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Politbarometer West 2000 (Cumulated Data Set)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Berger, Manfred (Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim)
  • Jung, Matthias (Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim)
  • Roth, Dieter (Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim)
Publication Date
  • Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim (Data Collector)
  • GESIS – Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften (Data Curator)
  • ZA:
    • Political Attitudes and Behavior
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Migration
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
    • Government, political systems and organisation
    • Social welfare systems/structures
    • Natural resources and energy
    • Income, property and investment/saving
    • Economic policy
    • Economic systems and development
  • Abstract

    Topics: 1. The following topics were asked about identically at every time of survey: most important political problems of the Federal Republic; intent to participate in the next Federal Parliament election; behavior at the polls in the last Federal Parliament election; sympathy scale for the SPD, CDU, CSU, FDP, the Greens and the PDS; satisfaction with achievements of the Federal Government (scale); sympathy scale for the large or small partner in the government as well as the small and large partner in opposition; party preference according to rank order procedure and Sunday question; sympathy scale for top politicians of the parties; judgement on economic situation of the country and one's own economic situation; expected economic situation for the state; self-assessment on a left-right continuum. 2. In at least one or more survey months the following questions were posed: coalition preference; naming the five most important political personalities in the Federal Republic; sympathy scale for the most important top politicians in the Federal Republic; judgement on the normality of the Greens as party; acceptance of a party office by state and federal members of parliament of the Greens and personally perceived importance of this topic; judgement whether the SPD stands behind the policies of Gerhard Schroeder and the CDU behind the policies of Angela Merkel; assessment of unity of SPD, CDU, CSU, FDP and the Greens on important political questions; general satisfaction with democracy; interest in politics; the right people in leading positions; judgement on the situation of the German economy; expectations of the opposition; judgement on the dispute culture in politics; preferred CDU/CSU candidate for chancellor; influence of contributions on political decisions of the Federal Government under Helmut Kohl; approval of compensation for financial damages caused by Kohl through contributions; judgement on treatment of Kohl on the occasion of celebration of German unity; judgement on the political achievement of Kohl in general; approval of the resignation of Wolfgang Schaeuble and preferred successor; the one primarily to blame for the CDU problems; trust in the willingness of the CDU to clear up the contribution affair; attitude to demands for resignation of Roland Koch; personally perceived importance of CDU contribution incidents; attitude to criminal prosecution of Helmut Kohl; assessment about unofficial SPD bank accounts; personally perceived importance of SPD flight affair in NRW; assessment of the most influential person in the CDU/CSU (Merkel, Merz or Stoiber); approval of reunification in 1989 as well as currently; perceived joy or concern about unification; fulfillment of personal expectations and solution of problems regarding unification; judgement on efforts of the Federal Government for achievement of equivalent living conditions in East and West; assessment of the degree of rapproachment of the Germans since unity; attitude to the terms "Ossi" {"Easty"} and "Wessi" {"Westy"}; assessment about the length of integration in years; attitude to dissatisfaction of the East Germans; national identity of respondent; trip to East Germany after the turning point; attitude to coping with the past of the GDR; satisfaction with condition of society in general and in comparison with Western Europe; expected economic situation in Germany and personal economic situation in a year; issue ability of the parties in the areas economy, job creation, finances, tax policy, foreigner policy, environmental policy and securing of pensions; expectations of the tax reform; attitude to the attempt by the CDU/CSU to reject the tax reform; attitude to pension financing and preferential tax treatment of private provision for old age; assessment of personal future financial situation as pensioner in comparison with current pensioners; judgement on current social situation of pensioners and assessment of the security of pensions in 20 years; attitude to private provision for old age for employees; rights to a compulsory pension, a civil servant pension, a company or private provision; possession of life insurance, savings assets, shares, stocks and shares and real estate; attitude to PDS participation in the pension discussion; judgement on the work of the Federal Government; government ability of the CDU/CSU; knowledge about the Federal President and evaluation of his work in general; attitude to combat military service for women; ideas about the future of compulsory military service and bout introduction of compulsory military service for women; appropriateness of the wage increases demanded by the IG Metall; expected advantages and disadvantages for the country from membership in the EU; attitude to introduction of the Euro on 1 January 1999; significance of loss of value of the Euro against the Dollar for Germany and personally perceived importance of this topic; expectation of success of the Euro; attitude to EU extension regarding the Baltic countries as well as Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Turkey, Hungary; significance of EU enlargement to the East for Germany; assessment of the success of the EU summit in Nice; approval of equalization of votes in the EU council of ministers; approval of restriction of the relation of the EU countries with Austria since the FPOE has a part in the government; agreement with government participation of FPOE and Joerg Haider; candidate preference for the presidency of the USA; blame for jeopardy to the peace process between Palestinians and Israelis; agreement with a Green Card for foreign IT specialists and the CDU postcard action in NRW against this measure; personally perceived importance of the postcard action; fairness of the accusation of foreigner hostility of the CDU; feeling of threat to democracy from the NPD; naming the most dangerous of the right-wing radical parties (DVU {deutsche Volksunion}, the NPD, Republicans); approval of an NPD prohibition; perceived need of new laws to combat right-wing radicalism; preferred use of additional revenues from the sale of mobil telephone licenses; attitude to homosexual marriage and equal tax treatment; assessment of the development direction of the PDS after change of leadership; attitude to immigration policy, the term "Leitkultur" of the CDU/CSU and to foreigners living in Germany; feeling of threat from crime (fear of victimization); attitude to use or shut-down of nuclear power plants; attitude to suspension of the ecology tax, to the CDU attitude to this and to the relief measures of the government; attitude to the solidarity surcharge; consumption of meat and feeling of personal health threat from BSE; retrospect on the year 2000; prospect for the year 2001. Demography: sex; age (classified); marital status; living together with a partner; presence of children in household; school degree (East or West); number of children not of school-age; number of children under 13 years old; ages of children; government examination or similar; recognized school degree; completed vocational training; employment; assessment of personal jeopardy to job; occupational group; size of household and number of persons 18 years old or older; head of household as well as his occupational group and employment; union member in household; religious denomination; frequency of church attendance; jeopardy to job or unemployment of close persons; party inclination and party identification. Also encoded was: day of survey; state.
Temporal Coverage
  • 2000-01 / 2000-12
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG (West)
Sampled Universe
The residential population eligible to vote
Probability: Multistage; Sampling Procedure Comment: Multi-stage random sample: sample of household addresses according to the RLD procedure and selection according to a key based on birthday
Time Dimension
  • Longitudinal: Trend/Repeated cross-section
Collection Mode
  • Telephone interview
  • Telephone interview with standardized questionnaire (CATI)
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 12089
    Number of Variables: 285
The data set consists of a cumulation of January to December 2000 surveys conducted monthly. The ZA Study No. 3426 contains the surveys in the eastern part of the Federal Republic as well as an additional weighting factor which makes it possible to combine the two data sets into an all-German weighted survey.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA3425 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • WAHLEN (Type: FDZ)

Update Metadata: 2020-10-21 | Issue Number: 92 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22

Berger, Manfred; Jung, Matthias; Roth, Dieter (2001): Politbarometer West 2000 (Kumulierter Datensatz). Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.