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Principal Investigator(s): Kaase, Max; Wildenmann, Rudolf
This study explored the respondents' voting behavior in the 1961 election in the Federal Republic of Germany, anticipated behavior in the 1965 election, and preferences for the government coalition and chancellorship to be elected. Broader questions dealt with the general extent of mass media usage, specifically as a political news source. The respondents' reliance on a variety of other sources of political information was also assessed. Variables probed the respondents' perceptions of whether the CDU/CSU or SPD could best deal with a set of issues facing the Federal Republic. The procedure was repeated as the respondents were asked whether Brandt or Erhard could best deal with a similar list of issues. The survey also included scalometers, which were used in evaluating the major political figures of 1965, and the major political parties. Demographic variables include age, sex, marital status, religious preference, education, occupation, and membership in voluntary associations.
This data collection has been deaccessioned; it is no longer distributed by ICPSR. The data are currently available at German Election Study, September 1965.
Kaase, Max, and Rudolf Wildenmann. German Election Study, September 1965. ICPSR07103-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/ICPSR07103.v1
Persistent URL: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07103.v1
This study was funded by:
- Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (Germany)
Scope of Study
Subject Terms: Brandt, Willy, candidates, Christian Democrats, economic policy, elections, Erhard, Ludwig, German reunification, international relations, mass media, national elections, political elites, political parties, Social Democrats, voter attitudes, voter history, voter interest, voting behavior
Date of Collection:
Universe: Voting-age citizens of the Federal Republic of Germany, excluding West Berlin, living in private households and registered in the community central registry of inhabitants ("Einwohnermeldekartei").
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. The weighted N for the sample in this study is 1,407.8.
Conducted by DIVO-Institut, 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.
Original ICPSR Release: 1984-06-19