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ZA1920: Election Study 1990 (Trend Investigation)

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Citation Citation Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim (1991): Election Study 1990 (Trend Investigation). GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA1920 Data file Version 1.0.0,
Study No.ZA1920
TitleElection Study 1990 (Trend Investigation)
Other Titles
  • Politbarometer (Project Title)
Current Version1.0.0, 2010-4-13, (Publication Year 1991)
Date of Collection01.1990 - 12.1990
Principal Investigator/ Authoring Entity, Institution
  • Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim
Contributor, Institution, Role
  • Langhans, Monika - GESIS – Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften - DataCurator


AbstractMost important problems in the Federal Republic; satisfaction with democracy; party preference (Sunday question and rank order procedure); party inclination and party identification; behavior at the polls in the last Federal Parliament election; time of voting decision; self-assessment on a left-right continuum; preference for one-party government or coalition preference; most important politicians; sympathy scale for the parties and top politicians; satisfaction with the achievement of the Federal Government and the achievements of the opposition parties; preference for federal chancellor; preferred top candidate of the SPD; satisfaction with the election result; expected chances for and point in time of a reunification; attitude to unification of the two German nations and judgement on unification progress; attitude to a public opinion poll in connection with unification; attitude to the visit by Modrow in the Federal Republic; attitude to economic aid for the GDR dependent on reforms; perceived intervention of FRG politicians in GDR reforms; understanding for emigrants from the GDR; expected disadvantages in jobs and housing through emigrants; residential status; judgement on privileges for emigrants and the speed of reform in the GDR; expected advantages and disadvantages for the West German population through unification; judgement on point in time and exchange rate of the DM {German Mark} at introduction in the GDR; approval of financial aid for the GDR even with tax increases in the FRG; support for the unification policies of Kohl or Lafontaine; preference for capital city and preferred seat of government and Federal Parliament; attitude to the Oder-Neisse border and to the GDR´s becoming a part of the FRG through the article in the constitution; assessment of the worth of improving the constitution and of the need for a new constitution in a united Germany; job worries; judgement on democracy in the Federal Republic and attitude to socialism; attitude to a candidacy of the PDS for the Federal Parliament and electibility of the PDS; attitude to the date for the first all-German election on 2 December and preference for a postponement of the election date; self-assessment of extent to which informed about the unification contract; issue relevance and issue competence of the parties; preference for Lafontaine or Engholm as SPD chairman; influence of opinion polls on one´s own voting decision and interest in political surveys; most important election campaign topic; attitude to the Americans´ sending troops to the Gulf region; attitude to a military intervention in the Gulf region and to sending German troops; personal retrospect on the last year and prospect for the coming year; religiousness.
Categories Categories
  • Political Attitudes and Behavior
  • Migration
  • Religion and values
  • Conflict, security and peace
  • Political behaviour and attitudes
  • Government, political systems and organisations
  • Elections
  • Economic systems and development
Old Topics Old Topics
  • 2.2 Migration
  • 5.5 Religion and values
  • 11.3 Conflict, security and peace
  • 11.5 Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
  • 11.6 Government, political systems and organisation
  • 11.7 Elections
  • 17.6 Economic systems and development


Geographic Coverage
  • Berlin (DE-BE), with West Berlin
  • Baden-Württemberg (DE-BW)
  • Bavaria (DE-BY)
  • Bremen (DE-HB)
  • Hesse (DE-HE)
  • Hamburg (DE-HH)
  • Lower Saxony (DE-NI)
  • North Rhine-Westphalia (DE-NW)
  • Rhineland-Palatinate (DE-RP)
  • Saarland (DE-SL)
  • Schleswig-Holstein (DE-SH)
UniverseEligible voters living in private households with a telephone
Analysis Unit Analysis Unit
  • Individual
Sampling Procedure Sampling Procedure
  • Probability: Systematic random
Random selection. Sample according to the RLD procedure (randomize last digit)
Mode of Collection Mode of Collection
  • Telephone interview
Telephone interview with standardized questionnaire
Time Method Time Method
  • Longitudinal: Trend/Repeated cross-section
Kind of Data Kind of Data
  • Numeric
  • Text
Data CollectorForschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim
Date of Collection
  • 01.1990 - 12.1990

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 Politbarometers present a monthly trend survey, commissioned by the second German television (ZDF). The Politbarometers for 1990 are archived under ZA Study Nos. 1921 to 1931 and in cumulation under ZA Study No. 1920. Further Politbarometers are archived under ZA Study Nos. 1053 to 1063, 1277 to 1281, 1469 to 1479, 1677, 1687 to 1696 as well as 1768 to 1779.
Number of Units: 11169
Number of Variables: 284
Data Type: Einfachlochung
Analysis System(s): OSIRIS, SPSS


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Research Data Centre
  •  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).