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ZA2391: Partial Cumulation of Politbarometers 1977-2019

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Politbarometer 1977-2017 (Partielle Kumulation)
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Bibliographic Citation

Citation Citation Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim (2020): Partial Cumulation of Politbarometers 1977-2019. GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA2391 Data file Version 12.0.0,
Study No.ZA2391
TitlePartial Cumulation of Politbarometers 1977-2019
Current Version12.0.0, 2020-12-1,
Date of Collection03.1977 - 12.2018
Principal Investigator/ Authoring Entity, Institution
  • Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim
Contributor, Institution, Role
  • Kratz, Sophia - GESIS – Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften - DataCurator
  • Langhans, Monika - GESIS – Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften - DataCurator


AbstractVoting intent and party preference (Sunday question); behavior at the polls in the last Federal Parliament election; sympathy scale for the parties; satisfaction with the achievement of the Federal Government and the achievements of the opposition parties; satisfaction with democracy; the right politicians in leading positions; interest in politics of respondent; self-assessment on a left-right continuum; judgement on the economic situation in the Federal Republic and assumed further development; ability of the government or opposition to secure jobs, improve the economic situation and improve environmental protection; attitude to reunification of the two German nations; attitude to the right to asylum in Germany; evaluation of various views on the topic abortion; most important problems in the Federal Republic; eligiousness; union membership. Demography: denomination; frequency of church visits; sex; age; marital status; cohabitation with a partner; education; completed vocational training; university degree; educational aspiration level; occupation; occupational group; size of household; head of household; own job hazard; party affiliation; party identification; trade union member in the household; federal state; city size.
Categories Categories
  • Political Attitudes and Behavior
  • Migration
  • Social behaviour and attitudes
  • Political behaviour and attitudes
  • Government, political systems and organisations
  • Elections
  • Economic conditions and indicators
  • Economic policy, public expenditure and revenue
  • Economic systems and development
Old Topics Old Topics
  • 2.2 Migration
  • 5.8 Social behaviour and attitudes
  • 11.5 Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
  • 11.6 Government, political systems and organisation
  • 11.7 Elections
  • 17.4 Economic conditions and indicators
  • 17.5 Economic policy
  • 17.6 Economic systems and development


Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE), FRG without West Berlin (1977-1989) FRG incl. West Berlin from 1990
Universe1977-June 1988: Persons eligible to vote in a Federal Parliament election. Since August 1988: Persons eligible to vote and living in private households with telephone.
Analysis Unit Analysis Unit
  • Individual
Sampling Procedure Sampling Procedure
  • Probability: Multistage
  • Probability: Systematic random
1977-June 1988: Probability: Multistage. Since August 1988: Probability: Systematic random
Mode of Collection Mode of Collection
  • Face-to-face interview: Paper-and-pencil (PAPI)
  • Telephone interview
Oral or telephone interview (CATI) with standardized questionnaire
Time Method Time Method
  • Longitudinal: Trend/Repeated cross-section
Kind of Data Kind of Data
  • Numeric
  • Text
Data CollectorForschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim
Date of Collection
  • 03.1977 - 12.2018

Errata & Versions

VersionDate, Name, DOI
12.0.0 (current version)2020-12-1 2019 added
11.0.02020-2-1 2018 added
10.0.02019-3-13 East Germany added
9.0.02018-10-23 2017 added
8.0.02017-8-15 2016 added
7.0.02017-3-1 2015 added
6.0.02016-4-15 2014 added
5.0.02015-2-15 2013 added
4.1.02014-10-31 Var 8 - 17 (Skalometer) in 01/2008 corrected
4.0.02014-6-1 2012 added
3.0.02013-2-6 2011 added
2.0.02012-4-5 2008, 2009, and 2010 added
1.0.02010-4-13 Version number created automatically (implementation of a uniform versioning policy) (Publication Year unknown)
Errata in current version
Version changes
Changes between version 4.0.0 and it's previous version
DateSubjectDescriptionCorrection Description
2014-10-31errors in 2008 (January only)Var 8 - 17 (Skalometer)2014-10-31

Further Remarks

NotesThe Politbarometers present a monthly trend investigation commissioned by the Second German Television (ZDF). The Politbarometers for 1977 to 1992 are archived and available as annual cumulation under ZA Study Nos. 2160, 2171, 2182, 1053, 2194, 2201, 2209, 2220, 1901, 1536, 1899, 1762, 1779, 1920, 2102, 2275 or 2378. From 1977 to June 1988 oral surveys with standardized questionnaire were conducted, the following, however, by telephone with standardized questionnaire.
Number of Units: 959745
Number of Variables: 84
Data Type: -
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.