Dataset: Political Attitudes, Political Participation and Voter Conduct in united Germany 2002


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Political attitudes and political participation in united Germany. Cumulated data set from the data sets of the four largely identical cross-section surveys at two different survey times (before and after the election).

The questions listed below were posed either in the pre-election or post-election investigation: judgement on current general and personal economic situation as well as economic situation in the previous year; expected economic situation; knowledge about the importance of first vote and second vote; satisfaction with democracy; interest in politics; intent to vote and certainty of one's voting decision; manner of voting, absentee ballot, voting booth or not voting; the same voting decision after knowledge about the result of the election; party preference (Sunday question, first vote and second vote); selections with first and second vote; time of voting decision; most important reasons for one's own voting decision; voting intent and reasons for not voting; estimated certainty that selected smaller parties would take seats in Federal Parliament (FDP, Alliance 90/the Greens, PDS, Republicans); expected election winner (party) in the Federal Parliament election; evaluation of democracy as conception of a state; most important reasons for dissatisfaction with the parties; coalition preference; satisfaction with result of Federal Parliament election; intensity of following the election campaign; extent of active information conduct during the election campaign phase; party dissatisfaction: judgement on parties and politicians and their work as well as their relationship with the citizens (scale); most important problems of the country; issue relevance and issue ability of the parties; efficacy: possibilities of citizens to influence parties and government (scale); assessment of the position of the most important parties on the topics nuclear energy, influx of foreigners, European unification; personal position on these topics and importance of problem solution; place of residence before the turning point; comparative judgement (before and after the turning point, separate in East and West) on personal standard of living, equity of income distribution, social security, solidarity of the people among each other and protection for the citizens from crime; knowledge about the exact number of states in the Federal Republic; sympathy scale for the CDU, CSU, SPD, FDP, Alliance 90/the Greens, the Republicans, the PDS and the Schill Party; postmaterialism (Inglehart index); psychological self-characterization; trust in institutions: trust in the Federal Parliament, the Federal Constitutional Court, the Federal Government, representatives in Federal Parliament, judiciary, police, government, churches, parties, Federal German Armed Forces, trade unions, environmental protection groups and business associations as well as employer's federations; preference for chancellor; sympathy scale for the candidates for chancellor Stoiber and Schroeder; assessment of the characteristics of the two candidates for chancellor regarding sympathy, trustworthiness, energy and their concepts to get the economy going; political participation (scale); self-classification on a left-right continuum; feeling of being represented in selected associations, institutions and parties; social moral orientations (scale); satisfaction with Federal Government; geographic ties: closeness to the municipality, region, the part of the state, Germany as a whole, the EU and Europe as well as with the former FRG or GDR before 1989; classification of the parties on a left-right continuum; media usage: reading local, regional and national daily newspapers; use of political broadcasts; type (occupational, private), frequency and length of Internet use as well as frequency of use of political information and actions on the Internet; attitude to electronic voting on the Internet; viewing both television debates between the candidates for chancellor Schroeder and Stoiber and assessment of the performance of the candidates; assessment of the equity of the social system in the Federal Republic; assessment of personal disadvantage as member of a specific population group in society; behavior at the polls in the last Federal Parliament election; extremism scale: national pride, desire for nationalization of private businesses, public good before association interests, dictatorship as the better type of state, good sides to National Socialism, Hitler and extermination of Jews, foreign infiltration of the Federal Republic, GDR with more positive sides, marriages between partners of differing nationality, too much influence of Jews, socialism as a good idea, Jews as different and understanding for attacks on homes for applicants for political asylum.

sex; age: month and year of birth; place of residence, separate according to East or West; citizenship; citizenship since birth; religious denomination; frequency of church attendance; memberships or offices in citizen initiative, party, occupation organization or trade union; party inclination; length of party inclination and party identification; education and school degree; school degree sought; occupational apprenticeship; employment; involuntary change of job or unemployment since 1998; retirement from professional life since 1998; employment in the civil service; occupational position; marital status; living together with a partner; employment, involuntary change of job or unemployment, head of household as well as partner employed in the civil service; size of household; number of all persons and persons 16 years and older in the household; net household income; number of persons contributing to over-all household income; self-assessment of social class; social mobility; possession of a telephone.

Also encoded was:
date of interview.

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Document Description

Full Title

Political Attitudes, Political Participation and Voter Conduct in united Germany 2002

Study Description

Full Title

Political Attitudes, Political Participation and Voter Conduct in united Germany 2002

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Authoring Entity

Name Affiliation
J.W. Falter Universität Mainz
O.W. Gabriel Universität Stuttgart
H. Rattinger Universität Bamberg

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

Time Method

August 2002 to November 2002

Data Collector

INRA Deutschland, Moelln

Sampling Procedure

The universe of samples was comprised of all German persons, whose residence is in the Federal Republic of Germany and at the time of survey had completed at least the 16 year of life as well as living in private households. The ADM Master Sample is a stratified, three-stage random selection and is based on the election precincts of Federal Parliament elections. Two nets of the ADM sample system were applied whereby a double net was used in Eastern Germany, which means that this was doubled for an over-sample. The target households were selected according to the random route procedure, the target person in the household was determined by Sweden key.

Mode of Data Collection

Oral survey with standardized questionnaire

Availability Status


Related Materials

Other References Note

Further Remarks

The data set presented here consists of 4 partial surveys. They are comprised of pre-election and post-election investigations in the eastern and western part of the Federal Republic.
The individual survey times:
pre-election: 12. August to 21. September 2002
post-election: 1. October to 8. November 2002
The questionnaire of the study was developed in cooperation with the informally organized preparation group "German Election Study" (DWS). The study is part of a survey series archived under ZA Study Numbers 3064, 3067 and 3861.

Data Files Description

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Type of File

Nesstar 200801


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