Dataset: Politics in the Federal Republic (August 1969)


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Political interest and attitude to the policies of the Federal Government.

judgement on the current economic situation in the FRG and on one's own economic situation; assessment of economic development; attitude to the "emergency laws", reform of the right to vote, revaluation of the DM, equal legal status for illegitimate children, the statute of limitations for crimes in the Third Reich, co-determination, "internal leadership" in the Federal German Armed Forces, restoration of law and order at the universities, prohibition of the NPD, Ostpolitik and the Leber plan; satisfaction with the Federal Government and the grand coalition; issue competence of the parties and politicians; advantages and disadvantages of the candidates for chancellor and the major political parties; preferred federal chancellor; sympathy and degree of familiarity of federal politicians; preferred Federal President; political interest; political participation and perceived opportunity for political influence; rank order of political goals; rank order of party preference; party support and party membership; extent to which informed politically and partner for conversation about Federal Parliament elections and parties; party preference of persons to relate to; comparison of personal opinion with the view of the majority of the population; leading party in the residential quarter; behavior at the polls in the Federal Parliament elections 1965 and 1969 and in the state parliament election; most important task of the new Federal Government; general judgement on persons in leadership positions in politics and economy; voting decision of spouse; membership in clubs and organizations as well as interest in membership in a trade union; membership in a professional organization and party preference of the members of this association; party preference of colleagues; company size; memberships of father; social origins; local residency and city size; satisfaction with education and with place of residence; media usage and knowledge about political television broadcasts; judgement on education in parental home; membership in organizations for refugees or ethnic Germans from Eastern Europe; memory of the first survey.

age; sex; marital status; religious denomination; religiousness; school education; vocational training; occupation; professional position; employment; household income; composition of household; head of household; economic area; housing situation; party preference; party membership; party inclination; party identification; state; regional origins; refugee status; possession of durable economic goods.

Interviewer rating:
willingness of respondent to cooperate; date of interview; number of contact attempts; interest of respondent in political problems; level to which respondent is politically informed. Also encoded was: municipality code.

Variable Groups

Document Description

Full Title

Politics in the Federal Republic (August 1969)


Name Affiliation Abbreviation

Full Title



Name Affiliation Abbreviation

Study Description

Full Title

Politics in the Federal Republic (August 1969)

Identification Number


Authoring Entity

Name Affiliation
M. Kaase, U. Schleth, R. Wildenmann Lehrstuhl für politische Wissenschaft, Universität Mannheim

Data Distributor

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


Name Affiliation Abbreviation

Bibliographic Citation

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Topic Classification

Political Attitudes and Behavior


Research area: FRG incl. West Berlin.

Time Method

August 1969 to September 1969

Data Collector


Sampling Procedure

Multi-stage stratified random sample of persons 21 years old and older

Mode of Data Collection

Oral survey with standardized questionnaire

Availability Status


Related Materials


Related Publications

Kaase, Max:
Determinanten des Wahlverhaltens bei der Bundestagswahl 1969.
In: Politische Vierteljahresschrift, 11, 1970, S. 46 - 110.

Schleth, Uwe; Weede, Erich:
Causal Models on West-German Voting Behavior.
In: Wildenmann, Rudolf (Hrsg.):
Sozialwissenschaftliches Jahrbuch für Politik, Bd. 2.
München: Olzog 1971, S. 73 - 97.

Other References Note

Further Remarks

The election studies, conducted in August and September 1969, consist of two samples independent of each other, which were collected during the campaign for the Federal Parliament election 1969. The August study comprises the second wave of a panel study, which was begun in 1967 (ZA Study No. 0524). The September study is a completely independent cross-section study, whose questionnaire, however, is identical to that of the August study. For this reason a single data set was made from the two studies. To this extent one cannot speak of a Panel. The respondents of the two studies can be distinguished with a filter variable.

Data Files Description

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Overall Case Count


Overall Variable Count


Type of File

Nesstar 200801


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