Dataset: Election Study 1990 (Politbarometer East)


Judgement on parties and politicians. Current political questions. Cumulated data set of the GDR Politbarometers for 1990.

most important problems of the GDR; satisfaction with democracy; party preference (Sunday question and rank order procedure); behavior at the polls in the last election; preferred party for the election to an all-German parliament; sympathy scale for parties and politicians; satisfaction with achievements of the GDR government, the Federal Government and the opposition parties; preferred government coalition; time of personal voting decision; satisfaction with election result; judgement on the grand coalition in the GDR; preference for federal chancellor; Kohl or Lafontaine or the discussion about the coming unity as most important issue of the election campaign; estimated changes in the election results with other top candidates for the SPD and the CDU/CSU; attitude to unification of the two German states; judgement on unification progress; desired name for united Germany; judgement on personal consequences of reunification; advantages and disadvantages for the GDR population through unification; understanding for emigrants; feeling oneself as citizen of the GDR or as German; attitude to introduction of the DM in the GDR; support for the unification policies of Helmut Kohl or Oskar Lafontaine; preferred seat of government and Federal Parliament; job worries; judgement on democracy in the Federal Republic; basic attitude to socialism; planned vacation destination; preferred point in time for all-German elections and assumed election winner; self-classification on a left-right continuum; attitude to a withdrawal of Soviet military forces from the GDR; feared reversal of the democratic development in the GDR; attitude to criminal prosecution of STASI employees and assumed further activities of the State Security Service; judgement on one's own economic situation as well as the economic situation of the GDR and its further development; judgement on the economic situation in the FRG; issue relevance and issue competence of the parties regarding economic questions; party primarily responsible for the problems of the GDR economy; attitude to abortion; judgement on the position of the parties on the abortion question, on the question of asylum-seekers and on the question of financing the costs of German unity; interest in TV news and newspaper reports on foreign policy; sympathy scale for the USA, the Soviet Union, France and Great Britain as well as for the leading politicians of these countries; use of picture magazines and magazines; interest in opinion polls and influence of results from opinion surveys on one's own voting decision; judgement on the election campaign; attendance at an election meeting and judgement on the content of this event; interest in politics.

Variable Groups

Document Description

Full Title

Election Study 1990 (Politbarometer East)

Study Description

Full Title

Election Study 1990 (Politbarometer East)

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Authoring Entity

Name Affiliation
Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim
EMNID, Bielefeld
USUMA, Ost-Berlin

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: GDR.

Time Method

March to December 1990

Data Collector

Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim; EMNID, Bielefeld; USUMA, Ost-Berlin

Sampling Procedure

Sample of 149 points, selected at the municipal level, stratified according to 15 areas and within the areas according to city size. Sample of households in the random route procedure, sample of the target persons in the household according to a key based on birthday.

Mode of Data Collection

Oral survey with standardized questionnaire

Availability Status


Other References Note

Further Remarks

The Politbarometers GDR for 1990 are archived under ZA Study Nos. 1980 to 1986. Comparable studies from the western part of the Federal Republic are archived under ZA Study Nos. 1921 to 1931. The summary of all these studies can be found in a cumulated data set archived under ZA Study No. 1920.

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Type of File

Nesstar 200801


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