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Citation Citation    Berger, Manfred; Gibowski, Wolfgang G.; Roth, Dieter; Schulte, Wolfgang (1989): Election Study 1987 (Trend Investigation). GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA1536 Data file Version 1.0.0, https://doi.org/10.4232/1.1536
Study No.ZA1536
TitleElection Study 1987 (Trend Investigation)
Other Titles
  • Politbarometer (Project Title)
Current Version1.0.0, 2010-4-13, https://doi.org/10.4232/1.1536 (Publication Year 1989)
Date of Collection01.1986 - 02.1987
Principal Investigator/ Authoring Entity, Institution
  • Berger, Manfred - Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim
  • Gibowski, Wolfgang G. - Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim
  • Roth, Dieter - Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim
  • Schulte, Wolfgang - Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim
Contributor, Institution, Role
  • Langhans, Monika - GESIS – Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften - DataCurator

Content

AbstractJudgement on parties and politicians in view of the Federal Parliament election in January 1987. Summarized data pool of the monthly survey for 1986 and spring 1987 as previously archived unter the ZA Study Nos. 1520 to 1532. Topics: January 1986: Satisfaction with democracy in the Federal Republic; intent to participate in the election; party preference (first and second votes as well as rank order procedure); behaviour at the polls in the last Federal Parliament election (question of memory); sympathy scale for the federal parties and top politicians; satisfaction with the government and the opposition parties (scale); assessment of the responsibility of the Libyans for the terrorist attacks in Rome and Vienna; judgement on the economic boycott of the USA against Libya as well as attitude to the stand of the Federal Republic; Libya as reason for a world-wide conflict; judgement on current economic development in the Federal Republic; attitude to longer store closing times; preferred store closing times in the evening as well as on weekends; satisfaction with the current store closing times; attitude to change of paragraph 116 of the job promotion law and to strikes in selected areas; attitude to making it easier or more difficult for trade unions to go on strike; assumed winner in the next Federal Parliament election; celebration of fasching or carneval; attendance at public or private carneval events. February 1986: Leading positions occupied by the right people; intent to participate in the election; party preference (first and second votes as well as rank order procedure); behaviour at the polls in the last Federal Parliament election (question of memory); sympathy scale for the federal parties and top politicians; satisfaction with the government and the opposition parties (scale); current most important personal problems; assumed winner of the next Federal Parliament election; judgement on current economic development in the Federal Republic; attitude to planned change of paragraph 116 of the job promotion law as well as assumed effect on the ability to strike and unemployment insurance; expected development of unemployment in the next one to two years; presumably most able authority to prevent further unemployment; judgement on the seriousness of the efforts of the unemployed to find a job; most able party to combat unemployment; candidates for the German soccer championship as well as the world soccer championship in Mexico. March 1986: Satisfaction with democracy in the Federal Republic; intent to participate in the election; party preference (first and second votes as well as rank order procedure); behavior at the polls in the last Federal Parliament election (question of memory); sympathy scale for the federal parties and top politicians; preferred federal chancellor; judgement on current economic development in the Federal Republic as well as current personal economic situation; perceived change of economic situation of selected population groups since the last Federal Parliament election; assumed person primarily responsible for the party donations scandal; assumed winner of the next Federal Parliament election. April 1986: Judgement on leadership personalities in the Federal Republic; intent to participate in the election; party preference (first and second votes as well as rank order procedure); behaviour at the polls in the last Federal Parliament election (question of memory); sympathy scale for the federal parties and top politicians; preference for Helmut Kohl or Johannes Rau as federal chancellor; judgement on the loss of prestige by Helmut Kohl due to a charge of false statement; judgement on current economic development in the Federal Republic; issue competence of the parties; assessment of the responsibility of the Libyans for the most recent acts of terror; judgement on the ´retaliatory bombing´ of Libya by the USA; judgement on the economic boycott of the USA against Libya as well as attitudes to non-participation of the Federal Government in this boycott; assumed winner of the next Federal Parliament election; judgement on future trade union influence; personal benefit of a strong trade union; judgement on the commitment of the trade unions on women´s, employees´ and youth matters; judgement on extent to which up-to-date, neutrality as well as a possible party closeness of the trade unions; attitude to the general necessity of trade unions; frequency of wine consumption; influence of the wine scandal on personal consumption of Italian wines and greater preference for German wines; comparison of the Italian and glycol wine scandals. May 