Politbarometer East 2011 (Cumulated Data Set, incl. Flash)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Jung, Matthias (Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim)
  • Schroth, Yvonne (Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim)
  • Wolf, Andrea (Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim)
Publication Date
  • Kratz, Sophia (GESIS – Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften) (Data Curator)
  • Langhans, Monika (GESIS – Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften) (Data Curator)
  • Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Political Issues
    • Political Attitudes and Behavior
    • Political Parties, Organizations
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Domestic political issues
    • Conflict, security and peace
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
    • Government, political systems and organisation
    • Economic conditions and indicators
  • Abstract

    Cumulated data set of the Politbarometer of 2011. Evaluation of parties and politicians. Attitude towards current political issues. The following topics are included in the total data set. In some cases, they were asked at each survey time, but in some cases only at one or more survey times. Most important political problems in Germany; voting intention in the next Bundestag election; party preference (Sunday question and voting behaviour in the last Bundestag election; coalition preference; attitude towards a grand coalition; attitude towards a coalition of CDU/CSU and FDP, CDU/CSU and Grünen, to a coalition of SPD and Grünen as well as SPD, Die Linke and Grüne; sympathy scale for CDU, CSU, SPD, FDP, Grüne and Die Linke; satisfaction scale for the Federal Government from CDU/CSU and FDP as well as for the respective governing parties and opposition parties SPD, Die Linke and Grüne; party that pleases the best; nomination of the most important politicians in Germany; sympathy scale for selected top politicians (Sigmar Gabriel, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, Gregor Gysi, Renate Künast, Ursula von der Leyen, Thomas de Maiziere, Angela Merkel, Philipp Rösler, Claudia Roth, Wolfgang Schäuble, Horst Seehofer, Peer Steinbrück, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Jürgen Trittin and Guido Westerwelle); sufficient contribution of the Government to solve the problems in Germany; evaluation of the relationship between the governing parties among themselves; responsible party for the poor relationship of the Government parties; presumed support for Merkel in the CDU, for Gabriel in the SPD, and for Westerwelle in the FDP; future viability of the FDP under Guido Westerwelle as party leader; expected persistence of the poor survey results of the FDP and Guido Westerwelle´s contribution to the collapse of the survey results; potential of the FDP without Westerwelle; Guido Westerwelle and FDP party presidency after federal party conference; future prospects for the FDP under a chairman Rösler; FDP will overcome crisis; relevance of the FDP; Rösler a better chairman than Westerwelle; assessment of Rösler´s assertiveness; assessment of the change of the FDP leadership to overcome the crisis; the main cause of the crisis of the FDP; expected changes in government work by CDU/CSU and FDP after the election of Rösler as chairman of the FDP; appointment to an entry of the Piratenpartei into the National Parliament; voting for the Piratenpartei is conceivable; assessment of the credibility of the parties CDU, CSU,SPD, FDP, Die Linke, and Grüne; SPD candidate for Chancellor with the best chances in the Bundestag elections in 2013; preferred chancellor candidate of the SPD (Gabriel, Steinmeier or Steinbrück); SPD´s decision to run for chancellor at the current time; evaluation of the candidate for chancellor of the Grünen; satisfaction with democracy; political interest; evaluation of the leadership of the parties CDU, CSU, SPD, FDP, Die Linke and Grüne; the right people in leadership positions; satisfaction with the social market economy in Germany; assessment of the current economic situation in Germany; the most suitable party for solving the economic problems; assessment of current and future economic and social personal economic situation; expected future development of the economy in Germany (economic expectations); continuation of the economic upswing in 2011; opinion on the introduction of a minimum wage in selected sectors; assessment of minimum wage; attitude towards a uniform minimum wage for all sectors; opinion on the payment of temporary workers; attitude towards easier immigration of workers from Eastern European EU countries; government or opposition as main culprit for dispute over Hartz IV; evaluation of the amount of Hartz IV benefits; evaluation of the planned Increase of the basic pension for Hartz IV recipients; evaluation of the education package; the party with the strongest assertiveness in the negotiations on the educational package; opinion on the rise in wages and salaries; sympathy for locomotive driver strike; assessment of contribution increases to the long term care insurance; sufficient increase of the contribution of the long term care insurance; assessment of the planned care allowance; attitude towards maintaining nuclear phaseout; expected phaseout of nuclear energy within 10 years as a result of the nuclear accident in Japan; seven nuclear power plants expected to be decommissioned by the Federal government; opinion on extending the term and phasing out nuclear power; opinion on Germany´s nuclear phaseout with regard to behaviour of other countries; consequences of a more rapid nuclear phaseout; assessment of the credibility of nuclear policy; opinion on the nationwide search for a repository for nuclear waste; attitude towards a nuclear waste repository in the residential area; planned change to a green electricity supplier; with the personal opinion on the subject of nuclear power concurring party; opinion on protests in general and on roadblocks against nuclear waste