German Internet Panel, Wave 6 (July 2013)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Blom, Annelies G. (Universität Mannheim)
  • Bossert, Dayana (Universität Mannheim)
  • Gebhard, Franziska (Universität Mannheim)
  • Funke, Frederik (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
    • Political Parties, Organizations
    • Social Policy
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
    • Government, political systems and organisation
    • Elections
    • Health care and medical treatment
    • Social welfare systems/structures
  • 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. The questionnaire contains numerous randomizations (order of questions or answer categories) as well as a cross-questionnaire experiment. Topics: Attitudes towards reforms in Germany to improve the competitiveness of the EU member states; government spending policy: estimated level of the household lump sum per quarter to be paid instead of the previous GEZ fee; preferred level of the new household lump sum per quarter for ARD, ZDF and Deutschlandradio; estimated actual annual government spending per German citizen on the motorways in Germany and preferred amount; policy and parties: party preference (Sunday question); attitude to child care subsidy for parents who do not take up a day care place; attitude towards the decided phase-out of nuclear energy after the nuclear catastrophe in Japan in 2011; attitude towards the establishment of a permanent euro rescue fund (ESM); attitude towards Chancellor Merkel´s decision on equal opportunities for same-sex civil partnerships; mainly responsible for the delay of three years in the introduction of child care subsidy and for the phase-out of nuclear energy contrary to the coalition agreement (Chancellor, government party CDU, CSU, or FDP resp. the federal government as a whole); attitude towards the decision of the federal government against the implementation of the European directive on data preservation in Germany and mainly responsible for this decision (Chancellor, CDU government party CDU, CSU, or FDP resp. the federal government as a whole); preferred behaviour of an opposition party (occasional support of government projects in order to be able to govern and to fulfil national responsibility, offering political alternatives and rather no support of government projects); opinion on the behaviour of the SPD (is influenced by its agreement to the phase-out of nuclear energy or on the establishment of a permanent euro rescue umbrella for a party capable of governing); satisfaction with the achievements of the federal government and the achievements of CDU/CSU, SPD, FDP, Bündnis 90/Die Grünen and Die Linke in the Bundestag (Skalometer); perception of the federal government and the parties CDU/CSU, SPD, FDP, Bündnis 90/Die Grünen and Die Linke as divided or closed (Skalometer); open naming of the topic in which the above-mentioned parties were perceived as particularly divided; main responsible for political stagnation (Federal Chancellor, governing party CDU, CSU, FDP, opposition parties, coalition parties, Länder in the Bundesrat, Federal Constitutional Court, all equally or none of the above-mentioned); greatest problem-solving competence of CDU/CSU, SPD, FDP, Bündnis 90/Die Grünen and Die Linke in selected policy areas. Health and pension system in Germany: preferred model for financing statutory health insurance (depending on income level versus uniform contribution for all with tax subsidies for low-income earners); willingness to participate in a family doctor model; free choice of doctor after referral to a specialist versus referral to a specific specialist; personal health care: frequency of visits to doctors in the last six months; opinion on the need for reform of the pension system in Germany; least and most preferred reform options (maintaining statutory pension at current level, even if this means higher contribution rates, maintaining statutory pension and contribution rates at current level, instead raising retirement age, general tax increase to maintain statutory pensions at current level, reduction of statutory pension benefits in line with demographic development); voting behaviour in the last European elections in 2009; party preference in the next European elections (Sunday question); assessment of the EU´s need for action in selected policy areas (labour market, foreign policy, education and research, civic participation, energy supply, family, health system, gender equality, internal security, agriculture, personal rights, pension system, public debt, tax system, environment and climate protection, transport, defence, currency, economy, immigration and integration); distribution of responsibilities between the EU and Germany in the aforementioned policy areas. Demography: sex; citizenship; year of birth (categorised); highest school leaving certificate; highest professional qualification; marital status; household size; employment status; private Internet use; federal state. Additionally coded was: interview date; questionnaire evaluation; overall assessment of the survey; unique ID, household identifier and person identifier within the household.
Temporal Coverage
  • 2013-07-01 / 2013-07-31
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: 147
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA5871 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.4232/1.12112
  • Steinacker, G.; Schmidt, S.; Schneekloth, U. (2012): German Internet Panel (GIP): Stichprobenziehung und Rekrutierung der Teilnehmer. München: TNS Infratest Sozialforschung, Feldbericht zur Erhebung 2012
  • Blom, A. G., Gathmann, C., & Krieger, U. (2015). Setting Up an Online Panel Representative of the General Population: The German Internet Panel. Field Methods, 27(4), 391–408.
  • Blom, A. G., Bosnjak, M., Cornilleau, A., Cousteaux, A. S., Das, M., Douhou, S. & Krieger, U. (2016). A Comparison of Four Probability-Based Online and Mixed-Mode Panels in Europe. Social Science Computer Review, 34(1), 8-25. doi: 10.1177/0894439315574825
  • Blom, A. G., Herzing, J. M. E., Cornesse, C., Sakshaug, J. W., Krieger, U., & Bossert, D. (2017). Does the Recruitment of Offline Households Increase the Sample Representativeness of Probability-Based Online Panels? Evidence From the German Internet Panel. Social Science Computer Review, 35(4), 498–520.
  • Herzing, J. M. E., & Blom, A. G. (2019). The Influence of a Person’s Digital Affinity on Unit Nonresponse and Attrition in an Online Panel. Social Science Computer Review, 37(3), 404–424.
  • Felderer, B., & Blom, A. G. (2019). Acceptance of the automated online collection of geographical information. Sociological Methods & Research, 1-21.

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