Trust in State and Society during the Corona Crisis (April 2020)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Presse- und Informationsamt der Bundesregierung, Berlin
Publication Date
  • Forschungsgruppe Wahlen Telefonfeld, Mannheim (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Political Institutions
    • Society, Culture
    • Communication, Public Opinion, Media
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Health policy
    • Information and communication
    • Society and culture
    • Government, political systems and organisation
  • Abstract

    The survey focused on the attitudes of the respondents to the state and trust in institutions, to actors and measures in the corona crisis (COVID-19), their social image and current attitudes, their personal well-being and experiences in the corona crisis, and media use. Topics: Greatest personal burden or restriction due to the corona crisis (1. mention, 2. mention); institutional trust (courts, science and research, churches, police, federal government, politicians, parties); satisfaction with democracy; opinion on democracy in Germany as the best form of government; attitude towards the principle of the welfare state; social conflict lines: strength of conflicts between different social groups (rich and poor, employers and employees, young and old, foreigners and Germans, East Germans and West Germans, women and men); right people in leading positions in Germany; agreement on statements about the state and politics (the state gets too involved in our lives in the corona crisis, citizens are well informed by politicians about the current measures in the corona crisis, concerns that many measures and restrictions will not be withdrawn after the corona crisis, politicians in Germany do most things right in coping with the corona crisis); assessment of the federal government´s cooperation with states and municipalities; opinion on the scope of laws and regulations because of the corona crisis; assessment of the support measures of the Federal Government for companies and businesses, for employees in health and care facilities, for the protection of the health of the population as well as for the economic situation of the population; extent of the perceived restriction in one´s own life due to the corona crisis; effects of the corona crisis on one´s own economic situation; personal experience with authorities and institutions in the context of the corona crisis (health authority, employment agency, authorities responsible for subsidies and support services for the economy, police or public order office in the event of an inspection to ensure compliance with the corona measures) and evaluation of this experience; assessment of cohesion in society in the context of the corona crisis; expected continuation of the greater or greater or lesser cohesion in society even after the corona crisis; assessment of the behaviour of people in the corona crisis as rather reasonable or rather unreasonable; assessment of the behaviour of people if there were only recommendations instead of rules and regulations by the state; sources of information and frequency of media use for news and information on Corona (television, radio or newspaper, official pages e.g. of the German government or the Robert Koch Institute on the Internet, social networks such as Facebook or Twitter); assessment of this information as rather correct or rather not correct; frequency of conversations with family and friends about Corona; assessment of the information about Corona in these conversations as rather correct or rather not correct; party sympathy; life satisfaction; optimism about the future. Demography: sex; age (classified); education: school leaving certificate or intended school leaving certificate; university degree; occupation; job security; system-relevant activity; occupational status; household size; number of persons in household aged 18 and over; German citizenship. Additionally coded: respondent ID; federal state; Berlin East/West; city size; weighting factors; information for dual-frame weighting: Frame: reached via mobile or fixed network; number of fixed and mobile phone numbers via which one can be reached; only mobile: reached at home or elsewhere; reached via an additional fixed network number (homezone or home option) on the mobile phone; fixed network connection in the household; additional mobile phone number; only fixed network: mobile phone ownership.
Temporal Coverage
  • 2020-04-22 / 2020-04-29
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
Sampled Universe
German-speaking population aged 18 and over
Probability: Multistage; Sampling Procedure Comment: Regionally stratified, two-stage random selection Combined fixed and mobile phone sample (dual-frame approach) The landline sample was drawn from the entire German-speaking population aged 18 and over living in private households where they can be reached by telephone via a landline number (number with area code). The mobile phone sample was drawn via a random selection based on the entirety of possible mobile phone numbers.
Time Dimension
  • Cross-section
Collection Mode
  • Telephone interview: CATI
Data and File Information
  • Number of Variables: 87
The study was commissioned by the Federal Press Office.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA7672 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • WAHLEN (Type: FDZ)
  • Forschungsgruppe Wahlen Telefonfeld GmbH: Vertrauen in Staat und Gesellschaft während der Corona-Krise : Ergebnisse einer repräsentativen Bevölkerungsumfrage. Mannheim: Forschungsgruppe Wahlen Telefonfeld GmbH, Bericht, April 2020
  • Forschungsgruppe Wahlen Telefonfeld GmbH: Vertrauen in Staat und Gesellschaft während der Corona-Krise : April 2020. Mannheim: Forschungsgruppe Wahlen Telefonfeld GmbH, Tabellenband, Mai 2020

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 5 | Registration Date: 2020-11-27