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ZA7599: Politbarometer 2019 (Cumulated Data Set)

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Citation Citation Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim (2020): Politbarometer 2019 (Cumulated Data Set). GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA7599 Data file Version 1.0.0,
Study No.ZA7599
TitlePolitbarometer 2019 (Cumulated Data Set)
Current Version1.0.0, 2020-10-1,
Date of Collection02.01.2019 - 12.12.2019
Principal Investigator/ Authoring Entity, Institution
  • Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim
Contributor, Institution, Role
  • Langhans, Monika - GESIS – Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften - DataCurator


AbstractThe following topics are included in the total data set. In some cases they were asked at any time, but in others only at one or more times. Main political problems in Germany; intention to participate in the next Bundestag elections and party preference (Sunday question, second vote); conceivable to elect the following parties: CDU/CSU, SPD, AfD, FDP, the Left Party and the Greens; voting behaviour in the last federal election; coalition preference; opinion on the continuation of Angela Merkel as Chancellor until the next federal election in 2021; opinion on a duty of information by Chancellor Angela Merkel on her state of health vs. Private matter; assessment of a grand coalition of CDU/CSU and SPD; assessment of a coalition of CDU/CSU and Greens, of CDU/CSU, Greens and FDP, of SPD, Die Linke and Greens, of SPD, FDP and Greens as well as of CDU/CSU and AfD; sympathy scale for the parties CDU, CSU, SPD, AfD, FDP, Left (Split 1) and Greens (Split 2); satisfaction scale for the Federal Government from CDU/CSU and SPD as well as for the respective governing parties; ranking of the parties that please the most; most important politicians in Germany; sympathy scale for selected top politicians (Robert Habeck, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Winfried Kretschmann, Ursula von der Leyen, Christian Lindner, Heiko Maas, Angela Merkel, Friedrich Merz, Andrea Nahles, Wolfgang Schäuble, Olaf Scholz, Horst Seehofer, Markus Söder, Jens Spahn, Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Sarah Wagenknecht); satisfaction with democracy; interest in politics; opinion on the future traditional-conservative political course of the CDU; perceived stronger role of traditional-conservative positions in CDU politics; expected benefit for the CDU from traditional-conservative content; opinion on the future left-wing political course of the SPD; perceived stronger role of left-wing positions in the politics of the SPD; consequences of a left-wing development of the SPD; opinion on stronger left-wing development of the SPD; opinion on the SPD course for more social policy; expected benefit for the SPD through a greater role for social policy; opinion on the SPD´s demand for increased state investment in education, transport and digital infrastructure; opinion on Kevin Kühnert´s proposal to expropriate large companies such as BMW; opinion on opening the CDU/CSU to cooperation with the AfD; 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, social justice and securing pensions; AfD: Extent of the spread of right-wing extremist ideas in the AfD; complicity of the AfD in right-wing extremist violence; better politics expected through AfD participation in a state government; good AfD performance in the state elections in the east good vs. bad for democracy; voting for the AfD in state elections because of political content or as a reminder to other parties; electoral success of the AfD in the East makes it more difficult for East and West to grow together; AfD will also be strong in the West in future; the CDU´s rejection of political cooperation with the Left Party and the AfD is right; agreement with the other parties´ refusal to cooperate with the AfD; more frequent irregularities in the handling of party donations by the AfD than by other parties; right-wing extremism as a threat to democracy; sufficient commitment against right-wing extremists at the political level; Greens stand for modern, bourgeois politics; strength of the Greens will last longer; confidence in the Greens´ ability to govern; rather advantages or rather disadvantages for the German population due to EU membership; opinion on the election of Urula von der Leyen as the new President of the EU Commission; SPD´s decision against the election of Urula von der Leyen endangers the continued existence of the federal government consisting of CDU/CSU and SPD; right-wing populists as a danger to democracy in Europe; opinion on the accusation that Russia supports right-wing populists; Brexit: Opinion on Britain´s withdrawal from the EU; expectation of a disorderly Brexit; opinion on a further postponement of a decision on the Brexit; expected economic consequences of Britain´s withdrawal from the EU for the German economy and for the EU; long-term consequences of the Brexit for the EU and for Britain; opinion on the extent of concessions made by EU countries to Britain after its withdrawal from the EU; further concessions made by the EU to Britain on changes to the withdrawal treaty; Britain vs. the EU bears the main blame for a possible disorderly Brexit; opinion on closer cooperation between Germany and France; opinion on fundamentally closer cooperation in the EU and in the field of social policy; assessment of Angela Merkel´s commitment to a strong Europe; European elections: Interest in the European elections; intention to participate in the European elections (Sunday question) and party preference; awareness of the top candidate of the CDU/CSU and the SPD for the European elections; currently the greatest challenge for the EU; party most likely to represent a European policy in the sense of the respondent; assessment of the introduction of the EURO as a currency; opinion on tax cuts for companies; opinion on an increase in social spending; additional government spending despite financing gap; preferred area for government spending; opinion on the federal budget 2020 without planned new debts; assessment of the work of Chancellor Angela Merkel in general and on refugee policy; assessment of the work of the federal government from CDU/CSU and SPD; expectation of a better federal government from CDU/CSU, FDP and Greens, from CDU/CSU and Greens or from SPD, Left Party and Greens; expected existence of the coalition until the next federal elections in autumn 2021; wish for the coalition to continue until the next federal elections in autumn 2021; opinion on new elections; evaluation of a compulsory vaccination for children to protect against measles; climate protection: sufficient efforts in Germany to protect the climate; sufficient commitment of companies and citizens in Germany to protect the climate; assessment of the climate protection measures adopted; opinion on the introduction of a CO2 tax; more climate-friendly behaviour through a CO2 tax; extent of CO2 reduction through the climate protection measures adopted; effects of the climate protection measures on the German economy; opinion on the introduction of e-scooters; assessment of the timetable for phasing out coal; assessment of the timetable for expanding renewable energies in Germany; advocacy of higher petrol prices in the context of the CO2 tax; opinion on higher taxes on air tickets; importance of climate change in important political issues in Germany; concerns about climate change; combating climate change will succeed; reduction of