Dataset: Election Study 1972 (Panel: Preliminary Investigations, September - October 1972, October - November 1972; Follow-Up Survey, December 1972)

Abstract

Topics:


1. Pre-election questionnaire, September - October 1972:
state of the economy;
political interest, media exposure and attention;
party preferences;
government and opposition performance;
position on politics toward the Soviet Union and German Democratic Republic (GDR);
satisfaction with democracy;
political knowledge: awareness of political figures;
sympathy scale: chancellor candidates;
sympathy scale: parties;
turnout and vote choice;
government and coalition preference;
chancellor candidate preference;
better candidate for minister of economic affairs;
effects of party win on personal financial situation;
most important problems in the country;
party performance on most important problems;
party identification;
expected winner of the coming elections;
interest in labor unions.

Demography:

age;
sex;
marital status;
occupation;
employment status;
education;
head of household;
employment status and occupation of head of household;
size of household;
number of persons aged 18 and over;
number of persons in the household with independent income;
household income;
respondent or someone else in the household is a refugee or an expellee;
union member in the household;
religious denomination;
frequency of church attendance;
type of town (degree of urbanization);
respondent lives in an area with new housing developments.


2. Pre-election questionnaire, October - November 1972:

state of the economy;
political interest, media exposure and attention;
party preferences;
government and opposition performance;
position on politics toward the Soviet Union and German Democratic Republic (GDR);
satisfaction with democracy;
political knowledge: awareness of political figures;
sympathy scale: chancellor candidates;
sympathy scale: parties;
turnout and vote choice;
government and coalition preference;
chancellor candidate preference;
better candidate for minister of economic affairs;
effects of party win on personal financial situation;
most important problems in the country;
party performance on most important problems;
party identification;
expected winner of the coming elections;
interest in labor unions;
political efficacy.

Demography:

sex;
age;
marital status;
occupation;
employment status;
education;
head of household;
employment status and occupation of head of household;
size of household;
household income;
interest in church activities;
religious denomination;
frequency of church attendance;
type of town (degree of urbanization);
respondent lives in an area with new housing developments.


3. Post-election questionnaire, December 1972:

state of the economy;
political interest;
post turnout, and vote choice;
satisfaction with democracy;
right people in leading positions;
policy and attitudes toward German Democratic Republic (GDR);
sympathy scale: chancellor candidates;
sympathy scale: parties;
better candidate for minister of economic affairs;
effect of newly formed government on personal financial situation;
party Identification;
expected election win of the SPD and FDP coalition;
campaign mobilization and engagement in the political process;
reception and attitudes toward election debate;
attitude towards campaigns;
campaign finance regulation;
importance of chancellor candidate for personal vote choice;
importance of chancellor candidate for election outcomes;
party preferences;
importance of election campaign for personal vote choice.

Demography:

sex;
religious denomination;
age (month and year of birth);
generation;
respondent's parents' party preference;
strength of parent's party preference;
parents for Hitler;
father's occupation;
party membership of the respondent;
voting behavior 1969 (party 2nd vote and first vote);
respondent' financial situation in 1 year.


Additionally coded was:

interview number;
interviewer-id;
weight;
panel wave filter;
federal state;
district;
size of town;
date of interview (2nd wave);
questionnaire form (wave 1);
summary party preference ranking.

Variable Groups

Document Description

Full Title

Election Study 1972 (Panel: Preliminary Investigations, September - October 1972, October - November 1972; Follow-Up Survey, December 1972)

Study Description

Full Title

Election Study 1972 (Panel: Preliminary Investigations, September - October 1972, October - November 1972; Follow-Up Survey, December 1972)

