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ZA2765: Politbarometer West 1995 (Cumulated Data Set)

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Citation Citation Berger, Manfred; Jung, Matthias; Roth, Dieter (1996): Politbarometer West 1995 (Cumulated Data Set). GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA2765 Data file Version 1.0.0,
Study No.ZA2765
TitlePolitbarometer West 1995 (Cumulated Data Set)
Current Version1.0.0, 2010-4-13, (Publication Year 1996)
Date of Collection01.1995 - 12.1995
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


AbstractCumulated data set of the Politbarometers for 1995. Judgement on parties and politicians before and after the Federal Parliament election. Attitude to current political questions. Topics: The following topics were repeated identically at every time of survey: most important political problems in the Federal Republic; party preference (Sunday question, rank order procedure); party inclination and party identification; behavior at the polls in the last Federal Parliament election; sympathy scale for the parties and selected politicians; self-assessment on a left-right continuum; jeopardy to one´s own job; jeopardy to the job of close persons; expected development of the economic situation in Germany; union membership; religiousness; survey date. The following questions were posed in at least one or more survey months: coalition preference; satisfaction with the achievements of the Federal Government and the opposition; most important politicians in Germany; position of the FDP in the government coalition; judgement on FDP chairman Gerhard; FDP as extraneous party; assessment of the renewal of the PDS; attitude to a government participation of the PDS; attitude to a red-green minority government in Berlin with toleration by the PDS; judgement on the red-green coalition in North Rhine-Westphalia and assessment of further development; assessment of the reputation of party chairmen Scharping and Kohl in their parties; stronger left-orientation of the SPD under chairman Lafontaine; judgement on Scharping as candidate for federal chancellor in the next Federal Parliament election; alternative candidate for chancellor for the SPD; preference for federal chancellor; Scharping or Schroeder as better candidates against Federal Chancellor Kohl; attitude to a renewed candidacy of Kohl in the next Federal Parliament election; judgement on the status of unification and the condition of society; comparison of condition of society in Germany with that of Western European neighbors; judgement on current and future economic situation of the country as well as of respondent; issue competence of the current Federal Government or an SPD-led Federal Government regarding improvement in economic situation in East and West; satisfaction with democracy; the right people in leading positions; interest in politics; justified dissatisfaction of the East Germans with their current living conditions; adequate effort of the Federal Government to achieve equivalent living conditions in East and West; expected period for achieving equal conditions in East and West; attitude to a reduction in subsidies due to waste of public funds in rebuilding the East; attitude to union of Brandenburg and Berlin into one common state; attitude to an increased acceptance of international political responsibility by united Germany; desire for German pressure on Russia to end the war in Chechnya; problems of the former Soviet Union as danger to Germany; desire for an active role for Michael Gorbachev in Russian politics; Gorbachev or Yelzin as preferred Russian president; attitude to continuation of support for Boris Yeltsin by the West; attitude to an eastern extension of the NATO; capitulation of the German Reich on 8 May 1945 as defeat or liberation; significance of this day; significance of a good relationship with German neighboring countries; National Socialism as a current danger in Germany; attitude to an increased intervention of the UN in Bosnia; attitude to German participation in the UN protective troops in Bosnia; general judgement on the military action of UN and NATO in Bosnia; attitude to participation of German fighter planes; attitude to a reduction in troop level by the Federal German Armed Forces and to the below-ground nuclear tests by France in the South Pacific; SPD as better government alternative; judgement on the solidarity tax to finance German unity; extent of individual impact by the topic Auschwitz; visit to Eastern Germany since the border opening or in the last year; vacation destination in the last year; attitude to speed limits given high ozone values; preferred treatment of cars with catalytic converter during ozone alarm; closing the centers of town for car traffic during ozone alarm; attitude to a reduction in working hours to a four-day-week with corresponding wage reduction; job preservation through sacrifice in wages; attitude to Saturday work in industry; judgement on the salary demands of the IG-Metall {metal workers´ union} in the wage negotiations or to wage demands in the amount of the rate of inflation; attitude to a strike to achieve the demands of the IG-Metall; attitude to introduction of the 35-hour work week, as was scheduled in the wage agreement of the metal industry; attitude to the recommendation of IG-Metall chairman Zwickel for wage increases only at the level of the rate of inflation to create additional jobs; perceived threat of crime; advantageousness of membership of the country in the European Union; attitude to a common European currency; comparison of the stability of the DM {German Mark} with the common European currency; necessity of a common currency; most able Federal party regarding currency stability; attitude to government support of German hard coal after elimination of the coal subsidy tax; attitude to an additional tax instead of the coal subsidy tax; concern for harm to health from BSE; general attitude to foreigners in Germany; attitude to immediate deportation of Kurds rejected as applicants for political asylum or who have committed a criminal offence in Germany; attitude to German pressure on Turkey to end the war Kurdistan; attitude to delivery of weapons by Germany to the NATO partner Turkey; expected outcome of the UN climate conference in Berlin; attitude to reduction in welfare; assumptions about the extent of abuse of welfare; attitude to construction of further nuclear power plants in Germany; attitude to a shut-down of existing nuclear power plants; attitude to construction of safe nuclear power plants; attitude to the blockade of transport of fuel elements in the so-called Castor containers; judgement on the action of government offices in the so-called plutonium scandal in Bavaria; conclusion of dealing with the GDR past; judgement on the decision for the move of the Federal Government to Berlin; attitude to abortion; attitude to covering the Berlin Reichstag by Christo; knowledge about financing this art event; attitude to the idea of communism; judgement on the amount of compensation for members of parliament as well as coupling this income with the payment of Federal Judges; attitude to the ammendment to the constitution due to the parliamentary allowance; attitude to an extension of business hours; attitude to the so-called large bugging operation; perceived differences between Eastern and Western as well as between Northern and Southern Germany; retrospect on the current year and prospect for the coming year.
Categories Categories
  • Political Attitudes and Behavior
  • Working conditions
  • Leisure, tourism and sport
  • Social conditions and indicators
  • Conflict, security and peace
  • Political behaviour and attitudes
  • Government, political systems and organisations
  • Elections
  • Energy and natural resources
  • Economic conditions and indicators
  • Economic policy, public expenditure and revenue
  • Economic systems and development
Old Topics Old Topics
  • 1.1 Working conditions
  • 5.1 Leisure, tourism and sport
  • 5.6 Social conditions and indicators
  • 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
  • 16.2 Natural resources and energy
  • 17.4 Economic conditions and indicators
  • 17.5 Economic policy
  • 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 telephone
Analysis Unit Analysis Unit
  • Individual
Sampling Procedure Sampling Procedure
  • Probability: Systematic random
Sample according to the RLD procedure (randomize last digit)
Mode of Collection Mode of Collection
  • Telephone interview
Telephone interview (CATI) 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
  • 01.1995 - 12.1995 (January till July September till December)

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 trend survey commissioned by the second German television (ZDF). The Politbarometers for 1995 are archived under ZA Study Nos. 2766 to 2776 (East) and 2754 to 2764 (West) as well as archived in cumulation under ZA Study Nos. 2777 (East) and 2765 (West). 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, 2378, 2390, 2546 and 2559. A Politbarometer time series as of 1977 with selected variables is archived under ZA Study No. 2291.
Number of Units: 11222
Number of Variables: 237
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.