ARD-DeutschlandTrend 2016

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:
    • International Institutions, Relations, Conditions
    • Political Issues
    • Political Attitudes and Behavior
    • Political Parties, Organizations
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • International politics and organisation
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
    • Government, political systems and organisation
  • Abstract

    Cumulated data set of ARD-DeutschlandTrends for the year 2016. Assessment of parties and politicians. Attitude 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); satisfaction with selected top politicians (Anton Hofreiter, Andrea Nahles, Christian Lindner, Cem Özdemir, Dietmar Bartsch, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Heiko Maas, Horst Seehofer, Joachim Gauck, Jean Claude Juncker, Angela Merkel, Martin Schulz, Frauke Petry, Sigmar Gabriel, Sahra Wagenknecht, Thomas de Maizière, Ursula von der Leyen, Winfried Kretschmann, Wolfgang Schäuble, Christian Schmidt and Jörg Meuthen); party competence: most competent party for solving selected political tasks (e.g. securing and creating jobs, asylum and refugee policy, family policy and child care, social justice, pension policy, budgetary and financial policy, fight against crime, solving the most important problems in Germany, environmental policy, promoting the economy); comprehensibility of the threat perceived by Russia in the Ukrainian conflict; opinion on the AfD (agreement on the will of the AfD to limit the influx of foreigners and refugees more than other parties, lack of distance to right-wing extremist positions, no problem solving, but names things by name, good alternative for the established parties, agreement on AfD participation in government at state or federal level); opinion on the EU (interference of the EU in too many national affairs, safe living in Europe by the EU, good economic situation due to EU membership, inability to speak with one voice in difficult situations, should be more visible in foreign policy, countries interested in closer cooperation should take joint initiative); approval or rejection of the admission of politically persecuted refugees and labour migrants in Germany; opinion on the grand coalition (CSU positions itself very offensively against the Chancellor, better to promote common solutions than public dispute, the CSU´s own interests are more important than the government´s success, control of the government concerning refugee situation); opinion on the terror threat (country well protected against terror attacks, in everyday life more attention to suspicious persons and objects, avoidance of large crowds); opinion on attacks against foreigners and refugees (shame felt because of violent protests against refugees, sufficient measures of the German authorities to protect against xenophobic attacks, politicians should condemn attacks more strongly); Chancellor preference for Angela Merkel or Sigmar Gabriel; advantageousness of the country´s EU membership; assessment of justice in Germany; social justice in Germany; agreement to a stronger engagement of Germany in international crises; opinion on the refugee agreement with Turkey; solution to the refugee crisis achievable at European level; satisfaction with democracy; fear of terrorist attacks in Germany; trust in institutions (Federal Government, Bundestag, political parties, media, Federal Constitutional Court, Bundeswehr, police, German secret services); opinion on Angela Merkel´s further candidacy for Chancellor in the next Bundestag elections; opinion on various measures for dealing with refugees in Germany (introduction of a law obliging immigrants to adhere to German basic values, introduction of an upper limit for the admission of refugees, suspension of family reunification etc. for civil war refugees, reintroduction of border controls between EU countries, establishment of border centres for the direct rejection of refugees without asylum claims, classification of Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia as safe countries of origin, refusal of entry without valid identity papers, cuts in social benefits for refugees unwilling to integrate, NATO deployment in the Aegean to block the sea route from Turkey to Greece); rather advantages or rather disadvantages for Germany through immigration; NATO: Importance of NATO for peacekeeping in Europe; opinion on a permanent military NATO presence in Eastern Europe due to the threat of Russia; fair competitions at the Olympic Games vs. doping of successful athletes; future of the EU: stronger political cooperation between the member states vs. decisions at country level; opinion on a coalition of Union and Greens (black-green could bring Germany forward, more federal states with black-green government, Union and Greens will not fit together in the future); concerns in connection with refugees coming to Germany (e.g. greater competition on the housing market, stronger influence of Islam, increase in crime, etc.); countries as trustworthy partners (France, Greece, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, Great Britain, USA); rather advantages or rather disadvantages for Germany by the free trade agreement TTIP; presidential election in the USA: preference for Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump; current conditions in Germany give rise to confidence or concern; better decisions through referendums than in parliaments; perceived threat from world political situation; assessment of current economic situation in Germany and personal economic situation; assessment of possible government coalitions for Germany (coalition of CDU/CSU and Greens, CDU/CSU and SPD, SPD, Greens and Left as well as CDU/CSU, Greens and FDP); satisfaction with the work of the federal government; most important political issues; party most likely to get the refugee situation under control; assessment of proposals to combat terrorism (intensification of surveillance measures, prohibition of rapprochement to larger events for Islamists who are prepared to use violence in the event of suspected attacks, withdrawal of German citizenship); avoidance of large crowds after the attacks on New Year´s Eve in Cologne; evaluation of Horst Seehofer´s visit to Russian President Putin; preference for a European solution or rather national solutions in the refugee crisis; assessment of the planned refugee agreement with Turkey; personal