Thüringen-Monitor 2000-2019

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Schmitt, Karl (Institut für Politikwissenschaft, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena)
  • Best, Heinrich (Institut für Soziologie, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena)
  • Reiser, Marion (Institut für Politikwissenschaft, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena)
Publication Date
  • Infratest dimap, Bonn (2000 bis einschließlich 2008) (Data Collector)
  • aproxima, Weimar (2010) (Data Collector)
  • Forschungsgruppe Wahlen Telefonfeld, Mannheim (2011) (Data Collector)
  • Institut für Soziologie, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena (seit 2012) (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Political Attitudes and Behavior
    • Economic Policy, National Economic Situation
    • Society, Culture
    • Family
    • Religion and "Weltanschauung"
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Migration
    • Cultural and national identity
    • Religion and values
    • Social conditions and indicators
    • Social behaviour and attitudes
    • International politics and organisation
    • Political ideology
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
    • Government, political systems and organisation
    • Family life and marriage
    • Minorities
    • Social exclusion
    • Economic policy
  • Abstract

    The Thüringen-Monitor is a representative population survey on political culture in the Free State of Thuringia that has been held annually since 2000. It contains fixed and changing questions. The Thuringia Monitor is commissioned by the Thuringian State Chancellery (Erfurt). A particular focus is on research into right-wing extremist attitudes, acceptance of democracy, satisfaction with democracy and the institutional trust of the Thuringian population. The basic population is the electorate of the Free State of Thuringia. By 2018, a total of 18 survey waves with at least 1,000 respondents each were carried out in the trend design by changing survey institutes (CATI, random sampling according to the Gabler-Häder design). No survey took place in 2009. From 2012, the data were weighted according to the Thuringian State Statistical Office with regard to age, gender, education and household size (IPF weighting). From 2000 to 2018, a total of 1,193 different variables were collected in the Thüringen-Monitor, which can be assigned to the following categories: 1 Deprivation/Anomy/Satisfaction 2 Thuringia/Identity/German Unity 3 Politics/Democracy/Institutions/Actors 4 Right-wing extremism/attitude towards migration/minorities 5 GDR/Socialism 6 Social State/Market Economy/Ecology 7 Social problems 8 Values 9 Family/education and education/generational relations 10 Internationalization/Europeanization/Cultural Competence Sociodemography: age (year of birth); sex; occupational status; length of unemployment (in months); unemployment longer than six months since the fall of communism; employment in the public sector; occupation; main occupation; highest educational attainment of respondent; highest educational attainment of parents; education of partner; activity of partner; GDR citizen before October 1989; number of grandchildren; marital status; place of birth; net household income; household composition: number of children under 18 (2000: under 16) years of age in the household; number of persons in the household as a whole; number of persons in the household from 18 years of age; household size (grouped); number of children outside the household; children currently attending day-care centre, school, (technical) college; number of own children in total; number of desired children; number of children in school; number of children under 6 years of age; frequency of church attendance; fixed partnership; living together with partner; denomination; housing situation; job security; socialisation (East/West / abroad); residential status; number of telephone numbers in the household. Additionally coded was: Wave (survey year); interview number; person weight; quota groups gender and age for IPF weighting from 2012 onwards; random variables (2013, 2014); answer open question and question order (2015); average population share district 2005 to 2009; consistency of freedom; class of location; residence size; perceived responsivity of other public right-wing extremist activities (share of district in total number of Thuringia and number of incidents in district); suspected right-wing extremist crimes (share of district in total number of Thuringia and number of incidents in district). The series of measurements on right-wing extremist attitudes is based on ten consent items (with four-step response scales) and begins in 2001. According to the consensus definition of right-wing extremism, it covers the following attitudinal dimensions: xenophobia, nationalism/chauvinism, social Darwinism, trivialisation of National Socialism, anti-Semitism and advocacy of a right-wing dictatorship (Best & Solomo, 2014).
Temporal Coverage
  • 2000-09-19 / 2000-09-25
  • 2001-05-16 / 2001-05-31
  • 2002-08-13 / 2002-08-18
  • 2003-09-03 / 2003-09-09
  • 2004-09-13 / 2004-09-28
  • 2005-06-20 / 2005-07-03
