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ZA2160: Politbarometer 1977 (Cumulated Data Set)

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Citation Citation Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim (1992): Politbarometer 1977 (Cumulated Data Set). GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA2160 Data file Version 1.0.0,
Study No.ZA2160
TitlePolitbarometer 1977 (Cumulated Data Set)
Current Version1.0.0, 2010-4-13, (Publication Year 1992)
Date of Collection03.1977 - 12.1977
Principal Investigator/ Authoring Entity, Institution
  • Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim
Contributor, Institution, Role
  • Langhans, Monika - GESIS – Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften - DataCurator


AbstractAssessment of personal economic situation and future development; judgement on current and future economic development of the country; fear for job security; interest in politics; memory of voting behavior in the Federal Parliament election 1976 (first vote and second vote); party preference (ballot procedure, rank order procedure); party inclination; party one cannot vote for; satisfaction with achievements of the government and opposition (scale); satisfaction with democracy; reasons for satisfaction or dissatisfaction with democracy; the right people in leading positions; necessity of founding new parties; expected election winner and expected effects on the SPD/FDP coalition; desire for the CSU to be on the ballot in the entire Federal Republic; knowledge of the name of the Federal President and preference for a president or king as leader of the Federal Republic; general judgement on the situation of pensioners in the Federal Republic and financial protection of retirement pensions; preference for increase in retirement insurance or a subsidy by the government in case of insufficient coverage; assumed reasons for the increase in costs in the public health system; attitude to a strike by doctors and introduction of a road toll for citizens of the GDR in the FRG; judgement on the reform of political boundaries with consolidation of municipalities into larger units; preference for provision of energy by nuclear power plants or by other power plants; assessment of the danger from nuclear power plants; attitude to construction of a nuclear power plant in the immediate vicinity and protest behavior in such a case; expected energy shortage without nuclear power plants; personal willingness to conserve power; attitude to European unification; advantageousness of membership of the Federal Republic in the EC; judgement on student demands for better study conditions and increased financial support; general attitude to Italy and the Italians; knowledge about the election success of the communist party in Italy and attitude to cooperation of the Christian-Democratic party with the communists; perceived differences between the communist party of Italy and the parties in the East Bloc; knowledge about the term Euro-Communism; assessment of equal opportunities in the Federal Republic; the death penalty as a means to reduce crime; judgement on the usefulness of citizen initiatives; judgement on the base treaty between the Federal Republic and the GDR; judgement on improvement or deterioration of the relation with the GDR and the side responsible for this; the Federal Government giving in too much in negotiations with the GDR; judgement on task fulfillment of the parties; most important causes as well as judgement on further development of unemployment, price stability, certainty of pensions, the fight against terrorism and youth unemployment; institution most able to solve these problems; personal thoughts about growing old and feelings of concern or pleasure; threat to the state from terrorism and necessity of special laws to fight against terrorism; personal threat from terrorism; willingness to accept increased controls as security measure against terrorism; judgement on the conduct of the Federal Government and authorities after Schleyer´s kidnapping and expected search outcome in this case; terrorism and unemployment as problems calling for a strong man to lead the nation; interest of politicians in what the people think; attitude to a single strong party that represents the interests of all classes; introducing the death penalty for certain crimes; interest in a strong leadership personality to govern the country with a strong hand; adequate differences between the political views and goals of the parties; National Socialism as a good idea; attitude to the increasing number of books published about Hitler and the Third Reich; political retrospect on the year; increase of unemployment and short time work as temporary or long-term phenomenon; union membership; typical occupational groups in one´s residential area; satisfaction with residential area; religiousness. Also encoded was: willingness of respondent to cooperate; administrative district.
Categories Categories
  • Political Attitudes and Behavior
  • Vocational education and training
  • Medication and treatment
  • International politics and organisations
  • Political ideology
  • Political behaviour and attitudes
  • Elections
  • Social welfare systems/structures
  • Energy and natural resources
  • Economic systems and development
  • Government, political systems and organisations
Old Topics Old Topics
  • 3.5 Vocational education
  • 7.4 Health care and medical treatment
  • 11.1 Domestic political issues
  • 11.2 International politics and organisation
  • 11.4 Political ideology
  • 11.5 Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
  • 11.6 Government, political systems and organisation
  • 11.7 Elections
  • 14.3 Social welfare systems/structures
  • 16.2 Natural resources and energy
  • 17.6 Economic systems and development


Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE), FRG without West Berlin
UniverseEligible voters living in private households.
Analysis Unit Analysis Unit
  • Individual
Sampling Procedure Sampling Procedure
  • Probability: Multistage
  • Probability: Stratified
Multi-stage stratified random sample
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 CollectorMARPLAN, Offenbach
Date of Collection
  • 03.1977 - 12.1977

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 for 1977 (ZA Study Nos. 2151 to 2159) were conducted in the months March to June and August to December. The sample size was in each case around 1000 respondents. The Politbarometers present a monthly trend investigation commissioned by the Second German Television (ZDF). 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: 10151
Number of Variables: 151
Data Type: Einfachlochung
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.