Religion, Church and Society

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Neu, Viola (Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Berlin)
  • Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Berlin
Publication Date
  • Neu, Viola (Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung) (Project Leader)
  • Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Political Attitudes and Behavior
    • Religion and "Weltanschauung"
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Religion and values
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
  • Abstract

    Opinion on religion and politics or religion and church as well as society. 1. Party proximity: intention to vote in the next Bundestag election and party preference (Sunday question); alternatively electable parties; vote decision in the last Bundestag election; sympathy scale for the parties CDU/CSU, SPD, FDP, Linke, Grüne, NPD, Republicans and DVU. 2. Religion and politics: opinion on more religious people in public office; opinion on the influence of church leaders on government decisions; opinion on the weight of churches in the CDU; significance of Christianity in the CDU or CSU in a possible vote decision for these parties. 3. Religion and church: attitudes to religion and church (more peaceful world without religion, religion yes, church no, with church and religion nothing in mind); only one true religion, important truths in many religions or in no religion; opinion on Islamic education for Muslim children in state schools in Germany; denomination; frequency of churchgoing; church affiliation; former denomination or religious community or possible membership of a religious community (only those without denomination); self-assessment of religiousness; religiousness of the parental home; future significance of religion; attitude to a church burial. 4. Beliefs: faith in God or in a spiritual power; drawing comfort and strength from faith; faith in a life after death; faith in the devil; faith in a rebirth; optimism about the future. 5. Social acceptance: attitude to homosexuality, single parent education, abortion and euthanasia on demand. 6. Societal development: concerns regarding: loss of traditional values, more and more people on the losing side, destruction of livelihoods through pollution; opinion on control of life through secret agreements and plans; natural calling of women to create a climate of security for the family; loss of social ideals. Demography: sex; age; marital status; cohabitation with a partner; children; number of children; education: school-leaving certificate or desired school-leaving certificate; university degree; completed apprenticeship; employment status; job security; current or former occupational status; household size; number of persons in the household aged 18 and over; trade union member in the household; party affiliation; strength of party affiliation; type of party affiliation; basic party affiliation or current party affiliation; number of telephone numbers in the household. Additionally coded was: questionnaire no.; federal state where the respondent is entitled to vote; residential district formerly West Berlin or East Berlin; city size; weighting factor.
Temporal Coverage
  • 2009-12-07 / 2009-12-17
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
Sampled Universe
Persons eligible to vote aged 18 and over with German citizenship in private households with landline
Probability: Multistage; Probability: Stratified; Sampling Procedure Comment: Probability Sample: Multistage Sample
Time Dimension
  • Cross-section
Collection Mode
  • Telephone interview: CATI
  • Telephone interview: CATI (Computer Assisted Telephone Interview)
Data and File Information
  • Number of Variables: 91
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA6969 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Forschungsgruppe Wahlen Telefonfeld GmbH: Religion, Kirche und Gesellschaft : Ergebnisse einer repräsentativen Bevölkerungsumfrage. Mannheim: Bericht, 2009

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 17 | Registration Date: 2018-11-20