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ZA7800: ARD-DeutschlandTrend 2020

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Citation Citation ARD-Landesrundfunkanstalten; Infratest dimap Gesellschaft für Trend- und Wahlforschung, Berlin (2021): ARD-DeutschlandTrend 2020. GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA7800 Data file Version 1.0.0,
Study No.ZA7800
TitleARD-DeutschlandTrend 2020
Current Version1.0.0, 2021-12-16,
Date of Collection07.01.2020 - 02.12.2020
Principal Investigator/ Authoring Entity, Institution
  • ARD-Landesrundfunkanstalten
  • Infratest dimap Gesellschaft für Trend- und Wahlforschung, Berlin


AbstractParty preference in the next federal election (Sunday poll); satisfaction with selected top politicians (Annalena Baerbock, Alexander Gauland, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Andreas Scheuer, Alice Weidel, Bernd Riexinger, Christian Lindner, Dietmar Bartsch, Franziska Giffey, Hubertus Heil, Heiko Maas, Horst Seehofer, Jörg Meuthen, Jens Spahn, Katja Kipping, Angela Merkel, Markus Söder, Norbert Walter-Borjans, Olaf Scholz, Peter Altmaier, Robert Habeck, Saskia Esken, Ursula von der Leyen, Julia Klöckner, Anja Karliczek, Armin Laschet); party competence: most competent party to solve selected political tasks (ensuring decent wages, securing old-age pensions, good asylum and refugee policy, fight against terrorism, etc.); expectations of the new decade in terms of personal standard of living and personal chances of keeping one´s job or getting a new one; Corona pandemic: Willingness to use a Corona warning app; reasons for not using the Corona warning app; authorities and health facilities in Germany have the Corona situation under control; concern about long-term damage of a Corona infection; willingness to get a Corona vaccination; satisfaction with the Corona crisis management of the federal government; assessment of the existing Corona measures (appropriate, go too far, do not go far enough); concern about infection with the Corona virus (respondent himself or family members); concerns about the Corona outbreak (worsening of personal economic situation, worsening of economic situation in Germany, loss of job, longer-term restriction of liberties, adequate medical care not for everyone who falls ill); rather advantages or rather disadvantages of EU membership for Germany; identity 30 years after reunification rather as an East German, as a West German or as a German; EU-Turkey agreement: Opinion on the agreement between the EU and Turkey to limit refugees coming to Europe; satisfaction with democracy; evaluation of various politicians as good candidates for chancellor of the CDU/CSU (Armin Laschet, Friedrich Merz, Markus Söder and Norbert Röttgen); rectification of EU-Turkey agreement: EU should offer additional support; conditions in Germany give cause for confidence or concern; comparison of political and social conditions in Germany with those of the former GDR in the following areas: Early childhood care, school system, health system, freedom of opinion and social cohesion; assessment of the economic situation in Germany; assessment of the current personal economic situation; most important political problems in Germany; general attitude towards the future of the European Union (European countries should deepen their cooperation, act more on their own, nothing significant should change); satisfaction with the work of the federal government; expectations for the new decade: digitalisation will facilitate everyday life vs. make it more difficult; criteria for buying food (price, regional, organic products, quality); most important task of agriculture in Germany (produce healthy and high-quality food, produce low-priced food, protect environment and climate, ensure animal welfare); opinion on food prices in Germany; opinion on a ban on retailers offering prices below production costs; satisfaction with housing policy; assessment of Berlin´s rent cap; worries about being overburdened in future by flat or house; preference for Armin Laschet, Friedrich Merz or Norbert Röttgen as CDU chair; assessment of CDU incompatibility decision on AfD and Left; agreement with statements on Syria refugees at the border with Turkey (refugees should be allowed to cross border with Greece and then be divided among EU states, entry of refugees into EU should be prevented if possible, states like Germany and France should take in refugees even if other EU states oppose); personal measures to protect against Corona infection (washing hands more frequently, refraining from travelling or attending large events, buying larger stocks of food); confidence in health facilities with regard to coping with the Corona pandemic; endorsement of contact reduction measures to contain the Corona virus; concerns about the Corona outbreak (shortages of important everyday goods, impaired development of children due to restricted care and schooling options); agreement with various statements on international cooperation in the Corona crisis (it is right for German policy to think and act primarily nationally in the Corona crisis, European Union states should support each other in treating patients and exchanging protective clothing, wealthy states like Germany should spend extra money right now to support people in poorer regions of the world); desired policy course in dealing with the Corona virus (adherence to previous restrictions vs. greater relaxation of measures); assessment of the introduction of an immunity card for convalescents; opinion on government incentives for car purchases due to the Corona pandemic (in favour of buying new cars, only in favour of buying new climate-friendly cars, against government incentives for car purchases); opinion on the continuation of the Bundesliga season with ghost matches; different vs. uniform approach of the federal states in easing everyday restrictions due to Corona; appropriate support of social sectors or groups by politics in the Corona pandemic (kindergartens and schools, gastronomy and restaurants, travel and tourism providers, churches and religious communities, art and culture businesses, car industry, professional football, agriculture, hospitals and nursing homes); economic