ARD-DeutschlandTrend 2013

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

    Cumulates dataset of ARD-DeutschlandTrends for 2013. 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 election (Sunday question); party decision has been made; satisfaction with selected politicians (Anton Hofreiter, Andrea Nahles, Bernd Lucke, Barack Obama, Christian Lindner, Christian Ströbele, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Gregor Gysi, Hannelore Kraft, Hans-Peter Friedrich, Horst Seehofer, Joachim Gauck, Jürgen Trittin, Katrin Göring-Eckardt, Angela Merkel, Martin Schulz, Philipp Rösler, Rainer Brüderle, Sigmar Gabriel, Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, Peer Steinbrück, Thomas de Maizière, Thomas Oppermann, Ursula von der Leyen, Guido Westerwelle, Winfried Kretschmann and Wolfgang Schäuble); views on pensions: expected and actual personal involvement in poverty among the elderly; opinion on the Federal Government (Confidence in the crisis competence of the Federal Government, approval of the whereabouts of Angela Merkel as Chancellor and of the FDP in government); Chancellor preference for Angela Merkel or Peer Steinbrück; preference for a CDU/CSU-led or SPD-led Federal Government (Split A) or preference for a change of government or continuation of government of coalition of CDU/CSU and FDP (Split B); perceived justice in Germany; characteristics of Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel (sympathetic, competent, strong leader, credible); attitude towards the FDP (no longer needed, unresolved problems with resignation of Philipp Rösler, more controversial than other parties, has made a difference in Germany, Chancellor Merkel can implement her policy best with the FDP, stands as the only party for liberal contents, meaninglessness would be a pity, new beginning with Christian Lindner can succeed, more advocating for civil rights than other parties, party of the social cold, should position as euro-critical party); assessment of the euro and the debt crisis (worst part of the crisis is yet to come, concern about own savings and the personal economic future, no personal involvement in the crisis, right decisions by Chancellor Angela Merkel in the euro crisis, euro will overcome the crisis, federal government should do everything to rescue the Euro, reintroduction of the Deutschmark instead of fighting for the euro, consent to compulsory levies by investors and savers in Cyprus, sympathy for Southern Europeans´ anger towards Germany, Federal Government thinks too little of the people in the crisis countries, Euro as a good idea that has been badly implemented, Germany doesn’t need the euro, good job done by the European Central Bank in tackling the crisis, concerns about lower pensions); opinion on the resignation of Minister of Defense Thomas de Maizière after the failed drone project; most competent party to the solution of selected political tasks (pension provision, job security and job creation, safeguarding of the energy supply, creation of affordable housing, education policy, efficiency in the euro crisis, family policy and childcare, social justice, health policy, budget and financial policy, dealing with international conflicts, safe and secure affordable energy, fiscal policy and economic policy); assessment of parties with regard to their honesty in campaign statements; reasons for losing supporters of the SPD; countries as trustworthy partner for Germany (France, Russia, Great Britain, USA); comparison of Angela Merkel and Peer Steinbrück (more sympathetic, greater expertise in economic policy, more credible, stronger leadership, greater commitment to social justice, stronger support in the own party, greater competence with the overcoming the debt crisis, more honest, closer to citizens´ problems, says more clearly what he thinks, more clearly political course, more rather reliable); assessment of the current economic situation in the country and expected development in one year (economic expectations); assessment of the current personal economic situation; personal profit from economic growth in Germany; assessment of possible compositions of the Federal Government (current coalition of CDU/CSU and FDP, coalition of CDU/CSU and SPD, of CDU/CSU and Greens, from SPD and Greens, sole government of the CDU/CSU); satisfaction with the work of the federal government (Split A) and with the work of the Federal Government under the leadership of Angela Merkel (Split B); preference for a common policy of the European countries in view of the debt crisis versus sovereignty; attitude towards the SPD candidate for chancellor Peer Steinbrück (competent chancellor, speaks in plain language, SPD should look for another candidate for chancellor, will do more harm than good to the SPD in the election campaign, social issue justice is important to him, greater interest in one´s own person than for his party); coalition, which represents best departure, the past, competence, justice, security, harmony and growth (Union and FDP or SPD and Greens); SPD voter; Peer Steinbrück as a reason to choose the SPD or not to vote; assessment of the chances of the FDP in the Bundestag elections with the leadership team Brüderle and Rösler; expected consistency of the FDP leadership team from Brüderle and Rösler until the Bundestag elections; opinion on combat drones of the Bundeswehr; opinion on more open versus diplomatic expression of opinion by a candidate for chancellorship; evaluation of the political position of CDU and CSU; reasons for the loss of supporters of the FDP; opinion on equal legal and fiscal treatment of same-sex partnerships; opinion on ´Agenda 2010´; preferred concept for the prevention of low wages (statutory minimum wage limit for all employees or individually negotiated wage floor limits according to sector); evaluation of the trade union ver.di demanded wage increases of 6.5 percent in the public service; opinion on limiting managers´ salaries; opinion on the increase in taxes and the top tax rate for higher earners in accordance with SPD project; greater satisfaction with the acting by Pope Francis or with his predecessor Pope Benedict; expected change of the Catholic Church by the Pope Francis; Turkish media representatives should be present at the NSU process; opinion on a Euro-critical party such as the ´Alternative for Deutschland´ in the Bundestag; opinion on tax increases for high-income earners; preferred tax type for these tax increases (increase in income tax or inheritance tax, or Introduction of a wealth tax); presumed benefit or damage for the SPD and the Greens in the election campaign by announced tax increases for higher earners; opinion on the exemption from punishment after report to