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ZA6700: Politbarometer 2015 (Cumulated Data Set, incl. Flash)

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Citation Citation Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim (2016): Politbarometer 2015 (Cumulated Data Set, incl. Flash). GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA6700 Data file Version 1.0.0,
Study No.ZA6700
TitlePolitbarometer 2015 (Cumulated Data Set, incl. Flash)
Current Version1.0.0, 2016-12-1,
Date of Collection13.01.2015 - 10.12.2015
Principal Investigator/ Authoring Entity, Institution
  • 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 and party preference (Sunday question and party rank); voting behaviour in the last Bundestag election; coalition preference; assessment of a grand coalition; assessment of a coalition of CDU/CSU and Grünen, of CDU and FDP, of CDU/CSU and AfD, of SPD and Grünen as well as of SPD, Die Linke and Grünen; sympathy scale for the parties CDU, CSU, SPD, Die Linke, Grüne, FDP and AfD; satisfaction scale for the federal government of CDU/CSU and SPD as well as for the respective government parties and the opposition parties Die Linke and Grüne; most important politicians in Germany; sympathy scale for selected top politicians (Ursula von der Leyen, Peter Altmaier, Wolfgang Bosbach, Sigmar Gabriel, Gregor Gysi, Thomas de Maizière, Angela Merkel, Andrea Nahles, Cem Özdemir, Winfried Kretschmann, Wolfgang Schäuble, Manuela Schwesig, Horst Seehofer, Peer Steinbrück, Hannelore Kraft, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Sarah Wagenknecht and Joachim Gauck); satisfaction with democracy; political interest; disagreement of CDU, CSU, SPD, Greens, Die Linke, FDP, AfD 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 development in Germany (economic expectations); improvement of the personal situation by the upswing of the economy in the country; most competent party for the creation of jobs, in the areas of social policy, social justice and foreigner policy; expected long-term success of the AfD; voting for the AfD because of political contents or because of dissatisfaction with other parties; left-right assessment of the AfD; assessment of the demarcation of the AfD against right-wing extremists; expected break-up of the AfD in the dispute over leadership and political content; expected entry of the AfD into the Bundestag; opinion as to whether the FDP is still needed as a party; expected entry of the FDP into the Bundestag; rather advantages or disadvantages for the German population due to the country´s EU membership; importance of Britain´s EU membership; assessment of the introduction of the euro; expected benefits of the euro as a common currency; expected long-term success of the euro; expected rapid resolution of the euro crisis; expected intensification of the euro crisis; Greece crisis: support for Greece´s participation in the euro; opinion on a third aid package for Greece; assessment of further debt relief for Greece; call for compliance with agreed EU savings targets; expected effective fight against tax evasion by Greek government; assessment of the economic situation in Greece; Greece is overburdened by the austerity programme; opinion on further financial support for Greece despite lack of reforms; expected implementation of the austerity measures by the Greek government; assessment of the behaviour of the Greek government as serious; expected extent of damage to the German economy due to Greece´s bankruptcy; consequences of the Greek crisis as a threat to the continued existence of the EU; financial compensation of Greece for the German Nazi crimes; assessment of the relations between Germany and Greece and expected development of the relations between both countries; evaluation of the EU policy to solve the financial crisis of Greece; expected rejection of the reform measures by the Greeks in the referendum; prevention of a national bankruptcy of Greece by reached agreements; assessment of the work of Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel as a whole and in relation to the euro crisis and the refugee crisis; assessment of the work of Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble in relation to the euro crisis; assessment of the work of Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière in the area of refugees and asylum; assessment of Horst Seehofer´s refugee policy; assessment of the work of Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel; expected premature loss of Angela Merkel´s Federal Chancellery by CDU dispute over the course of the refugee crisis; the CDU/CSU supports Angela Merkel´s Greece policy and refugee policy; assessment of the relationship between the governing parties; assessment of who is to blame for the bad relationship in the federal government; predicted ability of the CDU, CSU and SPD to assert themselves in the federal government; assessment of the work of the federal