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ZA2390: Politbarometer East 1993 (Cumulated Data Set)

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Citation Citation Berger, Manfred; Jung, Matthias; Roth, Dieter (1994): Politbarometer East 1993 (Cumulated Data Set). GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA2390 Data file Version 1.0.0,
Study No.ZA2390
TitlePolitbarometer East 1993 (Cumulated Data Set)
Current Version1.0.0, 2010-4-13, (Publication Year 1994)
Date of Collection01.1993 - 12.1993
Principal Investigator/ Authoring Entity, Institution
  • Berger, Manfred - Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim
  • Jung, Matthias - Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim
  • Roth, Dieter - Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim
Contributor, Institution, Role
  • Langhans, Monika - GESIS – Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften - DataCurator


AbstractMost important problems in Germany; party preference (Federal Parliament election, state parliament election, Sunday question and rank order procedure); behavior at the polls in the last Federal Parliament election and the last state parliament election; sympathy scale for the parties, coalition, opposition, state government and selected federal politicians; self-classification on a left-right continuum; personal job security; ability of the government or opposition in solving economic problems in Eastern Germany; judgement on individual as well as current economic situation in Eastern Germany and its further development; union membership; religiousness; party inclination and party identification; living together with a partner. Also encoded was: day of survey. Beyond this common part for all survey months of the year 1993 the following questions were also posed in at least one further survey month: assessment of disagreement of the federal parties; most important politicians in the country; preference for federal chancellor; satisfaction with democracy; the right people in leading positions; interest in politics; general judgement on the condition of society as well as comparison with other western societies; judgement on introduction of political order according to western pattern; general judgement on unification of Germany and personal expectations fulfilled in unification; general judgement on economic development in Germany; desire for separation of the two German nations; satisfaction with achievement of equivalent living conditions in east and west; adequate activities of the Federal Government for such an equalization; adequate effort of the West German economy and East German population to develop Eastern Germany; too much complaining in public opinion; judgement on the job of the trust-company; ability of the government or opposition regarding stability of monetary value, national debt and securing of prosperity; perceived threat from crime; necessity of tax increases to finance German unity; attitude to reintroduction of the solidarity tax and preferred point in time for this; attitude to reduction in social services and to a job market tax for civil servants, self-employed and higher earners; preferred savings recommendations for social services; judgement on the reductions introduced by the Federal Government in the social area; assumed extent of abuse of social services; expected result of the government program to combat abuse; attitude to the sale of government assets to avoid tax increases; judgement on disputes in important questions; advantageousness of EC membership for the German population; judgement on the speed of European unification and preference for strengthening bonds between current EC countries or for admission of new countries; preference for independence of Germany or stronger merger into a European nation; advantageousness of the European domestic market and attitude to a European currency; personal voting behavior in case of a vote on the resolutions of Maastricht; preferred countries for new acceptance into the EC; too many foreigners in Germany; general judgement on German right to asylum; assumed abuse of the right to asylum; necessity of an ammendment to the constitution to reduce abuse of the right to asylum; ability to cope with current influx of applicants for political asylum; party most able to solve the problem of applicants for asylum; attitude to immediate deportation of applicants for political asylum from countries in which there is no political persecution; expected changes through change to the right to asylum; proximity to accomodations for applicants for political asylum; problems experienced with applicants for political asylum; attitude to increased or reduced admission of applicants for political asylum; understanding for the violent demonstrations against applicants for political asylum; being ashamed of this violence; necessity of stricter laws to combat right-wing extremism; dedicated supporters or protest voters in the elections; increase in votes for right-wing radical parties; attitude to acceptance of increased responsibility of united Germany in world politics; attitude to combat missions of the Federal German Armed Forces in the framework of the UN; attitude to further peace negotiations about Bosnia and Herzegovina in spite of the failure of the Geneva negotiations; attitude to participation of German soldiers in AWACS surveillance flights to enforce the flight prohibition over Bosnia and Herzegovina; consent with military actions of the UN against Serbia as well as attitude to participation of Federal German Armed Forces; attitude to missions of the Federal German Armed Forces in Somalia; judgement on the decision of the Federal Constitutional Court on the Somalia mission of the Federal German Armed Forces; attitude to membership of Germany in the UN Security Council; increased use of men in community service given an excess of persons liable for military service; community service for women; attitude to a conscript army or preference for professional soldiers; attitude to a reduction in the Federal German Armed Forces; assessment of jeopardy to peace in Europe; demand for higher moral standards among politicians; personal desire to become a politician; judgement on the job of the Federal Government and expected improvement in case of an SPD government; expected winner in the next Federal Parliament election; judgement on the resignation of Moellemann; preferred candidate for chancellor for the SPD; attitude to survey of members by the SPD about the future party chairman; attitude to bugging of conversations in private areas to combat organized crime; basic attitude to the idea of socialism; attitude to abortion and party representing the interests of respondenton the abortion question; judgement on the decision of the Federal Constitutional Court on the new regulation of abortion law; preference for an East German or West German candidate for the office of Federal President; preference for Federal President; importance of the office of Federal President; judgement on discontinuation of the proceedings against Erich Honecker; attitude to increased road construction to reduce traffic jams; expected increase in the cost of driving a car; attitude to introduction of freeway tolls; preference for petroleum tax increase or freeway toll; attitude to privatization of freeways; attitude to nuclear power plants; attitude to reduction of time in school at high schools to 12 years; attitude to introduction of nursing care insurance; preference for government or private insurance; preference for division of nursing care costs among government, workers and employers; preference for introduction of a day without pay, elimination of a day of vacation or government holiday to finance nursing care insurance; attitude to a reduced wage increase in the west to achieve equality of wages; desired wage increase above or below the inflation rate; assessment of the increase in wages in Eastern Germany measured on the economic situation; attitude to giving up wage increases in order to secure preservation of jobs; attitude to the recommendation of Lafontaine on reduced increase of wages in Eastern Germany; justified wage differences between East and West Germany; expected wage level for the future; attitude to a limited sacrifice of wage increase in case of a difficult economic situation of the company; attitude to a four-day week with reduction in wages; preference for full-time employment or part-time employment; attitude to reduced entry-level wages for unemployed; judgement on the 26% wage increase scheduled for 1993 in the East German metal industry; assessment of the ability of the companies to handle such an increase; attitude to a strike due to cancellation of the wage agreement in the metal industry; feared loss of jobs from the 26% wage increase; comparison of current situation with situation before the turning point in the GDR regarding general economic situation, personal economic situation, social security, personal freedoms and the relationship to fellow man; attitude to a return to the 40-hour week with or without full compensation; attitude to lengthened working hours for civil servants without salary increase; preference for elimination of the church tax; attitude to increased financial support for Russia; attitude to the Federal Government taking sides with Boris Yeltsin; expected disadvantages for the Germans from political problems in the former Soviet Union; military threat to Germany from problems in of the former Soviet Union; attitude to the move of the government to Berlin and preferred speed of the move; satisfaction with housing; tenant status; judgement on current rent; attitude to application for selection as Olympic site by Berlin and to the change of store closing laws; possession of a telephone; smoker; attitude to a smoking ban in public; retrospect on the last year and prospect for the future year.
Categories Categories
  • Political Attitudes and Behavior
  • Working conditions
  • Migration
  • Media
  • International politics and organisations
  • Conflict, security and peace
  • Political behaviour and attitudes
  • Government, political systems and organisations
  • Elections
  • Economic conditions and indicators
  • Economic policy, public expenditure and revenue
  • Economic systems and development
Old Topics Old Topics
  • 1.1 Working conditions
  • 2.2 Migration
  • 7.5 Health policy
  • 9.2 Mass media
  • 11.2 International politics and organisation
  • 11.3 Conflict, security and peace
  • 11.5 Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
  • 11.6 Government, political systems and organisation
  • 11.7 Elections
  • 15 Transport, travel and mobility
  • 17.4 Economic conditions and indicators
  • 17.5 Economic policy
  • 17.6 Economic systems and development


