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Study Report

Study Number: KB-522-001-1-1-West Germany-ICPSR-1977

Subject Area: Election Studies

Bibliographic Citation: Politbarometer West [Germany], partial accumulation, 1977-1995.  [machine-readable data file] / Forschungsgruppe Wahlen (Mannheim)  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 6913

Date Accessioned: 11/1/1997

Number of Files Received: 8

Comments: This study is on ICPSR Periodic Release 97003. The Periodic Release CD-ROM is a product designed for use on a Windows- or DOS-based personal computer and is intended for use as a means of data distribution. It may also be used within the Macintosh environment utilizing either system 7.0 and above or system 6.08 and the appropriate PC emulation software. The CD-ROM does not contain software for text or data searches, extraction or analyses. The files with the .EXE extension are self extracting files that were generated using Info-ZIP's ZIP compressor/archiver and PKWARE's ZIP2EXE utility for generating self-extracting files. Self-extracting files allow PC users to easily and quickly decompress and transfer the files to their equipment, usually a hard disk, without the need to install any extraction software locally. Files with .PDF extensions are provided as an electronic image file in Portable Document File (PDF) format. The PDF format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using the Adobe Acrobat Reader. A copy of Acrobat Reader can be downloaded from the Adobe Systems Incorporated Website at: 7/08 This CD-Rom is superseded because this study is available from ICPSR Direct.

Access Status: Access restricted to U.W. Madison

Date Ordered: 11/1/1997

Documentation: Machine-readable documentation (PDF) + SAS data definition statements + SPSS data definition statements. Much of the available machine-readable documentation can be obtained freely via the ICPSR Web Site.

Abstract: This study consists of a partial accumulation of 79 variables selected from the 1977 through 1995 Politbarometer West surveys. Not all the variables are available for each survey year. The major issues covered in this data collection relate to elections, politics, economics, national security, and unification of the German Democratic Republic and the Federal Republic of Germany. Election and political topics include party preferences and voting behavior in the last election, level of sympathy for other parties, satisfaction with the federal administrations, and opinions about opposition parties. Other political questions concern level of satisfaction with democracy, whether politicians were in the right positions, and the political interests of the respondent. Data on economic topics cover respondents' opinions on the economic situation of the Federal Republic and presumed further development, their own economic situations and expected development, and how the German economy compared with neighboring western European countries. Other economic issues include the competence of the administration or of the opposition party in ensuring jobs, improving the economic situation in East and West Germany, bettering the environment, and securing income. National security issues focus on military threats and peace security in Europe. Information on German unification concerns respondents' attitudes toward the unification of the two German states, increased world political responsibility of a united Germany, and asylum seekers and immigrants to Germany in general. Also included are respondents' opinions on the most important problems in the Federal Republic, events of the previous year, and predictions for the coming year. Demographic information on respondents includes sex, age, marital status, occupation and employment status, religious preference, and trade union membership.

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