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ZA1275: Election Study 1983 (Representative Federal Surveys)

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Election Study 1983 (Representative Federal Surveys)
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Bibliographic Citation

Citation Citation Berger, Manfred; Gibowski, Wolfgang G.; Roth, Dieter; Schulte, Wolfgang (2016): Election Study 1983 (Representative Federal Surveys). GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA1275 Data file Version 3.0.0,
Study No.ZA1275
TitleElection Study 1983 (Representative Federal Surveys)
Current Version3.0.0, 2016-1-28,
Date of Collection08.1982 - 03.1983
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


AbstractJudgement on parties and politicians in view of the Federal Parliament election on 6. March 1983. Judgement on current policy issues. Topics: In the form of a trend survey at 5 different survey times the following questions were repeated in identical form: behavior at the polls in the last Federal Parliament election; voting intent; party preference (rank order procedure); vote choice at the previous election; sympathy scale for the SPD, CDU, CSU, FDP and the Greens as well as for Genscher, Kohl and Strauss; strength of party inclination; memberships. For additional topics, which were not asked at all survey times, see correspondence list. Demography: age; gender; marital status; religious denomination; attendance at religious services; education; profession; current employment status; main occupation; household size; household composition; R is head of household; characteristics of head of household; party affiliation; party identification; evaluation of neighborhood: social class; union membership Also encoded were: respondent number; month of survey; questionnaire form; federal state; city size; weighting variables.
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)
UniversePersons aged 18 years and over.
Analysis Unit Analysis Unit
  • Individual
Sampling Procedure Sampling Procedure
  • Probability: Multistage
  • Probability: Stratified
Probability Sample: Multistage Stratified Random Sample
Mode of Collection Mode of Collection
  • Face-to-face interview
Face-to-face interview
Time Method Time Method
  • Longitudinal: Trend/Repeated cross-section
Kind of Data Kind of Data
  • Numeric
Data CollectorMARPLAN, Offenbach
Date of Collection
  • 08.1982
  • 10.1982
  • 01.1983
  • 02.1983
  • 03.1983

Errata & Versions

VersionDate, Name, DOI
3.0.0 (current version)2016-1-28 Errata corrected
2.0.02016-1-13 Kreiskennziffer (V115) dropped, labels corrected, german dataset: definition of user-missings deleted
1.0.02010-4-13 Version number created automatically (implementation of a uniform versioning policy) (Publication Year unknown)
Errata in current version
Version changes
Changes between version 2.0.0 and it's previous version
DateSubjectDescriptionCorrection Description
2016-1-28WeightError in english dataset2016-1-28
2016-1-28MissingAll missings are system missings in the english dataset.2016-1-28

Further Remarks

NotesThe former ZA Study Nos. 1277, ZA1278, ZA1279, ZA1280, and ZA1281 were parts of a trend survey, consolidated in a single data set in ZA Study No. 1275. A further investigation on the Federal Parliament election 1983 is the panel study with ZA Study No. 1976.
Number of Units: 5196
Number of Variables: 119
Data Type: Einfachlochung
Analysis System(s): SPSS, Stata


  • Klingemann, Hans-Dieter; Kaase, Max (Hrsg.): Wahlen und politischer Prozeß: Analysen aus Anlaß der Bundestagswahl 1983. Opladen: Westdeutscher Verlag 1986. (Schriften des Zentralinstituts für Sozialwissenschaftliche Forschung der FU Berlin; Bd. 49)
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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).