Dataset: Federal Parliament Election 1969 (Pre-Election Investigation, September 1969 und Follow-Up Survey, October - November 1969)


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Change in attitude of the voters from the election campaign and other conditions for voter movements.

1. pre-election investigation: subjective assessment of personal economic situation; opinion leadership; political interest and sources of political information; judgement on the political content of advertising materials in the election campaign such as e.g. posters, hand bills and direct-mail advertising; reading newspapers; naming competent and sympathetic politicians; party affiliation of the politicians named; naming significant personalities of the FDP; most important problems of the FRG; personal interest in the current problems of the FRG; judgement on the revaluation of the DM; aspects of the revaluation discussion; sympathy scale for CDU/CSU, SPD, FDP und NPD and comparison between pairs of parties; knowledge about the time of the next Federal Parliament election; voting intent, broken down according to first and second votes; knowledge about the significance of first and second votes; attitude to co-determination, to recognition of the GDR, to orientation of foreign policy, to firmer action against demonstrators, to the influence of the churches, e. g. in education policy; issue competence of parties and politicians; preferred Federal Government; expected result of the Federal Parliament election; preferred federal chancellor; behavior at the polls in the Federal Parliament election 1965; evaluation of the grand coalition; extensive determination of the relation between one's own political attitude and family and friends; religiousness; membership in clubs, trade unions and professional organizations; regional origins.
Interviewer rating: social class of respondent; description of household; manner of living; city size; spontaneousness of stating income; interviewer characteristics.

2. Follow-up survey: majority opinion at place of residence; surprise about the election result; assumed voting behavior of selected social groups; political interest; most important problems of the FRG; sympathy scale for CDU/CSU, SPD, FDP and NPD; semantic differential for CDU/CSU, SPD and FDP; reasons for lesser or stronger sympathy for the parties as well as change of sympathy since the Federal Parliament election; judgement on election campaign advertising; issue competence of the parties; preferred government coalition and advantages or disadvantages of an SPD/FDP coalition; task of the CDU/CSU in the opposition; attitude to the NPD; behavior at the polls since 1949 and in the Federal Parliament election 1969, broken down according to first and second votes; time of voting decision; party allegiance; indecision before the election and reasons for this; party preference and political attitude of father; local residency. Beyond these questions further parts from the pre-election investigation were repeated in the follow-up survey.
Also encoded were: date of interview of the follow-up; participation in pre-election and follow-up investigation; identification of interviewer; municipality code; in addition the following regional data from the census of 1970: residential population; population change; proportion of foreigners; average age; distribution of marital status; religious denominations; employment according to area of business; households with telephone and average size of household.

age (classified); sex; marital status; religious denomination; school education; vocational training; occupation; professional position; employment; household income; composition of household; head of household; state; refugee status

Variable Groups

Document Description

Full Title

Federal Parliament Election 1969 (Pre-Election Investigation, September 1969 und Follow-Up Survey, October - November 1969)


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Study Description

Full Title

Federal Parliament Election 1969 (Pre-Election Investigation, September 1969 und Follow-Up Survey, October - November 1969)

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Authoring Entity

Name Affiliation
H.-D. Klingemann, F.U. Pappi Zentralarchiv für empirische Sozialforschung, Universität zu Köln

Data Distributor

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


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Bibliographic Citation

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Topic Classification

Political Attitudes and Behavior


Research area: FRG without West Berlin.

Time Method

September 1969 to November 1969

Data Collector

DIVO, Frankfurt

Sampling Procedure

Age: 21 and older.
Multi-stage random sample

Mode of Data Collection

Oral survey with standardized questionnaire

Availability Status


Related Materials


Related Publications

Klingemann, Hans D., Pappi, Franz Urban:
Die Wählerbewegungen bei der Bundestagswahl am 28. September 1969.
In: Politische Vierteljahresschrift, 11, 1970, S. 111 - 138.

Pappi, Franz Urban:
Parteisystem und Sozialstruktur in der Bundesrepublik.
In: Politische Vierteljahresschrift, 14, 1973, S. 191 - 213.

Klingemann, Hans D.:
Issue-Kompetenz und Wahlentscheidung. Die Einstellung zu wertbezogenen politischen Problemen im Zeitvergleich.
In: Politische Vierteljahresschrift, 14, 1973, S. 227 - 256.

Other References Note

Further Remarks

The current data set contains the data of a panel survey. Of the 1158 respondents in the 1st wave 766 could be interviewed in the 2nd wave. For technical data-processing reasons the data set is divided into several archive numbers and encompasses the ZA Study Nos. 0426 and 0427. Comparable representative election studies are ZA Study Nos. 0055-0057, 0145, 0314, 0525, 0556, 0635-0637 and 0823-0825. A machine-readable version of the complete response text as recorded by the interviewers for the open questions regarding "most important problems of the FRG" and the "good and bad sides of the three most important parties" can be obtained from the Central Archive.

Data Files Description

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Nesstar 200801


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