German Election Panel Study, 1972 (ICPSR 34788) RSS

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Summary:

This panel study was conducted in three waves: two preceding and one immediately following the 1972 election in the Federal Republic of Germany. A total of 2,052 respondents, weighted to 2,024.5, were interviewed in the first wave. Of these, 1,603, weighted to 1583.5, were re-interviewed in the second wave, and 1,222, weighted to 1,210.1, were surveyed for a third time, after the election. Both pre-election interviews began by asking the respondent to assess the existent and future economic situation of the Federal Republic. The respondents were queried about their party identification, and were asked to separately evaluate each party on a feeling scalometer and to rank the parties in preference order. Another portion of the two pre-election interviews dealt with the respondents' interests in a broad range of political issues. The interviewees were also asked which party could best deal with each of the issues that they considered salient. Both interviews inquired about the visibility of political figures in Bonn and solicited evaluations of the two chancellor candidates. The first two waves also investigated the respondent's voting behavior in the 1969 election and anticipated behavior in the 1972 election. The third, post-election, wave dealt with the respondent's actual voting behavior in the 1972 election and involvement in the campaign. Questions inquired about perceived sources of campaign funding for each party and problems the respondent saw in the methods of financing. As in the first two waves, the respondents were queried about their party identification, and were asked to separately evaluate each party on a feeling scalometer and to rank the parties in preference order. The personal data section of the three interviews gathered information on education, sex, age, marital status, and religious preference. The family income and occupation of the respondents, their fathers, and heads of households were also assessed.

Access Notes

  • These data are not available from ICPSR. Users should consult the data owners directly (via German Election Panel Study, 1972) for details on obtaining the data and documentation.

Study Description

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   attitudes, campaign funds, candidates, economic conditions, elections, national economy, party membership, political affiliation, political campaigns, political participation, political parties, public confidence, public opinion, voter attitudes, voting behavior

Geographic Coverage:   Germany, Global

Time Period:  

  • 1972

Data Collection Notes:

These data are not available from ICPSR. Users should consult the data owners directly for details on obtaining the data and documentation.

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