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ZA3849: Politbarometer West 2002 (Cumulated Dataset)

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Citation Citation Berger, Manfred; Jung, Matthias; Roth, Dieter (2003): Politbarometer West 2002 (Cumulated Dataset). GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA3849 Data file Version 1.0.0,
Study No.ZA3849
TitlePolitbarometer West 2002 (Cumulated Dataset)
Current Version1.0.0, 2010-4-13, (Publication Year 2003)
Date of Collection01.2002 - 12.2002
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


Abstract1. Topics were repeated identically at each survey as follows: most important political problems of the Federal Republic; intention to participate at the next parliamentary elections; voting behaviour at the last parliamentary election; sympathy scale for SPD, CDU, CSU, FDP, die Grünen and PDS; satisfaction with the performances of the Federal Government (scale); assessment of the performances of the several coalition partners in the government as well as the opposition; party preference (according to the ranking method and Sunday question); sympathy scale for the leading politicians of the parties; assessment of the economic situation of the country as well as the own economic situation; expected economic development for the country. 2. At least in one or in several months was asked: Coalition preference; mentioning of the five most important politician personalities in the Federal Republic; sympathy scale for the most important leading politicians in the Federal Republic; self-assessment and assessing parties on a left-right continuum; chancellor preference and comparison of Federal Chancellor Gerhard Schröder with challenger Edmund Stoiber regarding her reliability, energy, sympathy and authority; issue competence of the candidates; satisfaction with the election results; attribution of characteristics to the parties: progressive, democratic, social, liberal and modern; interest in opinion polls and assumed influences on the public opinion; assessment of the TV duel of the candidates for the chancellorship; assessment of the NRW donation affair to parties; expected frequency of corruption at the placing of public orders; eligible parties; satisfaction with democracy; interest in politics; necessity of a new party; right people in the leading positions; assessment of the situation of the German economy; assessment of the adjustment of the living conditions in East Germany to the conditions in the old federal states; preponderance of similarities or differences between East and West Germany; satisfaction with the condition of the society generally and in comparison to the Western European countries; expected economic development in Germany and own economic situation in a year; issue competence of the parties in the areas of economy, east/west compensation, employment creation, finances, health policy, ecological policy, education policy, family policy, crime fighting, foreigner policy, foreign policy and safeguarding of pensions; perceived threat by crime (threat of victimisation); endorsement for a rise of the environmental tax and charging of a capital tax; assessment of the present social situation of the pensioners and assessment of the pension safety in the future; knowledge of claim to and conclusion of Riester-pension contracts; assessment of own contribution to the solution of the finance problems; attitude towards the rise of the retirement age; assessment of the flood disaster as a result of climate change; assessment of sufficient help for the victims of the high flood and the charging of an additional tax; assessment of the necessity of a shift of the tax reform; assessment of the CDU consent to the tax reform and the revocation announced in the case of an electoral victory; assessment of the work of the Federal Government; improved government by the CDU/CSU; assessment of the guilt for unemployment; knowledge and assessment of the decisions of the Hartz commission; knowledge and assessment of the CDU ´Offensive 2002´; attitude towards the method of the reduction of debts; assessment of the government`s austerity programme; assessment of the work of the employment agency; attitude towards the government participation of PDS in Berlin and a possible participation in the Federal Government; assessment of the SPD position to the PDS participation; assessment of the probability that PDS will be voted into the Bundestag; attitude towards a coalition statement of the FDP before the election; willingness to vote for the FDP without a coalition statement; presumed partner of choice of the FDP; Möllemann as a reason for the bad FDP election results; importance of the ruling party or Federal Chancellor`s personality for the outcome of the election; assessment of the openness of the election results; expected winner of the parliamentary elections; assessment of the personal consequences through the parliamentary elections; assessment of the suitability of Germany in the future; attitude towards the appointment of a commission of enquiry for the check of ballot-rigging; opinion about the occurrence of ballot-rigging by wrong information about the extent of financial problems given purposely; too many foreigners in Germany; attitude towards the relief of immigration; attitude towards the consent of the CDU/CSU to the immigration law in the Bundesrat; expected consequences of the immigration law; profitability of the membership of the country in the EU; expected advantages and disadvantages for Germany through the inclusion of East European countries into the EU; accepted or declined countries for an EU expansion; attitude towards a common currency in Europe; assessment of the effortlessness of the Euro introduction; expected personal and general advantages and disadvantages of the European currency; long-term success of the new currency; expected stability of prices after the introduction of the euro; regret about the abolition of the DM; assessment of the appointment of Wolfgang Clement as a secretary; assessment of the correctness of the time of the dismissal of Rudolf Scharping; assessment of the appointment of Peter Struck to the new Minister of Defence; preference for a transformation of the Federal Armed Forces into a professional army; attitude towards the extent of the measures for the protection of the inner safety; assessment of the danger of terrorist attacks in Germany; consent to the participation of the Federal Armed Forces in the UN-operation in Afghanistan; assessment of sufficient equipment of the Federal Armed Forces for this purpose; consent to an extension of the Afghanistan operation; consent to and size of a German participation in a possible military action of the USA against Iraq; assessment of the main blame at the conflict of Israel and Palestinians; assessment of the German-American relations; designation of France or the USA as the most important partner for Germany; attitude towards the future development and meaning of the relations between Germany and the USA; sympathy for the Americans; assessment of the staff decision for the executive board chairmanship of Deutsche Telekom; holdings of shares of Telekom; assessment of the reproaches in the conflict between Jürgen Möllemann and Michel Friedman; attitude towards the law governing the hours of trading; attitude towards the use or shut-down of nuclear power stations; review of the year 2002; outlook for the year 2003. Demography: sex; age (classified); marital status; living together with a partner; children; children under 13 years in the household; age of the children; school-leaving qualification (east or west); university degree (in East Germany: recognition of the polytechnic degree); completed apprenticeship; occupation; job security; professional position; household size and number of persons in the household 18 years and older; householder ‘s occupational group and occupation; labour union member in the household; denomination; frequency of church attendance; endangerment of employment or unemployment in the nearer social environment; party inclination; party identification; size of place. Additionally coded was: Day of interview; federal state.
Categories Categories
  • Political Attitudes and Behavior
  • Migration
  • International politics and organisations
  • Conflict, security and peace
  • Political behaviour and attitudes
  • Government, political systems and organisations
  • Elections
  • Social welfare systems/structures
  • Energy and natural resources
  • Economic policy, public expenditure and revenue
  • Economic systems and development
Old Topics Old Topics
  • 2.2 Migration
  • 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
  • 14.3 Social welfare systems/structures
  • 16.2 Natural resources and energy
  • 17.5 Economic policy
  • 17.6 Economic systems and development


