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ZA4259: Politbarometer West 2005 (Cumulated Data Set, incl. Flash)

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Citation Citation Jung, Matthias; Laemmerhold, Claus; Wolf, Andrea (2014): Politbarometer West 2005 (Cumulated Data Set, incl. Flash). GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA4259 Data file Version 1.1.0,
Study No.ZA4259
TitlePolitbarometer West 2005 (Cumulated Data Set, incl. Flash)
Current Version1.1.0, 2014-12-1,
Date of Collection01.2005 - 12.2005
Principal Investigator/ Authoring Entity, Institution
  • Jung, Matthias - Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim
  • Laemmerhold, Claus - Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim
  • Wolf, Andrea - Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim
Contributor, Institution, Role
  • Kratz, Sophia - GESIS – Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften - DataCurator
  • Langhans, Monika - GESIS – Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften - DataCurator


Abstract1. The following topics were repeated identically at each survey period: most important political problems in Germany; voting intention at the next parliamentary elections (opinion poll, ranking) ; party preference; voting behaviour at the last parliamentary elections; coalition preference; sympathy-scale for SPD, CDU, CSU, FDP, die Grünen and PDS; rank of the parties (split); sympathy-scale for selected leading politicians (Joschka Fischer, Angela Merkel, Gerhard Schröder, Edmund Stoiber, Guido Westerwelle and Christian Wulff); judgement of the present economic situation in Germany; the most competent party to resolve the present economic problems; judgement of respondent`s economic situation in present and in future; judgement of an upward trend in German economy (economic situation expectation); the most competent party for the creation of jobs; self-assessment on a left-right continuum. 2. At least in one or in additional months was asked: postal vote; first and second vote; eligible parties and non eligible parties; certainty of one`s own voting decision; judgement of the so called grand coalition of CDU/CSU and SPD as well as different coalitions from the parties in the Bundestag; attitude towards an one party government of the CDU/CSU; attitude towards a SPD government with PDS as party for obtaining the majority; voting for a different party, in case the election results would have been known before; satisfaction with the result of the parliamentary elections; attitude to a participation of FDP and PDS in government; the most competent government coalition to resolve the problems in Germany; accessibility of a majority of SPD and die Grünen; preference for SPD in the government or in the opposition; Federal Chancellor preference for Angela Merkel or Gerhard Schröder in general as well as with one grand coalition; additionally preference for a Federal Chancellor; clarification of the chancellor question or the government programme in first place during the negotiations between CDU/CSU and SPD; attitude towards a minority government; preferred minority government; judgement of the election results with regard to the approach to resolve the most important problems in Germany; expectation of a grand coalition by CDU/CSU and SPD; perceived euphoric mood in Germany after the formation of the new government; important contribution of the grand coalition to resolve the problems in Germany, in fighting of unemployment, in resolving the pension problem, the finance problem, the problems in health service, in stimulating the economy as well as supporting families; attitude towards an election of Angela Merkel as a Federal Chancellor; preference for Gerhard Schröder as a Federal Chancellor in a grand coalition; expected authority of Angela Merkel in important political questions; judgement of the competence of Angela Merkel in representing Germany abroad; satisfaction with the new government team; expected support of Merkel by the CDU/CSU parliamentary group as well as the SPD parliamentary group in the Bundestag; expected continuance of the grand coalition over the whole legislative period; attitude towards East Germans as party leaders (of CDU and SPD); attitude towards a woman as chancellor; woman as reason for the eligibility of the CDU/CSU; satisfaction with the performances of the Federal Government as well as with the individual parties SPD, die Grünen, CDU/CSU, FDP as well as the Linkspartei.PDS (scale); currently most important politician or politicians in Germany; sympathy scale for selected leading politicians (in addition to those mentioned above: Wolfgang Clement, Hans Eichel, Gregor Gysi, Roland Koch, Horst Köhler, Oskar Lafontaine, Friedrich Merz, Franz Müntefering, Matthias Platzeck, Otto Schily, Ulla Schmidt, Horst Seehofer, Peer Steinbrück and George W. Bush); disunity of SPD, CDU, CSU, die Grünen, FDP and PDS as well as of CDU and CSU with each other; judgement of the relations between the ruling