Dataset: German National Election Study - Post-Election Study 1998 German CSES Study


Judgement on parties and politicians after the Federal Parliament election. Behavior at the polls and political knowledge.

satisfaction with democracy; correctly conducting the Federal Parliament election; party identification (rank order); necessity of parties; memory of direct candidates in the constituency and knowledge of names; sympathy scale for parties and leading politicians; assessment of the economic situation of Germany and perceived change in the course of the last few years; populism of members of Parliament and parties; contact with a member of Parliament; significance of the governing party for the respondent; perceived political effectiveness through one's own voting decision; expressing personal political opinion taboo; self-assessment and assessment of parties on a left-right continuum; political knowledge test (name of foreign minister, number of states in Germany and member countries in the EU); most important topics in the media in the last few days; most able party to solve current problems in the Federal Republic; personal change in party voted for; interest in politics; expected development of personal standard of living; most important election campaign topics for the respondent and assignment of election campaign topics to the parties; issue-competence of different governments and coalitions; comparison of personal character traits and political abilities of the two candidates for chancellor Kohl and Schroeder (split); preference for representative or direct democracy (split: exchange of sequence of the permitted response alternatives); personal election participation at the last Federal Parliament election and behavior at the polls regarding first vote and second vote; current party preference (Sunday question).

year of birth; sex; school degree; marital status; living together with a partner; union membership; union member in household; extent of employment; occupation; size of household and number of adult persons in household; employment and occupational position of partner as well as head of household; household income; religiousness; religious denomination; characterization of place of residence; state; municipality code; city name; city size; survey date.

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German National Election Study - Post-Election Study 1998 German CSES Study

Study Description

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German National Election Study - Post-Election Study 1998 German CSES Study

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Authoring Entity

Name Affiliation
Mannheimer Zentrum für Europäische Sozialforschung (MZES), Mannheim
Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB), Berlin
Zentralarchiv für Empirische Sozialforschung, Universität zu Köln
ZUMA, Mannheim

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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Topic Classification

Political Attitudes and Behavior


Research area: FRG

Time Method

September 1998 to October 1998

Data Collector

FORSA, Berlin and Dortmund

Sampling Procedure

Multi-stage random sample of German-speaking persons in private households eligible to vote in the Federal Parliament election

Mode of Data Collection

Telephone interview with standardized questionnaire

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Nesstar 200801


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