German Election Study, September 1965 (ICPSR 34880)

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.

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Study Description

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

Geographic Coverage:    Germany, Global

Time Period:   

  • 1965-09

Data Collection Notes:

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