the tax authorities of false or incomplete tax declaration (generally maintain or abolish or for minor cases only); the desired and expected winner of the Football Champions League: Bayern Munich or Borussia Dortmund; opinion on CDU plans to increase maternity pension and child benefit and the introduction of a rent brake; evaluation of the behaviour of Minister of Defense de Maizière after the failed drone project ´Euro-Hawk´; Angela Merkel or political content of CDU/CSU as presumed reason for the election of the Union; Peer Steinbrück or political contents of the SPD as a presumed reason for the election of the SPD; expected Chancellor after the Bundestag elections: Angela Merkel or Peer Steinbrück; expected government coalition after the Bundestag election; opinion on the selected statements on a major coalition of Union and SPD; data espionage of the USA and Great Britain: surprised at the extent of the German intelligence spying communication links; surprised by stronger monitoring of Germany as other european countries; role of the Federal Government in the phone-hacking scandal: powerlessness of the Federal Government in protecting the citizens from spying by US intelligence agencies; assessment of Angela Merkel´s credibility with regard to her testimony that she first heard by press reports of the area-wide data monitoring by US intelligence agencies; opinion on the abolition of the solidarity surcharge; implementation of the legal entitlement to the care for under 2-year-olds is guaranteed; continued payment of the care allowance versus use for the expansion of the day care centre; Angela Merkel or Peer Steinbrück perform more convincingly when it comes to the TV duel; preferred government coalition; opinion on the coupling of the pensions of civil servants to the pension development; assessment of the pension scheme for civil servants in comparison with salaried employees; best suitability of Sigmar Gabriel or Hannelore Kraft for the SPD presidency; necessary agreement between the future coalition parties with regard to: tax increases for high-income earners, retention or the abolition of the care allowance, the introduction of a statutory minimum wages, introduction of a general passenger car toll (split A) or a passenger car toll for foreigners (Split B), higher contributions to the insurance with better benefits as well as the expansion of renewable energies; opinion on the level of a statutory minimum wages; government formation: Evaluation of a coalition of CDU/CSU and SPD, a coalition of CDU/CSU and Greens, as well as a new election of the Bundestag for Germany; coalition of CDU/CSU and SPD or by CDU/CSU and Greens better for Germany; to SPD supporters, CDU/CSU supporters, Green supporters according to Sunday´s question: SPD should seek a coalition with CDU/CSU versus enter the opposition; Greens should seek a coalition with the CDU/CSU or enter the opposition; CDU/CSU should seek a grand coalition with the SPD or with the Greens or new elections; European refugee policy: demand for more refugees to be admitted in Germany and in the EU; assessment of the competence of a grand coalition regarding selected tasks (fair wages, combating future poverty among the elderly, budget compensation and debt reduction, support for families with children, improvement of the school and university situation, improvement of the infrastructure); preferential use of additional tax revenues for better performance versus budget balance and debt reduction; opinion on passenger car tolls for motorways with a financial compensation for German motorists; preferred target for a car toll (additional income from the state treasury versus fair distribution of costs to frequent drivers and few drivers for the maintenance of infrastructure); change of the personal behaviour during telephone calls or on the Internet as a result of the phone-hacking scandal; expected behavior of the American intelligence services after the conclusion of a No-Spy agreement; evaluation of the former US intelligence agent Edward Snowden as a hero or a felon; Split A: advocacy of political asylum for Snowden in Germany (Split B: political asylum in spite of the burden on the German-American relations); suitable leaders from the Union and the SPD for a ministerial office in the next federal government (Wolfgang Schäuble, Thomas de Maizière, Ursula von der Leyen, Johanna Wanka, Ronald Pofalla, Peter Altmaier, Jens Spahn, Hans-Peter Friedrich, Alexander Dobrindt, Peter Ramsauer, Sigmar Gabriel, Thomas Oppermann, Franz-Walter Steinmeier, Manuela Schwesig, Andrea Nahles and Barbara Hendricks); preferred party (CDU, CSU, SPD) for the office of finance minister, foreign minister, Minister of Labour, Minister of Economic Affairs, Minister of the Interior and Minister of Defence; assessment of measures adopted in thecoalition agreement between CDU/CSU and SPD: car toll for foreigners, pension with 63 after 45 years in the job, maternal pension, minimum wage from 2017, doubled citizenship); justifiable criticism of pension decisions in the coalition agreement due to expected burden on future generations; opinion on the SPD membership decision on the coalition agreement; approval of a participation of party members in political fundamental decisions; worries about personal savings and pension provision for low interest rates. 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 municipality type; weighting factor.
Temporal Coverage
  • 2013-01-07 / 2013-01-08
  • 2013-01-28 / 2013-01-29
  • 2013-03-04 / 2013-03-05
  • 2013-04-02 / 2013-04-03
  • 2013-04-29 / 2013-04-30
  • 2013-06-03 / 2013-06-04
  • 2013-07-01 / 2013-07-03
  • 2013-07-29 / 2013-07-30
  • 2013-09-02 / 2013-09-03
  • 2013-10-07 / 2013-10-08
  • 2013-11-04 / 2013-11-05
  • 2013-12-02 / 2013-12-03
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
Sampled Universe
Eligible voters aged 18 and over
Time Dimension
  • Longitudinal: Trend/Repeated cross-section
Collection Mode
  • Telephone interview: CATI
Data and File Information
  • Number of Variables: 287
The data set consists of a cumulation of the monthly surveys carried out from January to December 2013. About 1000 interviews were carried out per month, for the Sunday question 1500 additional interviews were carried out.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA5915 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • WAHLEN (Type: FDZ)
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.4232/1.12028
  • Infratest dimap: ARD-DeutschlandTrend: Eine Umfrage zur politischen Stimmung im Auftrag der ARD-Tagesthemen und der Tageszeitung DIE WELT. Berlin: Januar 2013 bis Dezember 2013

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 19 | Registration Date: 2015-07-17