Social Cohesion Radar: Social Cohesion in Germany 2017

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Unzicker, Kai (Bertelsmann Stiftung, Gütersloh)
  • Boehnke, Klaus (Jacobs University, Bremen)
Publication Date
  • infas Institut für angewandte Sozialwissenschaft, Bonn (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Political Attitudes and Behavior
    • Society, Culture
    • Community, Living Environment
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Migration
    • Community, urban and rural life
    • Social behaviour and attitudes
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
  • Abstract

    The Bertelsmann Stiftung has been conducting the ´Social Cohesion Radar´ project since 2012. The aim is to measure the quality of social cohesion in different communities. In 2017, current data on social cohesion, its strengths and weaknesses, causes and effects were collected, and 5,041 people nationwide were surveyed, 4,968 of whom were included in the analyses. Topics: Place of residence, neighbourhood, circle of friends: Satisfaction with life; duration of residence at place of residence (year of moving in); intention to move; solidarity with Europe, Germany, federal state, region, place of residence and neighbourhood (geopolitical identity); social network: size of circle of friends and acquaintances; frequency of private meetings with friends, relatives and work colleagues; help from friends in case of difficulties; financial support from friends or acquaintances in an emergency. Trust in others: general personal trust; trust in strangers; convinced of the good intentions of most people; you cannot rely on anyone; most people treat me with respect. Tolerance and diversity: Life in Germany threatened or enriched by increasing diversity; acceptance of diversity in the neighbourhood (people with a completely different lifestyle, people of other religions, foreigners/migrants, homosexuals and refugees). Trust in institutions and organisations: Institutional trust (political parties, courts, police, state government, state parliament, federal government, Bundestag, European Commission, European Parliament, public broadcasting, social media). Justice, social differences: find social differences in the country fair; remuneration according to one´s own performance; fair distribution of economic profits; differences in rank between people are acceptable; most people do not care what happens to their fellow human beings. Helpfulness: regular or occasional willingness to help people outside the home; donation of money for social or charitable purposes in the last 12 months; willingness to help a needy stranger. Security, legal compliance: feeling of security in the neighbourhood; feeling of security at night in the surrounding area; various problems in the district (e.g. dog excrement on the street, parking offenders, etc.). Participation, social commitment: frequency of volunteer work; type of political commitment in the last twelve months (e.g. political office, participation in a demonstration, etc.); political interest; interest in local politics; membership in a non-profit association or organisation; probability of participation in the next elections. Refugees: it is good that Germany has accepted many refugees; major problems with refugees in the residential area; the state cares more about refugees than about Germans in need of help; Germany will overcome challenges by accepting and integrating refugees. Health and satisfaction in life, religiosity: general feeling of happiness; self-assessment of state of health; agreement to various statements (own life comes close to the ideal, living conditions are excellent, satisfied with life, getting the most important things desired by life so far, would change almost nothing if I could live my life again); self-assessment of religiosity. Self-assessment: personal values (developing new ideas, wealth, security, amusement, doing good, success, risk-taking, doing right, environment, traditions). Politics, democracy, cohesion: globalisation as a threat or as an opportunity; left-right self-assessment; party proximity; optimism about the future; satisfaction with democracy; uncertainty due to events of recent years; democracy as the best form of government; no freedom of expression in Germany without anger to get; cohesion in Germany is endangered; assessment of cohesion in the residential area; assessment of tensions between social groups in Germany (between poor and rich, men and women, natives and immigrants, political right and left, and between Christians and Muslims). Demography: sex; age; children; number of children; household size and composition; steady partnership; employment status; highest school leaving certificate; highest vocational qualification; number of books in the household; frequency of visits to music events in the past year; social media use; ongoing livelihood support in the last 12 months; assessment of personal economic situation; net household income; born in Germany; country of birth; German citizenship; respondent´s citizenship; state of childhood and adolescence; parents´ birth in Germany; parents´ country of birth; language spoken at home; number of landline numbers in the household; number of mobile phone numbers. Additionally coded: interview number; sample (landline, mobile); named district; named administrative district or independent city; named street and house number; federal state; migration background; Berlin east/west; region; weighting factors.
Temporal Coverage
  • 2017-01-10 / 2017-03-25
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
Sampled Universe
Resident population aged 16 and over
Time Dimension
  • Cross-section
Collection Mode
  • Telephone interview: CATI
Data and File Information
  • Number of Variables: 153
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA7486 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Arant, Regina; Dragolov, Georgi; Boehnke, Klaus: Sozialer Zusammenhalt in Deutschland 2017. Gütersloh: Bertelsmann Stiftung 2017

Update Metadata: 2020-10-21 | Issue Number: 16 | Registration Date: 2019-07-11