Politbarometer East 2002 (Cumulated Dataset)

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

    Accumulated data set of the Politbarometer of the year 2002. Assessment of parties and politicians before and after the parliamentary elections. Attitude towards current political questions. Topics: 1. Topics were repeated identically at each survey as follows: most important political problems of the Federal Republic; intention to participate at the next parliamentary elections; voting behaviour at the last parliamentary election; sympathy scale for SPD, CDU, CSU, FDP, die Grünen and PDS; satisfaction with the performances of the Federal Government (scale); assessment of the performances of theseveral coalition partners in the government as well as the opposition; party preference (according to the ranking method and Sunday question); sympathy scale for the leading politicians of the parties; assessment of the economic situation of the country as well as the own economic situation; expected economic development for the country. 2. At least in one or in several months was asked: coalition preference; mentioning of the five most important politician personalities in the Federal Republic; sympathy scale for the most important leading politicians in the Federal Republic; self-assessment and assessing parties on a left-right continuum; chancellor preference and comparison of Federal Chancellor Gerhard Schröder with challenger Edmund Stoiber regarding her reliability, energy, sympathy and charisma as a winner type; issue competence of the candidates; satisfaction with the election results; assessment of attributes being appropriate to the parties: progressive, democratic, social, liberal and modern; interest in opinion polls and assumed influences on the public opinion; assessment of the TV duel of the candidates for the chancellorship; assessment of the NRW donation affair to parties; expected frequency of corruption at the placing of public orders; eligible parties; satisfaction with democracy; interest in politics; necessity of a new party; right people in the leading positions; assessment of the situation of the German economy; assessment of the adjustment of the living conditions in East Germany to the conditions in the old federal states; preponderance of similarities or differences between East and West Germany; satisfaction with the condition of the society generally and in comparison to the Western European countries; expected economic development in Germany and own economic situation in a year; issue competence of the parties in the areas of economy, east/west compensation, employment creation, finances, health policy, ecological policy, education policy, family policy, crime fighting, foreigner policy, foreign policy and safeguarding of pensions; perceived threat by crime (threat of victimisation); endorsement for a rise of the environmental tax and charging of a capital tax; assessment of the present social situation of the pensioners and assessment of the pension safety in the future; knowledge of claim to and conclusion of Riester-pension contracts; assessment of own contribution to the solution of the finance problems; attitude towards the rise of the retirement age; assessment of the flood disaster as a result of climate change; assessment of sufficient help for the victims of the high flood and the charging of an additional tax; assessment of the necessity of a shift of the tax reform; assessment of the CDU consent to the tax reform and the revocation announced in the case of an electoral victory; assessment of the work of the Federal Government; improved government by the CDU/CSU; assessment of the guilt for unemployment; knowledge and assessment of the decisions of the Hartz commission; knowledge and assessment of the CDU ´Offensive 2002´; attitude towards the method of the reduction of debts; assessment of the government’s austerity programme; assessment of the work of the employment agency; attitude towards the government participation of PDS in Berlin and a possible participation in the Federal Government; assessment of the SPD position to the PDS participation; assessment of the probability that PDS will be voted into the Bundestag; attitude towards a coalition statement of the FDP before the election; willingness to vote for the FDP without a coalition statement; presumed partner of choice of the FDP; Möllemann as a reason for the bad FDP election results; importance of the ruling party or Federal Chancellor`s personality for the outcome of the election; assessment of the openness of the election results; expected winner of the parliamentary elections; assessment of the personal consequences through the parliamentary elections; assessment of the suitability of Germany in the future; attitude towards the appointment of a commission of enquiry for the check of ballot-rigging; opinion about the occurrence of ballot-rigging by wrong information about the extent of financial problems given purposely; too many foreigners in Germany; attitude towards the relief of immigration; attitude towards the consent of the CDU/CSU to the immigration law in the Bundesrat; expected consequences of the immigration law; profitability of the membership of the country in the EU; expected advantages and disadvantages for Germany through the inclusion of East European countries into the EU; accepted or declined countries for an EU expansion; attitude towards a common currency in Europe; assessment of the effortlessness of the Euro introduction; expected personal and general advantages and disadvantages of the European currency; long-term success of the new currency; expected stability of prices after the introduction of the euro; regret about the abolition of the DM; assessment of the appointment of Wolfgang Clement as a secretary; assessment of the correctness of the time of the dismissal of Rudolf Scharping; assessment of the appointment of Peter Struck to the new Minister of Defence; preference for a transformation of the Federal Armed Forces into a professional army; attitude towards the extent of the measures for the protection of the inner safety; assessment of the danger of terrorist attacks in Germany; consent to the participation of the Federal Armed Forces in the UN-operation in Afghanistan; assessment of sufficient equipment of the Federal Armed Forces for this purpose; consent to an extension of the Afghanistan operation; consent to and size of a German participation in a possible military action of the USA against Iraq; assessment of the main blame at the conflict of Israel and Palestinians; assessment of the German-American relations; designation of France or the USA as the most important partner for Germany; attitude towards the future development and meaning of the relations between Germany and the USA; sympathy for the Americans; assessment of the staff decision for the executive board chairmanship of Deutsche Telekom; holdings of shares of Telekom; assessment of the reproaches in the conflict between Jürgen Möllemann and Michel Friedman; attitude towards the law governing the hours of trading; attitude towards the use or shut-down of nuclear power stations; review of the year 2002; outlook for the year 2003. Demography: sex; age (classified); marital status; living together with a partner; children; children under 13 years in the household; age of the children; school-leaving qualification (east or west); university degree (in East Germany: recognition of the polytechnic degree); completed apprenticeship; occupation; job security; professional position; household size and number of persons in the household 18 years and older; householder ‘s occupational group and occupation; labour union member in the household; denomination; frequency of church attendance; endangerment of employment or unemployment in the nearer social environment; party inclination; party identification; size of place. Additionally coded was: day of interview; federal state.
Temporal Coverage
  • 2002-01 / 2002-12
Geographic Coverage
  • Berlin (DE-BE)
    with East Berlin
  • Brandenburg (DE-BB)
  • Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (DE-MV)
  • Saxony (DE-SN)
  • Saxony-Anhalt (DE-ST)
  • Thuringia (DE-TH)
Sampled Universe
All persons eligible to vote living in private households
Probability: Multistage; Sampling Procedure Comment: Multistage random sample: Sampling of household address by RLD-method and sampling of population entitled to vote by birthday method
Time Dimension
  • Longitudinal: Trend/Repeated cross-section
Collection Mode
  • Telephone interview
  • Telephone survey (CATI) with standardised questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 11640
    Number of Variables: 309
This cumulated data set contains the monthly data sets from January to December 2002. ZA-Study-No. 3849 contains the data of the West-part of Germany. Additional weighting factor for conjoining East and West.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA3850 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • WAHLEN (Type: FDZ)

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 91 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22