VAT on long-distance train tickets would lead to greater willingness to travel by train; party most likely to advocate a policy in the sense of the respondent when it comes to climate protection; importance of insect protection; advocacy of the climate protection movement Fridays for Future; expected change in climate protection policy by Fridays for Future; acceptance of illegal actions for climate protection; refugees: Germany can cope with high numbers of refugees from crisis areas; problems with refugees in the residential area; expected tougher refugee policy under the new CDU leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer; attitude towards a tougher CDU refugee policy; attitude towards the acceptance of Mediterranean refugees to Germany; attitude towards sea rescue of refugees by private organisations; opinion on the accusation that sea rescue supports flight; party most likely to support a refugee and asylum policy in the sense of the respondent; German unity: Reunification was right; predominance of differences or similarities in East and West; East Germans and West Germans have come closer since German reunification; East Germans vs. West Germans have benefited most from reunification; comparison of the former political conditions in the GDR with today; East Germans as second-class citizens; opinion on increasing defence spending; opinion on adjusting defence spending in line with the pledge to NATO partners; assessment of social justice in Germany; assessment of cohesion in society; more positive or more negative associations with black, red and gold; Federal government consisting of CDU/CSU and SPD makes an important contribution to solving the problems in Germany; expected successful future for the SPD under Norbert Walter-Borjans and Saskia Esken as new SPD chairpersons; better suitability of Olaf Scholz and Klara Geywitz or of Norbert Walter-Borjans and Saskia Esken as dual leadership for the SPD party chair; relationship between CDU and CSU (in important political questions rather divided or rather united); development of the relationship between CDU and CSU; successful future for the CSU under the leadership of the new party leader Markus Söder; CDU leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer rather strengthened or weakened after the CDU party conference; successful future for the CDU under the leadership of the party leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer; suitability of Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer as candidate for chancellor of the CDU/CSU in the next federal elections; preferred alternative CDU candidate for chancellor; most promising candidate for chancellor for a good election result of the CDU/CSU; in future more unity within the CDU under the chairmanship of Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer; difference who forms the government; participation in the grand coalition harms the SPD; SPD will recover despite bad election results; participation in government or opposition better for the SPD in the long term; SPD should cooperate more with the party Die Linke in the future; effects for the SPD through the resignation of Andrea Nahles as SPD party and parliamentary party leader; evaluation of the period for the election of the new SPD party leadership; assessment of one´s own financial security in old age; attitude towards the introduction of a basic pension; debate on high rents and lack of housing as a personally important topic; opinion on expropriation of housing companies; expected improvement of the situation on the housing market through expropriation of housing companies; residential status of the respondent as a tenant or owner; USA as a reliable partner for Germany; future world order: China, Russia or the USA as Europe´s strongest adversary; fears that Germany will become too dependent on China for its economy; extent of damage to Germany following the introduction of punitive duties on the import of German cars by the USA; concerns about the policy of US President Donald Trump; concerns about the policy of Russian President Vladimir Putin; threat to the security situation in Europe due to the termination of the INF Treaty between the USA and Russia expected nuclear arms race between the USA and Russia; opposition to the building of the wall along the border between the USA and Mexico to protect against illegal immigration; Europe´s excessive dependence on natural gas supplies from Russia; opinion on an intensification of the EU´s economic punitive measures against Russia because of the annexation of the Crimea; opinion on the repatriation of German IS fighters to Germany; Syria conflict: expected aggravation of the situation in Syria due to the invasion of Turkish forces in Northern Syria; opinion on economic punitive measures by Germany against Turkey due to the invasion of Northern Syria; opinion on further arms deliveries by Germany to NATO partner Turkey; expected end of the refugee agreement by Turkey in case of EU punitive measures against Turkey; Iran conflict: expectation of war between Iran and the USA; opinion on the participation of the Federal Armed Forces in a European mission for the protection of merchant ships; security of personal data on the Internet; sufficient government commitment to fight cybercrime; sufficient personal commitment to the security of personal data on the Internet; excessive regulation of the Internet by law; copyright: Liability of Internet platforms in the event of non-compliance with copyright law; opinion on the application of copyright law for artists and authors also on the Internet; opinion on a legal right to a home office; own activity would be possible in the home office; assessment of the commitment to safety in public places; personal feeling of safety in public places; feeling of being threatened by crime; most competent party to fight crime; opinion on a driving ban for diesel cars; advocacy of a speed limit of 130 km/h on motorways; importance of a fast coal exit; opinion on student demonstrations for climate protection during school hours; opinion on the topic of time changeover (maintained as before, in future all-year winter time or all-year summer time); preference for winter time or summer time when time changeover is abolished; extent of anti-Semitism in Germany; fair share in the standard of living; frequency of political disputes in personal surroundings; most people´s understanding of other political opinions in the country; left-right self-classification; classification of the SPD, CDU, CSU, Greens, FDP, Die Linke and AfD parties on a left-right continuum; personal review of the past year 2019; outlook for the coming year 2020. Demography: sex; age (categorised); school leaving certificate or desired school leaving certificate; completed studies or vocational training; occupation; own job at risk; occupational group; household size; number of 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. Additionally coded: respondent ID; version; survey month; survey week; federal state; survey area; city size; sample (landline or mobile); weighting factors: representative weight, total weight.
Categories Categories
  • Political Issues
  • Political Attitudes and Behavior
  • Political Parties, Organizations
  • International Institutions, Relations, Conditions
  • International politics and organisations
  • Conflict, security and peace
  • Political behaviour and attitudes
  • Elections
Old Topics Old 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
  • 11.6 Government, political systems and organisation
  • 11.7 Elections


Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
UniverseResident population eligible to vote
Analysis Unit Analysis Unit
  • Individual
Sampling Procedure Sampling Procedure
  • Probability: Multistage
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 CollectorForschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim
Date of Collection
  • 02.01.2019 - 10.01.2019 (week 2)
  • 22.01.2019 - 24.01.2019 (week 4)
  • 05.02.2019 - 07.02.2019 (week 6)
  • 19.02.2019 - 21.02.2019 (week 8)
  • 12.03.2019 - 14.03.2019 (week 11)
  • 25.03.2019 - 27.03.2019 (week 13)
  • 09.04.2019 - 11.04.2019 (week 15)
  • 07.05.2019 - 09.05.2019 (week 19)
  • 03.06.2019 - 05.06.2019 (week 23)
  • 17.06.2019 - 19.06.2019 (week 25)
  • 16.07.2019 - 18.07.2019 (week 29)
  • 06.08.2019 - 08.08.2019 (week 32)
  • 02.09.2019 - 04.09.2019 (week 36)
  • 24.09.2019 - 26.09.2019 (week 36)
  • 15.10.2019 - 17.10.2019 (week 42)
  • 05.11.2019 - 07.11.2019 (week 45)
  • 26.11.2019 - 28.11.2019 (week 48)
  • 10.12.2019 - 12.12.2019 (week 50)

Errata & Versions

VersionDate, Name, DOI
1.0.0 (current version)2020-10-1 first archive edition
Errata in current version
Version changes

Further Remarks

Number of Units: 28097
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.