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Study Report

Study Number: KB-506-005-1-1-West Germany-ICPSR-1961

Subject Area: Election Studies

Bibliographic Citation: German election study, July 1961.  [machine-readable data file] / Baumert, Gerhard  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 7099

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Documentation: Hard copy codebook (shared with KB-506-006 and KB-506-007).

Abstract: The July pre-election study examined in detail the respondents' interest in political information. This study also investigated the respondents' perceptions of the ability of the SPD and CDU/CSU to deal with a set of issues currently facing the Federal Republic such as: German reunification, foreign relations with the East and West, economic and education policy, and other foreign and domestic issues. The survey also included scalometers which were used in evaluating the major political figures of 1961 and the three major political parties. Other questions dealt with the perceived partisan leanings of various social groups and the respondents' anticipated voting behavior in the 1961 election and expectations about the election outcome. Further questions measured the respondents' long-term voting histories. The dataset contains information for 1,679 respondents, weighted to 1,696.1, in the form of 176 variables. Interviews were conducted with a national area probability sample of citizens of the Federal Republic, including West Berlin, who were over fifteen years of age. The interviews were conducted in July, 1961, prior to the federal election.

SUBJECT TERMS: election studies. groups. political attitudes and behavior. political issues. political parties. voting attitudes and behavior. Federal Republic of Germany.

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