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ZA3045: Politbarometer 1997 (Cumulated Data Set)

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Citation Citation Berger, Manfred; Jung, Matthias; Roth, Dieter (1998): Politbarometer 1997 (Cumulated Data Set). GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA3045 Data file Version 1.0.0,
Study No.ZA3045
TitlePolitbarometer 1997 (Cumulated Data Set)
Current Version1.0.0, 2010-4-13, (Publication Year 1998)
Date of Collection01.1997 - 12.1997
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 1997. Attitude to current political questions. Judgement on parties and politicians. Topics: The following topics were repeated identically at every survey period: most important political problems in the Federal Republic; party preference (Sunday question, rank order procedure); behavior at the polls in the last Federal Parliament election; sympathy scale for the parties and for selected politicians; preference for federal chancellor; attitude to Kohl as candidate for chancellor in the next Federal Parliament election; judgement on the general economic situation in the Federal Republic and personal economic situation; government most able to solve the economic problems in Germany; expected economic situation; satisfaction with the achievements of the Federal Government and those of the opposition parties in Bonn; self-assessment on a left-right continuum; jeopardy to one´s own job; jeopardy to the job of close persons; party inclination and party identification; union membership; religiousness; survey date. In at least one or several survey months these additional questions were posed: coalition preference; attitude to a grand coalition and the statement of willingness to form a coalition by the SPD before the next Federal Parliament election; attitude to government participation by the PDS; most important politicians in Germany; knowledge of PDS politicians; assessment of the necessity of a change of government; preferred candidate for chancellor of the CDU/CSU instead of Kohl; preferred SPD candidate for chancellor; preferred time of decision of the SPD about its candidate for chancellor; judgement on the achievements of the Federal Minister of Finance (Theo Waigel) and desire for change of office-holder; characterization of the parties in Federal Parliament, CDU and SPD, as modern in economic questions; judgement on the coalition loyalty of the CSU as well as the FDP; 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; expected change of the general economic situation in the Federal Republic for the future and personal economic situation for the next year; government most able to create new jobs; ability of an SPD-led or a CDU/CSU-led Federal Government to solve the finance problems; government most able to solve future problems in Germany; government most able to protect pensions, protect against external threats, combat crime, maintain a stabile currency and represent the interests of Germany in the EU; expected solvability of unemployment in Germany; most important reasons for the increase of costs in the public health system; preference for increase in health insurance fees, increase in co-payment of patients or reductions in the public health system; preference for tax increases, additional borrowing, privatization of public tasks or reduction of governmental expenditures to finance government tasks; political, scientific and social areas for economy measures; sales tax increase versus introduction of an energy tax; preferred possibilities of financing pensions (increase in pension fund contributions, increase in value added tax, increase in petroleum tax or reduction of pensions); attitude to increase in pension contributions or increase in private provision for old age; approval of reduction of the amount of pension and pension contributions until 2015; preference for reduction of pensions or an increase in pension contributions; judgement on the standard of living of pensioners; judgement on the financial security of retirement pensions; approval of reduction of pension contributions for workers with children; approval of introduction of social security obligation for jobs with slight income; expectations of the tax reform; assigning blame to CDU or SPD for the failure of agreement regarding the planned tax reform; judgement on the effects of failure of tax reform on economic development in Germany; party most competent for tax policies; attitude to taxation of life insurance; approval of taxation of particularly high pensions; attitude to taxation of supplements for night and Sunday work; attitude to elimination of tax advantages for married couples without children; attitude to reduction of the highest tax rate to 39%; approval of reduction of the highest tax rate of 53% to 49% with concurrent reduction of tax benefits to the same extent; approval of reduction of the highest tax rate without concurrent increase of other tax revenues; approval of reduction of the time worked each week to 32 hours without full wage compensation; expected influence of introduction of a 32-hour-week on reduction of unemployment and on international competitive ability; approval of military intervention of the European Union in Albania and approval of German military participation; perceived threat from crime; advantageousness of membership of the country in the EU; attitude to introduction of a common European currency; expectation of advantages or disadvantages from introduction of a common European currency for the country in general and for the respondent in particular; expectation of advantages or disadvantages for the German economy from introduction of a common European currency; judgement on the consequences of introduction of the Euro regarding the political influence of Germany in Europe, unemployment in Germany, the cost of living in Germany and the safety of savings; judgement on the stability of the future European currency in comparison to the DM; expected introduction of a European currency on schedule; judgement on introduction of the Euro as an important topic; attitude to reduction in the solidarity surcharge; attitude to extending repayment of old debts of the GDR and reducing the solidarity surcharge; assessment of the voters for right-wing radical parties as protest voters or dedicated supporters; judgement on those guilty of the crimes during National Socialism; judgement on the responsibility of the post-war generation for the crimes of the time of Hitler; approval of conclusion of discussion about National Socialism; judgement on the job of the Federal Government and the achievements of the individual partners in the government; SPD government as better alternative; attitude to reduction of the voting age in state parliament elections from 18 to 16; expected election winner in the next Federal Parliament election; personal significance of members of government; assessment of the PDS as continuation of the SED; attitude to cooperation of other parties with the PDS; judgement whether there is too much complaining in Germany; association with ´religion´ and ´church´; significance of religion for respondent and desired significance for society; most important tasks of the church for respondent; approval of the demands of the Greens for dissolution of NATO and increasing the gasoline price to 4.30 DM within 10 years; attitude to the spelling reform; interest in soccer broadcasts on television; attitude to sole broadcast of the world soccer championship on a pay station and willingness to pay for soccer games on television; approval of reduction of the blood-alcohol limit in traffic from 0.8 to 0.5; attitude to the strikes and protests of students at German universities; judgement on the government´s moving to Berlin; retrospect on the year 1997 and prospect for the coming year. Demography: number of persons in household; number of persons in household over 18 years old; number of children in household; number of school-age children in household; number of children between 6 and 12 years old in household; age (classified); marital status; sex; living together with a partner; school degree; college degree; vocational training; employment; occupational group; occupational position; head of household; employment, occupational group, occupational position and journeymen´s test of head of household. Also encoded was: administrative district; state; city size.
Categories Categories
  • Political Attitudes and Behavior
  • Religion and values
  • Medication and treatment
  • Political behaviour and attitudes
  • Government, political systems and organisations
  • Elections
  • Social welfare systems/structures
  • Economic policy, public expenditure and revenue
  • Economic systems and development
Old Topics Old Topics
  • 5.5 Religion and values
  • 7.4 Health care and medical treatment
  • 11.5 Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
  • 11.6 Government, political systems and organisation
  • 11.7 Elections
  • 14.3 Social welfare systems/structures
  • 17.5 Economic policy
  • 17.6 Economic systems and development


Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
UniverseEligible voters living in private households with a 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
  • 01.1997 - 12.1997

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 June and August to December, commissioned by the Second German Television (ZDF). The individual Politbarometer data sets of 1997 are cumulated under ZA Study Nos. 3034 to 3044 and in this study. A Politbarometer time series as of 1977 with selected variables is archived under ZA Study No. 2291.
Number of Units: 14067
Number of Variables: 289
Data Type: -
Analysis System(s): OSIRIS, SPSS


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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.