Social and Political Attitudes 2018 (Cumulated Data Set)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Presse- und Informationsamt der Bundesregierung, Berlin
Publication Date
  • forsa, Berlin (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • International Institutions, Relations, Conditions
    • Political Attitudes and Behavior
    • Income
    • Society, Culture
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Domestic political issues
    • International politics and organisation
    • Conflict, security and peace
    • Economic conditions and indicators
  • Abstract

    Assessment of own financial situation. Assessment of the general living situation and perception of the policy of the federal government. Assessment of the the world situation and of the European situation. 1. Assessment of own financial situation: assessment of own financial situation compared with the situation one year ago; expected change in own financial situation; favorable time for larger acquisitions vs. hold back; suspected rather optimistic or pessimistic estimation of the economic situation in the circle of acquaintances. 2. Assessment of the general living situation and perception of the policy of the federal government: development in the country in the right direction; satisfaction in selected areas of life and problem areas (situation on the labor market, protection against violence and crime, extent of social justice, quality of life in Germany, financial situation of public budgets, school and education system in Germany, integration of migrants and foreigners, dealing with refugees and asylum seekers, securing retirement benefits in Germany); perception of policy topics of the federal government (for example, debates or legislative proposals) in the past weeks (open). 3. Assessment of the world situation and the European situation: worries about world peace; worldwide crises with potential threat to Germany (open); opinion on Germany´s foreign policy role in the world in terms of the global political situation (taking more vs. less responsibility, already doing enough); opinion on the role of Germany in the EU (takes too little consideration vs. too much consideration for other Member States, just right). Demography: sex; age; employment status; education; household net income (classified); general election intentions; federal election behavior. In addition: region east / west; weighting factor.
Temporal Coverage
  • 2018-01-02 / 2018-12-28
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
Sampled Universe
Eligible voters aged 18 and over
Sampling Procedure Comment: Probability Sample: Multistage Sample
Collection Mode
  • Telephone interview: CATI (Computer Assisted Telephone Interview)
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 76637
    Number of Variables: 230
The study was carried out on behalf of the Federal Press Office. The study is the continuation of the cumulations of 2016 (ZA6629) and 2017 (ZA6635).
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA6717 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • WAHLEN (Type: FDZ)
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.4232/1.13227
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.4232/1.13175
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.4232/1.13088

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 16 | Registration Date: 2019-06-28