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ZA2194: Politbarometer 1981 (Cumulated Data Set)

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Citation Citation Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim (1992): Politbarometer 1981 (Cumulated Data Set). GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA2194 Data file Version 1.0.0,
Study No.ZA2194
TitlePolitbarometer 1981 (Cumulated Data Set)
Current Version1.0.0, 2010-4-13, (Publication Year 1992)
Date of Collection01.1981 - 11.1981
Principal Investigator/ Authoring Entity, Institution
  • Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim
Contributor, Institution, Role
  • Langhans, Monika - GESIS – Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften - DataCurator


AbstractParty preference (Sunday question and rank order procedure); party inclination and party identification; behavior at the polls in the last Federal Parliament election; sympathy scale for the parties, coalition, opposition and selected federal politicians; union membership; religiousness; description of residential surroundings; city size. Beyond the description part, identical for all survey months of this year, the following questions were also posed in at least one survey month: satisfaction with democracy; right people in leading positions; judgement on current and future economic situation of the country as well as individual situation; interest in politics; current coalition preference and coalition preference before the last Federal Parliament election; desired coalition change of the FDP; expected winner in the state parliament election in Berlin; preference for federal chancellor; attitude to a coalition dissolution, even before the end of the legislative period; significance of the governing party for one´s own economic situation; general unemployment as temporary economic problem; comparison of the economic situation of the country with the situation in other EC nations; attitude to a reduction in number of foreign workers; attitude to an allocation of empty private dwellings by the authorities; attitude to building occupations; toleration of building occupations with renovation by the occupiers; residential status; preferred action by police and judiciary to deal with demonstrations in connection with building occupations; judgement on the level of payment of social security in the area of unemployment benefit, child allowance, welfare, housing benefit as well as compulsory retirement program and health insurance; preference for higher contributions or reduction in payment, in order to be able to pay the costs of social security; defense, foreign aid, social services, housing construction, public transportation, agriculture, the EC, civil service or science and research as preferred areas for government economies (the list of economy recommendations asked was varied in different months); preference for a greater tax burden for those with higher incomes; preference for government employment programs to create jobs; preferred sources of financing for such governmental measures; readiness for personal sacrifices to eliminate unemployment; type of personal contribution; dependence of the extent of unemployment on the party governing at the time; government most able to solve unemployment and financial problems of the Federal Budget; attitude to reduction in social services in the Federal Budget 1982; attitude to variety of opinions within the SPD and jeopardy to the government coalition resulting from it; desire that the FDP hold to the coalition during continuing inner-party conflicts in the SPD, given a hypothetical resignation of Federal Chancellor Schmidt, with lack of unity about the Federal Budget as well as with continuing basic political differences of opinion with the coalition partner; preference for immediate new elections in case of a coalition change by the FDP; party preference; attitude to arms trade with countries outside of NATO; attitude to the sale of tanks to Saudi Arabia; sale of tanks in return for a guarantee of oil supply and against protests from Israel; assessment of the military balance of power between East and West; perceived military threat; preferred conduct of the West on questions of disarmament; judgement on current German-American relations and perceived change since assumption of office by President Reagan; judgement on the decision of the American President to construct the neutron bomb and desire for a NATO decision on this weapon; agreement with stationing the neutron weapon on German territory; desired orientation of the Federal Republic in important political questions for the USA; judgement on security of peace in Europe; necessity of a peace movement; willingness to participate in a peaceful demonstration for peace; parties close to the peace movement; judgement on German-Soviet relations and desire for an increased expansion of the relation with the Soviet Union; reliability of the Soviet Union as economic partner; celebratiing carneval; attending public carneval events or private celebration; possession of a vehicle; reaction to continual increase in the cost of driving a car; gasoline price threshold; attitude to quickly using the familiar form of address; planned vacation trip and country to be visited on vacation; reading horoscopes and belief in horoscopes; attitude to a day without broadcasts by television stations; general attitude to award of medals and personal interest in a medal; reading the Bild newspaper; frequency of reading and particularly preferred categories of the Bild newspaper; reading selected daily newspapers.
Categories Categories
  • Political Attitudes and Behavior
  • Unemployment
  • Leisure, tourism and sport
  • Cultural activities and participation
  • Religion and values
  • Media
  • International politics and organisations
  • Conflict, security and peace
  • 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
  • 1.3 Unemployment
  • 5.1 Leisure, tourism and sport
  • 5.3 Cultural activities and participation
  • 5.5 Religion and values
  • 9.2 Mass media
  • 11.2 International politics and organisation
  • 11.3 Conflict, security and peace
  • 11.5 Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
  • 11.6 Government, political systems and organisation
  • 11.7 Elections
  • 15 Transport, travel and mobility
  • 17.4 Economic conditions and indicators
  • 17.5 Economic policy
  • 17.6 Economic systems and development
  • 19.2 Housing


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
Random selection according to the ADM mastersample
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
  • 01.1981 - 11.1981

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 for 1981 from January to November are archived under ZA Study Nos. 2183-2193. The data set presents the cumulation of the eleven monthly surveys of this year. Per month approx. 1000 persons were interviewed. Further Politbarometers are archived under ZA Study Nos. 1053, 1275, 1276, 1374, 1536, 1762, 1779, 1899, 1901, 1920, 1987, 2101, 2102, 2113, 2114, 2160, 2171, 2182, 2194, 2201, 2209, 2210-2219, 2221, 2275 as well as 2287.
Number of Units: 11694
Number of Variables: 191
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.