Short-term Campaign Panel (GLES 2017)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • GLES
Publication Date
  • Roßteutscher, Sigrid (Universität Frankfurt) (Researcher)
  • Schmitt-Beck, Rüdiger (Universität Mannheim) (Researcher)
  • Schoen, Harald (Universität Mannheim) (Researcher)
  • Weßels, Bernhard (Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung) (Researcher)
  • Wolf, Christof (GESIS - Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften) (Researcher)
  • Schoen, Harald (Universität Mannheim) (Project Leader)
  • Preißinger, Maria (Universität Mannheim) (Project Manager)
  • Kratz, Agatha (Universität Mannheim) (Project Member)
  • Manger, Lea (Universität Mannheim) (Project Member)
  • Wuttke, Alexander (Universität Mannheim) (Project Member)
  • Bauer, Irina (GESIS - Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften) (Data Curator)
  • Bucher, Hannah (GESIS - Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften) (Data Curator)
  • Kaukal, Malte (GESIS - Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften) (Data Curator)
  • Kühn, Marie (GESIS - Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften) (Data Curator)
  • Stroppe, Anne-Kathrin (GESIS - Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften) (Data Curator)
  • University of Mannheim, Chair for Political Psychology (Data Collector)
  • Abstract

    Political issues (Issues). Political attitudes and behaviour. Opinion formation during election campaigns. Topics: Political interest; satisfaction with democracy; Big Five (psychological self-characterisation); intention to participate in elections; intended vote on BTW (first and second vote); election decision (intended, hypothetical): Consideration Set for second vote; current assessment of personal economic situation and the economic situation in Germany; sympathy scale for selected parties (CDU, CSU, SPD, FDP, Bündnis 90/Die Grünen, Die Linke, AfD); satisfaction with the performance of the federal government (scale); satisfaction with the performance of the individual governing parties (CDU, CSU, SPD); willingness to take risks; sympathy scale for top politicians (Angela Merkel, Sigmar Gabriel, Horst Seehofer, Christian Lindner, Katrin Göring-Eckardt, Katja Kipping, Frauke Petry); problem-solving competence of the parties; political knowledge (voting rights in Germany, first-second vote, 5% hurdle); self-assessment on the left-right continuum (scalometer); personal value orientations according to the Schwartz model; positionissues (ego): socio-economic dimension (lower taxes and less welfare benefits vs. more welfare state benefits vs. more taxes), opportunities for foreigners to move in, integration of foreigners (should be able to adapt to German culture vs. be able to live according to their own culture), climate protection (priority for combating climate change, even if it harms economic growth vs. priority for economic growth, even if it makes combating climate change more difficult), security and privacy (for strong state intervention vs. against strong state intervention), European integration (push for European unification vs. European unification is already going too far); attitudes towards efficiency and electoral norms; political positions (adoption of children for same-sex partnerships, deportation of economic refugees, Islamic communities should be monitored by the state, state measures to reduce income disparities, referenda at federal level, restrictions on the exercise of the Islamic faith); political positions on current issues (state and economy, expansion of state powers in fighting crime, Islam fits into German society); most important source of political information (television, newspaper, radio, Internet, personal conversations, others); average Internet use (general, politically current); current use and reception frequency of TV news (Tagesschau/Tagesthemen (ARD), Heute/Heute Journal (ZDF), RTL Aktuell, Sat. 1 News, others); current use and reception frequency of daily newspapers (Bild-Zeitung, Frankfurter Rundschau, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Süddeutsche Zeitung, die tageszeitung, Die Welt, others); current use and reception frequency of weekly magazines in print and online versions (Der Spiegel, Focus, Die Zeit, Stern); voter participation and decision on the BTW 2013 election; frequency of political conversations; number of interlocutors; relationship to individual interlocutors and the interlocutors´ election intentions; party identification as well as the duration, strength and type of party identification; disenchantment with politics (parties only want voters´ votes, most party politicians are trustworthy and honest, even simple party members can contribute ideas, without professional politicians our country would be governed worse, citizens have hardly any possibilities to influence politics, parties are only about power, parties exert too much influence in society, parties consider the state as a self-service shop); assessment of differences in governmental policies of parties and assessment of differences between parties in general; national identity; assessment of components of national identity; temporary work; fear of losing a job; fear of losing a business; subjective class affiliation. Additionally in the second wave: Political knowledge (assignment of politicians/parties, unemployment