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ZA5641: Politbarometer 2012 (Cumulated Data Set, incl. Flash)

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Citation Citation Jung, Matthias; Schroth, Yvonne; Wolf, Andrea (2014): Politbarometer 2012 (Cumulated Data Set, incl. Flash). GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA5641 Data file Version 1.1.0,
Study No.ZA5641
TitlePolitbarometer 2012 (Cumulated Data Set, incl. Flash)
Current Version1.1.0, 2014-4-1,
Date of Collection10.01.2012 - 13.12.2012
Principal Investigator/ Authoring Entity, Institution
  • Jung, Matthias - Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim
  • Schroth, Yvonne - Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim
  • Wolf, Andrea - Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim
Contributor, Institution, Role
  • Langhans, Monika - GESIS – Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften - DataCurator


AbstractMost important political problems in Germany; intention to vote in the next Bundestag election; party preference (Sunday question and ranking); voting behaviour in the last Bundestag election; coalition preference; attitude towards a grand coalition; attitude towards a coalition of CDU/CSU and FDP, CDU/CSU and Grünen, SPD and Grünen, a traffic light coalition of SPD, Grünen and FDP as well as a coalition of SPD, Linken and Grünen; sympathy scale for the parties CDU, CSU, SPD, FDP, Grüne, Linke and Piratenpartei; satisfaction scale for the federal government from CDU/CSU and FDP as well as for the respective government parties, the opposition parties SPD, Linke and Grüne; most important politicians in Germany; sympathy scale for selected top politicians (Sigmar Gabriel, Gregor Gysi, Hannelore Kraft, Ursula von der Leyen, Thomas de Maiziere, Angela Merkel, Philipp Rösler, Claudia Roth, Wolfgang Schäuble, Horst Seehofer, Peer Steinbrück, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Jürgen Trittin, Guido Westerwelle and Christian Wulff); assessment of the relationship between the governing parties; party responsible for the poor relationship between the governing parties; suspected support for Merkel in the CDU; assessment of the leadership of the FDP; main cause of the FDP crisis; relevance of the FDP; expected continuation of Rösler as FDP party leader; sustainability of the FDP; expected entry of the FDP into the NRW state parliament; expected burden for the federal government from an FDP election defeat in NRW; Rösler´s future as party leader in an FDP defeat in NRW; presumed reason for the success of the Piratenpartei; expected long-term success of the Piratenpartei; assessment of the Piratenpartei in the Bundestag and in the Federal Government; election of the Piratenpartei is conceivable; election of the Piratenpartei because of political content or dissatisfaction with other parties; most important goal of the Piratenpartei; attitude towards the Piratenpartei; opinion on the Pirate Party´s demand for a relaxation of copyright law; preferential treatment of the Piratenpartei with right-wing radical party members; party Die Linke an East German or an all-German party; assessment of the party Die Linke without Lafontaine as party leader; preferred candidate for chancellor of the Grünen; satisfaction with democracy; political interest; disagreement between SPD, CDU, CSU, Grünen, FDP, Linken and Union on important political issues; satisfaction with the social market economy in Germany; assessment of the current economic situation in the country; most suitable party to solve the economic problems in the country; assessment of the current personal economic situation and expected economic situation in the coming year; expected upward development in Germany and in the EU (economic expectations); assessment of wage demands in the public sector; assessment of the legal quota of women; assessment of the childcare allowance; feared abuse of the childcare allowance; assessment of the effects on small children in non-family childcare facilities; assessment of childcare in Germany; appropriate measures to increase the birth rate (financial support for families, more part-time jobs and full-time care); satisfaction with reconciling family and working life; sufficient government efforts to find childcare places for children under 3; expected increase in private supplementary care insurance through government support; opinion on retirement at 67; assessment of the SPD´s pension concept; attitude towards the SPD´s demand for a tax-financed minimum pension; attitude towards the SPD´s proposal for equalisation of pensions between East and West; assessment of one´s own old-age provision; assessment of the impact of the euro crisis on one´s own old-age provision; attitude towards pension increases for low-income earners; financing the pension increase from tax revenues or pension insurance funds; CDU and SPD agree on the pension concept as a sign of a joint government; expected agreement in the federal government on controversial issues such as childcare money and energy costs; assessment of the passing on of addresses by cities without citizens´ consent; opinion on the nuclear phase-out until 2022; assessment of the speed of the energy turnaround; attitude towards electricity price increases and additional levies for companies as a result of the energy turnaround; opinion on the reduction of solar subsidies; planned change of electricity provider; justified accusation of excessive electricity prices due to the energy turnaround; personal significance of the issues of rental prices and housing; demand for more state commitment for affordable rental apartments; tenant status or owner status; climate change as an important problem in Germany; assessment of the extent of climate protection efforts in Germany; assessment of the success of the UN Climate Change Conference for climate protection; most competent party for job creation in the areas of social policy, family policy, pension policy and compatibility of family and career; opinion on raising the top tax rate; preferred use of additional government tax revenues (debt reduction, additional government expenditure or tax cuts); assessment of agreed tax cuts; estimated prevalence of tax evasion in Germany; opinion on the purchase of tax CDs; assessment of the tax treaty with Switzerland; preferred use of additional social security revenues; perceived threat of terrorism in Germany; agreement with the surveillance of telephones and computers in the fight against terrorism; attitude towards the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) to combat terrorism; attitude towards torture against terror suspects; Merkel´s justified election campaign support for French President Sarkozy; expected development of Franco-German cooperation following Hollande´s election victory in the presidential election; personal relevance of the accusations against Federal President Wulff; opinion on Federal President Wulff´s credibility; permanent damage to Wulff as Federal President; demand for a general resignation of Wulff or in the event of further accusations; Wulff´s expected resignation as Federal President; importance and significance of the office of Federal President; assessment of media relations with Wulff; advocacy of higher moral standards for politicians; opinion on more indulgence with politicians; opinion on Joachim Gauck as Federal President; opinion on honorarium and reimbursement of expenses for the former Federal President Christian Wulff; opinion on the ´Großer Zapfenstreich´ for Wulff; general evaluation of the ´Großer Zapfenstreich´ for the farewell of high-ranking soldiers and