1986: Political interest; satisfaction with democracy in the Federal Republic; intent to participate in the election; party preference (first and second votes as well as rank order procedure); behaviour at the polls in the last Federal Parliament election (question of memory); sympathy scale for the federal parties and top politicians; preference for Helmut Kohl or Johannes Rau as federal chancellor; judgement on current economic development in the Federal Republic as well as assumed connection with the current government; assumed winner of the next Federal Parliament election as well as of the next state parliament election in Lower Saxony; assumed harm to personal health from the reactor accident in Chernobyl and adequate as well as timely information about protective measures by German authorities; attitude to expansion of further or closure of existing nuclear power plants and preferred closure time; judgement on the safety of German nuclear power plants in comparison to the Chernobyl reactor; assessment of the possibility of a German reactor accident with the gravest of consequences; presence of a nuclear power plant in the near vicinity. June 1986: Judgement on leadership personalities in the Federal Republic; intent to participate in the election; party preference (first and second votes as well as rank order procedure); behaviour at the polls in the last Federal Parliament election (question of memory); sympathy scale for the federal parties and top politicians; preference for Helmut Kohl or Johannes Rau as federal chancellor; judgement on current economic development in the Federal Republic as well as assumed connection with the current government; assumed winner of the next Federal Parliament election; currently most important personal problems; knowledge and judgement on the new Federal Ministry for the Environment; assessment of the effectiveness of the new Federal Ministry; judgement on West German relations to the USA as well as change noticed in the last year; attitude to expansion of further or closure of existing nuclear power plants; assessment of the possibility of a German reactor accident with the gravest of consequences; attitude to abortion as well as to ´taking advantage of social grounds for termination of pregnancy´. July 1986: Satisfaction with democracy in the Federal Republic; intent to participate in the election; party preference (first and second votes as well as rank order procedure); behaviour at the polls in the last Federal Parliament election (question of memory); sympathy scale for the federal parties and top politicians; preference for Helmut Kohl or Johannes Rau as federal chancellor; judgement on current economic development in the Federal Republic; assumed winner of the next Federal Parliament election; position on expansion of further or closure of existing nuclear power plants; preferred closure time; assessment of the possibility of a German reactor accident with the gravest of consequences; judgement on the role of the police in Wackersdorf; attitude to making stricter the law regarding demonstrations; judgement on current economic situation of the Federal Republic and expected development in a year as well as judgement on development of personal economic situation; attitude to reunification of Germany as well as personal approval of reunification; judgement on the degree of information of the media about the GDR; judgement on the benefit of bank loans for German-German relations; knowledge of private grocery stores in the GDR; assessment of the percentage proportion of SED members; knowledge about the year of construction of the wall; typical characteristics of citizens from West Germany as well as from the GDR; knowledge about the possibility of taking vacation in the GDR; vacation in the GDR, planned as well as already done. August 1986: Satisfaction with political leadership personalities; intent to participate in the election; party preference (first and second votes as well as rank order procedure); behaviour at the polls in the last Federal Parliament election (question of memory); sympathy scale for the federal parties and top politicians; preference for federal chancellor; assumed election winner; preference for Genscher as foreign minister; attitude to Strauss and Lambsdorff in a Bonn government office; attitude to a government coalition of the SPD with the Greens; judgement on the necessity of guest workers for the German economy; attitude to a reduction in the number of guest workers; foreigners in the neighbourhood; assessment of economic recovery and the share of the government in this development; attitude to granting asylum for politically persecuted foreigners; suspicions about political or economic reasons of applicants for political asylum; attitude to making the granting of asylum more difficult. October 1986: Satisfaction with political leadership personalities; intent to participate in the election; party preference (first and second votes as well as rank order procedure); behavior at the polls in the last Federal Parliament election (question of memory); sympathy scale for the federal parties and top politicians; preference for federal chancellor; most important political issues; assessment of economic recovery and the share of the government in this development; the fight against terrorism in a democracy; attitude to trade unions and judgement on the sale of Neue Heimat; assumed election winner; characterization of an ideal chancellor as well as of the candidates Rau and Kohl (semantic differential). November 1986: Satisfaction with political leadership personalities; intent to participate in the election; party preference (first and