Dataset: The Situation after the Federal Parliament Election 1949


Judgement on current economic and political questions.


Election participation at the last Federal Parliament election;
reasons for non-participation in the election;
voting for the candidate of a party or a candidate without party affiliation;
trust in party voted for;
associations with the term socialization;
belief in the political future of Germany;
attitude to an active German peace initiative;
expected development of a desire for peace in Germany, even under absence of independence of the country;
personal readiness for action to regain political and economic independence of the country;
willingness to make sacrifices for this independence;
expectation of relative prosperity for West Germans;
attitude to a re-distribution of national income;
preference for free competition or socialization;
preference for the Russian, English or German model of socialism;
attitude to a strengthening of government influence due to socialism;
expected ability of workers' representatives and trade unions regarding a socialist-led government;
preferred management institution (works council, owner, trade unions, authorities, experts) for a socialized company;
preference for restricted economic areas with customs duties or free world trade;
judgement on the achievements of the parties since the collapse of 1949;
preference for independence of the parties in achievement of their programs or preference for a common effort to achieve economic independence;
attitude to Bonn as Federal Capital;
preferred alternative capital city;
refugee status;
sign of the horoscope of respondent;
preferred color;
color of hair of respondent;
listening to the radio.

Interviewer rating:
willingness of respondent to cooperate.

With some questions it was additionally encoded whether the respondent provided explanatory comments. In part these comments were encoded for content in the sense of an open question.

Variable Groups

Document Description

Full Title

The Situation after the Federal Parliament Election 1949

Study Description

Full Title

The Situation after the Federal Parliament Election 1949

Identification Number


Authoring Entity

Name Affiliation
Institut für Demoskopie, Allensbach


Name Affiliation Abbreviation Role
GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences (archive release data set and DDI documentation), GESIS

Date of Production


Place of Production

Cologne, Germany

Data Distributor

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


Version 2.0.0 (2015-07-31), doi:10.4232/1.11993

Date: 2015-07-31

Type: GESIS archive edition

Version Responsibility Statement

GESIS Data Archive for the Social Sciences

Bibliographic Citation

Institut für Demoskopie, Allensbach (2015):
The Situation after the Federal Parliament Election 1949. GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA2361 Data file Version 2.0.0, doi:10.4232/1.11993.

Topic Classification

Political Attitudes and Behavior

Geographic Coverage

the three western zones and West Berlin


German population 18 years old and older.

Time Method


Data Collector

Institut fuer Demoskopie, Allensbach

Sampling Procedure

Quota sample

Mode of Data Collection

Oral survey with standardized questionnaire

Availability Status


Access Authority

Name Affiliation E-mail address Universal Resource Identifier

Related Materials




Stata English

SPSS portable English

SPSS English

Stata German

SPSS portable German

SPSS German




(Method Report)

Related Publications

Related Publications

Institut für Demoskopie:
Bericht über die erste Umfrage der wirtschaftspolitischen Gesellschaft von 1947 über die deutsche Situation: Im Anschluß an die Bundestagswahl am 14. August 1949.
Allensbach: Institut für Demoskopie (1949)
(Unveröffentlichtes Manuskript)

Other References Note

Further Remarks

The current data are part of an omnibus survey. The question of party preference is not contained in this data set, since this information was obtained anonymously after the interview (Urnenmodell). The original data are available in the IfD Allensbach as a so-called "Staebchenspiel", as a "Korrelations-Baukasten", as described in E. Noelle, Umfragen in der Massengesellschaft, rororo 1963, page 204-205. Making the data machine-readable was commissioned by the Zentralarchiv in 1993. At the Institut fuer Demoskopie (Institute for Public Opinion Research) in Allensbach the data set has IfD Archive No. 20.

Data Files Description

File Name


Overall Case Count


Overall Variable Count


Type of File

Nesstar 200801


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