parties SPD and die Grünen and the relations of CDU to CSU; candidate for the chancellorship of the CDU/CSU with the greatest chances of an electoral victory at the next parliamentary elections; assessment of the most suitable time for the decision of the candidate for chancellorship question among the CDU/CSU; assessment of the support of Gerhard Schröder by the SPD, of Angela Merkel by the CDU and CSU, of Edmund Stoiber by the CSU and of Guido Westerwelle by the FDP; comparison of Angela Merkel with Gerhard Schröder with regard to reliability, energy, sympathy, authority, expertise and winner type as well as leadership in government and at the solution of future problems in Germany ; Gerhard Schröder or Angela Merkel as an expected beneficiary of the intended TV duel; TV duel between Gerhard Schröder and Angela Merkel watched; better performance of Schröder or Merkel at the TV duel; change of the respondent`s attitude towards the candidates by the TV duel; the most competent candidate for the chancellorship for the creation of new jobs; Angela Merkel as a person representing the interests of the women and the East Germans; expected election outcome for the CDU with as well as without Merkel; chancellor preference; assignment of the qualities ´progressive´, ´credible´ and ´socially´ to the large parties; satisfaction with democracy; strength of the interest in politics; right people in the leading positions (general, in politics and in the economy); expectation of the future economic situation in Germany; condition of the society in Germany and in comparison with the Western European neighbours; comparison between Germany and Western European neighbouring states regarding the economic situation; Europe, USA or China as the most successful economy region; the presumably strongest economy region within 10 years: Europe, USA or China; perceived conflicts between the poor and the rich, employers and employees, young and old, foreigners and Germans, East Germans and West Germans, as well as between men and women; expected and preferred direction of development for the SPD (to the left or to the right); attitude towards the intended resignation of Franz Müntefering from the SPD party leadership; judgement of Matthias Platzeck as a successor for the SPD party leadership as well as expected strengthening of the cohesion in the SPD due to Matthias Platzeck; correctness and sufficiency of the previous reforms; personal meaning of Hartz IV; judgement of the unemployment benefit (ALG II) and the cuts for long-term unemployed; attitude towards beginning work on lower wage level; assessment of the success of the Hartz IV reforms in respect to creation of new jobs; judgement of the carrying out of the introduction of Hartz IV; attitude towards the standard wage as a minimum wage; attitude towards a stronger taxation of high incomes as well as at a common tax rate of 25%; preferred measures of the state for the reduction of the budget deficit: tax increases, reductions of expenditure or additional debts; attitude towards the rise of the retirement age to 67 years; preference for a rise of contributions to the health insurance or for the payment of services on one`s own expense; attitude towards the suggested contribution to the health insurance of non-working spouse; expected reform readiness of the grand coalition; Federal Government, enterprise or world economic situation being responsible for unemployment in Germany; assessment of the share of enterprises which cut jobs despite high profits; opinion on the SPD debate: greed for profit of the enterprises leads to endangering the democracy; attitude towards the counter-opinion of the CDU: SPD debate as a diversionary tactics of unemployment issues; opinion about solving the unemployment problem within the next years; assumed agreement between the government and the CDU/CSU opposition for fighting of unemployment; sufficient measures of the Federal Government in fighting unemployment and in comparison to an assumed CDU/CSU`s commanded government as well as in comparison to a grand coalition of SPD and CDU/CSU; expected effect of selected measures on the fighting of unemployment (tax reduction for enterprise, loosening of the dismissal protection, working time extension, reduction in the contributions to the social insurance; expected continuance of the government coalition until the next parliamentary elections in 2006; assumed actual majority for Gerhard Schröder in the Bundestag; expectation of a forward brought new election according to the vote of confidence; judgement of a forward brought new election; attitude towards a resignation of Gerhard Schröder; attitude towards a change of the constitution for the self-dissolution of the Bundestag; expectation of value-added tax increase, further cuts in the health system, the abolition of subsidies for home buyers, cuts of the social provision as well as keeping the environmental tax after an electoral victory by the CDU/CSU or SPD; judgement of the solution expertise for