Geographic Coverage
  • Berlin (DE-BE), with East Berlin
  • Brandenburg (DE-BB)
  • Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (DE-MV)
  • Saxony (DE-SN)
  • Saxony-Anhalt (DE-ST)
  • Thuringia (DE-TH)
UniverseEligible voter living in private households
Analysis Unit Analysis Unit
  • Individual
Sampling Procedure Sampling Procedure
  • Probability: Multistage
  • Probability: Stratified
Random selection
Mode of Collection Mode of Collection
  • Face-to-face interview: Paper-and-pencil (PAPI)
Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Time Method Time Method
  • Longitudinal: Trend/Repeated cross-section
Kind of Data Kind of Data
  • Numeric
  • Text
Data CollectorUSUMA, Berlin
Date of Collection
  • 01.1993 - 12.1993

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 investigation of the months January to July and September to December commissioned by the Second German Television (ZDF). The Politbarometers for 1993 are archived under ZA Study Nos. 2367 to 2377 (West) and 2379 to 2389 (East) as well as in cumulation under ZA Study Nos. 2378 (West) and 2390 (East). Further Politbarometers are archived under ZA Study Nos. 1053, 1275, 1276, 1536, 1762, 1779, 1899, 1901, 1920, 1987, 2101, 2102, 2114, 2160, 2171, 2182, 2194, 2201, 2209, 2221, 2275 as well as 2287.
Number of Units: 11647
Number of Variables: 321
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.