Politbarometer 1989 (Cumulated Data Set)

Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim
The Politbarometer has been conducted since 1977 on an almost monthly basis by the Forschungsgruppe Wahlen on behalf of the Second German Television (ZDF). Since 1990, this database has also been available for the new German states. The survey focuses on the opinions and attit...
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Langhans, Monika
Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim



Sampled Universe
Eligible voters living in private households with a telephone
Probability: Systematic random; Sampling Procedure Comment: Random selection. Sample according to the RLD procedure (Randomize last digit)

Time Dimension

  • Longitudinal: Trend/Repeated cross-section

Collection Mode

  • Telephone interview
  • Telephone interview (CATI) with standardized questionnaire

DataSets and Files

  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 11068
    Number of Variables: 309


  • Abstract

    The Politbarometer has been conducted since 1977 on an almost monthly basis by the Forschungsgruppe Wahlen on behalf of the Second German Television (ZDF). Since 1990, this database has also been available for the new German states. The survey focuses on the opinions and attitudes of the voting-age population in the Federal Republic on current political issues, parties, politicians, and voting behavior. From 1990 to 1995 and from 1999 onward, the Politbarometer surveys were conducted separately both in the newly formed eastern and in the western German states (Politbarometer East and Politbarometer West). The separate monthly surveys of a year are integrated into a cumulative data set that includes all surveys of a year and all variables of the respective year. Starting in 2003, the Politbarometer short surveys, collected with varying frequency throughout the year, are integrated into the annual cumulation.
  • Table of Contents

    Most important problems in the Federal Republic; satisfaction with democracy; the right people in leading positions; behavior at the polls in the last Federal Parliament election and party preference (Sunday question and rank order procedure); party inclination and party identification; expected winner in the Federal Parliament election 1990; coalition preferences; preference for federal chancellor; preferred top candidate of the SPD; desired secretary-general of the CDU; sympathy scale for selected top politicians in the Federal Republic and in the GDR; most important politicians; attitude to re-election of von Weizsaecker; judgement on health care reform and participation in the costs of medications; judgement on the effects of the petroleum tax increase; attitude to a reduction in low-altitude flights in the Federal Republic; assessment of the security of peace in Europe and feeling of threat from the Warsaw Pact; attitude to modernization of the Western nuclear weapons or securing of peace by doing without nuclear weapons; preferred action of the West in disarmament negotiations and judgement on the disarmament measures of the Soviet Union; attitude to modernization of short-range nuclear missiles and to disarmament negotiations; preference for West German or American attitudes in important political questions; attitude to NATO and American troop withdrawal; judgement on German-American relations and their change since assumption of office by George Bush; judgement on the relation to the Soviet Union and understanding for the concerns of the western alliance partners regarding the reliability of the Federal Republic; attitude to applicants for political asylum and ethnic Germans from Eastern Europe; judgement on the right to asylum and attitude to a limitation of the number of asylum-seekers; attitude to the right to vote for foreigners and to easier acquisition of German citizenship; contacts with foreigners at work; expected election winner in Berlin; interest in the European Election; expected conduct of the Republicans in the EC parliament; classification of the Republicans as right-wing radical and knowledge of Republican voters; attitude to election success by the Republicans as a warning for the established parties; assessment of the Republicans as new Nazis; EC membership as advantage for the Federal Republic; assessment of the significance of parliament decisions at municipal, state, federal and European level; judgement on the monitoring of food quality in the Federal Republic and assumed changes of the quality of controls after European standardization; attitude to radioactive radiation treatment of food to increase shelf-life and feared harm to health; attitude to reduction in working hours to a 35-hour work week; job worries; assessment of the loyalty to the chancellor of the CDU, loyalty to the coalition of the CSU and of the FDP; attitude to a nation-wide CSU; danger of communism; attitude to admission of Eastern European nations into the EC and countries preferred for this; attitude to credits for Poland and to the Oder-Neisse Line; attitude to unification of the two German nations and to the 10-point plan of the government; judgement on the reform demands for the GDR as West German intervention in the matters of the GDR; judgement on the number of GDR refugees and relief for emigrants; understanding for emmigration; feared disadvantages for jobs and housing from emigrants; recognition of citizens of the GDR as Germans; judgement on the reunification of the two German nations; attitude to financial aid for the GDR and tying this aid to more extensive reforms; judgement on media reporting on the GDR; interest in a visit to the GDR; relatives in the GDR; visit to the GDR dependent on lifting of the visa requirement and forced currency exchange; attitude to abortion and to the abortion law ruling; judgement on CDU policies regarding questionsof ethnic Germans from Eastern Europe, asylum-seekers, abortion and reunification; self-classification on a left-right continuum; judgement on the general economic situation and one´s own as well as on further development; assessment of the ability of a Federal Government led by the CDU or the SPD in questions of the economy, unemployment, environmental protection, pensions, the public health system and tax policies; attitude to a cabinet re-organization and to health care reform; personal impact of reform of the public health system; attitude to moving imprisoned terrorists together; interest in sports; attitude to intensification of drug tests and judgement on the disallowing of the gold medal for Ben Johnson in the Olympics; attitude to the business hours on long Thursday; summer vacation and judgement on the vacation; attitude to reduction of time in school at high schools to 12 years; own school-age children; living together with a partner; religiousness; union membership.


The Politbarometers present a monthly trend survey commissioned by the Second German Television (ZDF). The individual data sets of the Politbarometers for 1989 are archived under ZA Study Nos. 1768 to 1778. Further Politbarometers are archived under ZA Study Nos. 1053 to 1063, 1277 to 1281, 1469 to 1479, 1677 as well as 1687 to 1696.


Temporal Coverage

  • 1989-01 / 1989-12

Geographic Coverage

  • Germany (DE)
    FRG without West Berlin


Alternative Identifiers

  • ZA1779 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • WAHLEN (Type: FDZ)

Update Metadata: 2021-08-30 | Issue Number: 94 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22