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ZA4872: ARD-DeutschlandTrend 2008

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Citation Citation ARD-Landesrundfunkanstalten; Infratest dimap Gesellschaft für Trend- und Wahlforschung mbH (2009): ARD-DeutschlandTrend 2008. GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA4872 Data file Version 1.0.0,
Study No.ZA4872
TitleARD-DeutschlandTrend 2008
Current Version1.0.0, 2010-4-13, (Publication Year 2009)
Date of Collection01.2008 - 12.2008
Principal Investigator/ Authoring Entity, Institution
  • ARD-Landesrundfunkanstalten
  • Infratest dimap Gesellschaft für Trend- und Wahlforschung mbH


AbstractCumulative data set of the ARD-DeutschlandTrends for the year 2008. Evaluation of parties and politicians. Attitudes towards current political issues. Topics: at the time of each survey, some topics were identically and repeatedly asked, other topics were only asked during one or several survey months: Evaluation of the economic situation in Germany at present and in one year from now, as well as the personal economic situation in 10 years time; subjective perception of social justice in Germany; satisfaction with the work of the government (grand coalition); issue competence of the parties with regard to: securing of old-age provisions, protection and creation of jobs, policy on foreigners and integration policy, handling of the current financial and economic crisis, education policy, energy supply, family policy, social justice, household and financial policy, battle against climate change, crime and terror, solution of the most significant problems in Germany, concerns of the common people, stable prices, tax policy, economic policy, handling of tax money, fair system of taxes and duties; satisfaction with selected top politicians (Andrea Nahles, Andrea Ypsilanti, Brigitte Zypries, Cem Özdemir, Christian Wulff, Erwin Huber, Franz Josef Jung, Franz Müntefering, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Günther Beckstein, Gregor Gysi, Horst Seehofer, Jürgen Rüttgers, Jürgen Trittin, Kurt Beck, Horst Köhler, Angela Merkel, Michael Glos, Oskar Lafontaine, Olaf Scholz, Ole von Beust, Roland Koch, Renate Künast, Sigmar Gabriel, Peer Steinbrück, Ulla Schmidt, Ursula von der Leyen, Guido Westerwelle, Wolfgang Schäuble und Wolfgang Tiefensee); preference for Angela Merkel or Kurt Beck as German Chancellor (split: Merkel or Frank-Walter Steinmeier) in case of a direct vote; party preference regarding the parliamentary elections (opinion polls); evaluation of selected countries as trustworthy partners of Germany (China, France, Italy, Japan, Poland, Russia, Great Britain and USA); concerns due to developments in Germany: poverty in Germany, misuse of data, personal financial situation, threat to peace and safety in Europe, climate change, corruption, price increase and national debt; evaluation of the financial crisis in Germany (scale: savings are safe in German financial institutions, worst part of the crisis is still to come, government guarantees for German car industry, state investment in major companies, victim role of Germany due to mistakes made by the U.S., combat on economic downturn more important than climate protection, determined action by the government, desire for an increased state intervention regarding economy, tax payer has to pay up, protection of German banks by means of public funds, redeployment of own savings in order to secure financial funds, bank enquiries concerning the safety of personal funds, concerns about job loss, own savings and personal economic future, expectation of bank failures in Germany); attitudes towards the Linkspartei regarding its understanding of democracy and its capability to govern (scale); preference of a general government alliance of the SPD with the Linkspartei or an analysis of each individual case; attitudes towards the introduction of a minimum wage; suspected loss of jobs due to the introduction of a minimum wage; assessment of the adequacy of measures to tighten juvenile law (scale: increase of maximum sentence from 10 to 15 years, faster and more immediate start of trial following the offence, warning-shot arrest in addition to the suspended sentence, harsher sentences within the scope of existing laws, more comprehensive support for children and juveniles, setup of boot camps for juvenile offenders, language training in primary schools, quicker deportation of foreign high-risk juvenile offenders; attitudes towards the demand of the Verdi trade union and the civil service union to increase wages by 8 percent within public services; evaluation of the parties SPD, Grünen, CDU/CSU, FDP and the Linkspartei with regard to coherence and incoherence; preference for Roland Koch or Andrea Ypsilanti as prime minister in Hesse; attitudes towards labour (scale: job search easier but worse payment than before, fair treatment of employees by the companies, worries concerning job loss, demand for higher salaries and wages); preference for an extension of the NATO mission of the Bundeswehr in Afghanistan or for a quick withdrawal; attitudes towards the takeover of combat missions by the Bundeswehr in Afghanistan; comparison between Angela Merkel and Kurt Beck regarding their credibility, assertiveness, power orientation, sincerity and leadership qualities; elegibility of the Linkspartei; attitudes towards a coalition between the CDU and Grünen (scale: do not match, coalition as an emergency solution, trial coalition in one of the federal states, blockade of decisions, good alliance for economy and environment); attitudes towards a cooperation between the SPD and Linkspartei (scale: respondent does not want to live in a state that is co-governed by the Linkspartei, no major differences between the parties, SPD will use the opportunity to form a government with the aid of the Linkspartei, a government like any other one); opinion regarding a second term of office of Horst Köhler as Federal President; attitudes towards a school time reduction from 13 to 12 years; opinion regarding a reduction of school hours in order to take pressure off pupils; attitudes towards a selection of possible government coalitions following the parliamentary elections for the Bundestag; importance of having knowledge of coalition intentions and political contents of parties regarding the own election decision; preferred behaviour of parties until parliamentary elections: search for political profile or coalition partner; knowledge of content-related position of SPD, CDU, CSU, FDP, Grünen and Linkspartei; personal profit from economic growth in Germany; attitudes towards