government; expectation of a better federal government made up of SPD and Grünen and, respectively from SPD, Grünen and Linken or from CDU and Grünen; attitude to the care allowance; damage to the reputation of the CSU caused by the care allowance tilted by the Federal Constitutional Court; opinion on the legal equality of homosexual partnerships with marriage; assessment of climate change as a major problem for Germany; assessment of what has been achieved for climate protection at the World Climate Conference in Paris; Ukraine conflict: Support for tightening EU economic sanctions against Russia; Minsk agreement on ceasefire in Eastern Ukraine permanently prevents military conflict; opinion on Russian President Putin´s exclusion from G7 meetings; economic sanctions against Russia should be relaxed; concerns about Russian President Putin´s current policy; opinion on US arms shipments to Ukraine in the fight against separatists; concerns about the threat of war between Ukraine and Russia; Russia´s current policy as a threat to NATO member states Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania; Pegida movement: Attitude towards the Pegida movement; assessment of the right-wing ideas of Pegida participants; attitude towards the political parties´ dealings with the Pegida movement; expected development of support for the Pegida movement; similarities in the political content of Pegida and AfD; foreigners in Germany: advantages or disadvantages of foreigners living in Germany; sufficient measures for the integration of foreigners; assessment of foreigners´ own initiative for integration; foreign workers needed for the future of Germany; attitude to an immigration law for the immigration of workers from non-EU states; Germany is a country of immigration; attitude to the right of asylum in Germany for politically persecuted persons; problems with refugees in the residential area; opinion on the number of refugees to be admitted in Germany; opinion on a stronger federal participation in the costs of refugees; assessment of the spread of xenophobia in Germany; attitude to EU military measures against smuggling gangs; attitude towards a refugee quota within the EU; expected introduction of an EU refugee quota; attitude towards the payment of financial compensation by individual EU member states if refugees are refused admission; assessment of the threat to cohesion in the EU posed by the refugee crisis; Germany can cope with high refugee numbers (Split: refugees and asylum seekers); opinion on equal treatment of all refugees and asylum seekers in the accommodation and handling of asylum procedures; opinion on more benefits in kind and less cash benefits for refugees and asylum seekers; expected decline in the high number of refugees due to more benefits in kind instead of cash benefits; assessment of the opening of the border with Hungary; expected increase in the number of refugees as a result of this opening of the border; assessment of the amount of funds available to the Federal Government to cope with the refugee crisis; assessment of safe countries of origin (Kosovo, Albania and Montenegro); advocacy of measures to integrate refugees into the labour market; refugees make an important contribution to remedying the shortage of skilled labour; too much is done in Germany for refugees and asylum seekers; evaluation of cooperation between the Federal Government and the federal states in the refugee crisis; long-term advantages or disadvantages for Germany due to the large number of refugees; attitude to border controls in connection with the refugee crisis; assessment of the willingness of refugees to integrate; expected permanent presence of refugees in Germany; assessment of the success of the integration of refugees; threat to social values by refugees; expenditure on refugees at the expense of other areas; expected increase in crime in the country by refugees; attitude towards the establishment of transit zones for refugees; fewer refugees with faster deportation; opinion on increased EU financial support for Turkey to set up more refugee camps; future reluctance to criticise Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan for facilitating cooperation in the refugee crisis; attitude towards Turkey´s EU membership; expected consequences of Russia´s military intervention in Syria; most competent party in refugee and asylum policy; attitude towards individual case examination of refugees from Syria; attitude towards family reunification of refugees; expected success of the ALFA party; assessment of the influence of Islam in Germany; agreement on Islam´s affiliation to Germany; assessment of Islam as a threat to Western democracies; feared terrorist attacks in Germany by Islamist terrorists; intention to avoid major events due to the danger of terrorism; assessment of security for German holidaymakers in Arab countries; attitude towards participation of the Bundeswehr in international