stimulus programme of the Federal Government against the economic consequences of the Corona pandemic: opinion on the family bonus; opinion on a purchase premium for the purchase of new cars (only for electric cars, lower purchase premium also for cars with internal combustion engines, same purchase premiums for all new vehicles, am completely against government incentives for car purchases); Corona pandemic: Concern about second wave of infection; personal behaviour in the Corona pandemic (washing hands frequently, keeping distance from others, meeting friends and relatives only to a limited extent, avoiding crowds, not going on summer holidays, wearing mouth-nose protection also outside shops, restaurants and public transport); preferred topics for the German EU Presidency (e. g. dealing with the Corona aftermath, future relations with the UK, climate protection, etc.); EU aid programme: assessment of an EU economic stimulus programme to combat the consequences of the Corona pandemic; acceptance of joint borrowing by the countries to finance this EU economic stimulus programme; allocation of EU economic stimulus aid as loans or as grants; measures for Corona containment: Assessment of penalties for violations of Corona measures and controls on compliance with Corona measures (sufficient, go too far, do not go far enough); assessment of the level of preparation of schools for resumption of schooling after the summer holidays; preferred type of schooling after the summer holidays (continuous face-to-face teaching at schools, alternating face-to-face teaching and at home, predominantly or exclusively at home); opinion on compulsory masks at schools (during lessons, only in the school building and in the school yard, generally against compulsory masks at schools); advocacy of compulsory corona testing for travellers returning from corona risk areas; assessment of the state assuming the costs of compulsory corona testing for travellers returning from corona risk areas; assessment of Olaf Scholz as the SPD candidate for chancellor; assessment of Robert Habeck and of Annalena Baerbock as candidate for chancellor of the Greens; evaluation of proposals to control the Corona pandemic (stronger limitation of the number of guests at private parties, cancellation of carnival parties for autumn and spring, no Christmas markets, compulsory masks for employees in buildings at the workplace, compulsory masks for pupils during lessons); evaluation of a nationwide compulsory masking in public places; evaluation of a nationwide restriction of the number of guests for private celebrations such as birthdays or weddings to 50 people; agreement with various statements on the Corona crisis (since the beginning of the Corona pandemic, the respondent has been lonely more often than before, the Corona crisis can only be overcome if people in Germany show more solidarity with each other, in the Corona crisis, people´s personal responsibility should be emphasised above all instead of strict rules, I would like to see the federal states take a more uniform approach to combating the Corona pandemic more often); prioritisation of the Corona vaccine for the old and previously ill is appropriate; assessment of the US election outcome with Joe Biden as the new US President; expected consequences of the US election outcome for foreign policy relations between Germany and the USA; agreement with various statements on the US election (under Joe Biden the USA will develop positively, Joe Biden will succeed in overcoming the division of society in the USA, Joe Biden is the worse choice to bring the American economy forward again after the Corona crisis, Joe Biden will not push through many of his goals because he is dependent on cooperation with the Republicans); assessment of Joe Biden´s planned actions (return of the US to the World Health Organisation (WHO), re-entry of the US into the Paris Climate Agreement, development of an action plan to contain the Corona pandemic in the US); Corona: Assessment of easing contact restrictions at Christmas and New Year´s Eve as basically rather right vs. rather wrong; concern about the Corona pandemic (deterioration of social coexistence, excessive indebtedness of Germany); assessment of the application of the rule of law principle in the allocation of funds from the EU budget; alternative in case of blockade of the EU budget by Poland and Hungary (contractual agreement on the disbursement of the planned Corona aid funds by the remaining EU states without Poland and Hungary). Demography: sex; age; employment; occupational status; education; household income. Additionally coded: record or pagination number; wave identifier; region (east/west); federal state; official district key; BIK municipality type; weighting factor.
Categories Categories
  • Political Institutions
  • International Institutions, Relations, Conditions
  • Political Issues
  • Political Attitudes and Behavior
  • Political Parties, Organizations
  • Society, Culture
  • Medicine
  • Government, political systems and organisations
  • International politics and organisations
  • Political behaviour and attitudes
  • Economic conditions and indicators
  • Health care services and policies
  • Public health


Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
UniverseEligible voters aged 18 and over
Sampling Procedure Sampling Procedure
Representative random sample Dual frame (relation fixed line/mobile numbers 60:40)
Data CollectorInfratest dimap, Berlin
Date of Collection
  • 07.01.2020 - 08.01.2020 (January)
  • 03.02.2020 - 05.02.2020 (February)
  • 02.03.2020 - 04.03.2020 (March)
  • 30.03.2020 - 01.04.2020 (April)
  • 04.05.2020 - 06.05.2020 (May)
  • 02.06.2020 - 03.06.2020 (Juni)
  • 29.06.2020 - 01.07.2020 (July)
  • 02.08.2020 - 05.08.2020 (August)
  • 31.08.2020 - 02.09.2020 (September)
  • 28.09.2020 - 30.09.2020 (October)
  • 09.11.2020 - 11.11.2020 (November)
  • 30.11.2020 - 02.12.2020 (December)

Errata & Versions

VersionDate, Name, DOI
1.0.0 (current version)2021-12-16 first archive edition
Errata in current version
Version changes

Further Remarks

Number of Units: 12074
Number of Variables: 218
Analysis System(s): SPSS, Stata


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