Identification Number

ZA0635E

Authoring Entity

Name Affiliation
Berger, Manfred Lehrstuhl für politische Wissenschaft, Universität Mannheim
Wildenmann, Rudolf Lehrstuhl für politische Wissenschaft, Universität Mannheim
Schleth, Uwe Lehrstuhl für politische Wissenschaft, Universität Mannheim
Kaase, Max Lehrstuhl für politische Wissenschaft, Universität Mannheim
Gibowski, Wolfgang G. Lehrstuhl für politische Wissenschaft, Universität Mannheim
Roth, Dieter Lehrstuhl für politische Wissenschaft, Universität Mannheim

Producer

Name Affiliation Abbreviation Role
GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences (archive release data set and DDI documentation), http://www.gesis.org/ GESIS

Date of Production

2015-12-08

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

Version 4.0.0 (2015-12-08), doi:10.4232/1.12414

Date: 2015-12-08

Type: GESIS archive edition

Version Responsibility Statement

GESIS Data Archive for the Social Sciences

Bibliographic Citation

Berger, Manfred; Wildenmann, Rudolf; Schleth, Uwe; Kaase, Max; Gibowski, Wolfgang G.; Roth, Dieter (2015):
Election Study 1972 (Panel: Preliminary Investigations, September - October 1972, October - November 1972; Follow-Up Survey, December 1972). GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA0635 Data file Version 4.0.0, doi:10.4232/1.12414.

Topic Classification

  • Political Attitudes and Behavior
  • Political Issues
  • Mass political behaviour, attitudes / opinion
  • Government, political systems and organisation
  • Elections

Geographic Coverage

Germany FRG without West Berlin

Universe

Population eligible to vote, aged 18 years and older

Time Method

Preliminary Investigation, September - October 1972:
1972-09-23 - 1972-10-11

Preliminary Investigation, October - November 1972:
1972-10-20 - 1972-11-06

Follow-Up Survey, December 1972:
1972-12-09 - 1972-12-30

Data Collector

INFRATEST, Munich

Sampling Procedure

Probability Sample: Multistage Stratified Random Sample

Mode of Data Collection

Face-to-face interview

Availability Status

A

Access Authority

Name Affiliation E-mail address Universal Resource Identifier

Related Materials

Codebooks

English
ZA0635_cdb_en.pdf

German
ZA0635_cdb.pdf

ZA0635_fb.pdf
(Questionnaire)

Datasets

SPSS English
ZA0635_v4-0-0_en.sav

SPSS German
ZA0635_v4-0-0.sav

SPSS portable English
ZA0635_v4-0-0_en.por

SPSS portable German
ZA0635_v4-0-0.por

Stata English
ZA0635_v4-0-0_en.dta

Stata German
ZA0635_v4-0-0.dta

ZA0635_Correspondence_List.pdf
English (Other Document)

ZA0635_Korrespondenzliste.pdf
German (Other Document)

ZA0635_mb.pdf
(Method Report)

Related Publications

Related Publications

Kaase, Max:
Die Bundestagswahl 1972: Probleme und Analysen.
In: Politische Vierteljahresschrift, 14, 1973, S. 145 - 190.


Gibowski, Wolfgang G.:
Der Effekt unterschiedlicher Platzierung der Wahlabsichten im Fragebogen.
In: Politische Vierteljahresschrift, 14, 1973, S. 275 - 294.

Other References Note

Further Remarks

The current data set comprises all data of a three-wave panel survey (former archived as ZA Study Nos. 0635, 0636, and 0637) and is now available as a complete data set. The variables of the different waves have been arranged one below the other. For information on identical variables in the three waves, check the correspondence list.

The questionnaire for the waves 1 and 2 is largely identical. In the third wave, there were a couple of additional questions to respondent's voting decision and the results of the election.

A split questionnaire was used in the first wave with the following characteristic: with one part of the respondents the question of voting intention was placed relatively early in the survey, in the other part not until the end of the survey, in order to control for the effect of a different placement of the question.

Data Files Description

File Name

ZA0635-4.0.NSDstat

Overall Case Count

2052

Overall Variable Count

371

Type of File

Nesstar 200801

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