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German Election Study, 1991 (Politbarometer East) (ICPSR 6391) RSS

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This data collection consists of a cumulative file of the Politbarometer East surveys for 1991, which queried citizens of the former East 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 federal election, level of sympathy for coalition and opposition parties, and opinions about Gorbachev, Bush, Adenauer, Erhard, Grotewohl, Honecker, Shumacher, and Ulbricht. Those surveyed also were asked about their level of support for parties backing Kohl and Engholm, the economic situation in East Germany, their own economic situation, whom they considered to be the most important politician in the Federal Republic of Germany, and their expectations regarding the outcome of the next election for the Free Democratic Coalition (FDP). Additional questions covered the competence of the administration and the opposition in dealing with the economic situation in East Germany, the ousting of Honecker, STASI (Secret Service), Berlin or Bonn as the capital, the level of satisfaction with living circumstances under western standards, and the possibility of moving to West Germany.

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Study Description


Forschungsgruppe Wahlen (Mannheim) and USUMA (East Berlin). GERMAN ELECTION STUDY, 1991 (POLITBAROMETER EAST). 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/ICPSR06391.v1

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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

Geographic Coverage:   Germany, Global

Time Period:  

  • 1991-01--1991-12

Date of Collection:  

  • 1991-01--1991-12

Universe:   Citizens of the former German Democratic Republic (East 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 German Democratic Republic (East Germany) and does not include data from the former West 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.

Data Source:

telephone interviews


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