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ZA1957: Federal Parliament Election 1987 (By-Election Investigation)

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Bibliographic Citation

Citation Citation Sozialwissenschaftliches Forschungsinstitut der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, St. Augustin (2018): Federal Parliament Election 1987 (By-Election Investigation). GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA1957 Data file Version 2.0.0,
Study No.ZA1957
TitleFederal Parliament Election 1987 (By-Election Investigation)
Current Version2.0.0, 2018-1-5,
Date of Collection20.02.1987 - 14.03.1987
Principal Investigator/ Authoring Entity, Institution
  • Sozialwissenschaftliches Forschungsinstitut der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, St. Augustin


AbstractSocial fundamental philosophy. Attitudes to family, occupation and church. Behavior at the polls and judgement on parties. Topics: goals in life, shaping life and importance of areas of life (scale); basic position on life (scale); party preference (ballot procedure); party inclination; party inclination, temporary or in principle; attitude to the state, to politics and to technology (scales); personal change in party voted for; behavior at the polls in the Federal Parliament elections of 1983 and 1987; absentee ballot or trip to the election precinct in the Federal Parliament election of 1987; most important reasons for vote splitting; time of personal voting decision; influence of election campaign on voting decision; most important reasons for voting decision; major reasons for non-participation in the election; interest in the previous Federal Parliament election and personal significance of the result; satisfaction with election result; preference for federal chancellor; judgement on the vote gains of the FDP and of the Greens; assessment of the problem-solving ability of the CDU/CSU FDP coalition; preferred social values; sympathy scale for the parties and top politicians; issue relevance and issue competence of the parties; way of life and psychological self-characterization as well as political assertiveness (scale); attitude to family, partnership and children (scale); work orientation and career orientation (scale); reasons for choice of occupation and expectations of an ideal occupation (scale); leisure time needs and leisure orientations; consumption orientation and attitude to fashion (scale); attitude to religion and church; religiousness; ties to church; employment in the civil service; self-assessment of social class; social mobility; party preference of father; union membership and solidarity with trade unions; residential status; number of eligible voters and children in the household; possession of a telephone. Also encoded was: presence of third persons during interview and their degree of relationship to the respondent; intervention of others in the course of the interview; willingness of respondent to cooperate; reliability of responses; length of interview; date of interview.
Categories Categories
  • Political Attitudes and Behavior
Topics Topics
  • 5.8 Social behaviour and attitudes
  • 11.5 Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
  • 11.6 Government, political systems and organisation
  • 11.7 Elections


Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
UniverseEligible voters
Analysis Unit Analysis Unit
  • Individual
Sampling Procedure Sampling Procedure
  • Probability: Multistage
  • Probability: Stratified
Multi-stage stratified random sample (ADM mastersample)
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 CollectorMARPLAN, Offenbach
Date of Collection
  • 20.02.1987 - 14.03.1987

Errata & Versions

VersionDate, Name, DOI
2.0.0 (current version)2018-1-5 data labeled, some additional variables
1.0.02010-4-13 Version number created automatically (implementation of a uniform versioning policy) (Publication Year unknown)
Errata in current version
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Further Remarks

NotesThe Federal Parliament election studies of 1972 (ZA Study Nos. 0839-0842), 1976 (ZA Study Nos. 1133-1135), 1980 (ZA Study Nos. 1323-1325), and 1983 (ZA Study Nos. 1949), each as 3 or 4 wave panel investigation, are from the series of studies from the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. The study 2136 was conducted before the Federal Parliament election of 1990.
Number of Units: 2025
Number of Variables: 274
Data Type: -
Analysis System(s): SPSS, Stata


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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).
  • Studies Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung