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ZA5677: Politbarometer 2013 (Cumulated Data Set, incl. Flash)

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Citation Citation Jung, Matthias; Schroth, Yvonne; Wolf, Andrea (2015): Politbarometer 2013 (Cumulated Data Set, incl. Flash). GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA5677 Data file Version 1.1.0,
Study No.ZA5677
TitlePolitbarometer 2013 (Cumulated Data Set, incl. Flash)
Current Version1.1.0, 2015-1-30,
Date of Collection08.01.2013 - 12.12.2013
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; attitude towards a minority government; 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 (Rainer Brüderle, Sigmar Gabriel, Gregor Gysi, Hannelore Kraft, Ursula von der Leyen, Thomas de Maizière, Angela Merkel, Philipp Rösler, Wolfgang Schäuble, Horst Seehofer, Peer Steinbrück, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Jürgen Trittin, Guido Westerwelle and Joachim Gauck); assessment of the relationship between the governing parties; presumed support for Merkel in the CDU, for Seehofer in the CSU, and for Steinbrück, respectively for Gabriel in the SPD; assessment of the leadership of the FDP; main cause of the FDP crisis; relevance of the FDP; expected retention of Rösler as FDP party chairman; future viability of the FDP; expected entry of the FDP into the state parliament of Bavaria or in the Bundestag; evaluation of a non-inclusion of the FDP in the Bundestag; expected entry of the Piratenpartei in the Bundestag; voting for the Piratenpartei because of political contents or because of dissatisfaction with other parties; expected entry of the Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) in the Bundestag; party, of which the AfD wins the most votes; party Die Linke is still or will no longer be needed; satisfaction with democracy; political interest; dissension of SPD, CDU, CSU, Grünen, FDP, Linke and union in important political questions; 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 (economic expectations); economic situation in Germany in comparison with neighbouring countries; assessment of wage demands in the public sector; assessment of strikes to enforce wage demands in the public sector; assessment of the achievement of equal rights for women in Germany; assessment of the situation with regard to equal pay for equal work in Germany; assessment of the speed of the energy system transformation; attitude towards electricity price increases as a result of the energy system transformation; most competent party for job creation, in the areas of social policy, social justice, family policy, pension policy, energy policy, tax policy, euro crisis and solution of future problems in Germany; estimated spread of tax evasion in Germany, especially among people with high incomes; assessment of the commitment to prevent tax evasion; opinion on the purchase of tax CDs; attitude towards impunity for tax offences through voluntary reporting; expectation of Uli Hoeneß´s resignation after his tax offences; perceived threat of terrorism in Germany; consent to the surveillance of telephones and computers in the fight against terrorism; assessment of measures against terrorism in Germany; opinion on Joachim Gauck as Federal President; advantageousness of the country´s EU membership; assessment of the introduction of the euro; advantageousness of the euro as a common currency; expected long-term success of the euro; assessment of the work of Chancellor Angela Merkel in the euro crisis; expected development of the euro crisis; opinion on further financial assistance for Greece; expected rapid resolution of the euro crisis; concerns about personal savings in the euro crisis; assessment of a compulsory levy for Cypriot bank customers and concerns about extending it to banks in other countries; assessment of the safety of German savings deposits; attitude towards Germany´s withdrawal from the EU; opinion on the eligibility of a party to withdraw from the euro; assessment of Turkey´s accession to the EU; opinion on Germany´s interference in the Ukrainian crisis; assessment of Chancellor Merkel´s work; expectation of Steinbrück to be a better chancellor; better federal government made up of SPD and Grünen and, respectively from SPD, Grünen and Linke; Chancellor preference for Angela Merkel or Peer Steinbrück; Chancellor prognosis for Angela Merkel or Peer Steinbrück; attitude towards CDU or FDP in a future government; assessment of the differences in political content between CDU and SPD; justification for poor survey results of the SPD; expectation of an improvement in survey results of the SPD until the election; opinion on critical reporting on Steinbrück in the media; TV duel between Merkel and Steinbrück: reception of the TV duel; knowledge of the performance of the participants; winner of the TV duel; change of personal opinion about Merkel and Steinbrück due to the TV duel; assessment of Steinbrück as the right candidate, respectively as helpful for the SPD; evaluation of Steinbrück´s statements about Italian politicians; expectation of a better result with another candidate; assessment of the importance of government versus chancellor; attitude towards possible coalition partners of the CDU after the election; attitude towards government formation of the SPD with Grünen and Linken; comparison of the alternatives red-red-green to the Grand Coalition; assessment of alternative majorities after the election; options of the Grünen after the election; attitude towards the determination of the FDP to form a coalition with the CDU; prognosis of the election victory of the SPD and Grünen; effects of the election in Lower Saxony on the CDU and FDP; attitude towards lending votes for the FDP; forecast of the expected outcome of the Bundestag elections; preference and forecast for leading party in government coalition; expectation that the SPD will open up to the left in the long run; reaction to and reasons for the failure of the FDP in the Bundestag election campaign; preferred coalition to solve the upcoming problems; assessment of expected changes after the election in top tax rate, minimum wage, car toll and care money; attitude towards the reception of African refugees; distribution of responsibility for refugees in the EU; assessment of the increase of the retirement age to 67 years; preferred use of surplus pension insurance; assessment of the assertiveness of CDU, CSU and SPD in the coalition negotiations; expected impact of the Grand Coalition on the economic situation; assessment of the financing of planned measures by new debts; consequences of the Grand Coalition for CDU and SPD; attitude and prognosis to the SPD member decision on the Grand Coalition and evaluation of Gabriel´s role; expectation of the existence of the Grand Coalition for 4 