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ZA1537: Election Study 1987 (Panel Study)

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Citation Citation Berger, Manfred; Gibowski, Wolfgang G.; Kaase, Max; Klingemann, Hans-Dieter; Küchler, Manfred; Pappi, Franz U.; Roth, Dieter; Schulte, Wolfgang (2012): Election Study 1987 (Panel Study). GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA1537 Data file Version 2.0.0,
Study No.ZA1537
TitleElection Study 1987 (Panel Study)
Current Version2.0.0, 2012-9-25,
Date of Collection09.1986 - 02.1987
Principal Investigator/ Authoring Entity, Institution
  • Berger, Manfred - Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim
  • Gibowski, Wolfgang G. - Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim
  • Kaase, Max - Universität Mannheim
  • Klingemann, Hans-Dieter - FU Berlin
  • Küchler, Manfred - Florida State University, Tallahassee
  • Pappi, Franz U. - Universität Kiel
  • Roth, Dieter - Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim
  • Schulte, Wolfgang - Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim
Contributor, Institution, Role
  • Kratz, Sophia - GESIS – Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften - DataCurator


AbstractJudgement on parties and politicians in view of the Federal Parliament election in January 1987. Topics: judgement on current economic situation in the Federal Republic as well as assessment of further economic development; political interest; intent to participate in the election; party preference (ballot procedure, first and second votes as well as rank order procedure); certainty of personal voting decision; behavior at the polls in the last Federal Parliament election (question of memory); satisfaction with achievement up to now of the CDU/CSU-FDP government, the individual partners in this government and the achievements of the SPD and the Greens in opposition (scales); sympathy scale for the federal parties as well as selected top politicians; preferred federal chancellor; judgement on positive and negative characteristics of the parties as well as the chancellor candidates Rau and Kohl; judgement on current personal economic situation as well as expected development in a year; satisfaction with democracy in the Federal Republic; judgement on the intensity of government care for the citizens; frequency of political discussions about the impending Federal Parliament election in one´s family as well as with friends and acquaintances; assessment of the most active election campaign workers among the individual parties; approval of the FDP as well as the Greens taking seats in the new Federal Parliament; most important tasks and political goals in the Federal Republic; issue competence of the parties; responsibility of the employment offices to continue payment of wages during strikes; attitude to expansion of further or shut-down of existing nuclear power plants; attitude to peacekeeping, legalization of abortions, and the equalisation of women in professional life; assumed position of the parties as well as the Federal Government on these topics; self-classification as well as classification of the parties on a left-right continuum; attitude to the churches as well as the trade unions having a right to a say in politics (scale); personal support for the anti-nuclear power, the women´s as well as the peace movement; judgement on economic recovery in the Federal Republic and the share of the government in this development; assessment of the possibility of a reactor accident in the Federal Republic with the gravest of consequences; attitude to an absolute majority of one party in the next Federal Parliament; preferred government coalition; preferred conduct of SPD and the Greens given a hypothetical majority of votes; assumed election winner and possibility of an absolute majority for the CDU/CSU; judgement on the chances of the FDP as well as the Greens again to obtain seats in the Federal Parliament; assessment of political information by mass media; television and radio consumption; frequency of reading daily newspapers; detailed information on the five most important persons of trust; Information on the relationships of these persons as well as the respondent’s relationship to these persons (social network); party inclination of the named persons; frequency of political discussions with these persons; involvement of the trust persons in an anti-nuclear movement; knowledge of followers of the anti-nuclear power movement in the further circle of acquaintance; frequency of political discussions with these persons. Demography: year of birth; month of birth; sex; marital status; religious denomination; frequency of church attendance; school education; occupational position; employment; respondent is head of household; characteristics of head of household; party inclination; party identification; union membership; number of persons in household 18 years old and older; characterization of residential surroundings according to occupational groups. Interviewer rating: city code; date of interview; place of interview.
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


Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE), FRG without West Berlin
UniversePersons 18 years old and older
Analysis Unit Analysis Unit
  • Individual
Sampling Procedure Sampling Procedure
  • Probability: Multistage
  • Probability: Stratified
Multi-stage stratified random sample (ADM mastersample)
Mode of Collection Mode of Collection
  • Face-to-face interview
Oral interview with standardized questionnaire
Time Method Time Method
  • Longitudinal: Panel
Kind of Data Kind of Data
  • Numeric
Data CollectorMARPLAN, Offenbach
Date of Collection
  • 09.1986 (1st wave)
  • 01.1987 (2nd wave)
  • 02.1987 (3rd wave)

Errata & Versions

VersionDate, Name, DOI
2.0.0 (current version)2012-9-25 English version added, Labels corrected
1.0.02010-4-13 Version number created automatically (implementation of a uniform versioning policy) (Publication Year unknown)
Errata in current version
Version changes

Further Remarks

NotesA consolidated data set with all interview contents and respondents of the ZA Study Nos. 1533 to 1535.
Number of Units: 1954
Number of Variables: 492
Data Type: Einfachlochung
Analysis System(s): SPSS, Stata


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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).