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German Election Panel Study, 1972 (ICPSR 7102) RSS

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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 reinterviewed 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.

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Study Description


Berger, Manfred, Wolfgang Gibowski, Max Kaase, Dieter Roth, Uwe Schleth, and Rudolf Wildenmann. German Election Panel Study, 1972. ICPSR07102-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], 1974. doi:10.3886/ICPSR07102.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (Germany)

Scope of Study

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

Geographic Coverage:   Germany, Global

Time Period:  

  • 1972

Universe:   Citizens, aged 18 and older, of the Federal Republic of Germany, excluding West Berlin, living in private households.

Data Types:   survey data

Data Collection Notes:

This study contains a weight variable (V3) which produces a representative sample of the voting-age citizens of the Federal Republic when used in analysis. The weight variable corrects for sex and age biases of the sample, and was constructed by comparing the age by sex distribution of the first-wave respondents with the census distribution. This weight variable should be used when analyzing any of the three panel waves.

Conducted by Infratest, Frankfort, Germany.


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 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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