contact with refugees; expected effects of the refugee agreement with Turkey with regard to the number of refugees; reform proposals of the EU Commission on the right of asylum in Europe go in the right direction; continuation vs. lifting of border controls between EU countries due to the influx of refugees; opinion on Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, TTIP (concern about weakening consumer protection in Germany, agreement to hitherto secret negotiations, expected benefits for German companies); opinion on visa freedom for Turks in the wake of the EU-Turkey agreement; opinion on the Armenian genocide (approval of the classification of the expulsion and killing of Armenians as genocide, concern about deteriorating relations with Turkey, lack of understanding for the topic in the Bundestag 100 years after the event); preferred political approach with regard to visa freedom for Turks: to meet Turkish demands in order to secure refugee agreements vs. show severity until all conditions are met; law for better integration of refugees goes in the right direction; Brexit: preference for Britain´s remaining in the EU or leaving the EU; expected impact of a Brexit on the EU economy; demand for more cooperation between EU countries in various political fields (labour market and social policy, economy, tax policy, defence, consumer protection, energy, data protection and refugee policy); expected consequences of the Brexit for Germany and Europe (deterioration of the relationship between Germany and Great Britain, deterioration of the economic situation in Germany, further withdrawals from the EU, rapprochement of the EU, strengthening of anti-EU parties in Europe); comprehensibility of the threat perceived by Russia from the West; demand for stronger efforts by the West to engage in dialogue with Russia; coup in Turkey: sympathy for the actions of the Turkish government after the coup; German government should oppose the Turkish government more decisively; too little solidarity of the German government with the Turkish government after the coup; talks about visa-free regime for Turks should be suspended; assessment of democracy in Turkey as endangered; systematic doping: demand for the IOC to exclude all Russian athletes from the Olympic Games in Rio; opinion on the Grand Coalition (divided coalition parties without a common course, support for the clear demarcation of the SPD from Angela Merkel´s politics, Angela Merkel has clearly lost support in the governing coalition); support for Sigmar Gabriel´s candidacy for chancellor; preferred use of additional tax revenues in the billions (debt reduction, tax cuts or investments); opinion on the burqa ban (general or partial ban on full veiling of Muslim women, against ban); support for Bundeswehr missions for intra-police tasks, for example on the defence against terrorism; opinion on politics (politicians who are far removed from reality, greater influence of the economy on political decisions than parliaments and elected politicians, many possibilities for political participation for citizens); importance of selected political tasks related to refugees (integration of refugees into the labour market, appropriate provision and accommodation of refugees, mediation of German language skills and basic German values, integration of refugee children in schools); assessment of the danger of right-wing extremists, left-wing extremists and Islamist attacks or assaults, respectively attacks in Germany; opinion on the Grand Coalition (coalition partners should push for more joint solutions, conflicts between politicians are normal and recurrent, support for a joint candidate for the office of Federal President); CETA: Opinion on Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, CETA (concern about weakening of consumer protection in Germany, expected economic upswing in Germany, agreement on improvements at CETA after the concerns of Wallonia); dispute over CETA as a sign of the EU´s inability to act vs. signs of well-functioning democratic processes; rather advantages or disadvantages for Germany due to the free trade agreement CETA; expected change in German-American relations after an election victory of Hillary Clinton or by Donald Trump in the presidential elections in the USA; Chancellor preference for Angela Merkel or Martin Schulz; Frank-Walter Steinmeier a good candidate for Federal President; expected consequences for Germany and Europe after the resignation of Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi (strengthening of EU-critical parties in Europe, deterioration of the economic situation in the EU, deterioration of German-Italian relations). Demography: sex; age; employment status; occupational status; highest school leaving certificate; net household income. Additionally coded was: record or page number; wave identifier; survey day; region (east/west); federal state; official district key; BIK municipality type; weighting factor.
Temporal Coverage
  • 2016-01-04 / 2016-01-05
    January Sunday question: 04.01.2016 - 06.01.2016 additional questions: 06.01.2016
  • 2016-02-01 / 2016-02-02
  • 2016-02-26 / 2016-02-27
  • 2016-04-04 / 2016-04-05
    April Sunday question: 04.04.2016 - 06.06.2016
  • 2016-05-02 / 2016-05-03
    May Sunday question: 02.05.2016 - 03.05.2016
  • 2016-05-30 / 2016-05-31
    June Sunday question: 30.05.2016 - 01.06.2016
  • 2016-07-04 / 2016-07-05
    July Sunday question: 04.07.2016 - 06.07.2016
  • 2016-08-01 / 2016-08-02
    August Sunday question: 01.08.2016 - 03.08.2016
  • 2016-08-29 / 2016-08-30
    September Sunday question: 29.08.2016 - 31.08.2016
  • 2016-10-04 / 2016-10-05
    October Sunday question: 04.10.2016 - 05.10.2016
  • 2016-10-31 / 2016-11-02
  • 2016-12-05 / 2016-12-06
    December Sunday question: 05.12.2016 - 07.12.2016
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
Sampled Universe
Persons eligible to vote aged 18 years and over
Probability: Multistage; Sampling Procedure Comment: Probability Sample: Multistage Sample
Time Dimension
  • Longitudinal: Cohort/Event-based
Collection Mode
  • Telephone interview: CATI
  • Telephone interview: CATI (Computer Assisted Telephone Interview)
Data and File Information
  • Number of Variables: 213
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA6912 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • WAHLEN (Type: FDZ)

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 18 | Registration Date: 2017-10-20