Politbarometer - Overall Cumulation

Resource Type
Dataset : Numeric; Text
  • Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim
Publication Date
  • Kratz, Sophia (GESIS - Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften) (Data Curator)
  • Langhans, Monika (GESIS - Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften) (Data Curator)
  • Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Political Issues
    • Political Attitudes and Behavior
    • Political Parties, Organizations
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Political behaviour and attitudes
    • Government, political systems and organisations
  • Abstract

    The Politbarometer has been conducted since 1977 on an almost monthly basis by the Forschungsgruppe Wahlen on behalf of the Second German Television (ZDF). Since 1990, this database has also been available for the new German states. The survey focuses on the opinions and attitudes of the voting-age population in the Federal Republic on current political issues, parties, politicians, and voting behavior. From 1990 to 1995 and from 1999 onward, the Politbarometer surveys were conducted separately both in the newly formed eastern and in the western German states (Politbarometer East and Politbarometer West). The separate monthly surveys of a year are integrated into a cumulative data set that includes all surveys of a year and all variables of the respective year. Starting in 2003, the Politbarometer short surveys, collected with varying frequency throughout the year, are integrated into the annual cumulation. This total cumulation includes all variables from the 1977 to 2016 annual cumulated data sets that were collected more than once.
  • Table of Contents

    Intention to vote and party preference (Sunday question); voting behaviour in the last Bundestag election; eligibility or Non-eligibility of parties; various questions about Bundestag and state elections; sympathy scale for the parties; satisfaction scale for the performance of the federal government and the opposition parties; competent parties for various policy fields; democracy satisfaction; correct politicians in leading positions; political interest; self-assessment on a left-right continuum; assessment of the economic situation in the Federal Republic and presumed further development; own economic situation and expected further development; competence of the government or the opposition to various policy fields; most important politicians; scalometers of political personalities; government coalitions; role of various parties in government coalitions; questions on the reunification of the two German states; questions on foreign policy and international relations; questions on European cooperation and the financial crisis; questions on a wide range of domestic policy issues, such as fear of crime, counter-terrorism, data protection or right-wing extremists; questions on social policy, such as pension security, health care, social security systems or birth rate in Germany; questions on economic policy, such as collective bargaining, minimum wage, working hours or tax issues; questions on education policy; questions on defence and disarmament, such as attitudes towards an increased assumption of global political responsibility by the united Germany, deployment of the Bundeswehr or arms trade; questions on environmental protection, energy policy and technical development; ethical and religious questions, such as the evaluation of different views on abortion; questions on migration and policy on foreigners, such as assessment of the proportion of foreigners, attitude to asylum law in Germany, reception and integration of refugees; satisfaction with the state of society; comparison of society with other Western European countries; perceived military threat; peace security; annual review of political events; personal annual outlook; questions on various areas of life, such as holidays, sports or television. Demography: denomination; church attendance frequency; gender; age; marital status; cohabitation with a partner; children in the household; school education; completed vocational training; university degree; educational aspiration level; occupation; occupational group; household size; head of household; job security; party affiliation; party identification; trade union member in the household; federal state; city size.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1977 / 2017
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
Sampled Universe
1977 to June 1988: persons eligible to vote in the Bundestag elections; from August 1988: eligible voters in private households with a telephone connection
Probability: Multistage; Sampling Procedure Comment: Probability Sample: Multistage Sample The results are representative of the total electorate in the study area. According to the Elections research group, this is ensured by a strict random selection of the persons to be interviewed. Since August 1988, a two-stage random sample according to the RLD method (Randomize Last Digit) has been used for the sample: First private households are selected, then one person from each household. The person who had the last birthday of the eligible voters in the household is interviewed. The selection basis also includes households that are not listed in the telephone directory and can in principle be reached by telephone via a landline number. The basis is the private numbers entered in the telephone directory, where the last three digits are deleted and then filled with the numbers ´000´ to ´999´ . This database is critically reviewed and adjusted accordingly by consulting the information provided by the Federal Network Agency on the (partial) allocation of number blocks and the directory. From 1977 to June 1988, a multi-stage stratified random sample according to the ADM master sample was carried out.
Time Dimension
  • Longitudinal: Trend/Repeated cross-section
Collection Mode
  • Face-to-face interview: PAPI
  • Telephone interview
  • 1977 to mid 1988: Face-to-face interview: Paper-and-pencil (PAPI) From mid 1988: Telephone interview
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 913526
    Number of Variables: 1455
Online Variable Overview In addition to the Codebookexplorer, the online variable overview shows which variable from which year has been integrated into the respective variable of the total cumulation. At the same time, it documents the original question and answer text in the annual cumulation, which may differ from the master question of the total cumulation.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA5100 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • WAHLEN (Type: FDZ)
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.4232/1.5100

Update Metadata: 2021-05-22 | Issue Number: 17 | Registration Date: 2019-07-31