military operations against the IS terrorist militia ´Islamic State´; increased danger of terrorism in Germany due to participation of the Bundeswehr in military operations against the IS; expected military victory against the IS; sufficient protection against terrorist attacks in Germany; attitude towards the reunification of Germany; predominance of differences or similarities between East and West; opinion on the solution of the problems of reunification; assessment of who profited most from reunification; expected formation of a government of the SPD with Grünen and Linken; attitude towards a government consisting of SPD, Grünen and Linken; SPD well led by Sigmar Gabriel; expected effects of a chancellor candidacy by Sigmar Gabriel on the election results of the SPD; assessment of the chances of success for the party Die Linke without Gregor Gysi; attitude towards the introduction of the passenger car toll; expected introduction of the passenger car toll; VW exhaust scandal: expected permanent damage to VW as a result of the exhaust gas scandal in the USA; assessment of the frequency of false statements by car manufacturers regarding exhaust gas values; assessment of the effects of the VW affair on the German economy; assessment of medical care in German hospitals; sufficient financial resources for hospitals; expected continuation of the grand coalition of CDU/CSU and SPD until the federal elections in 2017; personal significance of who governs the federal government; opinion on the future traditional-conservative political course of the CDU; importance of the issue of the delivery of information on German persons and companies by the BND to the NSA on the basis of a list of candidates; approval of the publication of this list in the Bundestag; expected consequences of a publication of the list against the will of the USA; understanding for the train driver strike; main blame for the lack of agreement in the train driver strike; attitude towards several trade unions in the company regarding the conclusion of collective agreements; feeling of the threat of crime in the country; opinion on Hilary Clinton as next US President; expected decline in bribery in FIFA following the resignation of FIFA President Sepp Blatter; opinion on the reallocation of the two FIFA World Cups to Russia and Qatar following allegations of bribery against FIFA; 2006 FIFA World Cup: suspected payment of bribes by the DFB to Germany in connection with the award of the 2006 Football World Cup; expected clarification of the bribery allegations against the DFB; opinion on the 2024 Summer Olympics in Germany; preference for Berlin or Hamburg as the venue for the 2024 Summer Olympics; attitude towards summer time; personal problems with the time change; Germany as the expected winner of the Women´s Football World Cup; summer weather as a result of climate change; summer personally perceived as too hot; left-right self-ranking; rating of the parties SPD, CDU, CSU, Grüne, FDP, Die Linke and AfD on a left-right continuum; review of the past year 2015 personally and for Germany; outlook on the coming year 2016. Demography: sex; age (categorised); marital status; cohabitation with a partner; children; number of children in the household under 13 and their age; school leaving certificate or desired school leaving certificate; completed studies or vocational training; occupation; job security; occupational group; household size; number of persons in the household over 18; 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; city size; estimated age of the target person; 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: Multistage Sample
Mode of Collection Mode of Collection
  • Telephone interview: Computer-assisted (CATI)
Telephone Interview: CATI (Computer Assisted Telephone Interview)
Time Method Time Method
  • Longitudinal: Trend/Repeated cross-section
Kind of Data Kind of Data
  • Numeric
  • Text
Data CollectorForschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim
Date of Collection
  • 13.01.2015 - 15.01.2015 (Week 3)
  • 27.01.2015 - 29.01.2015 (January)
  • 24.02.2015 - 26.02.2015 (February)
  • 10.03.2015 - 12.03.2015 (Week 11)
  • 24.03.2015 - 26.03.2015 (March)
  • 14.04.2015 - 16.04.2015 (April)
  • 19.05.2015 - 21.05.2015 (May)
  • 09.06.2015 - 11.06.2015 (Week 24)
  • 30.06.2015 - 02.07.2015 (June)
  • 21.07.2015 - 23.07.2015 (July)
  • 18.08.2015 - 20.08.2015 (August)
  • 08.09.2015 - 10.09.2015 (Week 37)
  • 22.09.2015 - 24.09.2015 (September)
  • 06.10.2015 - 08.10.2015 (Week 41)
  • 20.10.2015 - 22.10.2015 (October)
  • 10.11.2015 - 12.11.2015 (Week 46)
  • 24.11.2015 - 26.11.2015 (November)
  • 08.12.2015 - 10.12.2015 (December)

Errata & Versions

VersionDate, Name, DOI
1.0.0 (current version)2016-12-1 first archive edition
Errata in current version
Version changes

Further Remarks

Number of Units: 30051
Number of Variables: 323
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.