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ZA2114: Politbarometer East 1991 (Cumulated Data Set)

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Citation Citation Berger, Manfred; Jung, Matthias; Roth, Dieter; USUMA, Berlin (1992): Politbarometer East 1991 (Cumulated Data Set). GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA2114 Data file Version 1.0.0,
Study No.ZA2114
TitlePolitbarometer East 1991 (Cumulated Data Set)
Current Version1.0.0, 2010-4-13, (Publication Year 1992)
Date of Collection01.1991 - 12.1991
Principal Investigator/ Authoring Entity, Institution
  • Berger, Manfred - Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim
  • Jung, Matthias - Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim
  • Roth, Dieter - Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim
  • USUMA, Berlin
Contributor, Institution, Role
  • Langhans, Monika - GESIS – Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften - DataCurator


AbstractMost important problems in Germany; satisfaction with democracy; party preference (Sunday question and rank order procedure); behavior at the polls in the last Federal Parliament election; sympathy scale for the parties in the Federal Parliament, the coalition, the opposition as well as for selected federal politicians; judgement on the economic situation in Eastern Germany and assumed further development; judgement on one´s own economic situation; satisfaction with achievement of living conditions equivalent to the western standard and judgement on the efforts of the Federal Government in this regard; self-classification on a left-right continuum; change of job in the last year; assessment of job security. Beyond this general part in the individual months questions with the following contents were posed, in part repeatedly but also some only one time: right politicians in leading positions; coalition preference in case of new elections; most important politicians in Germany; sympathy scale for the CDU/CSU or FDP as governing party, the respective state government and the trust-company; sympathy scale for Bush, Gorbachev, Adenauer, Erhard, Grotewohl, Honecker, Schumacher, Ulbricht; party preference at state level; perceived unity of selected parties in political questions; assessment of the coalition loyalty of the CSU and FDP; expected statement of willingness to form a coalition by the FDP at the next Federal Parliament election and judgement on lack of statement of willingness to form a coalition; comparison of character traits and capabilities of the top politicians Engholm and Kohl; judgement on the unification process and fulfillment of personal expectations; probability of moving to West Germany; comparison of current, personal economic situation with the situation a year earlier; ability of the government or opposition to resolve economic problems in Eastern Germany; attitude to the Monday demonstrations; wage development in Eastern Germany; satisfaction with the new regulations e.g. regarding health insurance, car insurance and Road Traffic Act; justified income differences between Eastern and Western Germany; satisfaction with increase in fees and taxes to finance German unity; judgement on the work of the trust-company and the speed of renovation of government companies; attitude to privatization of government property through issuance of people´s shares; interest in purchasing such shares; judgement on economic development in Eastern Germany since the turning point and fulfillment of expectations in the issuance of the DM; perceived danger to economic recovery through former SED functionaries in important positions; judgement on the influence of former GDR CDU politicians after the turning point; attitude to legal prosecution of former STASI employees as well as former GDR leaders; attitude to extradition of Honecker; assumption of further activity of the former State Security Service; attitude to an ammendment to the constitution; Berlin or Bonn as desired seat of government and seat of the Federal Parliament; preference for retention of ministries in Bonn; judgement on the Federal Parliament decision about transfer of the seat of government to Berlin; importance of decisions of municipal council, state parliament, Federal Parliament and European Parliament; satisfaction with functioning of the city or municipal administration; disadvantages for Germans from the current political problems in the Soviet Union and perceived obligation to help the people in the Soviet Union; approval of independence of the Baltic republics Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania; desired effort of the Federal Republic for the independence of the Baltic republics; attitude to awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to Gorbachev; security of peace in Europe; comparison of the danger from the Gulf War with dangers from the development in the