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ZA2894: Politbarometer 1996 (Cumulated Data Set)

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Citation Citation Berger, Manfred; Jung, Matthias; Roth, Dieter (1997): Politbarometer 1996 (Cumulated Data Set). GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA2894 Data file Version 1.0.0,
Study No.ZA2894
TitlePolitbarometer 1996 (Cumulated Data Set)
Current Version1.0.0, 2010-4-13, (Publication Year 1997)
Date of Collection01.1996 - 12.1996
Principal Investigator/ Authoring Entity, Institution
  • Berger, Manfred - Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim
  • Jung, Matthias - Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim
  • Roth, Dieter - Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim
Contributor, Institution, Role
  • Langhans, Monika - GESIS – Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften - DataCurator


AbstractCumulated data set of the Politbarometers for 1996. Attitude to current political questions. Judgement on parties and politicians. Topics: the following topics were surveyed with identical questions in every survey period: most important political problems in the Federal Republic; party preference (Sunday question, rank order procedure); party inclination and party identification; behavior at the polls in the last Federal Parliament election; sympathy scale for parties and selected politicians; preference for federal chancellor; self-assessment on a left-right continuum; personal jeopardy to job; jeopardy to job of close persons; union membership; religiousness; survey date. The following additional questions were posed in at least one or several survey months: attitude to a one-party government of CDU/CSU after the next Federal Parliament election; coalition preference; attitude to a grand coalition and the statement of willingness to form a coalition of the SPD before the next Federal Parliament election; most important politician in Germany; personal change in party voted for; preferred SPD candidate for chancellor; attitude to Kohl as candidate for chancellor in the next Federal Parliament election; judgement on Kohl as chancellor in previous government; assessment of support of Kohl and Lafontaine by their respective parties; assessment of the left-right development of the SPD unter Lafontaine; preferred development of the SPD to the left or to the right; general judgement on the leadership of the SPD party; judgement on coalition loyalty of CSU, CDU as well as FDP; FDP as party unnecessary in Germany; characterization of parties in the Federal Parliament as progressive, democratic, social, liberal and modern; satisfaction with democracy in the Federal Republic; interest in politics; the right people in leading positions; characterization of the condition of society in the Federal Republic and comparison with Western European neighbors; judgement on the general economic situation in the Federal Republic and expected change for the future; personal economic situation and expected change for the next year; most able government to solve the economic problems in Germany; expected economic situation; most able government and preferred alternatives to create new jobs; expected solvability of unemployment in Germany; attitude to reduction of continued payment of wages {during absence}; attitude to vacation reduction in case of illness; attitude to sick pay reduction; attitude to a strike to achieve full continued payment of wages in cases of illness; sick pay with withdrawal of supplements; attitude to employment of the unemployed below standard rate; preference for increase in health insurance fees or reductions in the public health system; attitude to a strike to achieve wage demands; strike entitlement in civil service; judgement on wage negotiations in business; preference for nation-wide wage agreement or negotiation on company level; judgement on wage contract in the civil service; attitude to reduction in wages to support company; judgement on the ´Alliance for Jobs´, in which a limitation on wages should lead to creation of additional jobs; leisure time compensation instead of payment for overtime; expected creation of jobs through such leisure time compensation; attitude to wage freeze in the civil service to consolidate government finances; assessment of the extent of social services and assumed extent of abuse; attitude to elimination of earnings-related unemployment benefit for persons doing illicit work; judgement on the savings program in the social area; assumed jeopardy to the social security through these reductions; assessment of the balance of the savings program; necessity of additional economy measures; preference for tax increases or additional borrowing; attitude to privatization of garbage collection and public tasks in general as well as on reduction in expenditures; ability of an SPD-led or a CDU/CSU-led Federal Government to solve finance problems; attitude to a salary increase for civil servants; approval of a reduction in civil service positions; attitude to participation of civil servants in {contributions to} their retirement program; attitude to introduction of a requirement for insurance for minor wages; attitude to elimination of the early retirement regulation; attitude to increase of compulsory retirement age for men and for women to 65 years; attitude to an increase in pension fund contributions or increase in private provision for old age; attitude to deferral of increase in child allowance in the framework of the economy measures; judgement on the SPD position on this question; attitude to a sales tax increase for the sake of reduction of wage and income tax; sales tax increase versus introduction of an energy tax; judgement on a tax reform to reduce tax write-offs and opportunities for deductions; attitude to reduction of the highest tax rate to 35% as well as the beginning tax rate to 20%; attitude to taxation of supplements for night and Sunday work; attitude to taxation of earnings on real estate and stocks; attitude to elimination of the wealth tax and continual discussion about the new regulation of wealth tax; attitude to reduction in funds for job creation measures in Eastern Germany; preference for a professional army or one based on compulsory military service; judgement on the draft bill regarding insulting a soldier; attitude to participation of the Federal German Armed Forces in the mission of the peace troops in Bosnia; attitude to use of fighting forces of the Federal German Armed Forces in other countries; attitude to return of refugees from former Yugoslavia; judgement on the influx of ethnic Germans from Eastern Europe; perceived threat from crime; attitude to bugging private areas to combat organized crime; attitude to reducing sentences for robbery; advantageousness of membership of the country in the EU; attitude to introduction of a common European currency (ECU); judgement on the stability of the future European currency in comparison with the DM; expectation of advantages or disadvantage from introduction of the ECU for the country in general and for the respondent in particular; preference for departmental responsibility at national or EU level in foreign or security policy, the fight against unemployment, monetary policy, economic policy as well as social policy; judgement on the new telephone rates; preferred date for elimination of the solidarity surcharge; attitude to reduction in the solidarity surcharge; judgement on the current status of unification of the two German states; expected time interval to achieve equivalent standard of living in Eastern and Western Germany; adequate effort of the Federal Government to achieve equivalent living conditions in East and West; attitude to an annual commemoration day for the victims of National Socialism; judgement on the work of the Federal Government; SPD government as better alternative; attitude to early elections for Federal Parliament; assessment of the PDS as continuation of the SED; attitude to cooperation of other parties with the PDS; attitude to government participation by the PDS; attitude to nuclear power; attitude to shut-down of existing nuclear power plants; judgement on the health consequences of Chernobyl; judgement on the move to Berlin by the government; attitude to change of store closing times; attitude to making the law on abortion stricter in Bavaria; preferred Russian president; retrospect on 1996 and prospects for the coming year. Also encoded was: administrative district.
Categories Categories
  • Political Attitudes and Behavior
  • Conflict, security and peace
  • Political behaviour and attitudes
  • Government, political systems and organisations
  • Elections
  • Specific social services: use and availability
  • Social welfare systems/structures
  • Energy and natural resources
  • Economic policy, public expenditure and revenue
  • Economic systems and development
Old Topics Old Topics
  • 11.3 Conflict, security and peace
  • 11.5 Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
  • 11.6 Government, political systems and organisation
  • 11.7 Elections
  • 14.1 Specific social services: use and provision
  • 14.3 Social welfare systems/structures
  • 16.2 Natural resources and energy
  • 17.5 Economic policy
  • 17.6 Economic systems and development


Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
UniverseEligible voters living in private households with telephone,
Analysis Unit Analysis Unit
  • Individual
Sampling Procedure Sampling Procedure
  • Probability: Systematic random
Sample according to the RLD procedure (randomize last digit)
Mode of Collection Mode of Collection
  • Telephone interview
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
  • 01.1996 - 12.1996

Errata & Versions

VersionDate, Name, DOI
1.0.0 (current version)2010-4-13 Version number created automatically (implementation of a uniform versioning policy) (Publication Year unknown)
Errata in current version
Version changes

Further Remarks

NotesThe Politbarometers present a trend survey of the months January to July and September to December, commissioned by the Second German Television (ZDF). The individual Politbarometer data sets of 1996 are archived under ZA Study Nos. 2883 to 2893 and cumulated in this study. Further Politbarometers are archived under ZA Study Nos. 1053, 1275, 1276, 1536, 1762, 1779, 1899, 1901, 1920, 1987, 2101, 2102, 2114, 2160, 2171, 2182, 2194, 2201, 2209, 2221, 2275, 2378, 2390, 2546, 2559, 2765 and 2777. A Politbarometer time series as of 1977 with selected variables is archived under ZA Study No. 2291.
Number of Units: 14001
Number of Variables: 261
Data Type: -
Analysis System(s): OSIRIS, SPSS


Relevant full texts
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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.