Dataset: Election Study 1957


Political attitudes.
Assessment on democracy in the country.
Attitude towards democracy.
Questions on the east west contrast.
Description of the respondent's economic situation.
Satisfaction in life, leisure-time activities and expectations for the future.


Season preferred by the respondent;
weather dependency of the well-being and extent of the weather dependency;
water scarcity during the last heat wave in July;
suffering during the great heat;
self-assessment of the state of health;
ideal family size;
assumed minimum monthly budget for a family of four;
number of acquaintances;
membership in a group of regulars or a coffee party and frequency of the meetings;
consent to the politics of Adenauer or Ollenhauer;
perception of recent Adenauer or Ollenhauer posters;
preference of bus or railway during longer journeys;
consent to the statement, the life would be the most beautiful if one did not have to work;
assessment of the change of the (economic) situation of the respondent in comparison with the previous year;
assessment of the present income of a worker;
justified income for selected professions;
assessment of the present worker status in comparison with the status in the Third Reich;
support of the rearmament in West Germany;
assessment of the price increase and expected development of the inflation;
support of a reintroduction of price controls;
labour unions or employer as reasons for the price increases;
knowledge of the announced wage claims of the IG-Metal;
consent to a wage increase for the metalworkers;
preference for private capital investments in a savings bank or in gold;
assumed European country with the highest standard of living;
assessment of the fulfilment of the principle of the free choice of occupation and the possibility of studying;
assessment of the possibilities of self-determination;
most important abilities of a member of the Bundestag;
knowledge of the member of the Bundestag who represents the constituency of the respondent;
assessment of the work of the constituency representative;
knowledge of the constituency representative's name, party, place of residence or other details;
perceived political efficacy;
assessment of the representation of interests of the population by the representatives or the representative's own interests;
interest of the respondent to attend a Bundestag meeting;
knowledge of the functioning of the Bundestag and the activities of a representative;
knowledge of the number of representatives in the Bundestag;
assessment of the necessity of a parliament and of representatives;
knowledge of the next Bundestag election date;
participation at the past parliamentary elections;
expected winner of election;
the most capable politician in Germany;
assessment of the election slogans: 'We do not want experiments' and 'we must look for a new way';
importance of the first impression when becoming acquainted with a person (primacy effect);
political knowledge in terms of knowledge about the parties represented in the Bundestag like BHE and FDP;
knowledge of the FDP participation in the government;
assumption about the coming representation of the FDP party in the Bundestag, about the existence of FDP secretaries in the Bundestag and welcoming or regret about the not existence of FDP secretaries;
journeys to selected German cities within the last three years;
undertaken or planned vacation trips in the year of the interview;
geographical knowledge test by picture presentations of select buildings like Eiffelturm, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Acropolis, Cheops pyramid, Hall of Liberation, Cologne Cathedral;
doubts about the objectivity of the jurisdiction and decisions of the municipal authority at adopted social differences of the persons concerned;
understanding of democracy;
interest in politics;
perceived freedom of speech;
preference for a leadership or a democratic executive committee (split);
attitude towards a revival of a national socialist party;
attitude towards demonstrations;
frequency of reading newspaper;
knowledge about the distribution of the parties in the latest opinion polls;
knowledge of the election campaign statement that an electoral victory of the SPD party means the decline of Germany;
knowledge of the originator of this statement and assumed motive of the originator;
attitude towards such election campaign statements (split);
most important criteria for a Bundestag applicant;
influence or place solidarity as preferred features of a member of the Bundestag from the own constituency (split);
subscription of a superregional or local newspaper in the household;
confidence in the press;
frequency of reading selected newspapers and magazines;
frequency of cinema visits;
knowledge of the legislation system in the parliament;
actual waste of money in Bonn or exaggeration by the media;
knowledge of the department with the highest financial expenditure;
most important political aims and wishes (scale);
attitude towards the construction of modern churches;
conversations about selected current political and social themes (scale);
preference for continuity or change by politicians (split);
support of the rearmament;
belief in the possibility of being able to go to the moon or other stars within 50 years;
assumption about the military possibility of America and Russia regarding remote controlled rockets (split);
knowledge of the Russian satellites and attitude towards experimental use of an animal on this satellite for space experiments;
technical advantage of America or Russia at present and within 50 years (split);
attitude towards Russia overcoming America concerning rockets;
assumption about a greater progress in a democracy or a dictatorship;
Russian rocket successes by German researchers who had been taken to Russia after the war;
other living beings in the universe;
attitude towards technological progress and towards nuclear energy;
knowledge of the abbreviation UN;
perception of inflation and activities of the government concerning stability of prices (split);
assessment of the success of the German foreign policy and the breaking off of the diplomatic relations to Yugoslavia;
assessment of the loyalty of the USA towards West Germany in case of war;
assessment of the military strength of the Soviet Union and the Americans in case of war;
knowledge of the partial membership of the secretaries in the Federal Government;
attitude towards a female secretary in the Federal Government and preferred department for a female secretary;
knowledge of the legislation system: by government or parliament;
preference for a black red golden or black white red federal flag;
readiness for a membership in a political party;
respondent's participation at a party meeting (since 1945) and name of the party;
knowledge of persons who have taken part in an election meeting with Adenauer;
assessment of a presented caricature as an injury of Christian faith;
attitude towards the ban on such caricatures;
knowledge of leading SPD members;
preferred chairmanship of the SPD;
importance of the proportional representation of Roman Catholic and Protestant secretaries in the government;
knowledge of the secretaries in the Federal Government and assessment of the secretaries;
preference for a united party or party variety in the Federal Republic;
radio listening and preferred radio programmes;
satisfaction with the radio programme;
frequency of listening to newscasts on the radio;
possession of a television receiver;
frequency of watching the news on television;
possession of long-lastingly commodities in the household;
equipment of the household with selected objects of utilities;
possession of a two-wheeled vehicle;
possession of a car;
household utensils which are prerequisite for an adequate standard of living;
comparison of the actual possessions and appliances wished for an adequate standard of living;
satisfaction with the apartment or desire for a change;
living status;
preferred furnishing style for a living room after picture presentation;
preferred furniture style (picture presentation, split);
preferred architectural style of a residential building (picture presentation);
interest in private property;
preference for rented apartment or save money for a private residential building;
willingness for a hire-purchase;
assessment of the political influence of the (Roman Catholic, Split) church in West Germany;
preference for planned economy or free economy;
attitude towards the introduction of a monarchy;
thoughts on Christmas presents and handing over of the presents as a surprise;
human destiny controlled by the stars;
faith in horoscopes;
change of life at a hypothetical new beginning;
general life satisfaction;
satisfaction with the own life course;
wishes for change in life and listing of good intensions concerning e.g. one's consumer behaviour, the religious behaviour, the general behaviour towards fellow beings sporty behaviour, working more, being more assertive and relaxed, played card games during leisure time, board games, parlour games;
self classification as happy;
knowledge of Nefertiti by means of a picture presentation and assignment to the country of origin;
knowledge of the cosmetic company which uses it as a symbol;
preferred sporting leisure activity and attendance of sporting events;
playing with children.


