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ZA3261: Politbarometer West 1999 (Cumulated Data Set)

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Citation Citation Berger, Manfred; Jung, Matthias; Roth, Dieter (2000): Politbarometer West 1999 (Cumulated Data Set). GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA3261 Data file Version 1.0.0,
Study No.ZA3261
TitlePolitbarometer West 1999 (Cumulated Data Set)
Current Version1.0.0, 2010-4-13, (Publication Year 2000)
Date of Collection01.1999 - 12.1999
Principal Investigator/ Authoring Entity, Institution
  • Berger, Manfred - Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim
  • Jung, Matthias - Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim
  • Roth, Dieter - Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim
Contributor, Institution, Role
  • Langhans, Monika - GESIS – Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften - DataCurator


Abstract 1. The following topics were posed identically at every survey time: most important political problems of the Federal Republic; intent to vote in the next Federal Parliament election; behavior at the polls in the last Federal Parliament election; sympathy scale for the SPD, CDU, CSU, FDP, the Greens and the PDS; satisfaction with achievements of the Federal Government (scale); sympathy scale for the big or the small partner in the government as well as the small and big partner in the opposition; party preference according to the rank order procedure and Sunday question; sympathy scale for the top politicians of the parties; judgement on the economic situation of the country and one´s own economic situation; expected economic situation for the country; self-assessment on a left-right continuum. 2. In at least one or more survey months the following questions were posed: coalition preference; naming the five most important political personalities in the Federal Republic; sympathy scale for the most important top politicians in the Federal Republic as well as for Herbert Wehner and Franz-Josef Strauss; approval for the resignation of Oskar Lafontaine; attitude to Lafontaine´s criticism of participation in the Federal Government; agreement with the criticism of the Federal Government and Gerhard Schroeder made public in Lafontaine´s book; Lafontaine´s criticism harmful to the SPD; anticipated return of Lafontaine to politics; judgement whether the SPD stands behind the policies of Gerhard Schroeder; comparison of Federal Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder with Helmut Kohl; comparison of current SPD-Greens Federal Government with previous CDU/CSU-FDP Federal Government; judgement on coalition loyalty of SPD as well as of Greens; desired development direction of the SPD to the right or left; desired distance of the SPD from the trade unions; judgement on the ability of the Greens to assert themselves as well as their reliability in the coalition; assessment of the unity of SPD, CDU, CSU, FDP and the Greens in important political questions; expected influence of contributions on political decisions under Helmut Kohl; assumption of the existence of inofficial bank accounts also for the SPD; general satisfaction with democracy; interest in politics; the right people in leading positions; judgement on the situation of the German economy; approval of reunification in 1989 as well as currently; perceived joy or concern over reunification; expected job market situation in a year; attitude to the new tax law for 630-Mark jobs and contributions to social security and wage and inome tax; personal impact of the 630-DM ruling; attitude to social security contributions for the self-employed; satisfaction with the condition of society in general and in comparison with Western Europe; expected economic situation in Germany and personal economic situation in a year; issue-ability of the parties in the areas of business, job creation, finances, tax policy, foreigner policy and securing pensions; expectations of tax reform; expected personal effects of tax reform; approval of an energy tax, inheritance tax and an assets tax; assessment of personal financial situation in the future as a pensioner in comparison with pensioners today; judgement on the current social situation of pensioners and assessment of the security of pensions in 20 years; coupling pension increases with the rate of inflation; attitude to private retirement provision for workers; coupling wage increases with the rate of inflation and expected effect on unemployment; evaluation of the conclusion of wage negotiations in the metal industry; judgement on the job of the Federal Government; better government by the CDU/CSU; FDP and Greens have become unnecessary; judgement on the cost-cutting program of the government; preferred chancellor candidate for the CDU/CSU; attitude to the new beginning of the SED as PDS as well as to the behavior of the other parties toward the PDS; attitude to dual citizenship as well as to change in the citizenship law; attitude to collection of signatures by the CDU/CSU against dual citizenship as well as to the resulting charges of hostility to foreigners; preferred type of punishment for Kurds who commit a criminal offence at demonstrations; preference for Federal President; knowledge about the Federal President and evaluation of his work in general; expected advantages and disadvantages for the country from membership in the EU; judgement on the efforts to reduce the German EU contributions; interest in European policies; extent to which adequately informed about the EU; attitude to a common currency in Europe; expected personal advantages or disadvantages from the European currency; advantageousness of new currency for Germany as well as long-term consequences; importance of the topic Euro; intent to participate in the European election; party preference in the European election; importance of decisions made in the municipal council, state parliament, Federal Parliament as well as European Parlament; attitude to armed military service for women; attitude to the air attacks on Yugoslavia, the recommendation of the Greens for interruption as well as participation of Federal German Armed Forces; assumption whether the air attacks alone are enough that the demands of NATO will be fulfilled by Serbia; approval for the deployment of ground troops in general as well as German ground troops; judgement on the possibility of Russian intervention as well as a military threat against Germany; perceived fear of war; judgement on media presence in the Yugoslavia war; agreement with participation of Federal German Armed Forces in Kosovo; approval of financial participation of Germany in reconstruction in Kosovo as well as in Serbia; Milosevic before an international court; attitude to the store closing law as well as to business on Sundays; feeling of threat from crime (fear of victimization); attitude to using or shutting down nuclear power plants; retrospect on the year 1999; prospect for the year 2000; frequency of being struck by one´s parents during childhood; attitude to physical punishment as child-raising method. Demography: sex; age (classified); marital status; living together with a partner; children present in household; school degree (East or West); number of children not yet going to school; number of children under 13 years; ages of children; government examination or similar; recognized degree; completed occupational training; employment; assessment of risk to one´s own job; occupation group; household size and number of persons 18 years old or older; head of household as well as his occupation group and employment; union member in household; religious denomination; frequency of church attendance; risk to job or unemployment of close persons; party inclination and party identification. Also encoded was: day of survey; state.
Categories Categories
  • Political Attitudes and Behavior
  • International politics and organisations
  • Conflict, security and peace
  • Political behaviour and attitudes
  • Government, political systems and organisations
  • Elections
  • Social welfare systems/structures
  • Economic policy, public expenditure and revenue
  • Economic systems and development
Old Topics Old Topics
  • 11.2 International politics and organisation
  • 11.3 Conflict, security and peace
  • 11.5 Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
  • 11.6 Government, political systems and organisation
  • 11.7 Elections
  • 14.3 Social welfare systems/structures
  • 17.5 Economic policy
  • 17.6 Economic systems and development


