Dataset: Election Study 1994: Politbarometer East 1994 (Trend Investigations)

Variable V4: Most important probl Germ.

Literal Question

Q.1

In your opinion, what is the current most important problem in Germany?

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1 - unemployment (January)
- unemployment/jobs (February to December)
2 - asylum-seekers (January)
- asylum-seekers/asylum (February to December)
3 foreigners
4 Kurds (April)
5 EC/Europe/internal market
6 détente/peace/East-West
7 former Soviet Union/CIS
8 Yugoslavia/Croatia/Serbia
9 Somalia/UNO commitment of the Bundeswehr (January to April)
10 - problems/financing of the unity (January)
- German unity: problems/financing (February to December)
11 - economic gap to the West (January)
- economic gap East - West Germany (February to December)
12 national debt
13 - economic upswing (January)
- economic upswing/economic situation (February to December)
14 - wages (January)
- wages/regulation of working hours/strike (February to June)
- wages/regulation of working hours (July to December)
15 regulation of working hours (January)
16 cutbacks of social benefits (February to December)
17 - cost of living/prices/interest rates (January)
- cost of living/inflation/prices (February to December)
18 taxes/tax increases
19 disenchantment with political parties and politics
20 - environmental protection (January to June, August to December)
- environmental protection/ozone (July)
21 traffic problems/roadworks
22 rents/housing market
23 health care
24 nursing care insurance
25 pensions/old people/provision for old age
26 places in nursery schools (June to December)
27 other social problems
28 right-wing radicals/right-wing extremists
29 law and order/crime rate
30 other problems
31 - democracy; preservation of democracy (January to February, November, December)
- reduction of democracy (March)
- missing democracy (May)
32 competition for small business enterprises (January)
33 - personal prospects for the future (January)
- lack of prospects and fear of the future (June, December)
- missing future prospects (August)
- worries about the future (September)
34 - apprenticeship places, youth support, education (January to March)
- apprenticeship places (April)
- youth problems (apprenticeship places, organisation of one's leisure time) (May)
- youth (lack of prospects, estrepement, organisation of one's leisure time) (June, August, November, December)
- youth (July)
- youth (apprenticeship places and jobs, organisation of one's leisure time) (September, October)
35 - education system, higher education policy (May, December)
- education system, higher education policy, places at university (June)
- education (September, October)
36 cultural and educational policy, cultural decline (December)
37 - church, God, questions of faith (January)
- preservation of religious traditions (June)
- church, trust in God (July)
38 - bureaucracy (January to February, April, September to November)
- bureaucracy, corruption (December)
39 corruption (April)
40 - human treatment of handicapped persons (January)
- problems of/with handicapped persons (August)
41 - internal and external security (January)
- stable foreign policy (April)
42 - human tolerance and cooperation (March)
- social life of man (April)
- communal spirit, solidarity committee (May)
- missing cooperation of the people (September)
- relations of the people among one another, tolerance, communal spirit, solidarity committee, social life of man (June, August, October to December)
- tolerance, solidarity committee
43 dishonesty, double standards, people's selfishness (May to June)
44 unemotional character of the German population (May)
45 upholding Germanness (March)
46 - family policy (March to April, June to July, September, November, December)
- support for families (August)
47 infrastructure (March to April, December)
48 - elections (April to May)
- election results (July)
- Bundestag elections (August)
49 - future of children (April)
- reduction of places in nursery schools, hostility to children (May)
- more children (August)
- hostility to children (September)
- children (prospects for the future, organisation of one's leisure time (October to December)
50 population development (August)
51 honesty in politics (August)
52 consumption-oriented attitude (May)
53 - power of money (April)
- dominance of money (August)
54 too much advertising (April)
55 local government reform (April)
56 land reform (August)
57 agriculture (June)
58 drugs (October)
59 third world (April)
60 Germany's striving to be a great power (May)
61 UN operations/NATO operations (December)
62 - problems of energy supply (May)
- plutonium (July)
63 payment morality of clients (August)
64 finances (November)
65 house owners (November)
66 homelessness (December)
67 more appreciation of housework (May)
68 paragraph 218 (January to February)
69 women's rights (September)
70 - growing understanding for the law (August)
- legal system (October)
- judiciary (November)
- rule of law (September)
71 insecurity through regular new laws and regulations (August)
72 adjustment of circumstances in East and West (October)
99 NA