Geographic Coverage
  • Berlin (DE-BE), with West Berlin
  • Baden-Württemberg (DE-BW)
  • Bavaria (DE-BY)
  • Bremen (DE-HB)
  • Hesse (DE-HE)
  • Hamburg (DE-HH)
  • Lower Saxony (DE-NI)
  • North Rhine-Westphalia (DE-NW)
  • Rhineland-Palatinate (DE-RP)
  • Saarland (DE-SL)
  • Schleswig-Holstein (DE-SH)
UniverseAll persons eligible to vote living in households
Analysis Unit Analysis Unit
  • Individual
Sampling Procedure Sampling Procedure
  • Probability: Multistage
Multistage random sample: Sampling of household address by RLD-method and sampling of population entitled to vote by birthday method
Mode of Collection Mode of Collection
  • Telephone interview
Telephone interview (CATI) with standardised 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
  • 01.2002 - 12.2002

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

NotesThis cumulated data set contains the monthly data sets from January to December 2002. ZA-Study-No. 3850 contains the data of the East-part of Germany. Additional weighting factor for conjoining East and West.
Number of Units: 13327
Number of Variables: 309
Data Type: -
Analysis System(s): -


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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.
  • German Federal Election Studies
    The data base consists of one-off surveys, panel surveys, and cumulated surveys. It comprises representative polls for all German federal elections since 1949.
    Further studies are listed under GLES (German Longitudinal Election Study).