rate); assessment of justice within the German society; assessment of one´s own share in the German standard of living; foreign policy orientation (use of military force never justified, FRG should concentrate on problems in the country, FRG should act in agreement with the USA, necessity of a common stance of FRG and allies in crises, FRG should play a more active role in world politics, war sometimes necessary to protect national interests, FRG should provide security on its own, FRG should represent interests towards the USA with more self-confidence); sympathy scale for top politicians (Angela Merkel, Martin Schulz, Horst Seehofer, Christian Lindner, Katrin Göring-Eckardt, Sahra Wagenknecht, Frauke Petry); political positions on current issues (Federal Government should strive for a good relationship with Trump, more taxes for rich citizens, restrictions on the exercise of the Islamic faith in the FRG, observation of Islamic communities by the state, Federal Government should strive for a good relationship with Putin, Islam fits into German society); classification of parties on the left-right-continuum (scalometer); principles of democracy (democratic parties should have the chance to govern, have the right to stand up for their opinion against the majority, democracy without polit. opposition unthinkable); Chancellor preference; forms of participation, retrospective (participation in citizens´ initiatives, participation in demonstrations, election campaign support of party or politician); trust in institutions (Bundestag, Federal Constitutional Court, Bundeswehr, unions, banks, media, police); position issues: Importance of welfare state benefits and taxes, possibilities for foreigners to move in, integration of foreigners, climate protection, security and privacy; attitudes towards extremism/authoritarianism (dictatorship may have a better form of government, GDR had more good than bad sides, socialism good but so far badly executed idea, troublemakers should feel undesirable, strong leaders to live safely, traditions should be maintained, nationalisation of commercial enterprises, group/association interests should be subordinated to the common good, the world would be better if people were like Germans). Additionally coded: Study number; GESIS Archive Version; Digital Object Identifier; year of survey; period of survey; GLES component; survey/wave; participation behavior WKP 2013; electoral district; weighting factors; sequence number; sequence number (WKP 2009, 2013); survey evaluation; number of participations in online panels, surveys; Information on problems in the data set; field time wave 1; completeness of the interview; interruption of the survey; time undercut index (WKP 2013, 2017); last page viewed; survey time; respondent´s input device; respondent´s Javascript and Flash usage; survey start/end time; date of entry into respondi panel; number of surveys (invitations, participation, cancellations); control items. Demography: Origin according to West/East Germany; German nationality; sex; month of birth; year of birth; school leaving certificate (ego, partner); federal state; household size; number of household members under 18 years of age; marital status; partner present; partner in household; vocational training; gainful employment (ego, partner); previous gainful employment (ego, partner); duration of unemployment ; occupation (ego, partner); differentiation of occupational groups (employee, manual worker, academic profession, self-employed, civil servant); employment sector; economic sector; former occupation (ego, partner); former occupation (employee, manual worker, academic profession, self-employed, civil servant); net household income (categories); religious affiliation; frequency of going to church; religiousness; country of birth; age when moving in; place of residence.
Temporal Coverage
  • 2016-10-06 / 2018-03-23
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
Sampled Universe
The target population of the Campaign Panel comprises all German citizens who were eligible to vote in the election to the German Bundestag on September 24, 2017. Due to conducting the study online, not every German citizen eligible to vote had a chance to be selected for the survey. Thus, the frame population is restricted to German citizens eligible to vote who were members of the Online-Access-Panels conducted by Respondi AG and GapFish GmbH. The Respondi panel contained 65.000 to 70.000 members at the end of 2016. After completing a double opt-in registration procedure and filling in their master data, Respondi panel members are considered active, when they participated in a survey in the past three months, whereas GapFish panel members are considered active when they participated in a survey in the past 12 months. 113.000 members of the GapFish panel fulfill these criteria. The members of the Access-Panels are mainly recruited online. A smaller proportion is recruited by telephone.
Time Dimension
  • Longitudinal: Panel
Collection Mode
  • Self-administered questionnaire: Web-based
Data and File Information
  • Number of Variables: 2646
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA6804 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • WAHLEN (Type: FDZ)
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Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 16 | Registration Date: 2019-07-24