ARD-DeutschlandTrend 2010

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • ARD-Landesrundfunkanstalten
  • Infratest dimap Gesellschaft für Trend- und Wahlforschung, Berlin
Publication Date
  • Infratest dimap, Berlin (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Political Issues
    • Political Attitudes and Behavior
    • Political Parties, Organizations
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
    • Government, political systems and organisation
    • Elections
    • Natural resources and energy
    • Economic policy
    • Economic systems and development
  • Abstract

    Cumulative data set of ARD-Deutschlandtrends of the year 2010. Evaluation of parties and politicians. Attitudes towards current political issues. Topics: Some topics were repeated and asked in an identical way at each survey time, other topics were asked only in one or more survey months. Party preference in the next Bundestag election (Sunday question); evaluation of the current economic situation in Germany and expectations about the economic situation in one year as well as the expected personal situation in 10 years, perceived social justice in Germany, satisfaction with the work of the Federal Government; issue-competence of the parties regarding: job security, foreign policy, education policy, security of energy supply, social justice, health policy, budgetary and fiscal policy, solution of the most important problems in Germany, tax policy, environmental policy and economic policy; satisfaction with selected top politicians (Annette Schavan, Barack Obama, Christian Lindner,Christian Wulff, Dirk Niebel, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Gregor Gysi, Hannelore Kraft, Heiner Geißler, Horst Seehofer, Ilse Aigner, Jürgen Rüttgers, Jürgen Trittin, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, Horst Köhler, Kristina Schröder, Angela Merkel, Norbert Röttgen, Peter Ramsauer, Philipp Rösler, Rainer Brüderle, Renate Künast, Ronald Pofalla, Sigmar Gabriel, Sabine Leutheuser-Schnarrenberger, Peer Steinbrück, Thomas de Maizière, Ursula von der Leyen, Guido Westerwelle und Wolfgang Schäuble); chancellor preference for Angela Merkel or Frank-Walter Steinmeier or Sigmar Gabriel or Peer Steinbrück; evaluation of the financial crisis (worst part of the crisis is still to come, worries about loss of job, personal savings and personal economic situation in the future, personal consternation by the crisis, confidence in German government to cope with the crisis, the financial and economic crisis is over, upward trend of the economy, entrepreneurial boom without impact on employees, economic upswing is transferred to employees); attitudes towards the FDP (takes care of the weak in the society, good government work despite all criticism, demand for tax reliefs that cannot be financed, representation of the interests of a certain patronage, Guido Westerwelle causes more harm than good for the FDP, only party that clearly advocates the market economy during the crisis); assessment of the parties CDU, CSU, FDP, SPD, die Linke and die Grünen regarding the observance of their election pledges; preference for an extension of the NATO mission of the Bundeswehr in Afghanistan or for a rapid retreat; attitude towards the announced tax cut in 2011; assessment of the personal tax burden, assessment of the level of Hartz IV rates; support for Germany’s phase-out of nuclear energy by 2021; opinion on the personal advantage of the Euro; attitude towards the new Federal Government (false start, disputed coalition parties without common strategy, change of politicians, clear program for the legislature period, assessment of the guideline competence of the Federal Chancellor Merkel, CDU/CSU do not fit together anymore, arguing between government politicians is normal, for the FDP their own interests are more important than success of the government, election fatigue, Federal Government should have majority in the Bundesrat after the Landtag elections in NRW, disappointment about the work of the government, the state is in good hands, the Federal Government deserves a lesson through the Landtag elections); attitude towards a black-green coalition of CDU and die Grünen (black-green coalition should rule in several federal states, harmonize, could bring the country forward with respect to important issues); attitudes towards politics and Euro crisis (stability of the Euro in Germany’s interest, no alternative to the Euro rescue fund with German guarantees, decisive action and right decisions by the Federal Government, politics can no longer stand up to financial markets, expected loss of stability of the Euro, desire for D-Mark instead of introduction of the Euro, attitude towards support for Ireland by the BRD, demand for the exclusion of financially weak countries from the Eurozone, concern about currency devaluation due to the Euro crisis, financial markets decide on the future of the Euro); perceived security in Germany, attitudes towards the threat of terrorism (country is well protected, demand for detection of security vulnerabilities, controls and monitoring efforts are exaggerated, personal attention to suspicious persons and objects, avoidance of large crowds, expected terrorist attacks in Germany); comparison of current personal economic situation with situation one year ago; opinion on