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Partial Cumulation of Politbarometers 1977-2018

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim
Publication Date
  • Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim (Data Collector)
  • GESIS – Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften (Data Curator)
  • GESIS – Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften (Data Curator)
  • ZA:
    • Political Attitudes and Behavior
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Migration
    • Social behaviour and attitudes
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
    • Government, political systems and organisation
    • Elections
    • Economic conditions and indicators
    • Economic policy
    • Economic systems and development
  • Abstract

    Cumulated data set with 82 selected variables from the Politbarometers of 1977 to 2018. Topics: Voting intent and party preference (Sunday question); behavior at the polls in the last Federal Parliament election; sympathy scale for the parties; satisfaction with the achievement of the Federal Government and the achievements of the opposition parties; satisfaction with democracy; the right politicians in leading positions; interest in politics of respondent; self-assessment on a left-right continuum; judgement on the economic situation in the Federal Republic and assumed further development; ability of the government or opposition to secure jobs, improve the economic situation and improve environmental protection; attitude to reunification of the two German nations; attitude to the right to asylum in Germany; evaluation of various views on the topic abortion; most important problems in the Federal Republic; eligiousness; union membership. Demography: denomination; frequency of church visits; sex; age; marital status; cohabitation with a partner; education; completed vocational training; university degree; educational aspiration level; occupation; occupational group; size of household; head of household; own job hazard; party affiliation; party identification; trade union member in the household; federal state; city size.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1977-03 / 2018-12
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG without West Berlin (1977-1989) FRG incl. West Berlin from 1990
Sampled Universe
1977-June 1988: Persons eligible to vote in a Federal Parliament election. Since August 1988: Persons eligible to vote and living in private households with telephone.
Probability: Multistage; Probability: Systematic random; Sampling Procedure Comment: 1977-June 1988: Probability: Multistage. Since August 1988: Probability: Systematic random
Time Dimension
  • Longitudinal: Trend/Repeated cross-section
Collection Mode
  • Face-to-face interview: PAPI
  • Telephone interview
  • Oral or telephone interview (CATI) with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 931648
    Number of Variables: 84
The Politbarometers present a monthly trend investigation commissioned by the Second German Television (ZDF). The Politbarometers for 1977 to 1992 are archived and available as annual cumulation under ZA Study Nos. 2160, 2171, 2182, 1053, 2194, 2201, 2209, 2220, 1901, 1536, 1899, 1762, 1779, 1920, 2102, 2275 or 2378. From 1977 to June 1988 oral surveys with standardized questionnaire were conducted, the following, however, by telephone with standardized questionnaire.
A - Data and documents are released for academic research and teaching.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA2391 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • WAHLEN (Type: FDZ)
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Update Metadata: 2020-10-21 | Issue Number: 14 | Registration Date: 2018-11-23

Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim (2018): Politbarometer 1977-2018 (Partielle Kumulation). Version: 9.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.