politicians; assessment of the dismissal of Environment Minister Röttgen; strengthening or weakening of Angela Merkel by the dismissal of Norbert Röttgen; dismissal of Röttgen or personnel replacement necessary for energy system transformation; Röttgen dismissal as self-protection for Merkel; advantageousness of the country´s EU membership; opinion on higher contributions for member states to finance EU tasks; assessment of the use of funds in the EU; assessment of the fiscal pact in the EU; attitude towards more powers for the EU; assessment of the introduction of the euro; advantageousness of the euro as a common currency; expected long-term success of the euro; expected euro development: less involved countries or the disappearance of the euro; attitude towards ´Kerneuropa´ (close union of Germany with few states); assessment of the work of Chancellor Angela Merkel in the euro crisis; expected development of the euro crisis; opinion on a stronger leading role for Germany in solving the euro crisis; saving or investing more important for the EU; opinion on increasing the euro rescue parachute; need for new debts in the wake of the euro crisis; expected change in Franco-German cooperation in the euro crisis due to the election of Hollande as president; opinion on a referendum in the context of the euro rescue; attitude towards the introduction of Eurobonds; opinion on Eurobonds with a common European financial policy; euro rescue parachute: more time for affected countries to meet the savings requirements; opinion on the accusation against Merkel for lacking explanations of her euro policy; expected implementation of the CSU threat to leave the federal government in case of further financial concessions by Germany in the euro rescue; euro countries should allow Greece to go bankrupt; assessment of the economic consequences for Germany following Greece´s national bankruptcy; assessment of Greece´s austerity efforts; opinion on Greece´s further participation in the euro; opinion on further financial aid for Greece; euro crisis: Opinion on Germany´s demand to limit national debt; expected rapid resolution of the euro crisis; opinion on the introduction of the financial transaction tax; attitude towards the financial transaction tax in Germany even without the participation of other countries; expected disintegration of the federal government due to dispute over the introduction of the financial transaction tax; expected intensification of the euro crisis due to the austerity measures demanded by Germany; agreement with Merkel´s statement: If the euro fails, Europe fails; stronger political cohesion in Europe due to the euro crisis; fear of personal savings in the euro crisis; fear of a deterioration of the German economy; necessity of a debt cut for Greece to avoid national bankruptcy; assessment of Chancellor Merkel´s work; better federal government consisting of SPD and Grünen, or from SPD, Grünen and Linken; Federal Chancellor preference for Angela Merkel or Hannelore Kraft (respectively Sigmar Gabriel, Peer Steinbrück, Frank-Walter Steinmeier); chancellor prognosis for Angela Merkel or Peer Steinbrück; SPD should now decide on chancellor candidacy; top candidacy of Göring-Eckardt and Jürgen Trittin opens the Grünen party for a government with the CDU; comparison of Angela Merkel and Peer Steinbrück with regard to their problem-solving competence in the euro crisis, their leadership competence and their connection with the terms political centre and social market economy; expected end of criticism of Steinbrück´s additional income after its disclosure; demand for disclosure of additional income of members of the Bundestag; Bundestag election campaign 2013 determines current policy; comparison of chancellor candidates Merkel and Steinbrück with regard to credibility, sympathy, fight against the euro crisis, implementation of social justice; most important German chancellor since 1949; assessment of the work of Family Minister Schröder, Labour Minister von der Leyen and Environment Minister Altmaier; assessment of conflicts between social groups (poor versus rich, employer versus employee, young versus old, foreigners versus Germans, East Germans versus West Germans, women versus men); opinion on the monitoring of members of parliament of the left party by the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution; expected continueance of the government coalition; personal importance of which parties govern; expected participation of different parties in the coalition; expected entry of the parties FDP, Piratenpartei and Die Linke into the Bundestag; more social justice in Germany since 2009; more social justice with a government of SPD and Grünen; preferred political course of the CDU: Market and competition versus social security, traditional-conservative content; preferred development direction of the SPD´s political course; policy direction with the greatest chances of success for the Grünen; assessment of an NPD ban; effectiveness of an NPD ban against right-wing extremism; aircraft noise at home; perceived disturbance by aircraft noise; understanding of protests against aircraft noise; attitude towards Iran´s nuclear program; expected Israeli attack on Iran; Syria: Opinion on weapons for the opposition movement in Syria; expected extension of the Syrian civil war to other countries; opinion on the reception of refugees from Syria in Germany; perceived threat to democracy by Islam; understanding of Islamic protests following disparagement of the Prophet Mohammed; opinion on the ban on Islamophobic cartoons; assessment of the level of the solidarity surcharge; assessment of the demand to lower the mineral oil tax due to high gasoline prices; attitude towards biofuel E-10; preference for Barack Obama or Mitt Romney as US president; expected winner of US presidential election; assessment of President Obama´s work; Barack Obama´s ability to advance problem-solving after his re-election; assessment of relations between Germany and the US; expected impact on German-American relations of Mitt Romney´s election victory; expected win or maximum expected result for Germany at the European Football Championship; opinion on the repetition of the football delegation match Fortuna Düsseldorf against Hertha BSC Berlin; opinion on the introduction of technical aids for goal-area monitoring in football; self-assessment on a left-right continuum; assessment of the parties SPD, CDU, CSU, Grüne, FDP, Die Linke and Piratenpartei on a left-right continuum; review of the past year 2012; outlook on the coming year 2013. Demography: sex; age (categorised); marital status; cohabitation with a partner; number and age of children; school leaving certificate or desired school leaving certificate; completed studies or vocational training; employment status; job security; occupational group; household size; persons in the household from 18 years of age; trade union member in the household; denomination; frequency of church attendance; party affiliation and party identification; number of telephone numbers at home. Additionally coded was: survey month; survey week; federal state; city size; district allocation Berlin. Weighting factors: representative weight; total weight.
Categories Categories
  • Political Issues
  • Political Attitudes and Behavior
  • Political Parties, Organizations
  • Political behaviour and attitudes
  • Government, political systems and organisations
  • Economic conditions and indicators
Old Topics Old Topics
  • 11.5 Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
  • 11.6 Government, political systems and organisation
  • 17.4 Economic conditions and indicators


Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
UniverseThe residential population eligible to vote.
Analysis Unit Analysis Unit
  • Individual
Sampling Procedure Sampling Procedure
  • Probability: Multistage
Multi-stage random sample: sample of household addresses according to the RLD procedure and sample according to a key based on birthday
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
  • 10.01.2012 - 12.01.2012 (week 2)
  • 24.01.2012 - 26.01.2012 (January)
  • 07.02.2012 - 09.02.2012 (February)
  • 06.03.2012 - 08.03.2012 (week 10)
  • 27.03.2012 - 29.03.2012 (March)
  • 24.04.2012 - 26.04.2012 (April)
  • 22.05.2012 - 24.05.2012 (May)
  • 11.06.2012 - 14.06.2012 (June)
  • 10.07.2012 - 12.07.2012 (July)
  • 21.08.2012 - 23.08.2012 (August)
  • 11.09.2012 - 13.09.2012 (week 37)
  • 25.09.2012 - 27.09.2012 (September)
  • 08.10.2012 - 10.10.2012 (week 41)
  • 23.10.2012 - 25.10.2012 (October)
  • 13.11.2012 - 15.11.2012 (week 46)
  • 27.11.2012 - 29.11.2012 (November)
  • 11.12.2012 - 13.12.2012 (December)

Errata & Versions

VersionDate, Name, DOI
1.1.0 (current version)2014-4-1 minor corrections
1.0.02014-3-5 first archive edition
Errata in current version
Version changes
Changes between version 1.0.0 and it's previous version
DateSubjectDescriptionCorrection Description
2014-3-12V219, V225Frage 33 in Woche 06 ist fälschlicherweise in V219 kumuliert worden. Eigentlich gehört sie zu V225. V219 wurde in Woche 06 nicht erhoben.2014-4-1

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Number of Units: 28740
Number of Variables: 382
Analysis System(s): SPSS, Stata


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  •  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.