Federal state;
size of place;
status as a refugee and country of origin;
wish to return to respondent's country of origin at an assumed reunification of Germany;
date of birth;
school-leaving qualification;
professional position;
suffered damage for the family by the denazification;
type of insurance: invalid, employee or miner's guild insurance;
present pension salary of the respondent or breadwinner from the invalid, employee or miner's guild insurance or additional pension salary;
kind of the pension;
effect of the reform of pensions on own pension amount or on other household members' pension;
further training (attended general or occupational classes, learning of languages, reading of books and professional journals);
net income of the household;
respondent's income increased within the last half a year and income development expected within the next half a year;
living solitarily in the household;
size of household;
living in a retirement home;
composition of the household;
marital status;
year of divorce;
reason for the divorce;
cooking person in the household;
monthly expense for food per person in the household;
labour union membership;
sporty exercise;
membership in a sports club and activity in the sports club;
membership in the union of the taxpayers or union of new monarchists;
military service in the 2nd World War and military rank;
right to vote;
intention to vote at the coming parliamentary elections and certainty of the own participation;
relevance of the election results;
party preference (Sunday question);
affinity to a party;
membership of the respondent or a household member in a book club and name of the book club;
number of books bought last year.

Interviewer rating:

social classification of the respondent;
acquaintance of the interviewer with the respondent before the interview;
presence of partner during the interview;
respondent's interest in the interview;
assessment of the interview duration as good or too long;
assumed intelligence of the respondent;
weekday of the interview;
interview duration.

Variable Groups

Document Description

Full Title

Election Study 1957

Study Description

Full Title

Election Study 1957

Identification Number


Authoring Entity

Name Affiliation
Institut für Demoskopie, Allensbach


Name Affiliation Abbreviation Role
GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences (archive release data set and DDI documentation), GESIS

Date of Production


Place of Production

Cologne, Germany

Data Distributor

Name Affiliation Abbreviation
GESIS Data Archive for the Social Sciences GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, Cologne, Germany GESIS


Version 2.0.0 (2015-08-25), doi:10.4232/1.11991

Date: 2015-08-25

Type: GESIS archive edition

Version Responsibility Statement

GESIS Data Archive for the Social Sciences

Bibliographic Citation

Institut für Demoskopie, Allensbach (2015):
Election Study 1957. GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA3272 Data file Version 2.0.0, doi:10.4232/1.11991.

Topic Classification

  • Political Attitudes and Behavior
  • Leisure, tourism and sport
  • Social conditions and indicators
  • Social behaviour and attitudes
  • Mass media
  • Mass political behaviour, attitudes / opinion
  • Government, political systems and organisation
  • Elections
  • Social stratification and groupings
  • Economic policy
  • Economic systems and development

Geographic Coverage

Germany FRG incl. West Berlin


Persons 16 years old and older

Time Method

1957-08 - 1957-11
The survey times:
November as a by-election study.

Data Collector

Institut fuer Demoskopie, Allensbach

Sampling Procedure

Quota selection

Mode of Data Collection

Oral survey with standardized questionnaire

Availability Status


Access Authority

Name Affiliation E-mail address Universal Resource Identifier

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Further Remarks

The data set contains the data of four trend surveys with approx. 2000 respondents each. Two surveys were conducted in August, a further in September and the last in November 1957 as a by-election study.
Questions posed identically in the individual examinations were cumulated in a form such that they are in one variable underneath each other.

Data Files Description

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Overall Case Count


Overall Variable Count


Type of File

Nesstar 200801


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