German Internet Panel, Wave 45 (January 2020)

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.main, Frankfurt am Main (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Political Institutions
    • Social Policy
    • Public expenditures
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Social welfare policy
  • Abstract

    The German Internet Panel (GIP) is an infrastructure project. The GIP serves to collect data on individual attitudes and preferences that are relevant to political and economic decision-making processes. The questionnaire contains numerous experimental variations in the survey instruments. Further information can be found in the study documentation. Topics: Responsibility of the state for adequate health care for the sick; more or less government and statutory health insurance expenditure on the health care system; self-assessment of the state of health; type of health insurance; responsibility of the state for adequate care in the event of the need for long-term care of the elderly; more or less government expenditure or of the statutory long-term care insurance for long-term care; responsibility of the state for an adequate standard of living in old age; more or less expenditure by the state and the statutory pension insurance for pensions; preferred statutory retirement age in Germany (open); attitude towards basic provision in old age (experiment with different response options: current needs-based basic provision in old age, additional poverty-preventing basic pension, additional but means-tested basic pension, introduction of a new citizens´ pension for all instead of the previous basic provision, none of the proposals); receipt of pension payments in 2019 from various sources (statutory old-age pension or civil servants´ pension, statutory early retirement or pre-retirement pension, company pension, private pension, reduced earning capacity pension / civil servants´ pension due to incapacity to work, survivors´ pension, benefit for victims of war, benefits from long-term care insurance, none of these payments); contributions made in 2019 to various types of old-age provision (statutory old-age pension, occupational pension, private pension, private occupational disability insurance, life insurance, other old-age provision, none of these payments made); responsibility of the state for an adequate standard of living for the unemployed; state should pay more vs. less money on support for the unemployed; preferred level of the statutory minimum wage (gross). Conjoint experiment on the regulation of the basic income in Germany: preference for or against a basic income in the case of two proposals with different values for the attributes amount of the basic income, recipient of the basic income, further conditions for receiving the basic income, what happens to existing social benefits. Responsibility of the state for an adequate standard of living for families with children; state should spend more vs. less money on supporting families; priority of cash benefits and tax concessions vs. Expansion of child care in family policy; responsibility of the state for child care (experiment with different question texts: free child care for children of all parents, for children of working parents, for children of single parents, for children of migrants); experiment with responsibility for equal opportunities between men and women at work (experiment with different question texts: responsibility of the state, employers, large companies, trade unions); opinion on a legal regulation on the home office; reasons for advocacy or rejection of a legal regulation on the home office; own interest in the home office or respondent already works at home; respondent previously worked from home or would have liked to work in the home office; most important reason for interest in the home office; most important reason why respondent (not) works or has worked in the home office. Conjoint experiment to assess the impact of fictitious care situations on the well-being of the child. The respondents were assigned a combination of values of different attributes (age of the child, care, working hours). Opinion on paternity leave; knowledge test: knowledge of the current president of the Federal Constitutional Court, knowledge of a judge at the Federal Constitutional Court (different order of possible answers); left-right classification of the parties CDU/CSU, SPD, FDP, Bündnis90/Die Grünen, Die Linke and AfD; left-right self-classification; left-right classification of the Federal Constitutional Court; Experiment on the left-right classification of an opinion (1/3 of the respondents receive no indication of the origin of the opinion, the other respondents receive the indication of the origin of the opinion (1/3: from a representative of the Federal Government, 1/3: from a decision of the Federal Constitutional Court); Experiment to approve or reject various statements, half of the respondents receive an additional reference to the Federal Constitutional Court (a secretly obtained test by which a father wants to check the paternity of his child may not be used in court; the shooting down of an aircraft to prevent a terrorist attack is not justified if this would kill innocent passengers on board; asylum seekers who receive compensation for pain and suffering after a traffic accident must use this compensation for pain and suffering before they receive money from the German state) Opinion on statements about the current Federal Constitutional Court (if the Federal Constitutional Court were to start making a variety of decisions with which most people disagree, it would be better to abolish the Federal Constitutional Court altogether; the Federal Constitutional Court is too political; in its decisions, the Federal Constitutional Court favours some groups more than others); institutional trust (Federal Government, Federal Constitutional Court). Demography: Sex; age (year of birth, categorised); education: highest school leaving certificate; highest level of vocational education; marital status; household size; employment status; probability of own unemployment in the next 12 months; German citizenship; frequency of private Internet use; federal state. Additionally coded: Respondent ID; household ID, GIP; person ID (within the household); year of recruitment (2012, 2014, 2018); interview date; current online status; allocation to experimental groups; randomisations. Questionnaire evaluation (interesting, varied, relevant, long, difficult, too personal); assessment of the survey as a whole; respondent has made further comments on the questionnaire.
Temporal Coverage
  • 2020-01-01 / 2020-01-31
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
Sampled Universe
Persons between 16 and 75 years of age living in private households at the time of recruitment
Time Dimension
  • Longitudinal: Panel
Collection Mode
  • Self-administered questionnaire: Web-based
Data and File Information
  • Number of Variables: 120
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA7642 (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: 2020-10-07