • This data collection has been deaccessioned; it is no longer distributed by ICPSR. These data are currently available at German Election Panel Study, 1990. Additional information may be available in Data Collection Notes.

    This study was conducted in the former Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) and does not include data from the former East Germany. The codebook is in German.

Study Description


Forschungsgruppe Wahlen (Mannheim), M. Kaase, H.-D. Klingermann, M. Kuechler, F.-U. Pappi, and H.A. Semetko. GERMAN ELECTION PANEL STUDY, 1990. Koeln, Germany: Zentralarchiv fuer empirische Sozialforschung [producer], 1993. Koeln, Germany: Zentralarchiv fuer empirische Sozialforschung and Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributors], 1994. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06192.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06192.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    attitudes, candidates, economic conditions, elections, German reunification, job security, media coverage, political attitudes, political campaigns, political interest, political issues, political participation, political parties, public confidence, public opinion, voter attitudes, voting behavior

Geographic Coverage:    Germany, Global

Time Period:   

  • 1989-11--1990-12

Date of Collection:   

  • 1989-11--1990-12

Universe:    West German citizens over age 18 residing in private households.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

This study was conducted in the former Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) and does not include data from the former East Germany. The codebook is in German.


Sample:    Stratified multistage random sample.

Data Source:

personal interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1994-03-10