second votes as well as rank order procedure); behaviour at the polls in the last Federal Parliament election (question of memory); sympathy scale for the federal parties and top politicians; preference for federal chancellor; most important political issues; assessment of economic recovery and of the share of the government in this development; attitude to the ruling on persons giving State´s evidence in terrorist attacks; attitude to exemption from punishment for murderers; assumed election winner; judgement on the relations with the Soviet Union and the United States; preference for achievement of German or American concepts in case of different opinions between the governments; assessment of the seriousness of disarmament efforts; change in the security of peace in the last year; knowledge about the military defence system in space (SDI) and desired influence by the Federal Government on the USA; attitude to plebiscites on political questions and women in the Federal German Armed Forces. December 1986: Leading positions occupied by the right people; intent to participate in the election; party preference (first and second votes as well as rank order procedure); behaviour at the polls in the last Federal Parliament election (question of memory); sympathy scale for the federal parties and top politicians; preference for federal chancellor; assessment of economic recovery and the share of the government in this development; assumed winner of the next Federal Parliament election; issue competence of different government coalitions; attitude to trade unions and assumptions about future development of the influence of trade unions; influence of the sale of Neue Heimat on one´s own attitude to trade unions; assessment of political neutrality of trade unions; party close to trade unions. January 1987: Satisfaction with democracy; interest in politics; direct election participation or absentee ballot in the next Federal Parliament election; party preference (first and second votes as well as rank order procedure); behaviour at the polls in the last Federal Parliament election; point in time and certainty of one´s voting decision; sympathy scale for the federal parties and selected top politicians; preference for Federal Chancellor; assessment of economic recovery and the share of the Federal Government in this development; assessment of the most active election campaign helpers among the parties; attitude to the FDP and the Greens remaining in the next Federal Parliament and assessment of the chances of the two parties to obtain seats in the next Federal Parliament; attitude to an absolute majority of one party; preferred government coalition; assumed election winner. February 1987: Interest in politics; party preference (second vote and rank order procedure); absentee ballot or going to a polling station at the last Federal Parliament election; reasons to abstain from voting; behaviour at the polls in the Federal Parliament election in last month (first and second votes) as well as 1983; reasons for personal change in party voted for; influence of opinion polls on one´s own voting decision; sympathy scale for the parties and top politicians; satisfaction with election result and performance of the Greens; judgement on the position of the government coalition; most important tasks and political goals; issue competence; different government coalitions; perceived differences between the coalition partners; assessment of the issue positions of the parties represented in the Federal Parliament as well as personal position on important political questions; issue position of the churches and parties; attitude to relative as well as absolute majority for one party in the Federal Parliament; characterization of an ideal social system (scale); attitude to different coalitions of the FDP in the Federal Government and in the states; attitude to further use or shut-down of nuclear power plants and planned time period for a possible shut-down; attitude to women in the Federal German Armed Forces. 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; comparison of personal occupational position with that of one´s own father; characterization of residential surroundings according to occupational groups; city size. Additionally encoded: weighting factor; month of interview; Kreiskennziffer; Bundesland.
Categories Categories
  • Political Attitudes and Behavior
Topics Topics
  • 1.2 Labour relations/conflict
  • 11.3 Conflict, security and peace
  • 11.5 Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
  • 11.6 Government, political systems and organisation
  • 11.7 Elections
  • 16.2 Natural resources and energy
  • 17 Economics

Methodology

Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE), FRG without West Berlin
UniversePersons 18 years of age 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: 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
  • 01.1986 - 02.1987

Errata & Versions

VersionDate, Name, DOI
1.0.0 (current version)2010-4-13 Version number created automatically (implementation of a uniform versioning policy) https://doi.org/10.4232/1.1536 (Publication Year unknown)
Errata in current version
none
Version changes

Further Remarks

NotesA summarized data set with the contents of all surveys and all respondents of ZA Study Nos. 1520 to 1532. Comparable investigations from the series of Politbarometers are archived under ZA Study Nos. 1053 to 1063, 1277 to 1281 and 1469 to 1479.
Number of Units: 14375
Number of Variables: 362
Data Type: Einfachlochung
Analysis System(s): OSIRIS, SPSS

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  •  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).