the enhanced flight safety measures; endorsement of selected flight safety measures: full-body scanner, ban of the sale of alcohol, perfume and razor blades in duty free shops, better database networking); endorsement of an increase in the number of German troops in Afghanistan; fulfilled or disappointed expectations by US president Barack Obama; evaluation of the work of the new Federal Government consisting of CDU,CSU and FDP since taking office based on school grades; satisfaction with each of the individual governing parties CDU, CSU and FDP; comparison of the current government with its predecessor; opinion on the health care system in Germany (health should be worth something to you, health system with additional contributions is incomprehensible, demand for cost transparency for doctor bills and hospital accounts, too many jobs in the health care system, additional contribution of 8 Euros is unjust because it is independent of income); demand for a new health system; preference for a majority of the governing parties in the Bundesrat; coalition of CDU/CSU and die Grünen as better alternative for Germany; assessment of the former foreign ministers Klaus Kinkel, Joschka Fischer and Frank-Walter Steinmeier as well as the current foreign minister Guido Westerwelle; attitudes towards the FDP and Guido Westerwelle (approval of the initiation of the discussion by Westerwelle on Hartz IV, agreement with Westerwelle’s statement that too much is talked about Hartz IV receivers and too little about the costs units; attempt of profiling at the cost of the socially weaker; FDP as party of the social cold, attitude towards Westerwelle’s remarks on the welfare state); attitude towards the nuclear phase-out, influenceability of political decisions through sponsorship funds for party conferences; assessment of Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel and her predecessors Gerhard Schröder, Helmut Kohl, Helmut Schmidt and Willy Brandt; opinion on a red-red-green coalition of SPD, die Grünen and die Linke; preferred period for nuclear phase-out (until 2021, until 20130 or only after 2050); advantages of EU membership for Germany; preferred use of possible financial surpluses of the federal budget for 2012 (tax cuts, important government tasks, debt reduction); satisfaction with the work of pope Benedict; opinion on coalition statements during the election campaign; support for the planned income tax reduction from 2012; opinion on the exclusion of Greece from the Eurozone, attitude towards state aid for Greece (Germany has no choice but to support Greece, state aid only in the case of the participation of the banks that provided loans to Greece, no support from Germany at all); expected development of the personal standard of living; opinion on a great coalition of CDU/CSU and SPD in the view of the debt crisis; attitude towards Germany’s participation in the protection package for the Euro; perceived saving potentials or the need for tax increases for the state budget; areas in which no savings should be made under any circumstances (education, family policy, infrastructure, social policy, pensions, seniors, health care, research, science, culture, child care, child education, environment, renewable energies, labor market, internal affairs, internal security, defense, the social weak persons, persons with low income, Hartz IV receiver); opinion on introduction of a financial transaction tax for the taxation of bank and stock exchange transactions; expectation if Cristian Wulff as a good Federal President; characteristics of the new Federal President Christian Wulff (credible, likeable, able to represent Germany well, political foresight, familiar with citizen’s problems, man of the people, addresses the right issues, will stand above the parties); opinion on selected statements on the election of the Federal President (Wulff will clearly take position, consent to the election of a younger candidate, after the election of the Federal President, the Federal government will manage to undertake a re-start, Gauck would have been the better Federal President, Wulff is the right candidate, embarrassment for Angela Merkel through refusal of many party members to vote, coalition of CDU/CSU and FDP will not last long, Angela Merkel has government coalition no longer under control, disappointment with the selection of candidates); democracy satisfaction, democracy as a good form of government, preference for a CDU/CSU- or for a SPD-led Federal Government, reasonableness of the wage increases demanded by unions, opinion on facilitated immigration regulations for foreign skilled workers; endorsement of the planned voucher regulation for Hartz IV regulations for children, attitude towards the abolition of the pension guarantee; nuclear phase-out (until 2025) is right, preferred period for the nuclear phase-out; reasons for dissatisfaction with the work of the Federal Government (overstrained with problems, too much dispute, no convincing personalities, disappointed by the Federal Chancellor, no commitment to the interests of the little people, no recognizable governmental goal, primary representation of economic interests); opinion on the planned extension of the lifetime of German nuclear power plants by 10 to 15 years; acceptable conditions for the extension of the term (development of renewable