Democracy and Emotions

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Neu, Viola (Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V.)
  • Pokorny, Sabine (Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V.)
  • Roose, Jochen (Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V.)
Publication Date
  • Kantar Emnid, Bielefeld (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Political Issues
    • Political Attitudes and Behavior
    • Political Parties, Organizations
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Domestic political issues
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
    • Government, political systems and organisation
  • Abstract

    On behalf of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V., Kantar Emnid carried out a representative survey among the German voting population aged 18 and over. The focus of the survey was to determine opinions and attitudes on the topic of democracy and emotions. Topics: Confidence in the future for one´s own future and the future of Germany based on item pairs (often fear of what is to come vs. everything will be fine, see black for Germany vs. confidence in Germany); emotional profile of the parties CDU, CSU, SPD, Bündnis 90/Die Grünen, FDP, Die Linke and AfD: Emotions triggered by parties (fear, indignation, indifference, hope, feeling safe, trust, despair, ford, contentment and confidence); frequency of different emotional states in the last week (depressed, happy, content, angry, overwhelmed, feeling that nothing matters, lots of energy, anxious, calm and serene); satisfaction with democracy; party preference (Sunday question); alternative voting intention; interest in politics; left-right self-rating; Importance of various aspects of society and basic rights (equal treatment before the law, equal opportunities in schooling, freedom of expression, equal rights for men and women, free disposal of property, freedom of belief, free choice of occupation, freedom to travel, free press and research, right to demonstrate, free use of leisure time, state guarantees social security as comprehensive as possible, low income disparities); realisation of various aspects in Germany (equal treatment before the law, freedom of expression, free press and research, state guarantees the most comprehensive social security possible) ; life satisfaction; satisfaction with the current economic situation in Germany; trust in institutions (German Bundestag, courts, police); feeling of safety in the neighbourhood after dark; tendency towards right-wing populism: Agreement with statements on various political issues (Most people can be trusted, ´The ones up there´ only do what they want, the parties should be taught a lesson in elections, I feel like a stranger in my own country, as a German you have nothing to say in Germany anymore, the real opinion of the people is suppressed, the media only bring what the rulers pretend, immigration leads to a dangerous mixing of peoples, immigrants can never become real Germans, democracy really should be abolished, election results in Germany are falsified); most suitable party to solve the problems in Europe; association of the European Union with different aspects (peace, security, prosperity, strength in the world); assessment of different politicians (Angela Merkel, Olaf Scholz, Horst Seehofer, Cem Özdemir, Christian Lindner, Sahra Wagenknecht, Alexander Gauland, Skalometer); party competences with regard to different political tasks (solving the central problems in Germany, ensuring social justice, refugee and asylum policy in the sense of the respondent, fighting crime, pension policy in the sense of the respondent, solving problems in the areas of rents and housing as well as care); party affiliation; strength of party affiliation. Demography: sex; age; denomination or religious community; frequency of religious service attendance; highest level of education; employment status; occupational group; migration background. Additionally coded were: Respondent ID; city size (BIK locality size, political locality size); federal state; west/east; constituency identifier (district/unincorporated town); sample (mobile vs. landline); weight. Additionally coded were: Respondent ID; BIK locality size; political locality size; state; west/east; district code; sample (mobile vs. landline); weight.
Temporal Coverage
  • 2018-09-26 / 2018-12-17
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
Sampled Universe
The population is the German-speaking resident population aged 18 and over in private households who are eligible to vote. The sample population consists of private households in the Federal Republic of Germany with at least one landline and persons with at least one mobile phone.
Probability: Multistage; Sampling Procedure Comment: Disproportionate, regionally stratified random sample from the ADM selection frame for landline and mobile phone numbers based on the 401 counties and independent cities; N=5,585; Since the regional distribution of the mobile phone sample cannot be controlled in advance, only mobile phone numbers were used at the beginning of the field period. Depending on the number of mobile phone interviews achieved per county, the regional fine-tuning was then carried out using landline interviews. Dual-frame approach (80% landline : 20% mobile)
Time Dimension
  • Cross-section
Collection Mode
  • Telephone interview: CATI
Data and File Information
  • Number of Variables: 182
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA7741 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Kantar Emnid: Repräsentativbefragung zum Thema Demokratie und Emotionen. Methodenbericht. Bielefeld: Kantar Emnid, 2019
  • Pokorny, Sabine (2020): Regionale Vielfalten 30 Jahre nach der Wiedervereinigung: Unterschiede und Gemeinsamkeiten in den politischen Einstellungen in Deutschland. Berlin: Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V.
  • Roose, Jochen (2019): Union – Die Europapartei. Ergebnisse einer repräsentativen Bevölkerungsumfrage zu Werten Europas und europapolitischer Parteikompetenz. Analysen und Argumente Nr. 345. Berlin: Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V.
  • Neu, Viola (2019): Niemand möchte die Demokratie abschaffen – Einstellungen zu Demokratie, Sozialstaat und Institutionen. Ergebnisse einer repräsentativen Studie. Analysen und Argumente Nr. 351. Berlin: Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V.
  • Pokorny, Sabine (2020): Ticken Städter anders? Politische Einstellungen in urbanen und ländlichen Regionen. Berlin: Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V.

Update Metadata: 2021-02-18 | Issue Number: 5 | Registration Date: 2021-01-21