Attitude Towards Life in Rural Areas

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Presse- und Informationsamt der Bundesregierung
Publication Date
  • polis Gesellschaft für Sozial- und Marktforschung mbH, Deidesheim (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Political Attitudes and Behavior
    • Community, Living Environment
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Migration
    • Community, urban and rural life
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
    • Social and occupational mobility
    • Housing
  • Abstract

    Attitudes towards one´s own region. Topics: Satisfaction with life; confidence about the future; importance of selected areas of life (children, good relationship with parents, secure job, interesting job, leisure time, friends, partner, earning a lot of money, getting to know the world, good education, good housing situation, voluntary work, career advancement, participation in public life in the place of residence, protection against crime); satisfaction with selected areas of life (housing situation, professional situation, financial situation, personal standard of living, contacts with neighbours, friends, acquaintances and work colleagues, family or partnership, medical care, opportunities for political participation, social safety net in Germany, politics of the Federal Government and the State Government, local politics, democracy in Germany, protection against crime). Attitudes towards one´s own region: Advantages and disadvantages of one´s own place of residence (open); voluntary commitment; area of voluntary commitment (open); intention to move; general considerations or concrete plans to move; duration of residence at one´s current place of residence; development of one´s own region; closeness to a place (feeling of home); economic future prospects of one´s own region; provision of the region in various areas (childcare and schools, police stations, shopping facilities, offers for young people and the elderly, medical care, pharmacies, public transport, leisure facilities, road conditions, cultural offerings, job opportunities, fast Internet connections, service offerings, affordable housing, transport connections, banks, ATMs, post offices and parcel counters, care and nursing offers for the elderly); future prospects for the supply of the district in the aforementioned areas; assessment of living conditions in one´s own region in comparison with other counties in the state and federal government; personal worries (possible unemployment, not being able to maintain or achieve a standard of living, not being able to make professional progress, loneliness in old age, health, not being able to withstand the strains of everyday life); concerns with regard to the development in Germany (rising national debt, politics cannot solve Germany´s problems, rising unemployment, fixed-term employment relationships are becoming the rule, increasing crime and violence, more and more refugees in Germany, inadequate protection against illness, unemployment and old age, rising energy costs, living at the expense of future generations); personal expectations of the state (comprehensive protection of citizens against risks vs. creating framework conditions for protection by the citizens themselves); the state should continue to ensure equal living conditions in all regions of Germany in the future; opinion on compensation payments for weaker regions; areas in which the state would have to do more for the region (public transport, road construction and repairs, settlement of rural doctors, fast Internet, etc.); sufficient commitment of the state with regard to future challenges in the region. Demography: sex; age; employment; occupational status; household size; number of persons in the household aged 18 and over; number of school-age children in the household; education; self-rating of class; party sympathy; household net income. Additionally coded: Respondent ID; region; survey region; federal state; city size; weighting factor.
Temporal Coverage
  • 2018-08-06 / 2018-09-22
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
Sampled Universe
Resident population aged 18 and over in private households
Probability: Multistage
Time Dimension
  • Cross-section
Collection Mode
  • Telephone interview: CATI
Data and File Information
  • Number of Variables: 146
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA6721 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • WAHLEN (Type: FDZ)

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 18 | Registration Date: 2019-06-28