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ZA1588: Attitude to the Census (Panel: First wave, April - May 1987)

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Citation Citation Gräf, Lorenz; Kühnel, Steffen M.; Scheuch, Erwin K. (1987): Attitude to the Census (Panel: First wave, April - May 1987). GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA1588 Data file Version 1.0.0,
Study No.ZA1588
TitleAttitude to the Census (Panel: First wave, April - May 1987)
Current Version1.0.0, 2010-4-13, (Publication Year 1987)
Date of Collection04.1987 - 05.1987
Principal Investigator/ Authoring Entity, Institution
  • Gräf, Lorenz - Zentralarchiv für empirische Sozialforschung, Universität zu Köln
  • Kühnel, Steffen M. - Zentralarchiv für empirische Sozialforschung, Universität zu Köln
  • Scheuch, Erwin K. - Zentralarchiv für empirische Sozialforschung, Universität zu Köln


AbstractAttitude of the German population and of census critics to the census before census day, 31 May 1987. Political attitudes. Topics: political interest; satisfaction with democracy in the Federal Republic; feeling of political effectiveness and degree of representation by politicians and parties; orientation of government policies on personal interest or public welfare; attitude to the census; intent to participate of members of household and respondent; willingness to participate after reference to threat of fine; filling out the survey questionnaire oneself or by another person in household; conversations about the census in social surroundings and time of last conversation; attitude to the census in circle of friends and acquaintances as well as their willingness to participate; importance of political attitudes in social surroundings and visibility of one´s own views; knowledge about contents of the census survey (scale); assumed difficulty of filling out the survey questionnaire; preference for filling it out in the presence of the canvasser or alone; misgivings about canvassers in residence; difficulties in taking care of official matters; frequency of contact and ability to establish contacts; trust in institutions and organizations; self-assessment on a left-right continuum; assumed position of the majority of the population on a left-right continuum; postmaterialism; sympathy scale for political parties; frequency of use of television news broadcasts as well as local news and political part of a daily newspaper; time of last noticed media reports about the census and tendency of content of these articles; assumed attitude of the population to the census; living together with a partner and his attitude to the census; assumed participation of partner in the census; response or boycott behavior during the census survey; attitude to government statistics; attitude to punishment of census boycotters and preferred government behavior regarding refusals; personal concerns regarding misuse of personal census data; trust in observance of data protection; sympathy regarding social movements as well as personal membership; party preference; perceived fears and their causes; attitude to technology; attitude to computers and to scientific innovations; attitude to government behavior with data; assessment of census refusers as system opponents; attitude to storing personal data; importance of data protection and trust in observance of the data protection regulation; judgement on the quality of data protection; earlier participation in a survey and type of survey; attitude to selected infringements of law and crimes as well as other illegal actions (scale); religiousness; union membership; self-assessment of social class; possession of a telephone; willingness to participate in a re-interview. The following additional questions were posed to persons with strong or very strong political interest: demographic information on close circle of friends (ego-centered network); agreement with the respondent regarding party preference and attitude to the census; willingness of friends to participate in the census; familiarity of friends with each other; personal willingness to participate in selected political forms of protest (scale); personal concerns regarding misuse of personal data by selected institutions and government offices. Demography: month of birth; year of birth; sex; marital status; number of children; ages of children (classified); religious denomination; frequency of church attendance; school education; vocational training; occupation; occupational position; employment; monthly gross income of respondent and household altogether; number of persons contributing to household income; size of household; position of respondent in household; characteristics of head of household; number of persons eligible to vote in household; persons in household who do not have German citizenship; self-assessment of social class; union membership of respondent and other members of household; possession of a telephone. Interviewer rating: presence of third persons during interview and person desiring this presence; intervention of others in interview and person introducing this intervention; attitude to the census of additional persons present during interview; presence of further persons in other rooms; willingness to cooperate and reliability of respondent. Also encoded was: length of interview; date of interview; identification of interviewer; sex of interviewer; age of interviewer.
Categories Categories
  • Political Institutions
Topics Topics
  • 2.4 Censuses
  • 11.5 Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion


Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE), FRG incl. West Berlin
UniversePersons with German citizenship 18 years old and older
Sampling Procedure Sampling Procedure
Multi-stage stratified random sample (ADM mastersample). A supplemental sample was drawn following the same procedure. 604 persons spoken with, who described themselves as census critics, were additionally interviewed.
Mode of Collection Mode of Collection
Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data CollectorGFM-GETAS, Hamburg
Date of Collection
  • 04.1987 - 05.1987

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 2556 units of the data set are comprised of 1952 representative interviews as well as the supplemental sample of the 604 census critics. The census project encompasses altogether 5 cross-section studies (ZA Study Nos. 1583 to 1587) and a panel survey collected in three waves (ZA Study Nos. 1588 to 1590). The summarized data set of the 5 cross-section studies is archived under ZA Study No. 1591 and the summarized data set of the panel study is archived under ZA Study No. 1592.
Number of Units: 2556
Number of Variables: 268
Data Type: -
Analysis System(s): SPSS, Stata


  • Scheuch, Erwin K.; Gräf, Lorenz; Kühnel, Steffen M.: Begleituntersuchung zur Volkszählung 1987: Endbericht zum 30. 11. 1988: Analysen und Tabellenband. Köln: Zentralarchiv für empirische Sozialforschung 1988.
  • Scheuch, Erwin K.; Gräf, Lorenz; Kühnel, Steffen-M.: Volkszählung, Volkszählungsprotest und Bürgerverhalten. Ergebnisse der Begleituntersuchung zur Volkszählung 1987. Forum der Bundesstatistik, Band 12 Stuttgart: Metzler-Poeschel 1989.
  • Kühnel, Steffen-M.: Zwischen Boykott und Kooperation. Teilnahmeabsicht und Teilnahmeverhalten bei der Volkszählung 1987. Empirische und methodologische Beiträge zur Sozialwissenschaft, Band 11. Frankfurt u.a.: Peter Lang 1993.
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