German Election Study, September 1961

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Gerhard Baumert; Erwin K. Scheuch; Rudolf Wildenmann

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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, and one post-election study carried out in November and December. 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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