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ZA1987: Election Study 1990 (Politbarometer East)

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Citation Citation Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim; EMNID, Bielefeld; USUMA, Ost-Berlin (1991): Election Study 1990 (Politbarometer East). GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA1987 Data file Version 1.0.0,
Study No.ZA1987
TitleElection Study 1990 (Politbarometer East)
Current Version1.0.0, 2010-4-13, (Publication Year 1991)
Date of Collection03.1990 - 12.1990
Principal Investigator/ Authoring Entity, Institution
  • Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim
  • EMNID, Bielefeld
  • USUMA, Ost-Berlin
Contributor, Institution, Role
  • Langhans, Monika - GESIS – Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften - DataCurator


AbstractMost important problems of the GDR; satisfaction with democracy; party preference (Sunday question and rank order procedure); behavior at the polls in the last election; preferred party for the election to an all-German parliament; sympathy scale for parties and politicians; satisfaction with achievements of the GDR government, the Federal Government and the opposition parties; preferred government coalition; time of personal voting decision; satisfaction with election result; judgement on the grand coalition in the GDR; preference for federal chancellor; Kohl or Lafontaine or the discussion about the coming unity as most important issue of the election campaign; estimated changes in the election results with other top candidates for the SPD and the CDU/CSU; attitude to unification of the two German states; judgement on unification progress; desired name for united Germany; judgement on personal consequences of reunification; advantages and disadvantages for the GDR population through unification; understanding for emigrants; feeling oneself as citizen of the GDR or as German; attitude to introduction of the DM in the GDR; support for the unification policies of Helmut Kohl or Oskar Lafontaine; preferred seat of government and Federal Parliament; job worries; judgement on democracy in the Federal Republic; basic attitude to socialism; planned vacation destination; preferred point in time for all-German elections and assumed election winner; self-classification on a left-right continuum; attitude to a withdrawal of Soviet military forces from the GDR; feared reversal of the democratic development in the GDR; attitude to criminal prosecution of STASI employees and assumed further activities of the State Security Service; judgement on one´s own economic situation as well as the economic situation of the GDR and its further development; judgement on the economic situation in the FRG; issue relevance and issue competence of the parties regarding economic questions; party primarily responsible for the problems of the GDR economy; attitude to abortion; judgement on the position of the parties on the abortion question, on the question of asylum-seekers and on the question of financing the costs of German unity; interest in TV news and newspaper reports on foreign policy; sympathy scale for the USA, the Soviet Union, France and Great Britain as well as for the leading politicians of these countries; use of picture magazines and magazines; interest in opinion polls and influence of results from opinion surveys on one´s own voting decision; judgement on the election campaign; attendance at an election meeting and judgement on the content of this event; interest in politics.
Categories Categories
  • Political Attitudes and Behavior
  • Political behaviour and attitudes
  • Government, political systems and organisations
  • Elections
  • Economic systems and development
Old Topics Old 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
  • Berlin (DE-BE), with East Berlin
  • Brandenburg (DE-BB)
  • Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (DE-MV)
  • Saxony (DE-SN)
  • Saxony-Anhalt (DE-ST)
  • Thuringia (DE-TH)
Analysis Unit Analysis Unit
  • Individual
Sampling Procedure Sampling Procedure
  • Probability: Multistage
  • Probability: Stratified
Sample of 149 points, selected at the municipal level, stratified according to 15 areas and within the areas according to city size. Sample of households in the random route procedure, sample of the target persons in the household according to a key based on birthday.
Mode of Collection Mode of Collection
  • Face-to-face interview: Paper-and-pencil (PAPI)
Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Time Method Time Method
  • Longitudinal: Trend/Repeated cross-section
Kind of Data Kind of Data
  • Numeric
  • Text
Data CollectorForschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim; EMNID, Bielefeld; USUMA, Ost-Berlin
Date of Collection
  • 03.1990 - 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

NotesThe Politbarometers GDR for 1990 are archived under ZA Study Nos. 1980 to 1986. Comparable studies from the western part of the Federal Republic are archived under ZA Study Nos. 1921 to 1931. The summary of all these studies can be found in a cumulated data set archived under ZA Study No. 1920.
Number of Units: 6809
Number of Variables: 265
Data Type: -
Analysis System(s): OSIRIS, SPSS


Relevant full texts
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Research Data Centre
  •  Politbarometer
    The ´Politbarometer´ surveys are performed since 1977 at about monthly intervals by the Forschungsgruppe Wahlen (Institute for election research) for the ZDF (Second German TV network). Since 1990 it is also available for the newly formed German states. They are intended to poll the opinions and attitudes of eligible Germans with regard to current events and issues as well as to political parties and individual politicians.
  • 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).