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ZA1959: Kiel Election Study 1990

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Bibliographic Citation

Citation Citation Kaltefleiter, Werner (1991): Kiel Election Study 1990. GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA1959 Data file Version 1.0.0,
Study No.ZA1959
TitleKiel Election Study 1990
Current Version1.0.0, 2010-4-13, (Publication Year 1991)
Date of Collection11.1990 - 12.1990
Principal Investigator/ Authoring Entity, Institution
  • Kaltefleiter, Werner - Institut für Politische Wissenschaft, Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel


AbstractJudgement on parties and politicians immediately before the first all-German Federal Parliament election. Attitude to political controversies. Topics: interest in politics; most important task in the FRG and the former GDR; issue competence of the parties and politicians; judgement on the economic situation and further development of the Federal Republic as well as in the former GDR; voting intent in the impending Federal Parliament election and behavior at the polls in the last Federal Parliament election or election for the East German Parliament; significance of election result for the further development of Germany; expected election winner; sympathy scale for the parties and top politicians; judgement on the productivity of the major parties and politicians; party inclination and party identification; earlier party inclination; attitude to unification of the two German nations and assessment of the chances for the country developing from it (scales); countries which have shown themselves to be true friends during reunification; national pride; perceived threat from the USSR; attitude to tax reform and assessment of the position of the major parties on the topics tax reform, nuclear power plants, abortion, right to asylum, securing of peace, fight against terrorism, safety of industry facilities, German unity, Eastern Europe and EC, democracy in the Soviet Union; the most important of these controversies for one´s own voting decision; preference for federal chancellor; attitude to market economic principles and to social differences (scale); city type; residential status; satisfaction with apartment; preference for public or private housing construction; religiousness; union membership; membership in the works council; self-classification of social class; city size. Also encoded was: district code.
Categories Categories
  • Political Attitudes and Behavior
Topics Topics
  • 11.5 Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
  • 11.6 Government, political systems and organisation
  • 11.7 Elections
  • 17.6 Economic systems and development


Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
UniverseEligible voters in the so-called old states and respondents from the central resident registry in the new states.
Analysis Unit Analysis Unit
  • Individual
Sampling Procedure Sampling Procedure
  • Probability: Multistage
  • Probability: Stratified
Multi-stage stratified random sample (ADM mastersample) of 1676 eligible voters in the so-called old states (containing an additional 253 respondents in Bavaria) and random selection of 1000 respondents from the central resident registry in the new states.
Mode of Collection Mode of Collection
  • Face-to-face interview
Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Time Method Time Method
  • Cross-section
Kind of Data Kind of Data
  • Numeric
Data CollectorMARPLAN, Offenbach Concret, Berlin
Date of Collection
  • 11.1990 - 12.1990

Errata & Versions

VersionDate, Name, DOI
1.0.0 (current version)2010-4-13 Version number created automatically (implementation of a uniform versioning policy) (Publication Year unknown)
Errata in current version
Version changes

Further Remarks

Number of Units: 2628
Number of Variables: 269
Data Type: -
Analysis System(s): OSIRIS, SPSS


  • Kaltefleiter, Werner; Lübcke, Barbara: Die Struktur der deutschen Wählerschaft nach der Vereinigung. In: Zeitschrift für Politik, 38, Heft 1, S. 1-32.
Relevant full texts
from SSOAR (automatically assigned)


Research Data Centre
  • German Federal Election Studies
    The data base consists of one-off surveys, panel surveys, and cumulated surveys. It comprises representative polls for all German federal elections since 1949.
    Further studies are listed under GLES (German Longitudinal Election Study).
  • Kieler Wahlstudien
    ´Kieler Wahlstudien´ are surveys that were conducted between 1976 and 1990 in conjunction with federal elections.