ARD-DeutschlandTrend 2014

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

    Cumulated data set of ARD-DeutschlandTrends for the year 2014. Assessment of parties and politicians. Attitude 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 elections and European elections (Sunday question); satisfaction with selected top politicians (Angela Merkel, Wolfgang Schäuble, Thomas de Maizière, Ursula von der Leyen, Horst Seehofer, Alexander Dobrindt, Sigmar Gabriel, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Manuela Schwesig, Gregor Gysi, Anton Hofreiter, Bodo Ramelow, Andrea Nahles, Katrin Göring-Eckardt, Joachim Gauck, Bernd Lucke, Christian Lindner, Hannelore Kraft, Heiko Maas, Hermann Gröhe and Cem Özdemir); views on the Ukraine conflict: sanctions of the West do not change anything in Russia´s policy, perceived threats of Russia are understandable, reactions of the EU are right, EU should oppose Russia more decisively, Germany´s leading mediating role in the Ukrainian conflict, tightened sanctions despite negative effects on the economy and jobs in Germany, Russia and the West will no longer be partners in the long term, Ukraine should be admitted to the EU, the division of Ukraine into a Ukrainian and a Russian part cannot be prevented, Russia´s President Putin cannot be trusted, Putin is a democratic politician, Putin uses every means to assert Russian interests, the Federal Government should oppose Russia more decisively than before, the USA and the EU should step up their efforts to ensure that parts of Ukraine do not fall to Russia, Germany´s role in the Ukrainian conflict (Germany should stand firmly on the side of the USA and the Western allies, show more understanding for Russia´s position, keep out of the conflict, limitation of economic relations with Russia), Russia´s great responsibility for the escalation in Eastern Ukraine, perceived threat from Russia´s behaviour, correct EU behaviour in the Ukrainian conflict, agreement to tightening EU sanctions against Russia, sanctions against Russia fundamentally correct; opinion on self-reporting of tax offences (generally abolish or maintain or only for petty cases); opinion on the Left Party (time is ripe for a Prime Minister nominated by the Left, not solved by the SED past, concerns about democracy in a federal state government led by the Left, clarity in addressing problems, stronger commitment to the socially weak than all other parties, pragmatic and fact-oriented policy in East Germany); assessment of the suitability of the individual ministers of the grand coalition in their respective ministries; advantageousness of the country´s EU membership; opinion on combat drones for the Bundeswehr; demand for Germany´s stronger involvement in international crises; preference for Martin Schulz or Jean-Claude Juncker as President of the EU Commission; sympathy for a possible strike by train drivers in the collective bargaining conflict between the GdL train drivers´ union and Deutsche Bahn; assessment of selected measures in the Ukrainian conflict as right or wrong (military support for Ukraine, political pressure from the USA and the EU on Russia, economic sanctions against Russia, economic and financial aid for Ukraine, exclusion of Russia from the G8 group of states, isolation of Russia, additional entry bans and account freezes for Russian politicians); opinion on NATO (important for peacekeeping in Europe, should be dissolved due to superfluousness, NATO should include Ukraine in the Alliance, should assume greater responsibility in the Ukrainian conflict); party competence: most competent party to solve selected political tasks (job security and job creation, energy system transformation, good family policy and child care, social justice, pension policy, budgetary and financial policy, solving the most important problems in the country); opinion on the planned introduction of a passenger car toll with financial compensation for German motorists in the motor vehicle tax; opinion on selected statements on the negotiations on the new President of the EU Commission (Angela Merkel has lost credibility at European level, support for Jean-Claude Juncker as Commission President despite threat of resignation by Great Britain, Merkel ensures balance of interests of the member states, Juncker becomes good Commission President, EU is conceivable without Great Britain); assessment of the personal tax burden; opinion on the tariff unit: negotiation of collective bargaining agreements exclusively by the largest trade union or, furthermore, by small trade unions; countries as trustworthy partners for Germany: European Union, France, Poland, Russia, Great Britain and the USA; perceived threat from the political situation in the world; assessment of the current economic situation in the country as well as expected development in one year (economic expectations); assessment of the current personal economic situation; expected football world champion; satisfaction with the work of the federal government; preference for more common EU policies or stronger national solo attempts; greater personal caution or unchanged behaviour when telephoning or writing e-mails since the surveillance by American and British secret services became known; Joachim Gauck as a good candidate for the office of Federal President; competence comparison of the new Grand Coalition of Union and SPD with the predecessor government of Union and FDP in selected policy areas (economy, job security and job creation, budget and financial policy, euro and debt crisis, secure and affordable energy, social justice, long-term pension provision, good family policy and child care); Grand coalition more controversial or more harmonious than the previous black-yellow federal government; opinion on the immigration of EU foreigners from Romania and Bulgaria (economy needs qualified workers, more advantages than disadvantages for Germany, causes fear, political parties care too little about problems caused by immigration, no financial support or expulsion from Germany in case of lack of intention to work); opinion on the role of the CSU on the basis of selected statements; opinion on the change of politicians into the economy after the end of their political activity (immediate change permitted or only after a waiting period or a general ban); demand for a stronger engagement of Germany in international crises with regard to diplomacy and