Dataset: Post-Election Study on the Federal Parliament Election 1994


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Judgement on parties and politicians as well as information on use of sources of information about parties and politicians. Political questions. Questions on the relationship of the Eastern Germans and Western Germans with each other. Political participation. Topics: Judgement on the current economic situation in Western Germany as well as in Eastern Germany and expected further development for the next year; interest in politics; election participation at the last Federal Parliament election; party preference (first vote, second vote and Sunday question); time of personal voting decision; sympathy scale for the SPD, CDU/CSU, FDP, Alliance 90/The Greens, Republicans, PDS as well as for selected top politicians of the parties; issue relevance and issue ability of the parties regarding economic questions, the fight against unemployment as well as crime, housing supply, environmental protection, a suitable role for Germany in world politics and regulation of the influx of foreigners; attitude to nuclear energy, stimulation of the economy, participation of Federal German Armed Forces in military missions of the UN or NATO, influx of foreigners, residence supply and suitable participation by Germany in world politics; attitude to integration of foreigners and policies towards foreigners (scale); reading tabloids and daily newspapers; extent of use of newspapers; watching television news, organized according to broadcasters; daily newspaper or television as most important source of information about the political position of parties and top candidates; parties whose information material and brochures as well as election advertising was seen on television and in whose election meetings or election events one participated; frequency of political conversations with friends and in one's family; taking notice of election predictions before the Federal Parliament election and influence of these predictions on one's own voting decision; self-classification on a left-right continuum; postmaterialism; satisfaction with democracy (scale); judgement on the political system; satisfaction with the achievements of the Federal Government; desired setting of priorities by the government in environmental protection, criminal prosecution, defense, pensions, art and culture; attitude to socialism as an idea; attitude to obedience and discipline as well as law and order; state and public good; anomy, future prospects and political effectiveness of the individual (scales); attitude to the relationship of the Western Germans to the Eastern Germans in the situation after unification (scale); personal participation in selected forms of political participation; national pride and pride in the achievements of the GDR; achievements of which one can be proud as a German; judgement on the general as well as personal economic situation and expected further development; living together with a partner; self-classification of social class; religiousness and strength of religious ties; frequency of prayer; behavior at the polls in the Federal Parliament election before the last; party inclination and party identification; duration of party inclination; union member in household; personal party membership; possession of a telephone; possession of telephone answering device; entry of telephone in telephone book; earlier participation in a personal interview or telephone interview or mail survey or tests; general attitude to survey research; willingness to participate in follow-up surveys. Also encoded was: date of interview; city size; age of interviewer.

Variable Groups

Document Description

Full Title

Post-Election Study on the Federal Parliament Election 1994


Name Affiliation Abbreviation

Full Title



Name Affiliation Abbreviation

Study Description

Full Title

Post-Election Study on the Federal Parliament Election 1994

Identification Number


Authoring Entity

Name Affiliation
Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin
ZUMA, Mannheim
in Zusammenarbeit mit: M. Berger, M. Jung, D. Roth, Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim
in Zusammenarbeit mit: W.G. Gibowski, Bundespresseamt, Bonn
M. Kaase, Affiliation: Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin
H.-D. Klingemann, Affiliation: Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin
M. Küchler, Affiliation: Hunter College New York
F.U. Pappi, Affiliation: Universität Mannheim
H.A. Semetko, Affiliation: Syracuse University


Name Affiliation Abbreviation Role

Data Distributor

Name Affiliation Abbreviation
Zentralarchiv für Empirische Sozialforschung an der Universität zu Köln ZA


Name Affiliation Abbreviation

Topic Classification

Political Attitudes and Behavior


Research area: FRG.

Time Method

October 1994 to November 1994

Data Collector

GFM-GETAS, Hamburg

Sampling Procedure

Multi-stage stratified random sample (ADM mastersample) of persons of German citizenship 18 years old

Mode of Data Collection

Oral survey with standardized questionnaire

Availability Status


Access Authority

Name Affiliation E-mail address Universal Resource Identifier

Related Materials

ZA2601_fb.pdf (Questionnaire)

Other References Note

Further Remarks

1000 surveys were conducted in the western part of the country, 1046 in the eastern part. The investigation is part of an omnibus survey. The study is part of the so-called election study 1994. It consists of a pre-election investigation (ZA Study No. 2599), the Politbarometer West (ZA Study No. 2546), the Politbarometer East (ZA Study No. 2559) and a pre-election study (ZA Study No. 2600).

Data Files Description

File Name


Overall Case Count


Overall Variable Count


Type of File

Nesstar 200801


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