ARD-DeutschlandTrend 2012

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • ARD-Landesrundfunkanstalten
  • Infratest dimap Gesellschaft für Trend- und Wahlforschung, Berlin
Publication Date
  • Infratest dimap, Berlin (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • International Institutions, Relations, Conditions
    • Political Issues
    • Political Attitudes and Behavior
    • Political Parties, Organizations
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
    • Government, political systems and organisation
    • International politics and organisation
  • Abstract

    Cumulative data set of ARD-Deutschlandtrends of the year 2012. Evaluation of parties and politicians. Attitudes towards current political issues. Topics: Some topics were repeated and asked in an identical way at each survey time, other topics were asked only in one or more survey months. Party preference in the next Bundestag election (Sunday question); satisfaction with selected top politicians (Barack Obama, Christian Lindner, Claudia Roth, Christian Wulff, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Gregor Gysi, Hannelore Kraft, Hans-Peter Friedrich, Horst Seehofer, Joachim Gauck, Jürgen Trittin, Kristina Schröder, Angela Merkel, Norbert Röttgen, Peter Altmaier, Philipp Rösler, Rainer Brüderle, Sigmar Gabriel, Sylvia Löhrmann, Peer Steinbrück, Thomas de Maizière, Ursula von der Leyen, Guido Westerwelle, Winfried Kretschmann und Wolfgang Schäuble); opinion on Piraten party (alternative for nonvoters, representation of younger people’s interests, a good alternative for established parties, not a serious party, choice of the Pirate party as a lesson for other parties, provide for more openness and transparency in politics); attitudes towards Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel (good Federal Chancellor, decisive acting in the Euro crisis, hovering above things, does not appear like party politician, but stands above the parties, righteous and not intent on own advantage, is more concerned with economic interests than with those of the little people, good representation of Germany’s interests in the world); attitutes towards black-yellow coalition in Berlin (CDU/CSU and FDP go well together, coalition will hold until end of legislative period, positive surprised by Philipp Rösler during the candidate selection process for the Federal President’s office, Angela Merkel´s yielding in the candidate question for the Federal President´s Office was reasonable, advocating Joachim Gauck will not serve FDP, Merkel has government coalition no longer under control; disappointed by government performance, country is in good hands, CDU/CSU and FDP fit no longer together); Federal Chancellor preference for Angela Merkel or Frank-Walter Steinmeier or Peer Steinbrück or Hannelore Kraft; opinion on planned childcare subsidy for parents who take care of their under three-year-old children at home; perceived justice in Germany; characteristics of Federal President Christian Wulff (credible, honest, respects applicable laws, dignified Federal President, taking advantage of the office for personal gain, likeable); advantages or disadvantages of the Euro for interviewee and for Germany; assessment of the Euro- and debt crisis (worst part of the crisis is still to come, worries about own savings and personal economic future, Federal Government has lost track, desire for D-mark instead of introduction of Euro or reintroduction of the D-Mark instead of fight for Euro, no personal concern, demand for Greece to be excluded from the Euro zone if it does not accept Euro rescue decisions, correct decisions by Angela Merkel and the Federal Government in the Euro Crisis, Euro will survive the crisis, Federal Government should endeavor to save the Euro, hard to cope with disruption of Euro for national economy); preference for a CDU/CSU-led or SPD-led Federal Government (Split A) or preference for a change of the government or continuation of the government of coalition of CDU/CSU and FDP (Split B); credibility of the parties SPD,CDU, die Grünen, die Linke, FDP, CSU, Piraten; preference for a common policy of the European countries with respect to the debt crisis versus acting alone; issue competence of the parties in the areas: pension provision, job security, foreign policy, affordable housing, education policy, improving opportunities for women, representation of German interests in the European Union, safeguarding of energy supply, efficient handling of the Euro crisis, family policy and childcare, social justice, fair tax system, budgetary and fiscal policy, solution of the most important problems in Germany, secure and affordable energy, tax policy, Euro stability, lower indebtedness and economic policy; Assessment of the political system in Russia as democratic; opinion on resignation of Federal president Christian Wulff; assessment of the current economic situation in Germany and business expectations for the next year; expected personal economic situation in 10 years; confidence or anxiety in the occasion of the current conditions in Germany; attitude towards a ban of the NPD; personal profit from economic growth; confidence in the Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin; satisfaction with the governing parties CDU, CSU and FDP, evaluation of the benefits of possible coalitions for Germany; satisfaction with the work of the Federal Government; reasons for the loss of supporters of the FDP; attitude towards retirement at the age of 67 (necessary to secure the pension, unjustly perceived implementation of the pension savings, demand for the state to provide jobs for older workers, prevents larger increases in pension contributions, concealed pension