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German Election Study, September 1961 (ICPSR 7100) RSS

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This is the second in a series of three studies that surveyed independent national samples both before and after the 1961 election in the Federal Republic of Germany. There were two pre-election studies, conducted in July and September (see also ICPSR 7099), and one post-election study carried out in November and December (ICPSR 7101). The present study asked the respondents to assess their present and future economic situations, as well as the future economic situation of the Federal Republic. Variables also examined the respondents' interest in politics and sources of political information. Scalometers were used in evaluating the major political figures of 1961 and the three major political parties. A series of questions sought the respondents' descriptions of the characteristics of the CDU/CSU and SPD. This study also assessed the perceived partisan leanings of various social groups. Questions investigating the respondents' anticipated voting behavior in the 1961 election, expectations about the election outcome, and long-term voting histories were also included. Demographic data cover age, sex, marital status, religious preference, education, employment status, occupation, and income.

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Study Description


Baumert, Gerhard, Erwin K. Scheuch, and Rudolf Wildenmann. German Election Study, September 1961. ICPSR07100-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], 1975. doi:10.3886/ICPSR07100.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (Germany)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   Christian Democrats, economic conditions, economic policy, elections, expectations, national economy, national elections, political attitudes, political issues, political parties, political partisanship, politicians, public confidence, Social Democrats, voter expectations, voter history, voting behavior

Geographic Coverage:   Germany, Global

Time Period:  

  • 1961-09

Date of Collection:  

  • 1961-09-04--1961-09-16

Universe:   Citizens, aged 15 and older, of the Federal Republic of Germany, including West Berlin, who lived in private households and were registered in the community central registry of inhabitants ("Einwohnermeldekartei").

Data Types:   survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The 1,633 respondents were weighted to 1643.9 to correct for sex and age biases in the sample. The weight variable (Variable 3), constructed by comparing the age by sex distribution of the sample with the census distribution, produces a representative sample of the population.


Sample:   A stratified, multistage, random sampling procedure was utilized in this study. The sample was 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 sampling frame included two elements of the population who were generally not eligible to vote in federal elections: residents of West Berlin and citizens younger than 21 years of age. A filter variable (Variable 4) was constructed for an analysis of the eligible electorate. 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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