Political Knowledge in Germany - Main Survey (2009)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Westle, Bettina (Philipps-Universität Marburg)
Publication Date
  • Infratest dimap, Berlin (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Political Attitudes and Behavior
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Life-long/continuing education
    • Politics
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
  • Abstract

    Representative survey on factual knowledge about politics in Germany (2009): political structures, institutions, functions, parties and politicians, issues in Germany and the EU. I. German respondents: Topics: German citizenship; further citizenship; opinion on the idea of democracy; satisfaction with democracy; satisfaction with the achievements of the federal government of the CDU / CSU and the achievements of the opposition; solidarity with Germany and its citizens; satisfaction with the EU membership of Germany; repetition of recollected words read by the interviewer; knowledge 10% discount to 1000 euros; interest in politics; frequency of political talks in the circle of friends; opinion on politics (great knowledge about politics, willingness to take an active role in political group, politician does not care what simple people think, parties try to represent voters interests, elections as a good way to take part in political decision-making, political institutions in the FRG offer too little possibilities of political influence, regularly informing about political proceedings, leaving politics to elected representatives, politics very important, politics not important in one´s life - 3 fixed rotation variants of the items); quiz questions about politics (rotation of the question for all random questions): federal constitution (all power emanates from the people); task of the Federal Council; age for admission as a candidate for the Bundestag; number of care categories of the long-term care insurance; group represented by trade unions in Germany; elections for EU citizens living in Germany without German citizenship; current expenditure of federal budget; unemployment rate in Germany; share of the working women in the labor market; dynamic retirement; amount of foreigners in Germany; the percentage of the gross domestic product used for development aid; aim of the Adenauer government with regard to the Hallstatt doctrine; number of EU member countries; the Bologna process; regulations of the Copenhagen criteria; the European Anti-Discrimination Directive; party affiliation of selected top politicians; beginning of the German national anthem. Political participation; left-right self-assessment; opinion on various political issues (extending the municipal electoral law for non-EU foreigners, extending the duration of German nuclear power plants, removing social services and strengthening the participation of citizens, full EU-membership of Turkey); presumed position of the parties CDU / CSU, SPD, FDP, Bündnis90 / Die Grünen and Die Linke to the above-mentioned topics; reception frequency of political news on television per week; reception frequency of political articles in weekly or monthly journals (e.g. der Spiegel); reception frequency of political magazines on television (e.g. Monitor); membership in a professional association, a trade union, a party, a non-governmental organization (e.g. Greenpeace) or an association (e.g. sports club); function in this organization; party inclination; party preference (Sunday question). Demographics: month of birth; year of birth; highest school graduation; desired school graduation (pupils only); employment; current activity if not employed; previous employment; current vocational training; current or previous occupational position; specification workers, employees, civil servants; religious community; marital status; living with a partner; household size; persons affected by unemployment in the household; self-assessment of social stratum; respondents from 18 years of age: social stratum of the parents, the frequency of political talks in the family circle and with peers in the childhood and adolescents (respondents aged 14-17 years: currently); frequency of political topics in school lessons; party who opposed the proposal to abolish policy lessons at schools; (only main study: opinion on the proposed abolition of policy lessons at schools, party that has proposed the abolition); net household income (open and categorized); gender; German citizenship since birth; youth in West Germany, East Germany or in another country; year of migration to the territory of today´s Germany. Additionally coded was: sentence or pagination number; federal state; BIK-type of municipality; date of interview; duration of the interview in minutes; data version (pretest, main survey); weighting factor; sex and age of the interviewer. II. Turkish respondents: (Differing questions or questions only asked in the Turkish study) Topics: birth in Germany or immigrated from Turkey; parents or grandparents immigrated to Germany; age when immigrated to Germany; permanently resident in Germany or resident in Turkey or another country for a long time; solidarity with Turkey and its citizens; priority interest in German or Turkish politics; proportion of persons of German origin in the circle of friends and acquaintances; the institution who defines school politics in Germany; reception of political topics rather in German or Turkish newspapers or magazines, in German or Turkish television; questions about membership in German or Turkish organizations; party sympathy. Demography: country of school attendance; highest education attained in Turkey or another country; Turkish immigration background of the partner; nationality; German citizen since; desire for German citizenship and time for this step; reasons for the desire for German citizenship; reasons for rejecting German citizenship; youth in West Germany, in East Germany, in Turkey or in another country; long-term residence. Interviewer assessment for the interview language.
Temporal Coverage
  • 2008-11-19 / 2008-12-20
    main survey 1
  • 2008-11-27 / 2009-01-20
    main survey 2
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
Sampled Universe
Main survey part 1: German-speaking population aged 14 years and over in private households Main survey part 2: Residents with Turkish migration background aged 14 years and over
Sampling Procedure Comment: Part 1: Probability Sample: Multistage Sample Part 2: Probability Sample: Multistage Sample (an onomastic procedure forms the basis of the sampling frame)
Collection Mode
  • Telephone interview: CATI (Computer Assisted Telephone Interview)
The survey was financed by the Thyssen Foundation.
A - Data and documents are released for academic research and teaching.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA4969 (Type: ZA-No.)

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