transports (Castor transports); the most competent party for the job creation, in the field of social policy and in the field of fiscal policy and in coping with the euro crisis; opinion on the increase in the top tax rate; preferential use of the additional tax revenues (debt reduction, additional government expenditure, or tax reductions); assessment of tax reductions for lower and medium incomes; assessment of the decided tax reduction; expected personal relief from the wage and salary cuts; assessment of the agreed tax reduction; assessment of the income tax reduction; expected tax reductions; valuation of the fiscal equalization; attitude towards the federal countries’ criticism at the financial equalisation scheme between the Federal Government and the Länder; expected price development in Germany; expected benefits for the SPD at federal level after the good results of the in the Hamburg citizenship election; expected future coalition of CDU and Grünen; perceived threat of crime; assessment of the reunification; outweighing of the differences between East and West; development of the rapprochement between East Germans and West Germans since German reunification; assessment of the participation of the Federal Armed Forces in the UNO protection force in Afghanistan; expected terrorist attacks in Germany; sufficient protection measures against terrorism in Germany; attitude towards the prolongation of the Anti-terrorism laws; expected reduction in terrorist attacks according to the killing of Osama Bin Laden; assessment of the competence of Defense minister zu Guttenberg during the reconnaissance of Federal Armed Forces incidents; suspected frequency of harassment caused by Superiors of the Federal Armed Forces; assessment of the hardship of the Federal Armed Forces training; personal relevance of the issue of plagiarism (doctoral thesis by Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg); damaged credibility of Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg after the allegations of plagiarism; demand for resignation as minister of defence; assessment of zu Guttenberg´s suitability for political office; damage to the Federal Government through the plagiarism debate; advantageousness of the country´s EU membership; assessment of the introduction of the euro; advantages of the euro; expectation of a the long-term success of the euro; assessment of a single EU decision-making power to safeguard the euro; financial difficulties of some Member States as a danger to the euro; Italy´s sovereign debt endangers euro stability; assessment the vulnerability of Italy to the stability of the euro in comparison with the Greece; solution of the euro crisis without Berlusconi easier; attitude towards financial equalization between EU states; attitude towards ´Core Europe´ (close cooperation between Germany and a few European countries); expected increase in countries in need of EU financial assistance; euro survives the financial crisis; attitude towards further EU loans for Greece; Greek transitional government and euro crisis; opinion on excluding Greece, Italy, Ireland, Portugal and Spain from the euro area; assessment of the work of the EU and of Chancellor Merkel in coping with the euro crisis; attitude to increase the German guarantees for the euro rescue parachute; end of the federal government after the vote on the euro rescue parachute; attitude towards the introduction of Eurobonds; feared lower Influence of the Bundestag on saving the euro; EU fiscal policy: Demand for more decision-making power for the EU; attitude towards the EU interference in the fiscal policies of member states; feared personal financial losses due to the financial crisis; expected collapse of the global economy due to over-indebtedness of the industrialized countries; worries about the future due to the financial crisis; opinion on a national bankruptcy of Greece; effects of an Greece bankruptcy for Germany; harder course compared to Greece as motivation for the election of the FDP; main culprit in the dispute between the government on the right course in the Greek crisis; assessment of the early new elections due to the government dispute; expected overcoming the euro and financial crisis; assessment of the impact of banks on politics; assessment of the introduction of a tax on security papers; introduction of the securities tax also without involvement of other countries; attitude towards stricter EU rules for banks; opinion on the debt cut for Greece; opinion on the Bank rescue by EU states; expected collapse of the German banking system through the financial crisis; attitudes towards demonstrations against the financial system and banks; call for stronger control of the debt limits of the member states by the EU; attitude towards the harsher penalties for exceeding the debt ceiling; expected solution of the euro crisis by the EU summit meeting; effects of the cancellation of Great Britain to the EU with regard to measures adopted; opinion on the EU without Great Britain; assessment of the leading role of France and Germany in the euro crisis; assessment of work by Angela Merkel and the Federal Government; SPD and Grüne as better governmental alternative; assessment of the work of the federal government in job creation, in health policy, in family policy, and the solution of financial problems; assessment of a participation of the party Die Linke in government; Die Linke strives for communism; expected continued existence of the governing coalition; preferred and expected coalition partner of the CDU; significance for the respondent who is in government; assessment of a Green Prime Minister; expectations of the state government consisting of SPD and Grünen in Baden-Württemberg; damaged relationship between SPD and Grünen due to failed coalition negotiations at state level; get by with fewer cars; share of nuclear power debate in Greens´ electoral success; most influential Green politicians; controversies of the Greens on important issues; opinion on the political course of the CDU; desired orientation