Dataset: Federal Study 1953


Living habits of the German population after the stress in the Second World War. Conduct in occupation and neighborhood as well as church life. Attitude to family. Political conduct.

Attitude to the political system; political interest; extent to which informed politically (index); attitude to the European defense community and to the Adenauer government; voting decision in the Federal Parliament election 1949; general party preference or voting intent; attendance at party and election meetings; party membership; original occupation wish and perhaps reasons hindering; occupation of father; index of occupational mobility of generations; satisfaction with occupation and job satisfaction; interest in employment; family size; salience of family; social activities within the family; agreement and topics of conversation between the spouses; extent and regional scope of the circle of friends; preferred conversation partner; actual relations with neighbors; desired neighborhood; type and strength of ties to the municipality; regional mobility; church ties and activities; membership in clubs and club activities; actual and desired leisure activities; type of tenancy; media usage according to frequency and preferred programs.

age (classified); sex; marital status; number of children; religious denomination; religiousness; school education; vocational training; occupation; employment; size of household; composition of household; housing situation; interest in politics; party preference; political discussion; social origins; state; regional origins; refugee status; military service.

Interviewer rating:
willingness of respondent to cooperate; presence of other persons; residential conditions of respondent; time of interview.

Variable Groups

Document Description

Full Title

Federal Study 1953

Study Description

Full Title

Federal Study 1953

Identification Number


Authoring Entity

Name Affiliation
E. Reigrotzki UNESCO-Institut für Sozialwissenschaft, Köln

Data Distributor

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

Bibliographic Citation

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Topic Classification

Political Attitudes and Behavior


Research area: FRG without the Saarland and without West Berlin.

Time Method

July 1953 to August 1953

Data Collector

DIVO, Frankfurt; Institut fuer Demoskopie, Allensbach

Sampling Procedure

Age: 18-79.
Multi-stage random sample

Mode of Data Collection

Oral survey with standardized questionnaire

Availability Status


Related Publications

Reigrotzki, Erich:
Soziale Verflechtungen in der Bundesrepublik: Elemente der sozialen Teilnahme in Kirche, Politik, Organisationen und Freizeit.
Tübingen: Mohr 1956
(Schriftenreihe des UNESCO-Instituts für Sozialwissenschaften Köln, Bd. 2)

Linz, Juan J.:
Cleavage and Consensus in West German Politics.
In: Lipset, Seymour M.; Rokkan, Stein (Hrsg.):
Party Systems and Voter Alignments: Cross National Perspectives.
New York: Free Press 1967

Other References Note

Further Remarks

A split questionnaire was used (party preference versus voting intent). The survey took place just a few weeks before the Federalm Parliament election 1953.

Data Files Description

File Name


Overall Case Count


Overall Variable Count


Type of File

Nesstar 200801


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