Dataset: Election Study 1983 (Panel)

Variable V297: 3:WHY SPD LOST VOTES

Literal Question

Q.13 What factors were, in your mind, responsible for the
fact that the SPD lost so many votes?
(Interviewer: Allow only one responses)
Reference to political issues
01. Unemployment
02. Public debt, governmental indebtedness, fiscal
policy
03. Economic policy in general, economic crisis,
budget policy
04. Policy concerning pensions
05. Policy concerning aliens, foreign workers
06. Education, education policy
07. Other domestic policy issues
08. Peace policy, defense policy, alliance policy
(NATO, United States)
09. Foreign policy (other than coded under 08)
Reference to performance of government and politicians
10. General statements about government performance
(e.g. had not done anything, passed bad laws, have
messed things up, did not keep promises, bad
performance)
11. Attrition (e.g. had been in government too long,
worn out, not credible, had lost confidence)
12. Vogel (wrong candidate, too honest)
13. Schmidt
14. Leaders or leading team (including individual
politicians like Brandt, Wehner)
15. Bad politicians, bad team, not the right people
16. Kohl (expect more from Kohl, has promised more)
17. 'The turn'
18. Other statements referring to government per-
formance or politicians
Reference to political parties
20. SPD is too much to the right, not a workers'party
anymore
21. SPD is too much to the left, socialism fails,
rapprochement to Moscow
22. SPD is at variance, in disagreement
23. Other statements about the SPD as a party
24. References to the FDP: betrayal, breach of trust,
Genscher, change towards the CDU/CSU
25. References to the Greens: too much distance from
the Greens, did not want to cooperate with them
26. References to the Greens: too little distance from
the Greens, wanted to join in with them
27. References to the CDU/CSU - positive:
CDU is the better party, gave hope
28. References to the CDU/CSU - negative:
talk about economic upswing, people were tricked in
29. Other references to parties
Reference to election campaign and voting behavior
30. SPD had wrong campaign e.g. too factual, too
technical, not persuading
31. Misleading campaign of the CDU
32. Other statements abbout the campaign (without
reference to the SPD or CDU)
33. SPD lost votes to the CDU (many turned to the CDU)
34. SPD lost votes to the Greens (many voted for the
Greens)
35. SPD lost votes to the FDP
36. Reference to specific groups that did not or no
longer vote for the SPD or who voted for other
parties
37. Good campaign of the CDU
38. The press, the media
39. (Good) Relations of the CDU to the business world
(e.g. employers did not support the SPD)
40. Other statements not elsewhere classified
99. NA
00. No third wave interview



German Question Text

Values Categories N
1 ARBEITSLOSIGKEIT 96
 10.3%
2 FINANZPOLITIK 81
 8.7%
3 WIRTSCHAFTSPOLITIK 148
 15.9%
4 RENTENPOLITIK 0
 0.0%
5 AUSLAENDERPOLITIK 2
 0.2%
6 SOZIALPOLITIK 8
 0.9%
7 SONST INNENPOLITIK 3
 0.3%
8 FRIEDEN,VERTEIDIGUNG 9
 1.0%
9 AUSSENPOLITIK 2
 0.2%
10 ALLGEM. AEUSSERUNGEN 100
 10.7%
11 VERSCHLEISS 53
 5.7%
12 FALSCHER KANDIDAT 77
 8.3%
13 SCHMIDT 46
 4.9%
14 FUEHRUNGSPERSONAL 6
 0.6%
15 SCHLECHTE POLITIKER 9
 1.0%
16 HOFFNUNG AUF KOHL 1
 0.1%
17 WENDE 11
 1.2%
18 SONST REGIERUNGSARB 1
 0.1%
20 ZU RECHTS 4
 0.4%
21 ZU LINKS 13
 1.4%
22 ZERSTRITTEN, UNEINIG 39
 4.2%
23 SONSTIGES ZUR SPD 6
 0.6%
24 NENNUNGEN MIT FDP 19
 2.0%
25 DISTANZ ZU GRUENEN 3
 0.3%
26 NAEHE ZU GRUENEN 32
 3.4%
27 CDU-CSU - POSITIV 29
 3.1%
28 CDU-CSU - NEGATIV 21
 2.3%
29 SONSTIGE PARTEIEN 16
 1.7%
30 FALSCHER WAHLKAMPF 40
 4.3%
31 CDU IRREFUEHREND 6
 0.6%
32 SONSTIGES WAHLKAMPF 12
 1.3%
33 VERLUSTE AN CDU 0
 0.0%
34 VERLUSTE AN GRUENE 7
 0.8%
35 VERLUSTE AN FDP 0
 0.0%
36 BESTIMMTE GRUPPEN 0
 0.0%
37 GUTER WAHLKAMPF CDU 9
 1.0%
38 PRESSE, MASSENMEDIEN 1
 0.1%
39 GUTE VERBINDUNG CDU 9
 1.0%
40 SONSTIGE NENNUNGEN 13
 1.4%
0 NICHT IN DER 3.WELLE 608
99 KA 82

Summary Statistics

Valid cases 932
Missing cases 690
This variable is numeric

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