of the CDU to more christian-traditional values; political left-wing development of the CDU; assessment of the CDU´s left-wing development; expected continuation of the good survey results for the Grünen; political left-wing development of the party Die Linke; attitude towards the prohibition of the NPD; assessment of the accusation against the protection of the constitution with regard to right-wing radicals; assessment of the deployment of V-people; assessment of the threat to democracy by right-wing radicals; attitudes towards a legally prescribed women´s quota; assessment of the census (population census); assessment of online searches by security agencies; personal relevance of legally unacceptable online searches; political unrest in the Egypt and Tunisia as a threat to Europe; expected democratisation of Egypt; danger to Middle East from unrest in Egypt; agreement on Mubarak´s stay in Germany; exaggerated hopes for a peaceful democratization in Egypt after the overthrow of the Mubarak regime; opinion on Germany´s financial aid to the democratisation in Arab countries; expected increase of refugees to Europe as a result of the unrest; evaluation of the military deployment in Libya; assessment of the German abstention in the UN Security Council in the vote on Libya; assessment of the German refusal to participate in the military operation in Libya; opinion on the deployment of German soldiers for humanitarian aid in Libya; assessment of the prospects for success of the military mission in Libya; attitude towards the sale of German battle tanks to Saudi Arabia; assessment of the foreign policy of the Federal Government; attitude towards the dealing with refugees from areas of unrest (admission by the country of arrival or through other European countries); importance of the Christian churches for society; faith in God; importance of the personal faith in God; evaluation of the relationships between Germany and the USA; personal willingness to spend more on high quality food; perceived personal and health hazard due to increased dioxin levels in foodstuffs; demand for stricter legislation and controls in the food quality; expectation of stricter laws under the dioxin scandal; opinion on 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Munich; perceived personal health risk from EHEC pathogens; assessment of the work of German authorities in dealing with EHEC; opinion on the accusation of poor cooperation between federal and state authorities on the subject of EHEC; interest in the Pope´s visit to Germany; recruitment to the Pope´s speech before the Bundestag; evaluation of the protest of some Member of the Bundestag against the Pope´s speech; opinion on the cost sharing by football clubs in police operations in the case of riots; relevance of the topic Stuttgart 21; approval of the conversion of Stuttgart Central Station (Stuttgart 21); assessment of the Referendum on Stuttgart 21; expectation of Germany as a European Soccer Champion; self-assessment on a Left-right continuum; classification of the SPD, CDU, CSU, Grüne, FDP and Die Linke on a left-right continuum; retrospective assessment of the year 2011; outlook for the coming year 2012. Demography: sex; age (categorised); marital status; cohabitation with a partner; number and age of children; school leaving certificate or desired school leaving certificate; completed studies or vocational training; employment status; job security; occupational group; household size; persons in the household from 18 years of age; trade union member in the household; denomination; frequency of church attendance; party affiliation and party identification; number of telephone numbers at home. Additionally coded was: survey month; survey week; federal state; district allocation Berlin west/east; city size; weighting factors: representative weight; total weight.
Temporal Coverage
  • 2011-01-11 / 2011-01-13
    week 02
  • 2011-01-25 / 2011-01-27
  • 2011-02-08 / 2011-02-10
    week 06
  • 2011-02-22 / 2011-02-24
  • 2011-03-29 / 2011-03-31
  • 2011-04-12 / 2011-04-14
  • 2011-05-03 / 2011-05-05
    week 18
  • 2011-05-24 / 2011-05-26
  • 2011-06-07 / 2011-06-09
  • 2011-07-13 / 2011-07-15
  • 2011-08-09 / 2011-08-11
  • 2011-09-06 / 2011-09-08
    week 36
  • 2011-09-20 / 2011-09-22
  • 2011-10-11 / 2011-10-13
    week 41
  • 2011-10-25 / 2011-10-27
  • 2011-11-08 / 2011-11-10
    week 45
  • 2011-11-22 / 2011-11-24
  • 2011-12-13 / 2011-12-15
Geographic Coverage
  • Berlin (DE-BE)
    with East Berlin
  • Brandenburg (DE-BB)
  • Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (DE-MV)
  • Saxony (DE-SN)
  • Saxony-Anhalt (DE-ST)
  • Thuringia (DE-TH)
Sampled Universe
The residential population eligible to vote.
Probability: Multistage; Sampling Procedure Comment: Multi-stage random sample: sample of household addresses according to the RLD procedure and sample according to a key based on birthday
Time Dimension
  • Longitudinal: Trend/Repeated cross-section
Collection Mode
  • Telephone interview
  • Telephone interview (CATI) with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 12559
    Number of Variables: 380
The dataset consists of a cumulation of the data from January to December monthly surveys conducted in 2011. In addition to the monthly surveys, the so-called short barometers are also included, which were carried out at irregular intervals between the monthly surveys. The surveys in the western part of the Federal Republic of Germany are archived under the ZA study No. 5633. The total weighting factor makes it possible to merge the two data sets to form a weighted survey for the whole of Germany.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA5632 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • WAHLEN (Type: FDZ)
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.4232/1.11615
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    DOI: 10.4232/1.11510
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    DOI: 10.4232/1.11492

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 17 | Registration Date: 2019-02-14