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ZA4559: Post-Election Survey on the National Parliament Election 2005 - German CSES Study (Pilot)

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  • ZA4559.dta (Dataset Stata) 406 KBytes
  • ZA4559.por (Dataset SPSS Portable) 739 KBytes
  • ZA4559.sav (Dataset SPSS) 539 KBytes


  • ZA4559_fb.pdf (Questionnaire) 416 KBytes


  • ZA4559_cod.pdf (Codebook) 661 KBytes

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  • ZA4559_mb.pdf (Method Report) 33 KBytes
  • ZA4559_r.pdf (Report) 195 KBytes
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Bibliographic Citation

Citation Citation Weßels, Bernhard (2007): Post-Election Survey on the National Parliament Election 2005 - German CSES Study (Pilot). GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA4559 Data file Version 1.0.0,
Study No.ZA4559
TitlePost-Election Survey on the National Parliament Election 2005 - German CSES Study (Pilot)
Current Version1.0.0, 2010-4-13, (Publication Year 2007)
Date of Collection21.09.2005 - 05.10.2005
Principal Investigator/ Authoring Entity, Institution
  • Weßels, Bernhard - Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB), Berlin


AbstractAttitude towards parties and politicians after the parliamentary elections. Voting behaviour and political knowledge. Topics: Most important political issues in Germany; the most competent party to resolve these issues; significance of the ruling party for the respondent; assessment of the last parliamentary elections regarding correctness and fairness; judgment of the performance of the Federal Government during the last 3 years; representation of one’s personal views by a party and a favourite candidate; favourite candidate as well as party which represents the view of the respondent most likely; sympathy scale for the parties CDU, CSU, SPD, FDP, B90/Die Grünen, Die Linke/PDS and NPD as well as for Gerhard Schröder, Angela Merkel, Edmund Stoiber, Guido Westerwelle, Joschka Fischer, Gregor Gysi, Oskar Lafontaine and Udo Voigt; self-assessment on a left-right continuum as well as left-right classification of the parties; perceived differences between the parties; personal attention to the election campaign; satisfaction with democracy; satisfaction with the range of political offers and the proposals for solution by the parties; party affiliation and name of this party; party identification; participation at the last parliamentary elections in 2005 and recall (first vote and second vote); non voters were asked: party preference; consideration of an alternative second vote; second preference of the second vote; ineligible party; participation at the parliamentary elections in 2002 and recall (first vote and second vote); knowledge test of the parties` positions on selected issues: introduction of a so called Bürgerversicherung (health insurance), revision of the Hartz IV reforms as well as phasing out nuclear energy. Demography: Age (year of birth); sex; highest school education; marital status; living together with a partner; labour union membership; Labour union member in the household; membership in a businessman or employers´ federation, a farmers` organisation or a professional organization; employment; work in the past; profession (ISCO 88); education degree required for the profession; professional position; area of business; employment and professional position of the partner; profession and area of business of the partner (ISCO 88); household net income; size of household; number of children in the household; frequency of church attendance; self classification of the religiousness; denomination; spoken language in the household; federal state; degree of urbanization. Additionally coded was: Constituency number; size of town; Federal State (Berlin separated in east and west); weighting factors.
Categories Categories
  • Political Attitudes and Behavior
Topics Topics
  • 11.5 Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
  • 11.6 Government, political systems and organisation
  • 11.7 Elections


Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
UniversePopulation entitled to vote living in private households in the Federal Republic of Germany. The execution of telephone interviews reduces the population to ´German persons as of 18 years in households with telephone´.
Analysis Unit Analysis Unit
  • Individual
Sampling Procedure Sampling Procedure
  • Probability: Multistage
  • Probability: Stratified
The sampling is based on the Infratest Telephone Master Sample (ITMS) which was built up for this study and should lead to distortionless samples (particularly to avoid the not-at-home bias). The ITMS is conceived as a multistratified household sample on area basis with a random sampling of the aim person in the household by Schwedenschlüssel. The Random-Digit Dialing is carried out in accordance with the ADM- standard (Gabler-Häder method). Distinctive for this method is that the so-called ´random last two digits (RL2D)´ of the phone numbers isn´t converted in the context of an individual samples but that this step of randomization is already implemented in the context of the construction of the sampling basis. It guarantees that also those telephone connections which aren´t listed in the telephone directory are contained in the sampling basis and can be drawn distortionlessly.
Mode of Collection Mode of Collection
  • Telephone interview
Telephone survey with standardised questionnaire
Time Method Time Method
  • Cross-section
Kind of Data Kind of Data
  • Numeric
Data CollectorInfratest dimap, Berlin
Date of Collection
  • 21.09.2005 - 05.10.2005

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 data set contains two samples: East and West Germany. Disproportional sample.
Number of Units: 2018
Number of Variables: 152
Analysis System(s): SPSS


  • Schmitt, Hermann; Weßels, Bernhard: Meaningful Choices: Under which conditions do general elections provide a meaningful choice set, and what happens if they don`t? 2005: Revised Draft of a Paper for CSES III
Relevant full texts
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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).