negotiations, humanitarian aid on the ground, financial support, military intervention together with international partners); preferred distribution of additional tax revenues in the areas of better pension benefits, tax relief for employees as well as child care and education; opinion on the awarding of the Olympic Winter Games to Russia; expectation of fair competitions or doped athletes at the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi; satisfaction with the Federal Government´s achievements in selected policy areas (foreign policy, Bundeswehr and defence, pension and social policy, energy, domestic and legal policy); confidence in Chancellor Merkel, Foreign Minister Steinmeier, US President Obama and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon regarding their contribution to resolving the Ukrainian conflict; expectation of a peaceful solution to the Ukraine conflict or an armed conflict; preference for support for Ukraine by the EU and the Federal Government or no interference; agreement to abolish the 3% hurdle in the European elections; pension policy: development of pension policy in the right direction; preferred time for one´s own retirement measured against legal requirements; East-West conflict: Approval of stronger security and surveillance of Eastern European airspace against possible attacks from Russia by NATO; approval of participation of the Bundeswehr in intensified airspace surveillance; Germany´s preferred and current position in the East-West conflict (firm in the Western Alliance or middle position between the Western Alliance and Russia); opinion on the EU (safe living in Europe by the EU, offers special protection in times of crisis, is not taken seriously internationally, should become more visible in foreign policy, EU enlargement to Eastern Europe was the right step, inability to speak with one voice in difficult situations, Russia conflict has welded the EU together more strongly); EU enlargement to Eastern Europe as a good thing; consent to the future admission of further states in fulfilment of the economic and political conditions; concern about a new ´Kalter Krieg´ between Russia and the West; preferred use of additional state revenues (tax cuts, fulfilment of important state tasks, debt reduction); filling of the office of President of the EU Commission by the heads of government of the member states or the European Parliament; planned free trade agreement with the USA as a gain for Germany; opinion on the new regulation of dual citizenship; preferential treatment of Western countries with Russia in the Ukrainian conflict (isolation of Russia or remaining under discussion); agreement on strengthening NATO troops in Eastern European member states to protect against threats from Russia; opinion on Turkey´s medium to long-term admission to the EU; minimum wage: opinion on the introduction of a statutory minimum wage; opinion on exemptions from the minimum wage; expected job losses due to the introduction of a minimum wage; concerns about possible personal involvement in surveillance by foreign intelligence services; adequate state protection against espionage and surveillance from abroad; team most positively surprised respectively disappointed at the World Cup; expected additional financial burden for German motorists due to the introduction of a car toll; the Gaza conflict: Israel or Hamas as the main culprits for the escalation in the Gaza conflict; the federal government´s preferred behaviour in the Gaza conflict (determined commitment to Israel or to the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip or keeping them out of the conflict); the characteristics of the political parties CDU/CSU, SPD, Die Linke, Grüne, FDP and Alternative für Deutschland (closed, has the right concepts, competent politicians, close to the citizens, good job); opinion on the German government´s planned arms deliveries to the Kurds in northern Iraq in the fight against the terrorist group ´Islamischer Staat (IS)´; opinion on the stationing of further NATO soldiers in Eastern European member countries to protect them from threats from Russia; opinion on higher defence spending due to the state of equipment of the Bundeswehr; sympathy for the strike of Lufthansa pilots; perception of the terrorist group IS as a regional problem or as a threat to Germany; call for more commitment by Germany in the fight against the IS; fear of terrorist attacks in Germany in view of the conflict with the IS in Syria and Iraq; Germany should accept more refugees in view of the growing flow of refugees to Europe; EU should accept more refugees in view of the international trouble spots; agreement to an electronic comparison of number plates to check the payment of the car toll; opinion on the equalisation of living conditions in Germany (East is clearly behind West, no major differences, East has overtaken West); satisfaction with developments in Germany 25 years after unification; opinion on the participation of the Left Party in the government; feared bottlenecks in gas supply in the course of the Ukraine conflict; football: Preference for the use of goal line technology in the Bundesliga or for exclusive referee decisions; opinion on the introduction of video evidence for the subsequent decision on rule violations. Demography: sex; age; employment status; occupational status; highest school leaving certificate; net household income. Additionally coded was: wave identification, survey day; region (east/west); federal state; official district key; BIK community type; weighting factor.
Temporal Coverage
  • 2014-01-06 / 2014-01-07
  • 2014-02-03 / 2014-02-04
  • 2014-03-04 / 2014-03-05
  • 2014-03-31 / 2014-04-01
  • 2014-04-28 / 2014-04-29
  • 2014-06-02 / 2014-06-03
  • 2014-06-30 / 2014-07-01
  • 2014-08-04 / 2014-08-05
  • 2014-09-01 / 2014-09-02
  • 2014-09-29 / 2014-09-30
  • 2014-11-03 / 2014-11-04
  • 2014-12-01 / 2014-12-02
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
Sampled Universe
Eligible voters aged 18 and over
Probability: Multistage
Time Dimension
  • Longitudinal: Trend/Repeated cross-section
Collection Mode
  • Telephone interview: CATI
Data and File Information
  • Number of Variables: 263
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA5987 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • WAHLEN (Type: FDZ)

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 21 | Registration Date: 2015-07-16