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ZA0055: Cologne Election Study (Federal Republic, July 1961)

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Bibliographic Citation

Citation Citation Scheuch, Erwin K.; Wildenmann, Rudolf; Baumert, Gerhard (2015): Cologne Election Study (Federal Republic, July 1961). GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA0055 Data file Version 2.1.0,
Study No.ZA0055
TitleCologne Election Study (Federal Republic, July 1961)
Current Version2.1.0, 2015-2-25,
Date of Collection07.1961 - 08.1961
Principal Investigator/ Authoring Entity, Institution
  • Scheuch, Erwin K. - Forschungsinstitut für Soziologie, Universität zu Köln
  • Wildenmann, Rudolf - Forschungsinstitut für Politische Wissenschaft und Europäische Fragen, Universität zu Köln
  • Baumert, Gerhard - DIVO, Frankfurt
Contributor, Institution, Role
  • Kratz, Sophia - GESIS - Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften - DataCurator


AbstractAttitude to current problems of domestic and foreign policy before the start of the actual Federal Parliament election campaign. Topics: attitude to political unification of Western Europe; assessment of the danger of war; attitude to various nations; sympathy scale for political personalities as well as for the CDU/CSU, the SPD and the FDP; sources used for political information; significance of political work at the various political decision levels; current rank order of domestic and foreign policy; personal issue relevance and perceived issue competence of the CDU/CSU and the SPD; perceived party inclination of various social groups and of the media; expected election result; attitude to the party system; party preference and party identification; voting decision at earlier Federal Parliament elections and voting intent for the Federal Parliament election 1961; certainty of one´s voting decision; party that one cannot vote for; social status index (Scheuch Index). Demography: head of household; occupation; employment; age; marital status; school education; vocational training; size of household; religious denomination; state; household income; income. Interviewer rating: social class and willingness of respondent to cooperate; number of contact attempts.
Categories Categories
  • Political Attitudes and Behavior
Topics Topics
  • 11.5 Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
  • 11.6 Government, political systems and organisation
  • 11.7 Elections


Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE), FRG incl. West Berlin
UniverseAge: 16-70
Analysis Unit Analysis Unit
  • Individual
Sampling Procedure Sampling Procedure
  • Probability: Multistage
Multi-stage random sample
Mode of Collection Mode of Collection
  • Face-to-face interview
Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Time Method Time Method
  • Cross-section
Kind of Data Kind of Data
  • Numeric
Data CollectorDIVO, Frankfurt
Date of Collection
  • 07.1961 - 08.1961

Errata & Versions

VersionDate, Name, DOI
2.1.0 (current version)2015-2-25 Correction of value labels in form and content
2.0.02014-12-9 English version of dataset added, administrative variables added
1.0.02010-4-13 Version number created automatically (implementation of a uniform versioning policy) (Publication Year unknown)
Errata in current version
Version changes

Further Remarks

NotesThe 1st part of a three-part trend survey with largely identical questionnaires (see ZA Study No. 0056 and 0057).
Number of Units: 1679
Number of Variables: 178
Data Type: Einfachlochung
Analysis System(s): Stata, SPSS


  • Scheuch, Erwin K.; Wildenmann, Rudolf (Hrsg.): Zur Soziologie der Wahl. Köln: Westdeutscher Verlag 1965 (Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie. Sonderheft 9)
Relevant full texts
from SSOAR (automatically assigned)


Research Data Centre
  • 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).