ARD-DeutschlandTrend 2018

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • ARD-Landesrundfunkanstalten
  • Infratest dimap Gesellschaft für Trend- und Wahlforschung, Berlin
Publication Date
  • Infratest dimap, Berlin (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • International Institutions, Relations, Conditions
    • Political Issues
    • Political Attitudes and Behavior
    • Political Parties, Organizations
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Domestic political issues
    • International politics and organisation
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
    • Government, political systems and organisation
  • Abstract

    Cumulative data set of ARD-DeutschlandTrends for the year 2018. Evaluation of parties and politicians. Attitude towards current political issues. Topics: Some topics were repeated and asked in an identical way at each survey time, other topics were asked only in one or more survey months. Party preference in the next Bundestag election (Sunday question); satisfaction with selected top politicians (Annalena Baerbock, Alexander Dobrindt, Alexander Gauland, Andrea Nahles, Alice Weidel, Christian Lindner, Cem Özdemir, Dietmar Bartsch, Emmanuel Macron, Heiko Maas, Horst Seehofer, Jens Spahn, Katharina Barley, Katja Kipping, Angela Merkel, Martin Schulz, Markus Söder, Olaf Scholz, Peter Altmaier, Robert Habeck, Sigmar Gabriel, Sahra Wagenknecht, Thomas de Maizière, Ursula von der Leyen, Volker Kauder, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Hubertus Heil); party competence: most competent party for solving selected political tasks (securing pensions, asylum and refugee policy, affordable housing, education policy, health policy, fight against crime, solving the most important problems in Germany, advancing the economy, reasonable wages); lost confidence in the German automotive industry due to the exhaust scandal; assessment of responsible politicians´ dealings with the automotive industry; full term of office for Angela Merkel as Federal Chancellor vs. make room ahead of time for successors; opinion on the Ukrainian conflict (it is understandable that Russia sees itself threatened by the Western conflict, Germany should take on a leading mediating role in the Ukrainian conflict, Putin is willing to use any means to assert Russian interests, the West should make greater efforts to engage in dialogue with Russia, or Russia should make greater efforts for a dialogue with the West, Russia bears a large part of the responsibility for the escalation in Ukraine, EU should further tighten the sanctions against Russia); opinion on the CDU/CSU (disproportionately much power of the CSU in the Union, good if one could vote for CSU outside Bavaria, weakening of the Union by Horst Seehofer´s behaviour towards Angela Merkel, election campaign in Bavaria more important than a stable formation of government in Germany); opinion on the grand coalition: own interests for CSU more important than government success; opinion on CDU and Chancellor Angela Merkel (lack of clarity about political convictions of Angela Merkel, CDU under Merkel neglects the concerns of the population in refugee policy, Merkel has her best times as Chancellor behind her, Angela Merkel is a good Chancellor, time for personnel renewal, Angela Merkel stands for political stability in Germany); Opinion on the appointment of Grand Coalition ministers in various ministries (Ursula von der Leyen as Defence Minister, Angela Merkel as Federal Chancellor, Peter Altmaier as Economics Minister, Jens Spahn as Health Minister, Andreas Scheuer as Transport Minister, Olaf Scholz as Finance Minister, Heiko Maas as Foreign Minister and Hubertus Heil as Labour Minister); political position of the CDU too conservative, too little conservative or exactly right; advantageousness of the country´s EU membership; assessment of justice in Germany; qualities of Angela Merkel (competent, strong leader, credible, her party behind her); qualities of the political parties SPD, CDU and CSU (closed, right concepts for solving the country´s important problems, credible, capable of government, understands people´s worries and needs); suspended family reunion: support for family reunification for civil war refugees from March 2018; trust in institutions (federal government, media, police, courts); Angela Merkel should continue to govern as Chancellor; opinion on SPD members´ vote on coalition agreement; Opinion on political measures for dealing with refugees in Germany (benefits in kind instead of cash benefits, consistent deportation of rejected asylum seekers, establishment of anchor centres, entry ban for undocumented refugees); preference for a minority government of CDU and CSU vs. new elections; countries as trustworthy partners of Germany (France, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, Great Britain and the USA); feeling of preferential, disadvantaged or appropriate treatment in society; party decision out of conviction or disappointment; preference for Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Friedrich Merz or Jens Spahn as new CDU party chairmen; assessment of the current economic situation in Germany; most important political issue; expected soccer world champion at the soccer World Cup in Russia; satisfaction with the efforts made so far by the federal government with regard to the issue: protection against crime, climate policy, pension and social policy, creation of affordable housing, asylum and refugee policy, digitalization, health policy and care, retrofitting and exchange of older diesel cars as well as economic policy; satisfaction with the work of the individual government parties CDU, CSU and SPD; opinion on a coalition of CDU/CSU and SPD; satisfaction with the work of the federal government; Angela Merkel should stay in office for full 4 years vs. make way for premature successors if the federal government is led by her again; party with the strongest negotiating positions in the coalition negotiations; opinion on the duration of government formation (Germany loses influence in the European Union, understanding for long government formation, worries that important domestic political issues will not be addressed); new regulation of family reunification in the coalition agreement goes into the right vs. in the wrong direction; relationship between women and men: appropriate consideration in society of the interests of women and men; discrimination against women in German society as a problem; divisions in society: problem of differences between rich and poor, cultural differences between people of different origins, low tolerance of other opinions and differences between Islam and other religions for living together in Germany; Internet use; data protection on the Internet: concerns about misuse of personal data; changes in personal usage patterns following the discovery of illegal use of personal data by Facebook