reduction, desire for reversal despite rising pension contributions, increase in the retirement age makes sense due to the higher life expectancy); expected political developments at the end of 2012 (Christian Wulff as Federal President and Philipp Rösler as FDP party chairman still in office, black-yellow Federal Government with Angela Merkel as Federal Chancellor, return of Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg to politics); evaluation of the behaviour of Federal President Christian Wulff concerning the prevention of reporting about him in the Bild newspaper as adequate, satisfaction with the social market economy in the country, Attitudes towards the social market economy in Germany (fundamental need for change, no longer working as it used to, responsible for injustice in society, promotes income gap, best for the country, decisive for good economic situation); opinion on selected proposals to rescue Greece from the debt crisis (supervision of the Greek budget by an EU savings commissioner, further guarantees from EU countries with a strong economy, EU countries renouncing the repayment of Greek debt (debt cut), recovery plan for Greek economy); economic advantage in the office through German politicians as a whole and Wulff as an isolated case; good choice of Joachim Gauck as Federal President; Attitude towards Joachim Gauck (ignorance of what Gauck stands for, divergent personal views to statements by Gauck, is overestimated, Federal President for the East Germans, good choice due to Gauck’s lack of party affiliation, expected clear expression of opinion, trustworthy, lack of political experience, likeable); Assessment of the condition of the current government coalition; personal worries caused by the Euro crisis (lower pensions, price increases, closure of state institutions, tax increases); attitude towards the second rescue package for Greece (pointless, wrong decision of the Bundestag, demand for a voluntary withdrawal of Greece from the Euro zone, missing support of Greece will be expensive for Germany, expectation of further aid packages, Greeks deserve support); expectation of a fair election or manipulation of the election result at the presidential election in Russia; election of the party from conviction or from disappointment; Piraten party in future permanently in German parliaments; opinion on the entry of the Piraten party into the Bundestag (Split A) and on the FDP rejoining the Bundestag (Split B); expectation of a trend reversal of the FDP or its resignation from the Bundestag; appropriate measures of the FDP for the recovery of partisans (exchange of the party leadership, clear market economy position, advocacy for civil rights and freedom of the individual); support for a transfer company for the employees of the drugstore chain Schlecker; damage to the FDP due to its rejection of state guarantees for this transfer company; opinion on a law on price regulation at petrol stations versus free competition; opinion on the child care subsidy of 150 Euros with annual costs of 1.2 billion Euros; opinion on the increase of the mothers’ pension by 50 Euro (Split: with annual costs of 1.2 billion Euros); preferred future president in France from a German point of view (Nicolas Sarkozy or Francois Hollande); preferred measure in context of the poor economic situation in many EU countries: compliance with strict austerity policy versus imposition of growth programs; evaluation of possible responses to the hunger strike of the imprisoned former prime minister of the Ukraine Timoschenko (absence of football teams during the European Football Championship, political and economic sanctions against Ukraine, absence of the chancellor and ministers during the tournament); expected effects of planned state regulation of petrol prices on petrol prices; planned state regulation of gasoline prices by the Federal Government out of conviction or as an election campaign maneuver; expected impairment of the personal income and assets due to the Euro crisis; party responsible for the lack of statutory childcare places for all children under three years of age (Federal Government, states, municipalities); preference for a nursery place for the own child under three years of age versus renunciation of this place and use of the child care subsidy; energy transition: taking all measures to get out of nuclear energy despite rising prices versus postponing phase-out to prevent rising prices; expected European football champion; private viewing of the first match of the European Football Championship Germany against Portugal or public viewing; Euro crisis: referendum or Bundestag decision on the pooling of national competences in the EU; personal vote in a possible referendum: European budgetary policy and budgetary control centralized or by the member states; opinion on the countries’ debt liability during the Euro crisis (generally no joint debt liability in Europe, joint debt liability only with clear rules or is part of a common currency; party responsible for the great increase in power of banks and financial markets; most appropriate party to reform the financial sector; stable prices or support of the indebted countries as the preferred task of the European Central Bank; opinion on the further membership of Greece, Spain, Ireland Portugal and Italy the Euro zone; politicians from the government and from the opposition who are able to rescue the Euro (Merkel, Schäuble, Seehofer, Rösler, Gabriel, Steinmeier, Steinbrück, Trittin); evaluation of the influence of the Federal Constitutional Court in the audit of laws concerning constitutional compatibility; preference for SPD or Grüne as coalition partner for the CDU/CSU after the Bundestag elections 