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Study Report

Study Number: KB-506-004-1-1-West Germany-ICPSR-1972

Subject Area: Election Studies

Bibliographic Citation: German election panel study, 1972.  [machine-readable data file] / Berger, Manfred  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 7102

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Documentation: Hard copy codebook.

Abstract: This study consists of a national area probability sample of voting age citizens of the Federal Republic of Germany. Interviewing for the study was conducted in three waves, two preceding the election and one immediately following. Interviewing for the first pre-election wave began in late September and yielded 2,052 respondents, weighted N=2,024.5. Interviewing for the second pre-election wave began in late October and produced 1,603 re-interviews, weighted N=1,583.5. A total of 1,222, weighted N=1,210.1, were reinterviewed during December in the last, post-election, wave. There are 9 cards of data per respondent, 369 variables. Both pre-election interviews began by asking the respondent to assess the present and future economic situation of the Federal Republic. The respondent was then asked his/her party identification, to separately evaluate each party on a feeling scalometer, and to rank the parties in a preference ordering. Another portion of the two pre-election interviews dealt with the respondent's interest in a broad range of political issues and which party could best deal with each issue. Both interviews inquired into the visibility of political figures in Bonn and evaluations of the two chancellor candidates. The first two waves also investigated the respondent's voting behavior in the 1969 election and anticipated behavior in the 1972 election. The third, post-election, wave dealt with the respondent's actual voting behavior in the 1972 election and involvement in the campaign. Another series of questions inquired about perceived sources of campaign funding for each party and problems the respondent saw in the methods of financing. As in the first two waves, the respondent was asked his/her party identification, to separately evaluate each party on a feeling scalometer, and to rank the parties in a preference ordering. The personal data section of the three interviews compiled information on the education, sex, age, marital status, and religious preference of the respondent. These sections also determined family income and the occupation of the respondent, R's father, and the head of the household.

SUBJECT TERMS: campaigns. economic attitudes and behavior. election studies. political attitudes and behavior. political elites. political issues. political party preference. voting attitudes and behavior. Federal Republic of Germany.

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