Non-voters in the Federal Elections 2017

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Presse- und Informationsamt der Bundesregierung, Berlin
Publication Date
  • Kantar Public, Berlin (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Political Attitudes and Behavior
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Elections
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
  • Abstract

    The aim of the study is to learn more about the motives, but also about the structures and preferences of non-voters. A distinction is to be made between permanent and sporadic non-voters. Furthermore, proposals and argumentation patterns that are intended to increase voter turnout are to be tested for their resonance and success potential in the target group. Topics: 1. Socio-economic factors and personal living conditions: life satisfaction; assessment of the general economic situation in the country and the own economic situation; responsibility of the policy of the last Federal Government for the current economic situation in the country and the own economic situation; subjective class affiliation; religiosity; social involvement: memberships (political party, sports or leisure club or group with cultural interests, other group/other club); affiliation with trade unions; statements on the general situation in Germany (Germany is a prosperous country, where most people are doing well, a feeling of social dependency, comprehensive and solidary concern of the welfare state for the weaker, concerns about the reception of many refugees, competitive thinking in society, it is fair in Germany, fear of terrorist attacks, feeling of insecurity in the evening on foot or in public transport, increasingly aggressive tone in the media and on the Internet, social inequality in Germany is now too great). 2. Political attitudes and political behaviour: political interest; frequency of use of selected media for political information; interest in the election campaign for the federal elections; frequency of political activities (e.g. petition supported, participation in a demonstration, etc.).); satisfaction with democracy; democracy as a good form of government; satisfaction with the work of the Federal Government; opinion on the need for reform in Germany; statements on politics in Germany (politics too complicated, too few possibilities for political influence, lack of political ability to solve problems, too little disclosure of political decision-making processes, powerless politics, determining economy, too great expectations of the citizens on politics, politics cares about really important problems, necessity of political compromises for reconciliation of interests); attitudes towards politicians and parties (parties only care about power, party promises are not kept, new parties necessary because old ones do not offer a solution, no party with a convincing offer, popular parties CDU and SPD no longer differ from each other, politicians are presented worse in the media than they actually are, politicians´ language is foreign and incomprehensible, politicians take care of the concerns of ordinary people); opinion on representative democracy; party identification; change voter; reasons for non-election in the last federal elections (open); general motives for non-election; opinion on selected proposals to increase voter turnout (e.g. reduction of the voting age to 16 years, etc.); opinion on a general duty to vote in Germany. Demography: sex; age; household size; education; employment; professional status; federal state; size of community; net household income (grouped). Additionally coded was: ID; eligibility to vote in the 2017 federal elections; type and frequency of voter participation; weighting factor.
Temporal Coverage
  • 2017-10-11 / 2017-10-17
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
Sampled Universe
Non-voters in the 2017 federal election
Sampling Procedure Comment: Non-probability Sample: Purposive Sample Online screening of non-voters immediately after the Federal elections in the Access Panel, online follow-up survey of the identified target persons
Collection Mode
  • Self-administered questionnaire: CAWI (Computer Assisted Web Interview)
Data and File Information
  • Number of Variables: 97
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA6713 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • WAHLEN (Type: FDZ)
  • Kantar Public: Nichtwähler der Bundestagswahl 2017 : Eine Studie von Kantar Public im Auftrag des Presse- und Informationsamtes der Bundesregierung (BPA). Berlin: Bericht Dezember 2017

Update Metadata: 2020-10-21 | Issue Number: 14 | Registration Date: 2018-06-29