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ZA5599: ARD-DeutschlandTrend 2011

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Citation Citation ARD-Landesrundfunkanstalten; Infratest dimap Gesellschaft für Trend- und Wahlforschung, Berlin (2012): ARD-DeutschlandTrend 2011. GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA5599 Data file Version 1.0.1,
Study No.ZA5599
TitleARD-DeutschlandTrend 2011
Current Version1.0.1, 2012-10-23,
Date of Collection03.01.2011 - 29.11.2011
Principal Investigator/ Authoring Entity, Institution
  • ARD-Landesrundfunkanstalten
  • Infratest dimap Gesellschaft für Trend- und Wahlforschung, Berlin


AbstractCumulative data set of ARD-Deutschlandtrends of the year 2011. Evaluation of parties and politicians. Attitudes towards current political issues. Topics: Some topics were repeated and asked in an identical way at each survey time, other topics were asked only in one or more survey months. Party preference for the Bundestag elections (Sunday question); assessment of the current economic situation in Germany and the personal economic situation and economic expectations in one year and the expected personal economic situation in 10 years; satisfaction with the work of the Federal Government; satisfaction with selected top politicians (Birgit Homburger, Barack Obama, Christian Lindner, Christian Wulff, Daniel Bahr, Dirk Niebel, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Gesine Lötzsch, Gregor Gysi, Hans-Peter Friedrich, Horst Seehofer, Ilse Aigner, Jürgen Trittin, Klaus Ernst, Kristina Schröder, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, Angela Merkel, Norbert Röttgen, Oskar Lafontaine, Peter Ramsauer, Philipp Rösler, Rainer Brothers, Renate Künast, Sigmar Gabriel, Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, Peer Steinbrück, Thomas de Maizière, Ursula von der Leyen, Guido Westerwelle, Winfried Kretschmann and Wolfgang Schäuble); attitude towards Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg (scale: sense for expectations of a politician, self-dramatization, overthrown by envy, deceived and cheated, no choice but resignation, resignation due to lack of support in the CDU, has no control over his ministry, rash decision in the case of the commander of the Gorch Fock, talks plain language, more understanding for the Bundeswehr than other politicians, selfish interests, inexcusable mistakes, correct doctoral thesis before returning to politics, desire for a quick return to politics or after taking over a ministerial office, format for the office of the Federal Chancellor, eligibility of a party founded by Guttenberg); Self-assessment of knowledge of the political position of the parties SPD, CDU, CSU, Greens and the Left Party; general assessment of the development of consumer prices; areas with significant price increases (e.g. petrol, electricity, rents, food, clothing, technology); confidence or concern about the current conditions in Germany; own profit from economic growth; chancellor preference for Angela Merkel or Frank-Walter Steinmeier or Peer Steinbrück or Jürgen Trittin; issue competence of the parties with regard to: job security, economic policy, social justice, education policy, health policy, tax policy, foreign policy, budgetary and financial policy, security of energy supply, rapid nuclear phase-out, representation of Germany´s interests in the European Union, stability of the euro and solution of the most important problems in Germany; dominance of the economy over politics in Germany; preferred approach of the European countries in view of the financial crisis: more common policy versus more national action; assessment of the financial crisis (worst part of the crisis is still to come, concerns about one´s own job losses, one´s own savings and personal economic future; federal government has lost track of the crisis, personal impact of the crisis, trust in the federal government in overcoming the crisis, correct decisions by the federal government in the Euro and debt srisis, threat to prosperity, referendum on shifting sovereignty to the European level, desire for D-Mark instead of Euro introduction, financial markets decide on the future of the euro, strong EU important for a strong economic position of Germany, Germany would also be able to cope on its own, problem solution by recent decisions, successful German representation of interests by Angela Merkel at the Euro summit in Brussels, expectation of a higher additional burden for Germany than foreseen in the rescue package, demand for exclusion of Greece from the euro zone if the euro rescue decisions are not accepted, referendum of the Greeks and correct decisions of Angela Merkel in the Euro crisis); expected performance of the parties CDU, SPD, FDP, Greens and Left Party in election year 2011; attitude towards the government´s announcement of a tax cut in 2013; preference for tax cuts or debt reduction; most important task of the parties for 2011 (improved benefits for Hartz IV recipients, wage increases, introduction of the statutory minimum wage, withdrawal of the Bundeswehr from Afghanistan, improvement of health care, tax cuts, less new debt or debt reduction, improved child care and equipment for schools and universities, improved care for the elderly and sick, securing Euro stability; assessment of the Parties CDU, CSU, FDP, SPD, Left Party and Green Party regarding the compliance with their election promises; attitude towards the FDP and Guido Westerwelle (currently the best chairman for the FDP, Westerwelle will lead the FDP also at the beginning of 2012, unfair criticism of Westerwelle, FDP will perform better than expected in the 2011 elections, or rather, will get paid off for work done so far); reasons for voter loss of the FDP (work of the party chairman Westerwelle, missing implementation of the promised tax cuts, bad work of the FDP ministers in the Cabinet, liberal politics is not in demand, clientele politics); appropriateness of wage increases demanded by unions; expected personal benefits from the upswing; preference for greater coordination of the economic and social policies of the Euro countries versus autonomous decision of each country; democratic efforts in Arab countries: assessment of the democratic aspirations of the Arab population; preferred approach of the German government and of the EU in supporting democratic forces in Arabia; opinion on financial support for new democratic governments in these countries; criteria for the future selection of the vacation destination; recruitment of a higher proportion of women in management positions; opinion on the introduction of a quota of women in management positions in commercial enterprises; preference for legal requirements or self-commitment of the companies; preferred candidate for chancellor of Union in the next federal election: Angela Merkel or Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg; understanding for the train drivers´ strike; attitude towards NATO intervention in the civil war in Libya; car fuel from plants: substitutability of bio gasoline E10; intention to refuel E10; responsible for bad information policy about E10 gasoline; introduction of E10 gasoline should be reversed; assessment of the FDP (stands for a competent economic policy, wise tax policy, freedom of the individual, defense of civil rights and for a reliable foreign policy); attitude towards the Greens (temporary high, joy over green Prime Minister of Baden-Württemberg, preferred participation in government at the federal level and in the chancellery, lack of knowledge of economic issues and the labor market, dwindling significance through the transfer of green issues to other