a NATO-entry by the Ukraine and Georgia; party with sound policies for employees as well as a party, which represents pensioners; attitudes towards economy and trade unions in Germany (identical scale for both groups: successful implementation of interests within society, perform good work, sound people at the top, desire for more influence within society, decline (split: improvement) of work conditions); trade unions are primarily concerned with people in safe jobs; preferred efforts of unions to increase salaries and wages, to abandon redundancies or to prevent an increase of working hours; preferred behaviour of alienated grand coalition: continue grand coalition until parliamentary elections or new elections; SPD politician with highest chances for the office of Federal Chancellor (split: best candidate for Chancellor) during next parliamentary elections in 2009 (Andrea Nahles, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Peer Steinbrück, Klaus Wowereit oder Gesine Schwan); trust in institutions (government, political parties, major companies and trade unions); democracy satisfaction; personal profit from economic growth and/or reasons for lacking profit; self-assessment of social class affiliation; comparison between the politicians Kurt Beck and Frank-Walter Steinmeier with regard to: sympathy, credibility, closeness to people, Germany’s representation around the world, support by the own party, commitment for the common people, economic insight, experience, chances against Angela Merkel in election campaign; attitudes towards Germany’s withdrawal from the nuclear energy programme until 2020; withdrawal supporters were asked: continued operation of German nuclear power plants beyond the year 2020, if electricity prices are thereby lowered (and/or split: if this results in a reduction of greenhouse gases); attitudes towards increasing energy prices and other products; (scale: annoyed but no buying resistance, price development is frightening, concerns that money won’t last, saving opportunities no longer available, there is already not enough money, parties show too little concern); conscious saving due to increase in prices; areas, in which savings took place; attitudes towards SPD (scale: more alienated than other parties, good leadership staff, more concerned with the common people than other parties, party of social justice, plays no important role in politics, chances to provide next Federal Chancellor, desire for a more important role of the SPD); attitudes towards Wolfgang Clement (scale: behaviour was damaging to SPD, should be excluded from the SPD; satisfaction with his political efforts, desire for a more important role within the SPD; attitudes towards the CSU as sole party in power in Bavaria following the state election: preferred sole governance or with a future coalition partner; attitudes towards the awarding of the Olympic Games to China; image gain or loss for China due to the Olympic Games; evaluation of Olympic Games regarding fairness (fair competitions or doping); preferred behaviour of German athletes in China: public announcement of opinion or focus on the sport; expected effects of Olympic Games on the human rights situation in China; candidate for Chancellor of the SPD with highest chances of winning next year’s parliamentary elections (Kurt Beck, Frank-Walter Steinmeier or Franz Müntefering); anticipation of a coalition of the SPD with the Linkspartei; attitudes towards the intention of SPD parliamentary party leader Andrea Ypsilanti to be elected prime minister in Hesse with the votes of the Linkspartei; attitudes towards data protection in Germany (scale: basic right to data protection within the constitution, no disclosure of individual data without explicit consent, harassment by telemarketing and junk mail, caution regarding the disclosure of personal data); authority regarding the protection of personal data (each individual or politics or legislator); comparison between both candidates for Chancellor Angela Merkel and Frank-Walter Steinmeier with regard to: sympathy, reliability, familiarity with civic problems, superior figure in public, economic-political expertise, commitment to the poor and weak of society, support from own party, person with leadership qualities, chances of assuming Chancellorship as well as concepts for resolving future problems in Germany; expected change of personal economic situation in 10 years as compared to now; evaluation of efforts by Chancellor Merkel, finance minister Steinbrück and economics minister Glos in dealing with the current financial crisis; attitudes towards the economic stimulus plan of the federal government; evaluation of selected measures of the economic stimulus plan (tax relieves for companies who acquire new machines, tax exemption for new low-emission cars, more money for the refurbishment of buildings, expansion of infrastructure, increased tax deductibility of workmen bills; attitudes towards collective negotiations in the metal and electrical industries: moderate pay increase or significantly more money for employees; changed expenses regarding Christmas presents as compared to last year; attitudes towards Angela Merkel: successfully represents German interests around the world, lacking policy-making power, is more concerned with economic interests than with the common people, convincingly battles global climate change, provides for an effective protection against crime and terror, provides for an economic boost in Germany, does a competent job in dealing with the current financial crisis; evaluation of possible government coalitions; preference for immediate tax cuts or for a comprehensive tax reform and budget reorganisation at a later date. Demography: sex; age; occupation; job; professional status; highest educational qualification; net household income; federal state. In addition, the following were encoded: region; city size; weighting factor.
Categories Categories
  • Political Attitudes and Behavior
  • Political Issues
  • Political Parties, Organizations
  • Armed Forces, Defense, Military Affairs
  • Legal system, Legislation, Law
  • Economic Policy, National Economic Situation
  • Occupation, Profession
Topics Topics
  • 1.2 Labour relations/conflict
  • 3.1 Educational policy
  • 6 Law, crime and legal systems
  • 11.3 Conflict, security and peace
  • 11.5 Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
  • 11.6 Government, political systems and organisation
  • 11.7 Elections
  • 16.2 Natural resources and energy
  • 17.4 Economic conditions and indicators
  • 17.5 Economic policy
  • 17.6 Economic systems and development


Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
UniverseEligible voters 18 years and older
Analysis Unit Analysis Unit
  • Individual
Sampling Procedure Sampling Procedure
  • Probability
Representative random sample
Mode of Collection Mode of Collection
  • Telephone interview: Computer-assisted (CATI)
Telephone interview with standardized questionnaire (CATI)
Time Method Time Method
  • Longitudinal: Trend/Repeated cross-section
Kind of Data Kind of Data
  • Numeric
Data CollectorInfratest dimap, Berlin
Date of Collection
  • 01.2008 - 12.2008

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 data set contains the accumulation of all monthly surveys from January to December 2008. The dates of data collection: January: 7. January 2008 to 8. January 2008, Sunday question: 7. January 2008 to 9. January 2008; February: 4. February 2008 to 5. February 2008 Sunday question: 4. February 2008 to 6. February 2008, US presidential election: 6. February 2008; March: 3. March 2008 to 4. March 2008, Sunday question: 3. March 2008 to 5. March 2008; April: 31. March 2008 to 1. April 2008, Sunday question: 31. March 2008 to 2. April 2008; Mai: 28. April 2008 to 29. April 2008, Sunday question: 28. April 2008 to 30. April 2008; June: 2. June 2008 to 3. June 2008, Sunday question: 2. June 2008 to 4. June 2008; July: 30. June 2008 to 1. July 2008, Sunday question: 30. June 2008 to 2. July 2008; August: 4. August 2008 to 5. August 2008, Sunday question: 4. August 2008 to 6. August 2008; September: 1. September 2008 to 2. September 2008, Sunday question: 01. September 2008 to 3. September 2008, Additional question: direct election: 2. September 2008 to 3. September 2008; October: 29. September 2008 to 30. September 2008, Sunday question: 29. September 2008 to 1. October 2008; November: 3. November 2008 to 4. November 2008, Sunday question: 3. November 2008 to 5. November 2008, Additional question Hesse: 4. November 2008 to 5. November 2008; December: 1. December 2008 to 2. December 2008, Sunday question: 1. December 2008 to 2. December 2008. Each month about 1000 interviews (about 700 West and 300 East), Sunday question 1500 (about 1100 West and 400 East). A split ballot was applied.
Number of Units: 12.001
Number of Variables: 294
Analysis System(s): SPSS, Stata


  • Infratest dimap: ARD-DeutschlandTrend: Eine Umfrage zur politischen Stimmung im Auftrag der ARD-Tagesthemen und sieben Tageszeitungen. Berlin: Januar 2008 bis Dezember 2008
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