GESIS - DBK - ZA1452

ZA1452: Autumn Study 1981

Downloads and Data Access

On this page you find the complete metadata and an overview of all available data sets and documents for the requested study. The download of all files is possible from our central search page under the following link:
ZA1452 Downloads and Data Access

List of Files

List of Files


  • ZA1452_fb.pdf (Questionnaire) 3 MBytes


  • ZA1452_cod.pdf (Codebook) 271 KBytes
Availability Availability A - Data and documents are released for academic research and teaching.
Download of Data and Documents Download of Data and Documents All downloads from this catalogue are free of charge. Data-sets available under access categories B and C must be ordered via the shopping cart with a few exceptions. Charges apply! Please respect our Terms of use.

Bibliographic Citation

Citation Citation Sozialwissenschaftliches Forschungsinstitut der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, St. Augustin (1985): Autumn Study 1981. GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA1452 Data file Version 1.0.0,
Study No.ZA1452
TitleAutumn Study 1981
Current Version1.0.0, 2010-4-13, (Publication Year 1985)
Date of Collection09.1981 - 10.1981
Principal Investigator/ Authoring Entity, Institution
  • Sozialwissenschaftliches Forschungsinstitut der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, St. Augustin


AbstractJudgement on parties and politicians. Political attitudes. Topics: judgement on the economic situation in the Federal Republic and assessment of further development next year; judgement on one´s own financial situation; most important political events in the last year; party preference (ballot procedure); personal change in party voted for since 1949; behavior at the polls in the Federal Parliament election 1980; most important political tasks in the Federal Republic and issue competence of the parties; satisfaction with the government coalition and opposition; preference for expenditure development for selected political areas; importance of areas of life; satisfaction with democracy in the country; self-classification and assessment of federal parties on a left-right continuum; judgement on questions of foreign and defense policy; major reason for the time of peace since 1945; interest in the disarmament discussion; perceived threat from the Soviet Union and judgement on the development in the last 5 years; attitude to an increase in defense expenditures; assessment of the military balance of power between east and west; attitude to disarmament and stationing of medium-range missiles in Europe; general agreement of one´s own personal opinion with the top politicians of the parties; postmaterialism index; judgement on freedom and development possibilities in the Federal Republic; securing prosperity through nuclear energy; attitude to selected future political problems as well as judgement on their treatment by the politicians (scale); preferred government measures to alleviate current economic difficulties; attitude to a social service for men and women; coalition most able to alleviate the economic difficulties; attitude to expansion of media offerings by private broadcasters; party preference at federal level (ballot procedure); behavior at the polls in the last state parliament election. Date of birth; religiousness; party preference of spouse; union membership and solidarity with trade unions; membership in occupational organizations; self-assessment of social class; party inclination and party identification; characterization of occupational groups primarily represented in the residential area; preferred party among residents of residential surroundings; possession of telephone, camera, bicycle, freezer, car and camping vehicles. Beyond the first part the following additional questions were posed in Hesse: agreement of one´s own political opinion with the state parties and their top politicians; attitude to revising political decisions already made on major technological projects; preferred conduct of state government regarding construction of the runway west {Frankfurt Airport}. Beyond the first part the following questions were posed in Lower Saxony: agreement of one´s own political opinion with the state parties and top politicians; evaluation of the influence of the CDU as a party on the job of the state government; assessment of future development of the Greens at the state level; satisfaction with government work of the CDU and the job of the SPD in opposition in Lower Saxony. Interviewer rating: size of place of residence; interest of respondent in interview; number of contact attempts; length of interview; date of interview.
Categories Categories
  • Political Attitudes and Behavior
Topics Topics
  • 11.3 Conflict, security and peace
  • 11.5 Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
  • 11.6 Government, political systems and organisation
  • 11.7 Elections


Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE), FRG without West-Berlin
UniversePersons with German citizenship 18 years old or older and living in private households
Analysis Unit Analysis Unit
  • Individual
Sampling Procedure Sampling Procedure
  • Probability: Multistage
  • Probability: Stratified
Multi-stage stratified random sample (ADM mastersample). Besides the representative sample for the rest of the Federal Republic supplemental samples were drawn by over-representation in the states Hesse and Lower Saxony
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 CollectorGETAS, Bremen
Date of Collection
  • 09.1981 - 10.1981

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 supplemental samples in Hesse and Lower Saxony contain about 800 cases each. Further Autumn Studies are archived under ZA Study Nos. 1454, 1456, 1505, 1508, 1808, 1809, 1811, 1954 and 1956. The Spring Studies are archived under ZA Study Nos. 1450, 1453, 1455, 1501 to 1504, 1506, 1507, 1807, 1810, 1953 and 1955.
Number of Units: 3609
Number of Variables: -
Data Type: Einfachlochung
Analysis System(s): -


Relevant full texts
from SSOAR (automatically assigned)


Research Data Centre