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ZA5999: Politbarometer 2014 (Cumulated Data Set, incl. Flash)

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Citation Citation Jung, Matthias; Schroth, Yvonne; Wolf, Andrea (2015): Politbarometer 2014 (Cumulated Data Set, incl. Flash). GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA5999 Data file Version 1.0.0,
Study No.ZA5999
TitlePolitbarometer 2014 (Cumulated Data Set, incl. Flash)
Current Version1.0.0, 2015-12-1,
Date of Collection14.01.2014 - 10.12.2014
Principal Investigator/ Authoring Entity, Institution
  • Jung, Matthias - Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim
  • Schroth, Yvonne - Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim
  • Wolf, Andrea - Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim
Contributor, Institution, Role
  • Langhans, Monika - GESIS – Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften - DataCurator


AbstractMost important political problems in Germany; intention to vote in the next Bundestag election; party preference (Sunday question and ranking); electoral behaviour in the last Bundestag election; coalition preference; attitude towards a grand coalition; attitude towards a coalition of CDU/CSU and FDP, CDU/CSU and Grünen, SPD and Grünen, a coalition of SPD, Die Linke and Grünen as well as a coalition of CDU/CSU and AfD; assessment of the options of the Grünen after the next Bundestag election; sympathy scale for the parties CDU, CSU, SPD, FDP, Grüne, Linke and AfD; satisfaction scale for the federal government from CDU/CSU and SPD as well as for the respective governing parties and the opposition parties Linke and Grüne; most important politicians in Germany; sympathy scale for selected top politicians (Sigmar Gabriel, Gregor Gysi, Hannelore Kraft, Ursula von der Leyen, Thomas de Maizière, Angela Merkel, Andrea Nahles, Wolfgang Schäuble, Horst Seehofer, Peer Steinbrück, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Guido Westerwelle and Joachim Gauck); satisfaction with democracy; political interest; disagreement between SPD, CDU, CSU, Grünen, AfD, Linke and Union on important political issues; satisfaction with the social market economy in Germany; assessment of the current economic situation in the country; most suitable party to solve the economic problems in the country; assessment of the current personal economic situation and expected economic situation in the coming year; expected upward trend in Germany (economic expectations); most competent party to create jobs, in the areas of social policy and social justice; attitude to impunity for tax offences through voluntary disclosure; expectation of Uli Hoeneß´s resignation after his tax offences, as well as assessment of the punishment; advantageousness of the country´s EU membership; assessment of the introduction of the euro; advantageousness of the euro as a common currency; interest in European policy; self-assessment of information about Europe; attitude to freedom of movement in Europe; opinion on Swiss referendum on immigration and effects on the cooperation of the EU with Switzerland; interest in the European elections; intended participation in the European elections; intended participation in the elections as a postal vote; party preference in European elections; reason for a possible voting decision for the AfD; preference for Jean-Claude Juncker or Martin Schulz for president of the European Commission; forecasted impact of a removal of the 5% hurdle on the election decision; assessment of the work of EU Commission President Juncker; expected long-term success of the AfD; voting for the AfD because of political content or dissatisfaction with other parties; expectation of the CDU/CSU to open up to the AfD; left-right continuum for the AfD; assessment of the demarcation of the AfD against right-wing extremists; expectation of treating the AfD as a normal party; is the FDP still needed as a party?; expected entry of the FDP into the Bundestag; awareness of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, TTIP; expected pre and post-trade disadvantages of TTIP; expectation of compliance with the debt limit in the EU; assessment of the importance of Britain´s membership in the EU; satisfaction with EU policy; assessment of the introduction of the euro; expectation of the benefits of the European single currency; expected long-term success of the euro; expected rapid resolution of the euro crisis; feared danger for the euro from the Greek crisis; assessment of the work of Chancellor Angela Merkel and Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel; assessment of Angela Merkel´s leadership; assessment of the start of the new federal government; assessment of the relationship between the governing parties; assessment of who is to blame for the bad relationship in the federal government; expectation of perspective cooperation in the new federal government; predicted ability of the CDU, CSU and SPD to assert themselves in the federal government; presumption of the most influential party in the federal government and the one that deals with the most important problems; justification for the CDU´s good performance in opinion polls; support for Angela Merkel´s further candidacy as Chancellor; evaluation of the Chancellor´s visit to the dressing room of the national football team; retrospective evaluation of Chancellor Gerhard Schröder´s work and Agenda 2010; attitude towards Schröder´s participation in Putin´s birthday party; assessment of the Federal Government´s progress in solving upcoming problems and developing social justice in Germany, combating unemployment, solving the euro crisis, reducing national debt, turning energy systems around and securing pensions; assessment of the Federal Government´s work; expectation of a better Federal Government made up of SPD and Grünen, and Linken or from CDU and Grünen; evaluation of the work of Defence Minister von der Leyen; evaluation of the importance of reconciling work and family life for the Bundeswehr; attitude towards cooperation with the USA if the anti-espionage agreement is not concluded; importance of the Federal Government´s plans to secure the euro, pensions from 63, maternal pension, rent brake, statutory minimum wage, statutory quota of women, improvement of care and car toll; assessment of pension at 63 and expected consequences for the German economy; expected consequences of pension decisions for the younger generation; expected advantages or disadvantages of renewable energies; attitude towards state support for renewable energies and the desire to speed up expansion; introduction and predicted consequences of an additional levy for companies with high electricity consumption; expected consequences of a reduction in support for the energy turnaround; predicted development of electricity prices; assessment of the issue of climate change as a major problem; assessment of whether enough is being done to protect the climate in Germany; expectation of greater future involvement of the Bundeswehr in resolving international conflicts; assessment of relations between Germany and the USA respectively between Germany and Russia; expectation of the EU to become more involved in the Ukrainian conflict, or to support Ukraine financially in order to reduce dependence on Russia; assessment of the EU´s appropriate response to Russian action in the Crimea; expectations on economic sanctions against Russia in the event of further annexations; assessment of the consequences of economic sanctions against Russia; forecast of the annexation of the Crimea to Russia; assessment of the annexation of the Crimea to Russia; expectation of a military conflict as a result of the annexation; expectation of Russia to be satisfied with