German Internet Panel, Wave 7 - Core Study (September 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
    • Income
    • Leisure
    • Person, Personality, Role
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Cultural activities and participation
    • Leisure, tourism and sport
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
    • Economic conditions and indicators
  • 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 a cross-questionnaire experiment. Topics: Verification of the respondent´s stored data such as surname, first name, sex, year of birth, mobile phone number and landline number and, if applicable, correction of sex and year of birth or addition of mobile phone number and landline number (correct or incorrect); German citizenship or indication of foreign citizenship; household composition: age and sex of all household members and their relationship to the respondent; current or previous employment status and respective occupational status; denomination or religion; religiosity; years of regular computer use; BenPC use only since the beginning of the survey; frequency of use of other computers in addition to the BenPC; self-assessment of computer skills; frequency of private Internet use; several e-mail addresses; frequency and time of e-mail retrieval per week; time of completion of the questionnaire after receipt of the invitation by e-mail (directly or later); satisfaction scale for selected areas of life (family life, leisure time, financial situation and work); social activities: active or passive memberships in selected organisations and associations (sports, music or cultural associations, human rights, environmental or animal welfare associations, charitable or relief organisations, religious or church organisations, youth, parents´ or senior citizens´ associations, citizens´ initiatives, professional associations, trade unions, political parties or others); left-right self-rating (scalometer); left-right-rating of the parties CDU, CSU, SPD, FDP, Bündnis 90/Die Grünen, Die Linke, NPD, Piratenpartei and Alternative für Deutschland (scalometer); party affiliation and party identification; internal and external political effectiveness (politicial efficacy): good understanding of important political issues; politicians strive for close contact with the population; trust in one´ s own political knowledge in political conversations; politicians care about what ordinary people think; financial situation: personal net income (classified); number of people contributing to household income; household net income (classified). Demography: sex; citizenship; year of birth (categorised); highest school leaving certificate; highest professional qualification; marital status; household size; employment status; federal state. Additionally coded was: interview date; questionnaire evaluation; assessment of the survey as a whole; unique ID, household identifier and person identifier within the household.
Temporal Coverage
  • 2013-09-01 / 2013-10-01
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: 186
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA5872 (Type: ZA-No.)
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    DOI: 10.4232/1.12113
  • 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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