Dataset: Election Study 1976 (Panel: Initial Investigation, May - June 1976, August - September 1976; Follow-Up Survey, October - November 1976)

Abstract

Three-wave panel study on judgement on parties and politicians.
Satisfaction with government as well as the existing party system and evaluation of the election campaign.

It was attempted to operationalize the individual constructs repeatedly.

In the individual waves in large part identical questions were posed.


Topics:

1. First pre-election investigation:

political interest of respondent;
behavior at the polls in the Federal Parliament election 1972 and voting intent in the Federal Parliament election 1976;
good and bad sides of the parties;
expected influence of the election result on the financial situation of respondent;
party preference and sympathy scale for the parties, government, opposition and leading politicians;
coalition preferences and preferred federal chancellor;
political satisfaction and strength of effect;
understanding of the terms 'left' and 'right';
placing the parties and self-assessment on a left-right continuum;
evaluation of political terms such as 'right', 'left' and 'liberal';
evaluation of the representation of one's own interests;
attitude to direct election of the European Parliament;
judgement on the economic situation;
most important problems of the Federal Republic;
issue competence of the parties;
assessment of the standpoints of the parties regarding economic decisions by the state or entrepreneurs, public order vs. personal freedom, social security through personal initiative vs. government supports and the political influence of the churches;
personal change in party voted for;
expected winner of the Federal Parliament election 1976;
attitude to a 'fourth party';
general contentment with life;
membership in a trade union;
party preference.

Demography:
age;
sex;
marital status;
religious denomination;
religiousness;
school education;
occupation;
employment;
professional career;
household income;
size of household;
head of household;
housing situation;
interest in politics;
party inclination;
party identification.


2. Second pre-election investigation:

economic situation of the Federal Republic;
political interest and political participation;
behavior at the polls in the Federal Parliament election 1972 and voting intent 1976;
use of the terms 'right' and 'left';
expected influence of the election result on one's own financial situation;
party preference (list procedure and rank order procedure);
sympathy scale for the parties, the government, the opposition and selected politicians;
coalition preference;
attitude to the candidates for chancellor;
parties one cannot vote for;
necessity for a new party and attitude to a 'fourth party';
characterization of an ideal party;
judgement on appropriately filling leading positions;
placing the parties on left-right semi-scales;
classification of parties and self on a left-right continuum;
most important problems of the FRG;
issue competence of the parties;
evaluation of the election campaign;
personal change in party voted for;
expected winner of the Federal Parliament election 1976;
evaluation of the influence of Strauss;
attitude to nuclear power plants;
general contentment with life;
description of residential area and neighborhood.

Demography:
age;
sex;
marital status;
religious denomination;
religiousness;
school education;
occupation;
employment;
household income;
size of household;
head of household;
housing situation;
interest in politics;
party inclination;
party identification;
membership.


3. By-election investigation:

behavior at the polls in the Federal Parliament elections 1972 and 1976;
evaluation of the election and the parties;
satisfaction with the election;
party preference (rank order procedure);
party identification of the neighborhood;
sympathy scale for the parties and most important politicians;
party one cannot vote for;
necessity of a new party;
judgement on appropriately filling leading political positions;
evaluation of the stability of current party connections;
assessment of parties and self on a right-left continuum as well as placing the parties on left-right semi-scales;
evaluation of the election campaign and election campaign broadcasts on television;
personal election campaign activities;
coalition preference in the Saarland and in Lower Saxony;
judgement on the claim to government by the CDU/CSU;
preferred federal chancellor;
attitude to abortion and divorce regulations;
judgement on the economic situation of the Federal Republic and economic recovery;
elements of a fear of the future;
political interest.

Demography:
age;
sex;
marital status;
religious denomination;
religiousness;
head of household;
party inclination;
party identification;
membership.


Interviewer rating:

with each of the three waves the following were estimated:
willingness of respondent to cooperate;
presence of other persons;
number of contact attempts;
length of interview;
time of day of interview;
weekday of interview and date of interview (only in the first and second wave).

Also encoded were:
identification of interviewer and city code.