  • 2006-06-28 / 2006-07-18
  • 2007-10-11 / 2007-10-24
  • 2008-06-26 / 2008-07-10
  • 2010-01-11 / 2010-01-30
  • 2011-05-02 / 2011-05-10
  • 2012-05-21 / 2012-06-09
  • 2013-05-13 / 2013-05-27
  • 2014-05-26 / 2014-06-18
  • 2015-06-08 / 2015-06-27
  • 2016-05-30 / 2016-06-25
  • 2017-05-29 / 2017-06-26
  • 2018-05-31 / 2018-07-07
  • 2019-05-27 / 2019-07-06
Geographic Coverage
  • Thuringia (DE-TH)
Sampled Universe
Eligible voters aged 18 and over in private households
Time Dimension
  • Longitudinal: Trend/Repeated cross-section
Collection Mode
  • Telephone interview: CATI
  • Telephone interview: CATI (Computer Assisted Telephone Interview)
Data and File Information
  • Number of Variables: 1234
In addition to a traditional variable list and the original questionnaires, a question register is provided in Excel format in which the availability of the variables by survey wave, the item wording and all changes and modifications are documented.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA6345 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.4232/1.13311
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    DOI: 10.4232/1.13128
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    DOI: 10.4232/1.12570
  • THÜRINGEN-MONITOR 2014: Die Thüringer als Europäer. Drucksache des Thüringer Landtags 6/287.
  • THÜRINGEN-MONITOR 2015: Thüringen im 25. Jahr der deutschen Einheit. Drucksache des Thüringer Landtags 6/1347.
  • THÜRINGEN-MONITOR 2013: Wie leben wir? Wie wollen wir leben? – Zufriedenheit, Werte und gesellschaftliche Orientierungen der Thüringer Bevölkerung. Drucksache des Thüringer Landtags 5/7051.
  • THÜRINGEN-MONITOR 2011: Staatsaufgaben und Staatsausgaben. Drucksache des Thüringer Landtags 5/3396.
  • THÜRINGEN-MONITOR 2012: Thüringen International: Weltoffenheit, Zuwanderung und Akzeptanz. Drucksache des Thüringer Landtags 5/5244.
  • THÜRINGEN-MONITOR 2010: Beziehungen und Verhältnis der Generationen in Thüringen. Drucksache des Thüringer Landtags 5/1120.
  • THÜRINGEN-MONITOR 2008: Soziale Marktwirtschaft in Thüringen: Die Einstellungen der Bürgerinnen und Bürger. Drucksache des Thüringer Landtags 4/4734.
  • THÜRINGEN-MONITOR 2007: Bildung in einer sich wandelnden Gesellschaft. Drucksache des Thüringer Landtags 4/3860.
  • THÜRINGEN-MONITOR 2006: Thüringens Zukunft aus Bürgersicht: Erwartungen, Herausforderungen, Gestaltungsmöglichkeiten. Drucksache des Thüringer Landtags 4/2485.
  • THÜRINGEN-MONITOR 2005: 1990–2005: Das vereinigte Deutschland im Urteil der Thüringer. Drucksache des Thüringer Landtags 4/1347.
  • THÜRINGEN-MONITOR 2004: Gerechtigkeit und Eigenverantwortung. Einstellungen zur Reform des Sozialstaats. Drucksache des Thüringer Landtags 4/551.
  • THÜRINGEN-MONITOR 2003: Einstellungen zur Demokratie. Drucksache des Thüringer Landtags 3/3765.
  • THÜRINGEN-MONITOR 2001: Jugend und Politik. Drucksache des Thüringer Landtags 3/1970.
  • THÜRINGEN-MONITOR 2002: Familie und Politik. Drucksache des Thüringer Landtags 3/2882.
  • THÜRINGEN-MONITOR 2000: Politische Kultur im Freistaat Thüringen. Drucksache des Thüringer Landtags 3/1106.
  • Edinger, Michael; Hallermann, Andreas (2007): Politische Kultur in Thüringen – Ergebnisse des THÜRINGEN-MONITORs, in: Anselm Cypionka u.a. (Hrsg.): Perspektiven Politischer Kultur in Thüringen, Erfurt, S. 11–40.
  • Edinger, Michael; Hallermann, Andreas (2004): Politische Kultur in Ostdeutschland. Die Unterstützung des politischen Systems am Beispiel Thüringens. Frankfurt a.M. u.a.: Peter Lang.
  • Best, Heinrich; Salomo, Katja (2014): Güte und Reichweite der Messung des Rechtsextremismus im THÜRINGEN-MONITOR 2000 bis 2014. Expertise für die Thüringer Staatskanzlei. Erfurt.
  • THÜRINGEN-MONITOR 2018: Heimat Thüringen. Drucksache des Thüringer Landtags 6/6383.
  • THÜRINGEN-MONITOR 2017: Thüringens ambivalente Mitte: Soziale Lagen und politische Einstellungen. Drucksache des Thüringer Landtags 6/4700.
  • THÜRINGEN-MONITOR 2016: Gemischte Gefühle: Thüringen nach der "Flüchtlingskrise". Drucksache des Thüringer Landtags 6/2989.
  • Reiser, Marion; Best, Heinrich; Salheiser, Axel (2018): Gutachten zur Weiterentwicklung des Datenerhebungsdesigns des Thüringen-Monitors: Telefonische und persönlche Befragung im Vergleich. Begleitendes Methodenprojekt zum Thüringen-Monitor 2018. Jena: Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, KomRex - Zentrum für Rechtsextremismisforschung, Demokratiebildung und gesellschaftliche Integration.
  • Best, Heinrich; Miehlke, Marius; Salheiser, Axel (2018): Topografie des Rechtsextremismus und der gruppenbezogenen Menschenfeindlichkeit in Thüringen: Dokumentation und Analysen: Forschungsberricht 2018. Jena: Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, KomRex - Zentrum für Rechtsextremismisforschung, Demokratiebildung und gesellschaftliche Integration.
  • Best, Heinrich (2018): Rechtsextremismus im Kontext der politischen Kultur des Freistaats Thüringen. Eine Metanalyse von Befunden der THÜRINGEN-MONITORe 2000-2017. In: Torsten Oppelland (Hrsg.): Politik und Regieren in Thüringen. Institutionen, Strukturen und Politikfelder im 21. Jahrhundert. Wiesbaden: Springer VS, S. 99-113.

Update Metadata: 2020-10-21 | Issue Number: 13 | Registration Date: 2020-06-02