Geographic Coverage
  • Berlin (DE-BE), with West Berlin
  • Baden-Württemberg (DE-BW)
  • Bavaria (DE-BY)
  • Bremen (DE-HB)
  • Hesse (DE-HE)
  • Hamburg (DE-HH)
  • Lower Saxony (DE-NI)
  • North Rhine-Westphalia (DE-NW)
  • Rhineland-Palatinate (DE-RP)
  • Saarland (DE-SL)
  • Schleswig-Holstein (DE-SH)
UniverseThe residential population eligible to vote living in private households with telephone
Analysis Unit Analysis Unit
  • Individual
Sampling Procedure Sampling Procedure
  • Probability: Multistage
Multi-stage random sample: selection of household addresses according to the RLD procedure and selection according to a birthday key
Mode of Collection Mode of Collection
  • Telephone interview
Telephone interview (CATI) with standardized questionnaire
Time Method Time Method
  • Longitudinal: Trend/Repeated cross-section
Kind of Data Kind of Data
  • Numeric
  • Text
Data CollectorForschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim
Date of Collection
  • 01.1999 - 12.1999

Errata & Versions

VersionDate, Name, DOI
1.0.0 (current version)2010-4-13 Version number created automatically (implementation of a uniform versioning policy) (Publication Year unknown)
Errata in current version
Version changes

Further Remarks

NotesThe dataset consists of a cumulation of the surveys conducted monthly from January to December 1999. While there is a common sample for the months January and February (with approx. 1000 respondents West and approx. 250 respondents East each month), for the other months separate samples with around 1000 respondents were drawn for each month and state. This dataset contains the information of the common samples from January and February as well as all information of the survey section for the West. ZA Study No. 3262 contains the surveys of the eastern part as well as an additional weighting factor, with which it is possible, to consolidate the two datasets into an over-all German weighted survey.
Number of Units: 12635
Number of Variables: 253
Data Type: -
Analysis System(s): SPSS, Stata


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Research Data Centre
  •  Politbarometer
    The ´Politbarometer´ surveys are performed since 1977 at about monthly intervals by the Forschungsgruppe Wahlen (Institute for election research) for the ZDF (Second German TV network). Since 1990 it is also available for the newly formed German states. They are intended to poll the opinions and attitudes of eligible Germans with regard to current events and issues as well as to political parties and individual politicians.