German Election Study, November 1961 (ICPSR 34878)

Principal Investigator(s): Baumert, Gerhard; Scheuch, Erwin K.; Wildenmann, Rudolf


This is the third 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 began by asking the respondents to assess their present and future economic situations, as well as the future economic situation of the Federal Republic. Scalometers were used to evaluate the major political figures of 1961 and the three major political parties. Further questions inquired about recent changes in party evaluations and the respondent's characterization of the CDU/CSU, SPD, and FDP. Questions investigating the respondent's voting behavior in the 1961 election and long-term voting history were also included. Another series of items inquired about the perceived source of campaign funding for each party and the respondent's opinion of various financing alternatives. Demographic data cover age, sex, marital status, religious preference, education, employment status, occupation, and income.

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Study Description

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    campaign finance, campaign funds, Christian Democrats, economic conditions, elections, expectations, national economy, national elections, political parties, politicians, Social Democrats, voter history, voting behavior

Geographic Coverage:    Germany, Global

Time Period:   

  • 1961-11

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