users in the last US election campaign; trust in Facebook for data protection; concerns about developments between Russia and the West following the poison attack in England; views on planned anchor centres for refugees; views on reducing German development aid to non-cooperating states in repatriating rejected asylum seekers; future of the EU: preference for stronger cooperation between EU member states vs. more national decisions; development of relations between Germany and France since President Emmanuel Macron took office; opinion on the EU (good that Macron wants to take the EU forward with a series of proposals, Macron´s proposal for closer cooperation on financial policy in the EU goes too far, Chancellor Merkel should be more passionate about the EU); rating the award of the Football World Cup to Russia as correct vs. a mistake; assessment of the doping problem at the football World Cup in Russia; economic sanctions by the EU against Russia for annexing the Crimea are appropriate; absence of the German Chancellor and Minister from the football World Cup because of criticism of Russia is appropriate; probability of implementation of the agreement on nuclear disarmament between US President Trump and North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un; opinion on US President Donald Trump (support for the summit between Trump and Kim Jong Un, understanding for the prioritisation of American interests, concern about intensified international conflicts through Trump´s policy, threatens peace and security in the world); significance of various topics in the current political debate (asylum and refugees, social policy, digitalisation, affordable housing, the situation in the care sector, climate change and energy system transformation, school and education policy, protection against crime, trade conflict with the USA); Opinion on the CDU/CSU (are divided and have a common course, CSU is more concerned than other parties with really moving issues, Angela Merkel no longer has the Union in the governing coalition under control, approval of Horst Seehofer´s open criticism of Merkel´s course in asylum and refugee policy); Opinion on the establishment of transit centres on the German-Austrian border; importance of various political issues (asylum and refugee policy, pension and social policy, digitisation, creation of affordable housing, health policy and care, climate policy, protection against crime); assessment of the integration of immigrants who have been living in Germany for a long time or who have been immigrating to Germany a few years ago; racism in Germany as a problem; opinion on politics in Germany (too much about emotions instead of the issue, too much weight of extreme political points of view in the current discussion, dwindling tolerance towards other opinions in society, federal government takes concerns about immigration seriously, functioning rule of law, hesitant federal government without clear decisions); expected improvement of the situation of patients through the planned reform of the employment of nursing staff depending on the amount of nursing care needed; assessment of the success of the immigration policy: Integration of refugees into the labour market and into society, deportation of rejected asylum seekers, housing and distribution of refugees in Germany, prevention of violence and crime; observation of the AfD by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution is appropriate; politicians responsible for the current state of the Federal Government (Angela Merkel, Horst Seehofer, Andrea Nahles, all, none of them, do not know, no information); primarily responsible for the current state of the Federal Government; advocacy of an immigration law; most important factor with regard to the future of lignite (climate protection, electricity price, preservation of jobs, security of supply); appropriate efforts of the federal government with regard to climate protection; opinion on the CDU (one does not know what it actually stands for, has achieved nothing conspicuous in the federal government in recent years, too close to the interests of industry, good that the CDU is openly discussing the reorientation of the party); Opinion on the SPD (one does not know, for which it actually stands, in the last years in the Federal Government nothing remarkable achieved, renewal of the SPD comes under Andrea Nahles well ahead, well that SPD thinks about correction of the Hartz IV laws); opinion on the Greens (one doesn´t know what they actually stand for, good that the Greens supported an open and tolerant society, only party that really cares about climate protection, party for people who are well off); agreement on the new pension package decided by the Bundestag; Horst Seehofer should give up his office as Interior Minister vs. should retain its position after he has relinquished his CSU chairmanship; the conviction that the international community can cope with the problems of climate change; appropriate measures to limit climate change (stricter environmental protection requirements for industry, faster exit from coal, expansion of renewable energies, higher prices for air travel, making the purchase and maintenance of cars with internal combustion engines more expensive, switching from internal combustion engines to electric drive for cars); personal changes in behaviour in recent years with a view to climate protection in the choice of electricity provider, in the use of airplanes and cars and in the purchase of everyday goods. Demography: sex; age; employment; occupational status; education; household income. Additionally coded was: record or page number; wave identifier; region (east/west); federal state; official district key; BIK municipality type; weighting factor.
Temporal Coverage
  • 2018-01-02 / 2018-01-03
  • 2018-01-29 / 2018-01-31
    February Question about family reunion: 30.01.2018-31.01.2018
  • 2018-02-26 / 2018-02-28
  • 2018-04-03 / 2018-04-04
  • 2018-05-07 / 2018-05-08
  • 2018-06-11 / 2018-06-13
    June Questions about USA/North Korea Summit: 12.06.2018 - 13.06.2018
  • 2018-07-03 / 2018-07-04
  • 2018-07-30 / 2018-08-01
  • 2018-09-03 / 2018-09-05
  • 2018-10-08 / 2018-10-10
  • 2018-11-12 / 2018-11-14
  • 2018-12-03 / 2018-12-05
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
Sampled Universe
Eligible voters aged 18 and over
Probability: Multistage; Sampling Procedure Comment: Probability Sample: Multistage Sample Dual-frame sample with landline and mobile phone numbers Ratio: 70:30 (exception January: ratio 60:40)
Time Dimension
  • Longitudinal: Trend/Repeated cross-section
Collection Mode
  • Telephone interview: CATI
Data and File Information
  • Number of Variables: 256
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA7553 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • WAHLEN (Type: FDZ)

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 18 | Registration Date: 2019-07-25