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Study Report

Study Number: KB-515-001-1-1-West Germany-ICPSR-1953

Subject Area: Election Studies

Bibliographic Citation: Social bases of West German politics, 1953.  [machine-readable data file] / UNESCO. Institut fuer Sozialwissenschaften  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 7104

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Documentation: Hard copy codebook.

Abstract: The study covers four general topic areas: politics, occupational background, family relations, and social relations. Respondents were asked about their intended vote in 1953 and past vote in 1949. Additional political questions measured political information, political interest, how often and with whom they discussed politics. The occupational background section of the interview asked whether the respondents had achieved their occupational goal in life. Employed respondents were questioned about their occupational history and job satisfaction, while unemployed respondents were asked about their interest in entering the labor force. Another portion of the study asked about the respondents' relationship with their family. A further series of questions inquired whether the respondents lived with family relatives or shared financial support. The study also asked about discussions between husbands and wives, and whether they shared opinions. The fourth major area ascertained how frequently and with whom the respondents had long talks, discussed personal problems, or wrote letters. This section also surveyed the respondents' membership and activity in voluntary associations and church activities. The personal data section of the interview obtained information about the education, income, marital status, sex, age, and religious preference of each respondent. Additional items obtained information about the respondents' geographic mobility and place of residence. Information was obtained from 3,246 respondents, weighted to 3,256.8 in the form of 419 variables. Interviews were conducted with a national area probability sample of 18-79 year old citizens of the Federal Republic of Germany interviewed in July and August 1953.

SUBJECT TERMS: election studies. family. job satisfaction. jobs. labor force. membership. occupations. political attitudes and behavior. social stratification. unemployment. voting attitudes and behavior. Federal Republic of Germany.

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