the annexation of the Crimea; extent of concern about Putin´s policy; selection of the appropriate response if Russia annexes other areas; assessment of the EU´s unity with regard to Ukraine policy; attitude to a strengthening of NATO troops in the East; fear of the threat to peace posed by the Ukrainian conflict; assessment of the means of the West against Putin´s aspirations for power; concern about the danger of war; attitude towards the partition of Ukraine; expectation of a calming of the situation in Ukraine after the presidential election; assessment of Russia´s contribution to calming the situation; advocacy of the creation of an autonomous region and expectation that this will calm the situation; assessment of Russia´s policy as a threat to NATO states; assessment of Angela Merkel´s criticism of Russia´s policy; assessment of the unity of the Federal Government in its policy towards Russia; attitude towards the assumption of more responsibility by Germany in international conflicts; assessment of the threat of terrorism in Germany by the IS; attitude both to a German delivery of arms to the Kurds fighting against the IS and to a delivery by another country; assessment of American air attacks against the IS; attitude towards an increased reception in Germany of refugees fleeing from the IS; assessment of the EU regulation governing the responsibility for the reception of refugees in the country of arrival; assessment of the extent to which activities against terrorism in Germany are sufficient; opinion as to which party is the most proactive in government projects; advocacy of additional expenditure for the implementation of government projects; assessment of the achievements of former Chancellor Helmut Kohl; attitude towards the reunification of Germany; assessment of the predominance of differences or similarities between East and West, respectively North and South; view on the solution to the problems of reunification; assessment of who benefited most from reunification; attitude towards the differences in salaries in East and West; assessment of the extent of financial support from tax revenues for reconstruction in East Germany; assessment of the equality of living conditions in East and West; attitude towards the continuation of the solidarity surcharge; attitude towards the first left-wing prime minister in Germany; attitude towards the resignation of Hans-Peter Friedrich and the demand for resignation against Thomas Oppermann because of the Edathy affair; expectation of the SPD to form a federal government with Grünen and Linken; attitude towards a federal government consisting of the SPD, Grünen and Linken; expectation of the parties to treat the Left as a normal party; attitude towards the car toll; expectation of the introduction of a car toll; fear of a greater burden on motorists by the car toll; perception of the use of additional tax revenues; attitude towards the level of expenditure for the Bundeswehr and defence; opinion on the state of the Bundeswehr´s equipment; assessment of the reason for problems in the Bundeswehr; expectation on von der Leyen to get the problems in the Bundeswehr under control; attitude towards Federal President Gauck´s criticism; assessment of the Federal Government´s plan to get by without new debts; attitude towards the introduction of a statutory quota for women; expectation of the effects of participation in the Grand Coalition for the SPD; expectation of the continued existence of the Grand Coalition in 2017 or expectation of an alternative; personal effects of the question of who governs; preferred political course of the CDU: market and competition versus social security, traditional conservative content; attitude towards the statutory minimum wage; concern about job cuts through minimum wages; assessment of the advantages of a double leadership among the Grünen; evaluation of the leadership of the Grünen by Simone Peter and Cem Özdemir; prognosis of a possible damage for the Grünen through the rapprochement to the CDU/CSU; attitude towards the immigration of foreign workers; assessment of the advantages of the immigration of Bulgarians and Romanians; opinion on the use of social benefits as a reason for immigration; assessment of foreigners living in Germany as cultural enrichment; assessment of the advantages for Germany of foreigners living here; evaluation of the integration measures for foreigners in Germany, as well as the efforts of the foreigners themselves; evaluation of the influence of Islam on society; evaluation of the German measures against Ebola as sufficient; expectation that Ebola will also come to Germany; attitude towards the tasks of doctors in connection with active and passive euthanasia; assessment of the main responsibility for the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians; expectation of a ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinians; expectation of Germany to make a greater contribution in the Palestine conflict; extent of the burden of the interception scandal on the relationship between Germany and the USA; assessment of how far enough is being done to resolve the interception scandal; opinion on the questioning of Edward Snowden before the Bundestag´s investigative committee; confidence in the American assurance that no more heads of state will be intercepted; attitude to the expulsion of exposed spies; expectation of the USA to stop spying; attitude to the BND´s spying on Turkey; attitude to the train drivers´ strike; assessment of who is mainly to blame for the disagreement between train and engine drivers; attitude to the Lufthansa pilots´ strike; attitude to the unrestricted right to strike; fear of crime in Germany; assessment of President Obama´s work; trust in the ADAC; advocacy of an outing to homosexuality among professional footballers; expected victory of the German team at the Football World Championship; forecast on how far Germany will get in the World Championship; forecast on who will become World Champion; opinion on the possibility for Brazil to profit from the World Championship; expectation on the extent to which the protests in Brazil will influence the World Championship; assessment on whether the good mood at the World Championship strengthens cohesion in society; attitude on the participation of football clubs in the costs of police missions; attitude towards Germany´s participation in the World Championship in Qatar and Russia despite allegations of bribery against FIFA; self-assessment on a left-right continuum; assessment of the parties SPD, CDU, CSU, Grüne, FDP, Linke, Piratenpartei and Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) on a left-right continuum; review of the past year 2014; outlook on the coming year 2015. Demography: sex; age (categorised); marital status; cohabitation with a partner; number and age of children; school leaving certificate or desired school leaving certificate; completed studies or vocational training; occupation; job security; occupational group; household size; persons in the household from 18 years of age; trade union member in the household; denomination; frequency of church attendance; party affiliation and party identification; number of telephone numbers at home. Additionally coded was: respondent ID; version; survey month; survey week; federal state; location; district allocation Berlin; weighting factors: representative weight; total weight.
Categories Categories
  • Political Issues
  • Political Attitudes and Behavior
  • Political Parties, Organizations
  • Political behaviour and attitudes
  • Government, political systems and organisations
Old Topics Old Topics
  • 11.5 Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
  • 11.6 Government, political systems and organisation


Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
UniverseResident population eligible to vote
Analysis Unit Analysis Unit
  • Individual
Sampling Procedure Sampling Procedure
  • Probability: Multistage
Probability Sample: Two-Stage Sample
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
  • Text
Data CollectorForschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim
Date of Collection
  • 14.01.2014 - 16.01.2014 (Week 3)
  • 28.01.2014 - 30.01.2014 (January)
  • 18.02.2014 - 20.02.2014 (February)
  • 11.03.2014 - 13.03.2014 (Week 11)
  • 25.03.2014 - 27.03.2014 (March)
  • 08.04.2014 - 10.04.2014 (April)
  • 06.05.2014 - 08.05.2014 (May)
  • 02.06.2014 - 04.06.2014 (Week 23)
  • 23.06.2014 - 25.06.2014 (June)
  • 15.07.2014 - 17.07.2014 (July)
  • 19.08.2014 - 21.08.2014 (August)
  • 02.09.2014 - 04.09.2014 (Week 36)
  • 23.09.2014 - 25.09.2014 (September)
  • 07.10.2014 - 09.10.2014 (Week 41)
  • 21.10.2014 - 23.10.2014 (October)
  • 11.11.2014 - 13.11.2014 (Week 46)
  • 25.11.2014 - 27.11.2014 (November)
  • 08.12.2014 - 10.12.2014 (December)

Errata & Versions

VersionDate, Name, DOI
1.0.0 (current version)2015-12-1 first archive edition
Errata in current version
Version changes

Further Remarks

Number of Units: 30377
Number of Variables: 367
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.