Variable Groups

Document Description

Full Title

Election Study 1976 (Panel: Initial Investigation, May - June 1976, August - September 1976; Follow-Up Survey, October - November 1976)

Study Description

Full Title

Election Study 1976 (Panel: Initial Investigation, May - June 1976, August - September 1976; Follow-Up Survey, October - November 1976)

Identification Number

ZA0823E

Authoring Entity

Name Affiliation
Berger, Manfred Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim
Gibowski, Wolfgang G. Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim
Gruber, Edelgard Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim
Roth, Dieter Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim
Schulte, Wolfgang Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim
Kaase, Max ZUMA, Mannheim
Klingemann, Hans-Dieter ZUMA, Mannheim
Schleth, Uwe Universität Heidelberg

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

2015-10-21

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 3.0.0 (2015-10-21), doi:10.4232/1.11982

Date: 2015-10-21

Type: GESIS archive edition

Version Responsibility Statement

GESIS Data Archive for the Social Sciences

Bibliographic Citation

Berger, Manfred; Gibowski, Wolfgang G.; Gruber, Edelgard; Roth, Dieter; Schulte, Wolfgang; Kaase, Max; Klingemann, Hans-Dieter; Schleth, Uwe (2015):
Election Study 1976 (Panel: Initial Investigation, May - June 1976,August - September 1976; Follow-Up Survey, October - November 1976). GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA0823 Data file Version 3.0.0, doi:10.4232/1.11982.

Topic Classification

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

Geographic Coverage

Germany FRG without West Berlin

Universe

Persons 18 years old and older

Time Method

1976-05 - 1976-11

Data Collector

GETAS, Bremen

Sampling Procedure

Multi-stage stratified random sample

Mode of Data Collection

Oral survey with standardized questionnaire

Availability Status

A

Access Authority

Name Affiliation E-mail address Universal Resource Identifier

Related Materials

ZA0823_fb.pdf
German (Questionnaire)

Datasets

SPSS English
ZA0823_v3-0-0_en.sav

SPSS German
ZA0823_v3-0-0.sav

SPSS portable English
ZA0823_v3-0-0_en.por

SPSS portable German
ZA0823_v3-0-0.por

Stata English
ZA0823_v3-0-0_en.dta

Stata German
ZA0823_v3-0-0.dta

ZA0823_Korrespondenzliste.pdf
German (Other Document)

ZA0823_correspondence_list.pdf
English (Other Document)

ZA0823_mb.pdf
German (Method Report)

Related Publications

Related Publications

Berger, Manfred; Gibowski, Wolfgang G.; Schulte, Wolfgang:
Bundestagswahl 1976: Politik und Sozialstruktur.
In: Zeitschrift für Parlamentsfragen, 2, 1977, S. 198 - 231.


Berger, Manfred:
Stabilität und Intensität von Parteineigung.
In: Politische Vierteljahresschrift, 18, 1977, S. 501 - 509.


Gibowski, Wolfgang G.:
Die Bedeutung der Links-Rechts-Dimension als Bezugsrahmen für politische Präferenzen.
In: Politische Vierteljahresschrift, 18, 1977, S. 600 - 626.


Gruber, Edelgard:
Politische Ziele, aktuelle Probleme und Wahlverhalten.
In: Politische Vierteljahresschrift, 18, 1977, S. 573 - 599.


Kaase, Max:
Politische Meinungsforschung in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland.
In: Politische Vierteljahresschrift, 18, 1977, S. 452 - 475.


Klingemann, Hans-Dieter; Taylor, Charles Lewis:
Affektive Parteiorientierung, Kanzlerkandidaten und Issues.
In: Politische Vierteljahresschrift, 18, 1977, S. 301 - 347.


Roth, Dieter:
Ökonomische Situation und Wahlverhalten: Das Beispiel Arbeitslosigkeit.
In: Politische Vierteljahresschrift, 19, 1977, S. 537 - 550.


Schulte, Wolfgang:
Stabilität, Wechsel und Antwortunsicherheit der Wahlabsicht in den Wahlstudien 1976 und 1972.
In: Politische Vierteljahresschrift, 18, 1977, S. 627 - 643.


Rattinger, Hans:
Collective and individual economic judgements and voting in West Germany 1961 - 1984.
In: European Journal of Political Research, 14, 1986, S. 393 - 420

Other References Note

Further Remarks

The number of cases specified refers to persons interviewed in the first wave. 1529 persons were interviewed in the second wave and another 1196 in the third wave. The datasets of all three waves are cumulated in one dataset yet. 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 following studies are available as comparable representative election studies: ZA Study No. 0145 (Federal Parliament elections 1953), ZA Study No. 0055-0057 (BTW 1961, trend studies), ZA Study No. 0556 (BTW 1965 Initial Investigation), ZA Study No. 314 (BTW 1965 follow-up survey), ZA Study Nos. 0426 and 0427 (BTW 1969, panel study), ZA Study No. 0525 (BTW 1969), ZA Study Nos. 0635-0637 (BTW 1972, panel study) and ZA Study No. 1053 (BTW 1980 trend study). Please also check the Data Catalogue group 'German Election studies 1949-2009'.

Data Files Description

File Name

ZA0823-3.0.NSDstat

Overall Case Count

2076

Overall Variable Count

563

Type of File

Nesstar 200801

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