German Question Text

Values Categories N
1 Arbeitslosigkeit 01 8474
 66.2%
2 Asylanten 01 118
 0.9%
3 Ausländer 241
 1.9%
4 Kurden 04 3
 0.0%
5 EG Europa Binnenmarkt 15
 0.1%
6 Entspannung Frieden Ost-West 285
 2.2%
7 ehemalige Sowjetunion GUS 13
 0.1%
8 Jugoslawien Kroatien Serbien 34
 0.3%
9 Somalia UNO-Einsatz der Bundeswehr 2
 0.0%
10 Probleme Finanzierung der Einheit 0 321
 2.5%
11 Wirtschaftsgefälle zum Westen 01 287
 2.2%
12 Staatsverschuldung 31
 0.2%
13 Wirtschaftsaufschwung 01 415
 3.2%
14 Löhne 01 116
 0.9%
15 Arbeitszeitregelung 01 0
 0.0%
16 Kürzungen Sozialleistungen 02-12 116
 0.9%
17 Lebenshaltungskosten Preise 01 174
 1.4%
18 Steuern Steuererhöhungen 76
 0.6%
19 Parteien- Politikverdrossenheit 113
 0.9%
20 Umweltschutz 01-06,08-12 92
 0.7%
21 Verkehrsprobleme Straßenbau 75
 0.6%
22 Mieten Wohnungsmarkt 257
 2.0%
23 Gesundheitswesen 63
 0.5%
24 Pflegeversicherung 33
 0.3%
25 Renten Alte Alterssicherung 235
 1.8%
26 Kindergartenplätze 06-12 10
 0.1%
27 sonstige soziale Probleme 189
 1.5%
28 Rechtsradikale Rechtsextreme 267
 2.1%
29 Ruhe und Ordnung Kriminalität 636
 5.0%
30 sonstige Probleme 6
 0.0%
31 Demokratie; Erhaltung Demokratie 3
 0.0%
32 Konkurrenz für kl. Gewerbe 0
 0.0%
33 persönliche Zukunftsaussichten 01 1
 0.0%
34 Ausbildungsplätze, Jugendförderung 21
 0.2%
35 Bildungswesen, Hochschulpol. 05,12 1
 0.0%
36 Kulturpolitik, -verfall 12 0
 0.0%
37 Kirche, Gott, Glaubensfragen 01 2
 0.0%
38 Bürokratie 01-02,04,09-11 4
 0.0%
39 Korruption 04 0
 0.0%
40 menschliche Behandlung Behinderter 1
 0.0%
41 innere und äußere Sicherheit 01 0
 0.0%
42 Menschliche Toleranz und Miteinander 15
 0.1%
43 Verlogenheit, Doppelmoral, Egoismus 2
 0.0%
44 Emotionslosigkeit der deutschen Bevö 1
 0.0%
45 Deutschtum hochhalten 03 1
 0.0%
46 Familienpolitik 03-04,06-07,09,11,12 15
 0.1%
47 Infrastruktur 03-04,12 1
 0.0%
48 Wahlen 04-05 9
 0.1%
49 Zunkunft der Kinder 04 8
 0.1%
50 Bevölkerungsentwicklung 08 0
 0.0%
51 Ehrlichkeit in der Politik 08 1
 0.0%
52 Konsumdenken 05 0
 0.0%
53 Macht des Geldes 04 1
 0.0%
54 zu viel Werbung 04 0
 0.0%
55 Kreisgebietsreform 04 0
 0.0%
56 Bodenreform 08 0
 0.0%
57 Landwirtschaft 10 2
 0.0%
58 Drogen 10 0
 0.0%
59 3. Welt 04 0
 0.0%
60 Großmachtstreben Deutschlands 05 0
 0.0%
61 UN-Einsätze NATO-Einsätze 12 1
 0.0%
62 Probleme der Energieversorgung 05 1
 0.0%
63 Zahlungsmoral der Auftraggeber 08 1
 0.0%
64 Finanzen 11 2
 0.0%
65 Hauseigentümer 11 0
 0.0%
66 Obdachlosigkeit 12 1
 0.0%
67 mehr Anerkennung der Hausarbeit 05 0
 0.0%
68 Paragraph 218 01-02 0
 0.0%
69 Frauenrechte 09 0
 0.0%
70 wachsendes Verständnis für Recht 08 0
 0.0%
71 Unsicherheit durch neue Gesetze 0
 0.0%
72 Angleichung der Lebensverhältnisse 1
 0.0%
99 KA 56

Summary Statistics

Valid cases 12793
Missing cases 56
This variable is numeric

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