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German Internet Panel, Wave 1 - Core Study (September 2012)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Blom, Annelies G. (Universität Mannheim)
  • Bossert, Dayana (Universität Mannheim)
  • Funke, Frederik (Universität Mannheim)
  • Gebhard, Franziska (Universität Mannheim)
  • Holthausen, Annette (Universität Mannheim)
  • Krieger, Ulrich (Universität Mannheim)
  • SFB 884 "Political Economy of Reforms" Universität Mannheim
Publication Date
  • TNS Infratest Sozialforschung, München (F2F-recruitment) (Data Collector)
  • LINK, Frankfurt (online survey) (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Political Attitudes and Behavior
    • Income
    • Person, Personality, Role
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Cultural activities and participation
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
    • Economic conditions and indicators
    • Psychology
  • Abstract

    The German Internet Panel (GIP) is an infrastructure project. The GIP serves to collect data about individual attitudes and preferences which are relevant for political and economic decision-making processes. Experimental variations in the instruments were used. Topics: Satisfaction scale for selected areas of life (family life, leisure time, financial situation and work); social activity: active or passive membership in selected associations and organisations (sports, music or cultural association, human rights, environment or animal welfare association, charity or aid organisation, religious or church organisation, youth, parents´ or senior citizens´ association, citizens´ initiative, professional association, trade union, political party); voting behaviour in the last Bundestag election; party preference (Sunday question); Split A: self-assessment left-right; left-right-assessment of the parties CDU, CSU, SPD, FDP, Bündnis 90/Die Grünen, Die Linke, NPD and Piratenpartei (Split B with swapped order of questions); party affiliation and party identification; psychological self-characterisation (Big 5: reserved, trusting, lazy, relaxed, little creative interest, sociable, inclination to criticize others, thorough, nervous, active imagination); financial situation: personal net income; number of people contributing to household income; household net income. Demography: sex; citizenship; year of birth (categorised); highest school leaving certificate; highest professional qualification; place of birth in Germany, other European countries or outside Europe; federal state (respondents born in Germany); marital status; household size; current or former gainful employment; current or former professional position; private Internet use. Additionally coded was: interview date; questionnaire evaluation; overall assessment of the survey.
Temporal Coverage
  • 2012-09-01 / 2013-03-30
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
Sampled Universe
Residents in private households between 16 and 75 years of age
Sampling Procedure Comment: Multistage proportionate stratified random sample (ADM-Random-Route)
Collection Mode
  • Self-administered questionnaire: CAWI (Computer Assisted Web Interview)
Data and File Information
  • Number of Variables: 98
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA5866 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.4232/1.12107
  • Steinacker, G.; Schmidt, S.; Schneekloth, U. (2012): German Internet Panel (GIP): Stichprobenziehung und Rekrutierung der Teilnehmer. München: TNS Infratest Sozialforschung, Feldbericht zur Erhebung 2012

Update Metadata: 2020-10-21 | Issue Number: 20 | Registration Date: 2016-08-23

Blom, Annelies G.; Bossert, Dayana; Funke, Frederik; Gebhard, Franziska; Holthausen, Annette et. al. (2016): German Internet Panel, Welle 1 - Core Study (September 2012). Version: 2.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.