Catalog of Holdings

Study Report

Study Number: LA-528-002-1-1-International-ICPSR-1979

Subject Area: Public Opinion on Political Matters, Political Participation

Bibliographic Citation: Political action II, 1979-1981.  [machine-readable data file] / Jennings, M. Kent  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 9581

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Documentation: Machine-readable SPSS data definition statements.

Abstract: This data collection focuses on conventional and unconventional forms of political participation and closely follows the format of the first Political Action study, POLITICAL ACTION: AN EIGHT NATION STUDY, 1973-1976 (ICPSR 7777). POLITICAL ACTION II consists of two parts: a second panel wave of reinterviews with respondents from the first Political Action surveys and a new cross-section sample. Topics covered include respondent's level of satisfaction with material standard of living, interest in politics, perception of privileged and under-privileged groups, opinions on various social and political issues, and ranking of important political goals. Additional variables address the performance of the present government, good and bad aspects of major left and major right parties, legitimacy of the present government and the political system in general, approval of protest behavior, participation in conventional and unconventional activities, voting behavior, attitudes toward young people, and political trust items. Background information provided for respondents includes age, sex, ethnic origin, education, religion, marital status, number of children, employment status, occupation, union membership, personal and family income, organizational memberships and activities, and father's and mother's education and political preferences.

SOURCE: personal interviews

UNIVERSE: Respondents to Political Action I (1973-1976), and persons aged 16 years and older from three nations: Germany, the Netherlands, and the United States.

SAMPLE: National multistage probability samples.

NOTE: Data were made available through the Zentralarchiv fuer empirische Sozialforschung, Universitaet zu Koeln, from whom a printed codebook (ZA-No. 1188) may be obtained.

EXTENT OF COLLECTION: 1 data file + machine-readable documentation + SPSS Control Cards.

DATA TYPE: survey data

DATA FORMAT: OSIRIS, and Card Image with SPSS Control Cards

TIME PERIOD: 1979-1981

DATE OF COLLECTION: 1979-1981

FUNDING AGENCY: Germany: German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)). Netherlands: Catholic University of Brabant (Tilburg). United States: Volkswagen Foundation (Germany), and National Science Foundation.

RELATED PUBLICATIONS:

Jennings, M. Kent, Jan W. van Deth, et al. CONTINUITIES IN POLITICAL ACTION: A LONGITUDINAL STUDY OF POLITICAL ORIENTATIONS IN THREE WESTERN DEMOCRACIES. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 1990. Barnes, Samuel H., Max Kaase, et al. POLITICAL ACTION: MASS PARTICIPATION IN FIVE WESTERN DEMOCRACIES. Beverly Hills, CA: Sage Publications, 1979.

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