Dataset: DISS200602: Political Attitudes of First-Time Voters

Abstract

Due to the fact that the existing discussions referring to the planned decrease of voting age from 18 to 16 this topic should catch some attention.
In this empirical study on the occasion of the parliamentary election in Austria 2006 the attention was drawn to the young voters who have an higher education, a higher interest in politics and in correlation to that a more intense political media consumption.
The study was conducted on the one hand with the browser game www.powerofpolitics.com and on the other hand with the internet presence of the daily newspaper Der Standard.

The major issue was the Ann-Arbor-Model developed by Campbell et. al. on the University of Michigan in the 1950s. As a result of that model voting behaviour concurs with political-institutional, social-economical and psychological factors. The natural centre always builds a more or less strong party identification, which colours virtually every other possible factor. Further more the study was searching for the real potential of young voters when it comes to relate different party statements to the suitable party. A glance is taken to the childhood and the possible impact of political homogenous parents. The study should offer a comprehensive view of young voters, who are always being reckoned as political uninterested and querulous.

Variable Groups

Document Description

Full Title

DISS200602: Political Attitudes of First-Time Voters

Subtitle

An Empirical Study on the Occasion of the Austrian General Election 2006

Identification Number

DISS200602!en

Authoring Entity

Christian Bischof , The Austrian Social Science Data Archive

Producer

Name Affiliation Abbreviation Role
The Austrian Social Science Data Archive AUSSDA

Copyright

The Austrian Social Science Data Archive

Date of Production

2009-08-31

Full Title

DISS200602_en

Study Description

Full Title

DISS200602: Political Attitudes of First-Time Voters

Subtitle

An Empirical Study on the Occasion of the Austrian General Election 2006

Identification Number

DISS200602_en

Authoring Entity

Name Affiliation
Dr. Peter Merschitz

Producer

Name Affiliation Abbreviation Role
Dr. Peter Merschitz

Date of Production

2009-08-31

Funding Agency/Sponsor

Name Abbreviation Role Grant
Dissertation

Notes

Depositor: Dr. Peter Merschitz

List of Keywords

Topic Classification

Country

Austria

Geographic Coverage

Austria

Unit of Analysis

Individual

Universe

Internet user aged 15 years and older

Kind of Data

Survey

Notes

Survey period: 15th until  28th September

Time Method

Cross section

Data Collector

Unipark

Sampling Procedure

From approximately 20,000 active players of the online game www.powerofpolitics.com.To increase the response rate, every tenth participant got a one months account for the game for free.
In addiction to increase the response rate, a co-operation was made with the online edition of the daily newspaper Der Standard, they linked from the politics webpage to the survey.

Major Deviations from the Sample Design

The participants do not represent the Austrian population, but they represent young- and first-time voters with quite similar and homogenous attributes.

Mode of Data Collection

Online survey

Type of Research Instrument

Online questionnarie

Characteristics of Data Collection Situation

Participants, total: 3757
answering 1. question: 3415
number of persons, who finished answering the questionnaire: 2094
83,7% of these participants are men

Availability Status

SPSS

Restrictions

Free accessible for research and teaching

Conditions

They have to contain the designated purpose and the terms and conditions (see AUSSDA user guidelines).

Related Studies

Related Studies at the WISDOM

SO0501: Political Participation of Young People in Europe

Related Publications

Publications

Merschitz, Peter (2008): Politische Einstellungen von Jungwählern und Jungwählerinnen in Österreich. Eine empirische Studie. Wien: Transparenz Verlag

Data Files Description

File Name

DISS200602_en.NSDstat

Overall Case Count

3757

Overall Variable Count

90

Type of File

Nesstar 200801

Questionnaire

Operationalisation

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