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German Election Study, August-September 1969 (ICPSR 7108) RSS

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Summary:

This study includes two waves of interviews conducted with separate national samples during the 1969 election campaign in the Federal Republic of Germany. The first wave reinterviewed a panel of respondents first surveyed in 1967, producing 1,006 valid cases for a reinterview rate of 55.6 percent. The second wave interviewed a new sample of respondents, producing 939 valid cases. Since both waves utilized identical questionnaires, they were combined into a single dataset and a filter variable (V4) was constructed to allow the identification of respondents from each wave. Questions probed a wide range of political attitudes and behaviors. A series of political questions dealing with topics such as revaluation, codetermination, electoral reform, domestic stability, and "Ostpolitik" assessed the opinions of the voting public. The respondents indicated their position on each issue, the salience of the issue, and finally the competence of the major parties in dealing with the most important issues. The survey also assessed the respondents' awareness and evaluations of major political figures in the Federal Republic, their partisan attachments, political interest, voting behaviors past and present, and their anticipated vote in the 1969 election. Another portion of the interview measured the respondents' sense of political efficacy as well as their opinions on government performance, their tolerance of dissent, their support of popular participation in government decision-making, and their opinions regarding open electoral competition between political parties and nonauthoritarianism. Demographic variables cover age, sex, marital status, religious preference, place of residence, and level of education. In addition to these basic variables, the personal data section provides extensive information on the respondents' occupations and social mobility.

Access Notes

  • This data collection has been deaccessioned; it is no longer distributed by ICPSR. These data are currently available at German Election Study, August-September 1969. Additional information may be available in Data Collection Notes.

    A German language codebook containing a study description, technical information, and variable documentation for a card-image dataset is available from the Zentralarchiv fur Empirische Socialforschung, Universitat zu Koln, D-50931 Cologne 41, Bachemer Strasse 40, Germany.
    Conducted by DIVO-Institut, Frankfort, Germany.

Study Description

Citation

Kaase, Max, Uwe Schleth, Wolfgang Adrian, Manfred Berger, and Rudolf Wildenmann. German Election Study, August-September 1969. ICPSR07108-v1. Cologne, Germany: Zentralarchiv fur Empirische Sozialforschung/Mannheim, Germany: Zentrum fur Umfragen, Methoden, und Analysen/Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributors], 1977. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07108.v1

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Funding

This study was funded by:

  • Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (Germany)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   attitudes, candidates, economic conditions, elections, political attitudes, political campaigns, political interest, political participation, political parties, public confidence, public opinion, voter attitudes, voting behavior

Geographic Coverage:   Germany, Global

Time Period:  

  • 1969-08--1969-09

Universe:   Citizens, aged 21 and older, of the Federal Republic of Germany, including West Berlin, who lived in private households.

Data Types:   survey data

Data Collection Notes:

A German language codebook containing a study description, technical information, and variable documentation for a card-image dataset is available from the Zentralarchiv fur Empirische Socialforschung, Universitat zu Koln, D-50931 Cologne 41, Bachemer Strasse 40, Germany.

Conducted by DIVO-Institut, Frankfort, Germany.

Methodology

Sample:   Two separate samples were used in this study. The first sample, interviewed in August, was obtained from a panel study begun in 1967. The September interviews were conducted with a new national cross-section sample. A stratified, multistage, random sampling procedure was utilized in both cases. The samples were drawn in three stages: first, the sampling points were designated, then households were chosen within each sampling point, and finally, individuals were selected within each household. The definition of the population excluded persons living in group quarters, institutional populations, and people with no place of residence.

Data Source:

personal interviews

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