2013; chancellor candidate with the best chances for SPD in the Bundestag elections or candidate for chancellorship, who is most likely to promote a vote for the SPD (Gabriel, Steinmeier, Steinbrück); only to Grüne supporters: top candidates with the best chances for die Grünen in the Bundestag elections (Göring-Eckardt, Künast, Roth, Trittin), non-Grüne supporters: top candidates most likely to promote votes for die Grünen; opinion on the ECB’s buyout of government bonds; preferred coping with the large surpluses in pension insurance: reduction of pension contributions or saving money, supplementation of low pensions, introduction of a minimum pension or private pensions; attitude towards pensions: money is safer with statutory pension than in the case with private old-age provisions, statutory basic pension independent of own contributions, private pension provision is appropriate, current or expected concern of old-age poverty, able to maintain earlier standard of living as a pensioner or expectations that pensioner will be able to maintain current standard of living; acceptance of medical practice closures in the context of fee negotiations between doctors and health insurance companies; understanding for the strike of flight attendants of Lufthansa; preference for Barack Obama or for Mitt Romney at the presidential election in the USA; confidence in Peer Steinbrück as a competent Federal Chancellor; evaluation of the broader problem-solving competences of Angela Merkel or Peer Steinbrück at selected political tasks (lower national debt, European debt crisis, stabilization of the Euro, secure economic growth and old-age provision, good economic situation, sufficient jobs, social justice, restriction of the influence of banks, safe and affordable energy, representation of Germany’s interests in the world); opinion on selected statements regarding a possible Grand Coalition (no alternative, endorsement of a government with Merkel as chancellor and with the SPD as coalition partner, good experience with the last Grand Coalition, debt crisis requires cooperation between the two major parties); satisfaction or disappointment with the work of the CDU/CSU, which was personally chosen in the last Bundestag elections; election decision for the CDU/CSU was right or regret over this election decision; comparison of Angela Merkel and Peer Steinbrück (likeability, greater expertise in economic policy, credibility, stronger leadership, stronger commitment to social justice, stronger support in own party, greater competence in dealing with the debt crisis); attitude to additional income of politicians from lectures and publications, expected consequences for Peer Steinbrück in the next Bundestag elections through his secondary activities, impact on the personal election decision through Steinbrück’s secondary occupations, evaluation of the resolutions of the Federal Government (abolition of the practice fee, childcare subsidy of 150 Euros for parents who want to care at home for their children under three years of age. 750 million Euros for new infrastructure projects, pension supplements for low-income earners who have been paying in the pension fund for a long time, expected success of the resolution on the compensation of the federal budget of 2014 with lower new indebtedness, overall assessment of the resolutions as reasonable decisions or as electoral gifts); importance of selected political tasks in the run-up to the Bundestag elections (support for the poor and the weak, families with children, less national debt, more secure and affordable energy, Euro stability, adequate pensions, more equitably distributed tax burden, better opportunities for women, affordable housing); the most competent party to solve the above mentioned tasks; the most expected coalition after the next Bundestag elections; Angela Merkel as a person or political content of the CDU/CSU as a reason for voting in the next Bundestag elections; Peer Steinbrück or political content of the SPD as a reason for voting in the next Bundestag elections; better chances for the FDP in the upcoming Bundestag elections with Philipp Rösler or with Rainer Brüderle; NPD prohibition as a symbolic signal or as effective means against right-wing extremism. Demography: sex, age, occupation, occupational status, education, household income Additionally coded was: region (east/west); wave identifier; federal state; BIK municipality type; official district key; weighting factor.
Temporal Coverage
  • 2012-01-02 / 2012-01-03
  • 2012-01-30 / 2012-01-31
  • 2012-02-27 / 2012-02-28
  • 2012-04-02 / 2012-04-03
  • 2012-04-30 / 2012-05-01
  • 2012-06-04 / 2012-06-05
  • 2012-07-02 / 2012-07-03
  • 2012-07-30 / 2012-07-31
  • 2012-09-03 / 2012-09-04
  • 2012-10-01 / 2012-10-02
  • 2012-11-05 / 2012-11-06
  • 2012-12-03 / 2012-12-04
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
Sampled Universe
Persons entitled to vote aged 18 and over
Time Dimension
  • Longitudinal: Trend/Repeated cross-section
Collection Mode
  • Telephone interview: CATI
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 13236
    Number of Variables: 324
The data set consists of a cumulation of the monthly surveys conducted from January to December 2012. Approximately 1000 interviews were conducted per month, with an additional 1500 interviews for the Sunday question.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA5849 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • WAHLEN (Type: FDZ)
  • Infratest dimap: ARD-DeutschlandTrend: Eine Umfrage zur politischen Stimmung im Auftrag der ARD-Tagesthemen und fünf Tageszeitungen. Berlin: Januar 2012 bis Dezember 2012

Update Metadata: 2020-10-22 | Issue Number: 22 | Registration Date: 2013-10-25