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Principal Investigator(s): Forschungsgruppe Wahlen (Mannheim)
This data collection consists of a cumulative file of the Politbarometer West surveys for 1991, which queried citizens of the former West Germany. In these surveys, certain topical questions were asked each month and others were asked irregularly or only once. Data cover the most important problems in Germany, level of satisfaction with democracy, party preference, voting behavior in the last parliamentary election, level of sympathy for coalition and opposition parties, and opinions about Gorbachev, Bush, Adenauer, Erhard, Honecker, and Ulbricht. Those surveyed also were asked about the federal railway system, preferences for chancellor, level of support for parties backing Kohl and Engholm, level of support for parties forming coalitions, the similarity/diversity of German political parties, the impact of parliamentary decisions, the economic situation in the former Federal Republic and the German Democratic Republic, and the economic situation of the respondent. Additional questions concerned the competence of the East German administration to alleviate economic problems, whether the Gulf War or the unification of Germany was the main reason for the increasing taxation, the justice of sharing debt between East and West Germany, the dissatisfaction of East Germans with their living situation, the cooperation between the administration and the opposition to solve problems in the East, aid to the Soviet Union, the independence of the Baltic states, whether the Serbs or the Croats were guilty of the violence in the former Yugoslavia, and attitudes toward foreigners in Germany and the rights of asylum seekers.
This data collection has been deaccessioned; it is no longer distributed by ICPSR. The data are currently available at German Election Study, 1991 (Politbarometer West).
Forschungsgruppe Wahlen (Mannheim). GERMAN ELECTION STUDY, 1991 (POLITBAROMETER WEST). Koeln, Germany: Zentralarchiv fuer empirische Sozialforschung [producer], 1994. Koeln, Germany: Zentralarchiv fuer empirische Sozialforschung/Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributors], 1995. doi:10.3886/ICPSR06390.v1
Persistent URL: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06390.v1
Scope of Study
Subject Terms: attitudes, Bush, George H.W., candidates, democracy, economic conditions, economic issues, elections, German reunification, Gorbachev, Mikhail, government performance, Kohl, Helmut, political attitudes, political campaigns, political change, political interest, political participation, political parties, public confidence, public opinion, voter attitudes, voting behavior
Date of Collection:
Universe: Citizens of the former Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) aged 18 and over living in private households with telephones.
Data Types: survey data
Data Collection Notes:
This poll 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 with special formatting characters where diacritical marks occur. The codebook contains page breaks and page headers every 67 lines in conformity with standard European page length. Introductory matter added by ICPSR is also formatted at 67 lines per page for consistency.
Sample: Stratified multistage random sample.
Original ICPSR Release: 1995-03-16