parties, Union and Greens); nuclear phase-out: preferred period for the nuclear phase-out (by 2040, by 2020 or even earlier) opinion on the reopening of the German nuclear power plants that were shut down after Fukushima; conditions for longer lifetimes of German nuclear power plants (slowed increase in electricity prices, no compensation for energy companies, lower CO2 pollution); attitude towards the SPD (has convincing leaders, successful new start after the lost Bundestag elections 2009, party with clear position, does not anymore at the most important topics, preference for party exclusion of Thilo Sarrazin, unreliable, party of yesterday); attitude towards free movement of workers (more advantages than disadvantages, decreasing wage level, urgently needed industrial specialists); attitude towards indefinite extension of anti-terrorism laws; perceived threat of terrorism (country is well protected, demand for detection of security gaps, controls and monitoring efforts are exaggerated, expected terrorist attacks in Germany); legal killing of the Al-Qaida chief Osama Bin Laden by the USA; killing of Bin Laden induces further terrorist attacks; joy over the death of Bin Laden; nuclear phase-out by 2022; quick decision of the Federal Government was correct; opinion on the 2022 exit date; doubts about safety of German nuclear power plants or concern about election defeats as motives for the Federal Government; opinion on the construction of a nuclear repository in the own region; personal willingness to tolerate new power lines and wind turbines in the neighborhood; readiness to pay higher electricity prices for alternatively generated electricity types; concerns about power supply shortages due to the nuclear phase-out; EHEC epidemic: sufficient information policy, level of concern because of EHEC, deliberate renunciation of sprouts, tomatoes, cucumbers and leaf salad; wash hands more often to avoid infection; adequate measures taken by the authorities in the search for the source of EHEC; lack of determination of the federal government in the EHEC epidemic; demand for compensation for affected farmers; food contamination is caused by the price war; assessment of food quality in Germany; evaluation the work of the federal government consisting of CDU, CSU and FDP since entry into office on the basis of school grades; opinion on the work of Chancellor Angela Merkel (good work, represents Germany well in the world, correct and decisive action in the Euro crisis, governs more by polls than by her own convictions, would have to indicate the course more clearly, does not show what she stands for, better work in the Grand Coalition than with black and yellow, provides economic upturn in Germany); expected tax cuts before the Bundestag elections in autumn 2013; expected personal tax relief; debate on preimplantation diagnostics (PI); opinion for preimplantation diagnostics for couples with a predisposition to severe hereditary diseases or miscarriages; Opinion on the need for a compulsory fractional representation in the Bundestag when it comes to decisions on PI; personal greatest concerns: politics, economic development or personal situation; views on former finance minister Peer Steinbrück (has shown leadership qualities in the financial crisis, says clearly what he thinks, chancellor format, politician with the greatest expertise in economic and financial policy, far away from citizens´ problems, would be too old to become chancellor, does not fit into the SPD); preference for a CDU/CSU- or an SPD-led federal government; drought in East Africa: obligation to help by the individual citizen or by the federal government with taxpayers´ money; own willingness to donate; most of the aid reaches the starving; opposition to a United Nations military mission in Somalia to secure aid supplies; fear of war; extent of concern about terrorist attacks, environmental destruction and the deterioration of the personal economic situation; Federal Government should agree to the extended Euro rescue package; opinion on Germany´s participation in joint bonds issued by the Euro countries (so-called Eurobonds); attitude towards ´United States of Europe´; attitude towards Helmut Kohl´s criticism of German foreign policy; retrospective assessment of Germany´s abstention in the UN Security Council regarding support for rebels in Libya; preferred German assistance in the reconstruction of Libya (economic assistance or German military deployment in international peacekeeping forces); opinion on the expansion of the Euro rescue parachute; attitude toward the Pirate Party (reminder to other parties, party for the freedom of the individual, alternative for non-voters, younger people are heard, not a serious party, real alternative to the established parties); attitude toward the introduction of a car toll evaluation of the current coalition of CDU/CSU and FDP and possible coalition options; opinion on the further support of Greece by the other euro countries; preference for the expansion of the rescue package or debt relief for Greece; attitude towards the behaviour of former chancellor Schmidt for a candidacy for chancellor by Peer Steinbrück on the occasion of a book presentation; advocacy of a stronger control of banks and financial markets by the G20 states and expectation of a corresponding decision; opinion on the enforceability of a stronger control of banks and financial markets; opinion on the introduction of a Financial Transaction Tax by the Euro countries; worldwide Financial Transaction Tax as a contribution to avoid financial crises; preferred model of tax relief (reduction of wage and income tax or solidarity surcharge); opinion on the introduction of the legal minimum wage; preference for the fixing of the minimum wage by the Bundestag or by the collective bargaining parties; evaluation of the change of position of the CDU towards a minimum wage as a credible change of course or election tactics; opinion on the introduction of centralized budget control in the European Union; better decisions in referendums than in parliamentary decisions; demand for more referenda in Germany; referendums are useful for: large construction and transport projects, changes in tax laws or in questions concerning the Euro and the European Union; trustworthy partner country for Germany (USA, France, Russia, Poland, Italy); attitude towards dealing with right-wing extremism in Germany (police and the Office for the Protection of the Constitution are blind on the right eye, too much freedom for neo-Nazis and right-wing extremists, demand for a transfer of constitutional protection tasks from state level to federal level; fair treatment of foreigners by German authorities; concerns about change of the state through right-wing extremism, demand for nationwide file for suspected right-wing extremists and violent persons); assessment of the political system in Russia with regard to democracy; trust in the Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. Demography: sex, age, occupation, occupational status, education, household income, federal state. Additionally coded was: region (east/west); wave identifier; municipality type; weighting factor.
Categories Categories
  • Political Issues
  • Political Attitudes and Behavior
  • Political Parties, Organizations
  • International Institutions, Relations, Conditions
Topics Topics
  • 11.1 Domestic political issues
  • 11.2 International politics and organisation
  • 11.3 Conflict, security and peace
  • 11.5 Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
  • 11.7 Elections
  • 16.4 Environmental degradation/pollution and protection
  • 17.6 Economic systems and development


Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
UniversePersons entitled to vote aged 18 and over
Analysis Unit Analysis Unit
  • Individual
Sampling Procedure Sampling Procedure
  • Probability
Mode of Collection Mode of Collection
  • Telephone interview: Computer-assisted (CATI)
Time Method Time Method
  • Longitudinal: Trend/Repeated cross-section
Kind of Data Kind of Data
  • Numeric
Data CollectorInfratest dimap, Berlin
Date of Collection
  • 03.01.2011 - 04.01.2011
  • 31.01.2011 - 01.02.2011
  • 08.03.2011 - 09.03.2011
  • 04.04.2011 - 05.04.2011
  • 02.05.2011 - 03.05.2011
  • 06.06.2011 - 07.06.2011
  • 04.07.2011 - 05.07.2011
  • 01.08.2011 - 02.08.2011
  • 29.08.2011 - 30.08.2011
  • 04.10.2011 - 05.10.2011
  • 31.10.2011 - 01.11.2011
  • 28.11.2011 - 29.11.2011

Errata & Versions

VersionDate, Name, DOI
1.0.1 (current version)2012-10-23 cut labels completed
1.0.02012-8-13 first archive edition
Errata in current version
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Further Remarks

NotesThe data set consists of a cumulation of the data from January to December 2011 monthly surveys. About 1000 interviews were conducted per month (about 700 West and about 300 East), for the Sunday question an additional 1500 each (approx. 1100 West and 400 East). Forked questionnaires were used.
Number of Units: 14502
Number of Variables: 322
Analysis System(s): SPSS, Stata


  • Infratest dimap: ARD-DeutschlandTrend: Eine Umfrage zur politischen Stimmung im Auftrag der ARD-Tagesthemen und fünf Tageszeitungen. Berlin: Januar 2011 bis Dezember 2011
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