Soviet Union; attitude to intervention of allied military forces on the Gulf; attitude to policies of the Federal Government as well as the SPD on the Gulf War; the one primarily to blame and expected war-profiteer in the Gulf War; personal fear due to the Gulf War; attitude to the use of German soldiers in Turkey and an ammendment to the constitution to enable the use of Federal German Armed Forces outside of the NATO area; ammendment to the constitution also in case of a military UN mission; agreement with an increased participation of the Federal Republic in the cost of the Gulf War; agreement with a tax increase to finance the Gulf War; judgement on the drammatic increase in conscientous objectors; attitude to allied criticism of Germany´s cautiousness in the Gulf War; attitude to an increased responsibility of united Germany in international politics; preferred abortion regulation and importance of such a regulation in one´s own view; party representing one´s own interests on the abortion question; attitude to elimination of the visa requirement for Poles; attitude to foreigners in Germany; government or opposition as representative of one´s own policies on foreigners and asylum; ability of the CDU/CSU or SPD to solve questions of the right to asylum; general judgement on the right to asylum; assessment of abuse of the right to asylum; attitude to a limited admission of politically persecuted and deportation of applicants for asylum finally turned down; attitude to a change in the law as well as an ammendment to the constitution to prevent abuse of the right to asylum; right-wing radicalism as problem; receipt of housing benefit; residential status; mistake in the new rent bill and appropriateness of the rent; typical characteristics of East Germans and West Germans (autostereotype, heterostereotype and assumed heterostereotype); Serbs or Croats as primarily to blame for the violent conflicts in Yugoslavia; approval of national independence for Slovenia and Croatia as well as desired effort of the Federal Republic for this independence; approval of an end to economic aid for Yugoslavia; preference for a sales tax increase or retention of the surcharge on wage and income tax; interest in politics; joy about unification of the two German states; judgement on the work of the Federal Government in the last year; vacation behavior in the summer and country visited on vacation; visit to West Germany or West Berlin after opening of the borders; frequency of visiting West Germany; relatives and friends in West Germany; attitude to retention of the 0% blood-alcohol limit; personal preference for use of a gift of a large sum of money; contentment with life; personal retrospect on the last year and prospect for the new year; religiousness; party inclination; party identification. Also encoded was: date of interview.
Categories Categories
  • Political Attitudes and Behavior
  • Migration
  • Cultural and national identity
  • Conflict, security and peace
  • Political ideology
  • Political behaviour and attitudes
  • Government, political systems and organisations
  • Elections
  • Economic conditions and indicators
  • Economic policy, public expenditure and revenue
  • Economic systems and development
  • Housing
Old Topics Old Topics
  • 2.2 Migration
  • 5.4 Cultural and national identity
  • 6 Law, crime and legal systems
  • 11.3 Conflict, security and peace
  • 11.4 Political ideology
  • 11.5 Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
  • 11.6 Government, political systems and organisation
  • 11.7 Elections
  • 17.4 Economic conditions and indicators
  • 17.5 Economic policy
  • 17.6 Economic systems and development
  • 19.2 Housing


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)
UniversePersons of German citizenship living in private households 18 years old and older.
Analysis Unit Analysis Unit
  • Individual
Sampling Procedure Sampling Procedure
  • Probability: Multistage
  • Probability: Stratified
Multi-stage stratified random sample (random route procedure)
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; USUMA, Berlin
Date of Collection
  • 01.1991 - 12.1991

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 present a monthly trend investigation commissioned by the Second German Television (ZDF). The Politbarometers (east) of 1991 are archived under ZA Study Nos. 2103 to 2113. The Politbarometers for the same time period and the western part of the Federal Republic are archived under ZA Study Nos. 2091 to 2101 and in cumulation under 2102. Further Politbarometers are archived under ZA Study Nos. 1053 to 1063, 1277 to 1281, 1469 to 1479, 1677, 1687 to 1696 as well as 1768 to 1779.
Number of Units: 11921
Number of Variables: 277
Data Type: Einfachlochung
Analysis System(s): OSIRIS, SPSS


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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.