German Internet Panel, Wave 36 (July 2018)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Blom, Annelies G. (Universität Mannheim)
  • Fikel, Marina (Universität Mannheim)
  • Friedel, Sabine (Universität Mannheim)
  • Höhne, Jan Karem (Universität Mannheim)
  • Krieger, Ulrich (Universität Mannheim)
  • Rettig, Tobias (Universität Mannheim)
  • Wenz, Alexander (Universität Mannheim)
  • SFB 884 ´Political Economy of Reforms´, Universität Mannheim
Publication Date
  • forsa Marktforschung, Frankfurt am Main (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • International Institutions, Relations, Conditions
    • Political Attitudes and Behavior
    • Public Revenue
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
    • Government, political systems and organisation
    • Economic policy
  • Abstract

    The German Internet Panel (GIP) is an infrastructure project. The GIP serves to collect data about individual attitudes and preferences which are relevant for political and economic decision-making processes. The questionnaire contains numerous experimental variations in the survey instruments. For further information, please refer to the study documentation. Topics: European Union: opinion on gridlock compromise of the EU; internal political efficacy of the EU (good understanding and assessment of important EU political issues); external political efficacy of the EU (EU politicians care what ordinary people think); European Parliament Election vote intention; self-placement on European unification; placement of different parties on European unification (CDU/CSU, SPD, AfD, FDP, Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen, Die Linke); demand for abolition of the EU in case of lack of support for EU decisions; satisfaction with the EU. Most important topic (open) for Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen (Split: CDU/CSU) overall and in the last election campaign; satisfaction with different areas of life (work, family and private life as well as work-life balance); daily hours for work, apprenticeship, studies (including commuting) or for children and care. Right working time reduction: opinion on the union IGMetall´s demand for a right to a working time reduction (with partial wage compensation); willingness to reduce working time (with partial wage compensation); reasons for willingness to reduce working time; reasons against working time reduction; responsibility for reconciling work and family life (employees, employers, bargaining parties, state); support of the employers´ view (demands of the unions for a reduction of working hours with proportional wage compensation by employers would put too much strain on the German economy); occupational activity; spending preference with regard to pensions (the state should spend more or less money on pensions); reasons for the change of opinion compared to the answer from wave 33; spending preference with regard to the unemployed (the state should spend more or less money on supporting the unemployed); reasons for the change of opinion compared to the answer from wave 33. Tax system in Germany - income tax: difficulties in filling out tax declaration; call for simplification of the income tax system in Germany; income tax system in need for reform; fairer distribution of income through tax deductions and allowances versus high income earners profit more from these tax deductions and allowances; preferred measures to simplify income tax (tax system with a uniform tax rate for all taxpayers, but without tax deductions and allowances or while maintaining the current tax deductions and allowances, tax system with higher tax rates for higher earners without deductions and allowances, tax system with pre-filled tax declaration, no change, other measure); preference for tax deduction for care of relatives; preference for tax deduction for substantial donations for charitable purposes; preference for commuting allowance; repetition of the call for simplification of the tax system due to its complexity; self-used tax deductions and/or allowances (maintenance of two households, home office, commuting allowance, other job-related expenditures (income-related expenses), pension expenses, education cost, care of relatives and care insurance, child allowances and/or childcare costs, donations for charitable purposes or political parties, others, no reductions (only the basic allowance and the flat-rate deductions); debt brake: year from which the Federal Government and the federal states should be able to get by without new debts; evaluation of the debt brake; probability that the federal state of the main residence will adhere to the debt brake from 2020; assessment of adherence to the debt brake by the own federal state if others do not adhere to the debt brake; federal state of the main residence is donor or recipient state. Political issues: Satisfaction with democracy; satisfaction with the performance of the Federal Government; satisfaction with the performance of the CDU/CSU in the Bundestag; satisfaction with the performance of Angela Merkel as Federal Chancellor; skalometer for Angela Merkel. Demography: sex; age (year of birth, categorized); highest educational degree; highest professional qualification; marital status; household size; employment status; German citizenship; frequency of private Internet usage; federal state. Additionally coded was: respondent ID; household ID, GIP; person ID (within household); year of recruitment (2012, 2014); interview date; current online status; experimental variable. Questionnaire evaluation (interesting, varied, relevant, long, difficult, too personal); overall evaluation of the survey; respondent made further comments on the questionnaire.
Temporal Coverage
  • 2018-07-01 / 2018-07-31
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
Sampled Universe
Persons between 16 and 75 years of age living in private households at the time of recruitment
Probability: Multistage
Time Dimension
  • Longitudinal: Panel
Collection Mode
  • Self-administered questionnaire: Web-based
Data and File Information
  • Number of Variables: 109
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA6956 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Steinacker, G.; Schmidt, S. (2014): German Internet Panel (GIP): Stichprobenziehung und Rekrutierung der Teilnehmer. München: TNS Infratest Sozialforschung, Feldbericht zur Erhebung 2014
  • Steinacker, G.; Schmidt, S.; Schneekloth, U. (2012): German Internet Panel (GIP): Stichprobenziehung und Rekrutierung der Teilnehmer. München: TNS Infratest Sozialforschung, Feldbericht zur Erhebung 2012
  • Blom, A. G., Gathmann, C., & Krieger, U. (2015). Setting Up an Online Panel Representative of the General Population: The German Internet Panel. Field Methods, 27(4), 391–408.
  • Blom, A. G., Bosnjak, M., Cornilleau, A., Cousteaux, A. S., Das, M., Douhou, S. & Krieger, U. (2016). A Comparison of Four Probability-Based Online and Mixed-Mode Panels in Europe. Social Science Computer Review, 34(1), 8-25. doi: 10.1177/0894439315574825
  • Blom, A. G., Herzing, J. M. E., Cornesse, C., Sakshaug, J. W., Krieger, U., & Bossert, D. (2017). Does the Recruitment of Offline Households Increase the Sample Representativeness of Probability-Based Online Panels? Evidence From the German Internet Panel. Social Science Computer Review, 35(4), 498–520.
  • Herzing, J. M. E., & Blom, A. G. (2019). The Influence of a Person’s Digital Affinity on Unit Nonresponse and Attrition in an Online Panel. Social Science Computer Review, 37(3), 404–424.
  • Felderer, B., & Blom, A. G. (2019). Acceptance of the automated online collection of geographical information. Sociological Methods & Research, 1-21.

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 16 | Registration Date: 2019-11-20