energies, lower electricity prices, more jobs); demand for employees to participate in the upswing through wage increases versus threat to the upswing due to wage increases; use of higher tax revenues to finance tax reductions; opinion on the SPD decision to increase the top income tax rate after taking over the government; attitude towards selected statements on the SPD and pension at age 67 (SPD wants to suspend the pension at 67 for now; SPD is able to govern again, pension at 67 is necessary for pension security, the approach of pension savings is unfair, the lack of comparable regulations for civil servants is unfair, SPD is untrustworthy due to the withdrawal of own government decisions); evaluation of incumbent coalition of CDU/CSU and FDP, as well as the possible coalition options for SPD and die Grünen, CDU/CSU and die Grünen and SPD; general assessment of government decisions and evaluation of selected decisions (extension of duration for nuclear power plants, fixing of health insurance contributions for the employers and of any additional contributions for employees; recalculation of the Hartz IV standard rates and additional educational and leisure time activities for children); perceived social justice in selected domains (state aid for Hartz IV recipients; fairness of the tax system; handling of the socially week and families, the pension system, wages, the level of salaries of top managers, protection in the event of unemployment, handling of companies with their employees); endorsement of the project ‘Stuttgart 21’; opinion on selected statements on Stuttgart 21 (important for Germany as a whole, support for the opponents of the station, opinion on a tough clampdown by the police, project is too expensive, evaluation of the support by Angela Merkel, demand for an interruption of the construction works during the negotiations between supporters and opponents); attitude towards the statement of Federal President Christian Wulff on the affiliation of the Islam to Germany; evaluation of the qualities of the party leaders Angela Merkel, Horst Seehofer, Guido Westerwelle, Sigmar Gabriel, Gesine Lötzsch, Claudia Roth and Cem Özdemir; evaluation of the issue competence of the black-yellow Federal Government in the areas: coping with the financial crisis, economic growth, job security, improvement of educational opportunities and the school system, integration of immigrants, reconcilability of work and childcare, appropriate wages, social justice, affordable social security systems; preferred Federal Chancellor candidate in the 2013 Bundestag elections (Angela Merkel or Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg); personal benefit from economic growth; estimated share of selected actors in the decrease in unemployment (current Federal Government made up of CDU/CSU and FDP; predecessor government of CDU/CSU and SPD, Agenda 2010 of the Schröder administration, trade unions, companies, development of the world economy); preferred use of additional cyclical revenues by the state (tax cuts, state tasks, debt reduction); confidence or concern about the current situation in Germany; opinion on an head of government from die Grünen at federal state level; attitude towards the internet platform WikiLeaks; attitude towards the publication of confidential documents on WikiLeaks; attitude towards Olympic Winter Games 2018 in Munich; opinion on the arbitration of Heiner Geißler (further construction with subsequent improvements) about the Stuttgart 21 project; advocacy of a citizen participation model as in Stuttgart with future major construction measures. Demography: sex, age, occupation, occupational status, education, household income, federal state. Additionally coded was: region (east/west); wave identifier; municipality type; weighting factor.
Temporal Coverage
  • 2010-01-04 / 2010-01-05
  • 2010-02-01 / 2010-02-02
  • 2010-03-01 / 2010-03-02
  • 2010-03-29 / 2010-03-30
  • 2010-04-26 / 2010-04-27
  • 2010-05-25 / 2010-05-26
  • 2010-06-30 / 2010-07-01
  • 2010-08-02 / 2010-08-03
  • 2010-08-30 / 2010-08-31
  • 2010-10-04 / 2010-10-05
  • 2010-11-02 / 2010-11-03
  • 2010-11-29 / 2010-11-30
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
Sampled Universe
Persons entitled to vote aged 18 and over
Time Dimension
  • Longitudinal: Trend/Repeated cross-section
Collection Mode
  • Telephone interview: CATI
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 14531
    Number of Variables: 309
The data set consists of a cumulation of the data from January to December 2010 monthly surveys. About 1000 interviews were conducted per month (about 700 West and about 300 East), for the Sunday question an additional 1500 each (approx. 1100 West and 400 East). In May a further 500 interviews were conducted for the additional question ´State aid Greece´. In July for the questions on In addition, 799 interviews were conducted in the course of the election. Bifurcated questionnaires were used.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA5555 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • WAHLEN (Type: FDZ)
  • Infratest dimap: ARD-DeutschlandTrend: Eine Umfrage zur politischen Stimmung im Auftrag der ARD-Tagesthemen und fünf Tageszeitungen. Berlin: Januar 2010 bis Dezember 2010

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 87 | Registration Date: 2011-12-29