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Political Action II, 1979-1981 (ICPSR 9581)

Principal Investigator(s): Jennings, M. Kent; van Deth et al, Jan W.


This data collection focuses on conventional and unconventional forms of political participation and closely follows the format of the first Political Action study, POLITICAL ACTION: AN EIGHT NATION STUDY, 1973-1976 (ICPSR 7777). POLITICAL ACTION II consists of two parts: a second panel wave of reinterviews with respondents from the first Political Action surveys and a new cross-section sample. Topics covered include respondent's level of satisfaction with material standard of living, interest in politics, perception of privileged and under-privileged groups, opinions on various social and political issues, and ranking of important political goals. Additional variables address the performance of the present government, good and bad aspects of major left and major right parties, legitimacy of the present government and the political system in general, approval of protest behavior, participation in conventional and unconventional activities, voting behavior, attitudes toward young people, and political trust items. Background information provided for respondents includes age, sex, ethnic origin, education, religion, marital status, number of children, employment status, occupation, union membership, personal and family income, organizational memberships and activities, and father's and mother's education and political preferences.

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Study Description


Jennings, M. Kent, and Jan W. van Deth et al. Political Action II, 1979-1981. ICPSR09581-v1. Cologne, Germany: Zentralarchiv fuer empirische Sozialforschung/Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributors], 1991. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09581.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09581.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • National Science Foundation
  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (Germany)
  • Tilburg University (Netherlands)
  • Volkswagen Stiftung (Germany)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    attitudes, class consciousness, government performance, perceptions, political ethics, political interest, political issues, political parties, political systems, protest demonstrations, public opinion, quality of life, social classes, social issues, standard of living, trust in government, voting behavior

Geographic Coverage:    Germany, Netherlands, United States, Global

Time Period:   

  • 1979--1981

Date of Collection:   

  • 1979--1981

Universe:    Respondents to Political Action I (1973-1976), and persons aged 16 years and older from three nations: Germany, the Netherlands, and the United States.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Data were made available through the Zentralarchiv fuer empirische Sozialforschung, Universitaet zu Koeln, from whom a printed codebook (ZA-No. 1188) may be obtained.


Sample:    National multistage probability samples.

Data Source:

personal interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1991-10-23

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