economic and social problem in case of the planned alliance of the left-wing parties PDS and WASG; knowledge of the meaning of the second vote; assumed effects of the value-added tax increase on the job supply; differences or things in common between the east and the west as well as the north and south of Germany; attitude towards East Germans as citizens of second class; assumed lack of appreciation of the performances of the West Germans assumed at the build-up of East Germany; interest for East German problems; attitude towards the take-over of a ministerial office by Edmund Stoiber; expected support of Angela Merkel by Edmund Stoiber; effects of the critique concerning Edmund Stoiber on the CDU/CSU at the parliamentary elections; attitude towards the demission of Edmund Stoiber for a ministerial office; consequence of this renunciation for Angela Merkel; awareness of the VISA affair; personal fault of Joschka Fischer in the VISA affair; attitude towards the demanded resignation of Joschka Fischer as Secretary of State; standing of Joschka Fischer according to the statement in front of the commission of inquiry concerning the VISA affair; negative consequence of the VISA affair for die Grünen; most competent party to save the pensions, for the fighting the crime, in the ecological policy, fiscal policy, education policy, family policy, health politics, foreign policy and foreigner politics, to the adjustment of the living conditions of the east to the west as well as for the solution of future problems of Germany; judgement of the most suitable party programmes with regard to the reduction in unemployment, social justice, honesty, family kindness as well as for the solution of the problems in the areas of pension, health and care; satisfaction with the compability of family and profession; party which most likely supports the compability of family and profession; preferred politician for the take-over of an important department in a grand coalition; attitude towards new elections; interest in opinion polls; influence of opinion polls on the respondent`s election decision; main responsibility for the high prices of gasoline (the Federal Government, major corporations or the hurricane in the USA); crime fear; preferred measures of the state for boosting the economy: cut of home buyer subsidies, abolition of the subsidies on the journey to work, value-added tax increase; expected increase of value-added tax; preferred use of value-added tax; attitude towards further cuts in the social system; attitude towards a cut of the tax filing limit for surcharges at night, Sundays and bank holidays as well as the coal subsidies; assumed agreement of the population to further cuts in the social system; expected stronger cuts in the social system under a CDU/CSU or under a SPD commanded government; attitude towards a pension increase; preference for a rise of the contributions from employees and employers to the legal pension scheme or for additional fiscal resources; assumed extent of the misuse of social security benefits; attitude towards the reunification and a return to two states in Germany; East German or West German as a main beneficiary of the reunification; attitude towards a ban on the NPD; NPD as danger for the democracy; attitude towards a legal restriction of the right of demonstration at certain places; attitude towards the increase of tuition fees at universities (tuition fees on the complete duration of study or after exceeding the regular period of study, no tuition fees); Federal Armed Forces have proved themselves; preferred Federal Armed Forces of the future (draftees or professional soldiers); attitude towards the application of DNA tests at less heavy criminal offenses; eligibility of the new Links-Partei “work and social justice - the election alternative”; eligibility of NPD/DVU; personal consequence of the electoral victory of a certain party; profitability of the EU membership; judgement of the progress of the European Union and influence of the European Union in Germany; knowledge of a not clarified future financing of the EU; main responsibility for a missing agreement; assumed persistence of the EU crisis; preferred development of the EU (restriction to economic cooperation or political agreement); expected development of the German influence on the EU; expected advantages or disadvantages by the EU expansion by East European states; attitude towards the admission of Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey to the European Union; EU expansion by Turkey as an advantage or disadvantage for Germany; judgement of the introduction of the Euro in Germany; expected long-term success of the Euro; expected compliance of the Euro stability pact in the year 2007; most important partner of Germany in the European Union; future cooperation of Germany with the large or the small European states; USA or European Union more important to Germany; judgement of the German relations to France, Great Britain, Russia, Poland as well as the USA; desire for closer cooperation between Germany and the USA; most important partner of Germany: the USA or France; development of the relations between Germany and the USA under Federal Chancellor Merkel; importance of the discussion about the CIA flights with prisoners; expected military operation of the USA against Iran in the near future; judgement of Federal President Horst Köhler; assessment of the work of the Federal Government; expected improvement of government work in the case of a CDU/CSU government or SPD die Grünen government; certainty about the winner of the parliamentary elections; expected election winner; coalition composition or Federal Chancellor more important for the government`s performance; respondent`s changing in electorate; influence of the Linkspartei.PDS in the WASG; successes of the Linkspartei.PDS by protest voters; eligibility of the left alliance from PDS and WASG; party with the greatest loss of votes in the next parliamentary elections in favour of the Linkspartei.PDS; preference for changes of government; judgement of the performance of Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel as well as the new Federal Government from CDU/CSU and SPD; attitude towards a disclosure of the additional incomes of the members of the Bundestag; attitude towards new regulations on the paternity test without consent of the mother; attitude towards the introduction of a car toll at a simultaneous reduction of the mineral oil tax; sufficient measures of the Federal Government for the German victims of the flood disaster in Asia; assessment of the reconstruction aid in the amount of 500 m. Euros for the countries affected by the tsunami; attitude towards supplies of arms to China; attitude towards a loss of the license for diesel cars and truck without soot filters and to subsidies for diesel vehicles with soot filter; preference for religion or ´ethic and values´ as a compulsory subject in schools; interest in the papal elections; preferred country of origin of the new pope; Germans support the pope`s social attitudes; amount of junk meat suspected in grocery stores; personal feeling of health hazard by junk meat; willingness for the payment of higher prices for high-quality meat; personal feeling of health hazard by the bird flu; assessment of the measures against the bird flu in Germany; fears of terrorist attacks in Germany; expectation of a durable peace in Iraq; expectation of riots of foreign teenagers in Germany like in France; interest in the soccer World Cup in 2006; planned visit of a World Cup game; Germany as the expected soccer world´s champion; rating the parties SPD, CDU, CSU, die Grünen, FDP and the Linkspartei.PDS on a left-right continuum; review at the year 2005; view at the year 2006. Demography: sex; age (classified); marital status; living together with a partner; children in the household; number of children under 13 years and age of these children; the highest school-leaving qualification; polytechnic college studies accredited as a degree; completed vocational training; occupation; assessment of respondent`s job security; occupational group; size of household and number of persons as of 18 years; respondent is householder; characteristics of the householder; labour union member in the household; denomination; frequency of church attendance; endangered job or unemployment in the social environment; party affiliation and party identification; size of place; Federal state of the right to vote. Additionally coded was: month and week of survey; day of the interview; Federal State; weighting factor.
Categories Categories
  • Political Attitudes and Behavior
  • Migration
  • International politics and organisations
  • Political behaviour and attitudes
  • Government, political systems and organisations
  • Elections
  • Economic policy, public expenditure and revenue
  • Economic systems and development
Old Topics Old Topics
  • 2.2 Migration
  • 11.2 International politics and organisation
  • 11.5 Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
  • 11.6 Government, political systems and organisation
  • 11.7 Elections
  • 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)
UniverseResident population eligible to vote.
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 survey (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
  • 01.2005 - 12.2005

Errata & Versions

VersionDate, Name, DOI
1.1.0 (current version)2014-12-1 wrong id in week 36 substituted
1.0.02010-4-13 Version number created automatically (implementation of a uniform versioning policy) (Publication Year unknown)
Errata in current version
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Further Remarks

NotesThis cumulated data set contains the monthly data sets from January to December 2005. ZA-Study-No. 4258 contais the data of the east-part of Germany. Additional weighting factor for conjoining East and West.
Number of Units: 24393
Number of Variables: 508
Analysis System(s): SPSS


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