years; satisfaction with the outcome of the coalition negotiations and evaluation of the consequences for the younger generation; comparison of Angela Merkel and Peer Steinbrück with regard to credibility, sympathy, expertise and assertiveness, as well as their problem-solving competence in the euro crisis, the creation of social justice, new jobs and the solution of future problems; assessment of the work of Consumer Minister Ilse Aigner; assessment of social justice in Germany and perception of more social justice in Germany since 2009 and in the future; assessment of conflicts between social groups (poor versus rich, employer versus employee, young versus old, foreigner versus German, East German versus West German, women versus men); personal importance of which parties govern; expected entry of the Piratenpartei and the Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) into the Bundestag; reason for voting the Piratenpartei or AfD; suspected party that harms the AfD the most; opinion on the necessity of the party the left; self-assessment of what is justly due; preferred political course of the CDU: market and competition versus social security, traditional-conservative content; preferred development direction of the SPD´s political course; importance of the goal of social justice for the SPD´s performance in the election; attitude towards legal minimum wage; significance of Klaus Wiesehügel´s integration into the Steinbrück election campaign team; assessment of the unity of the SPD on the question of raising the top tax rate and evaluation of the demand of the Grünen party in this regard and on the introduction of a wealth levy; assessment of the personal involvement of these demands in tax policy; opinion on the necessity for the Grünen to agree on a government with the SPD before the Bundestag elections; attitude towards and expectation of the consequences of a Grünen and CDU government using the example of Hesse; assessment of the possible introduction of a maternal pension and the increase in child benefit; expectation of the benefits of the maternal pension for the success of the CDU election and the actual introduction; comparison of maternal pension and debt reduction; expectation of the respondents to keep the election promises made by the parties; presumed main reason for the CDU´s performance in the elections: agenda or Merkel; importance of issues for election decision (social justice, euro crisis, economic situation, jobs, data monitoring, taxes, personal financial situation); assessment of which party makes the best election campaign; attitude to election campaign at the front door; expectation of the severity of the arguments waged during the election campaign and assessment of the current election campaign as boring; reasons of non-voters (dissatisfaction with politics, low interest in politics, election outcome is clear beforehand); interest in opinion polls; assessment of the influence of opinion polls on elections; expectation of the damage caused to Germany by the NSU murders; importance of the issue of equality of homosexual partners; attitude towards equality of homosexual partnerships in tax law and adoption law; assessment of the level of manager salaries and attitude towards setting an upper limit; expected impact of the level of manager salaries on Germany as a business location; assessment of the demand for Wowereit´s resignation due to the renewed postponement of the airport opening in Berlin; desired nature and extent of German participation in the military operation in Mali; assessment of the threat of war emanating from North Korea; assessment of the drone affair and the information provided by de Maizière; attitude to the demand for de Maizière´s resignation; attitude to support one side in the conflict in Egypt; expected impact on Egypt´s neighbouring countries; attitude to the intervention of Western troops in Syria; expectation of a non-military solution in Syria; expectation of the form of Germany´s involvement in the deployment in Syria and assessment of the German measures taken so far; assessment of US behaviour in the global conflicts of recent years; opinion of and expectation of stricter food laws and controls; evaluation of food quality in Germany; confidence in food quality after various food scandals; attitudes towards students staying down; interest in the Pope´s resignation; expectation of adherence to traditional principles of the Church; desired origin of the next Pope; attitude to the election of Pope Francis; attitude to the Catholic Church; attitude to the creation of affordable rental space as a task of the state; opinion on the resignation demand to Bishop Tebartz-van-Elst; effects of the events in Limburg on the Catholic Church; assessment of the Catholic Church´s handling of the church tax; attitude to the speed limit in Germany; assessment of flood protection measures in Germany; assessment of aid for flood victims; attitude to the collection of personal data by secret services; opinion on the security of personal data on the Internet; opinion on the knowledge of German secret services and the German government regarding the collection of personal data by US and UK secret services; assessment of Edward Snowden´s disclosure of data monitoring; expectation of personal data protection through encryption programs; importance of data collection by foreign secret services; evaluation of Angela Merkel´s work to inform the public about data collection; expectation of an advantage for the SPD through data monitoring by foreign secret services; extent of the burden of the interception scandal on relations between Germany and the USA; opinion on the questioning of Edward Snowden before the Bundestag´s investigative committee; attitude towards a possible asylum of Edward Snowden in Germany; assessment of the German secret services regarding their interception activities in friendly countries; suspected duration of the personnel problems at Deutsche Bahn; opinion on the causes of the personnel problems at Deutsche Bahn; assessment of personnel shortages as a problem of the future; expected consequences of the insolvency of the USA on the world economy; assessment of the very small opposition in the Bundestag as a problem of democracy; opinion on the nature, extent and continuation of the solidarity surcharge; fear of crime in Germany; assessment of the work of US President Obama; assessment of the fulfilment of the expectations placed in Obama; expected title win for Germany at the Football World Cup; expected winner of the Champions League Final between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund; assessment of the attractiveness of the German Soccer League under strong dominance of FC Bayern Munich; self-assessment on a left-right continuum; assessment of the parties SPD, CDU, CSU, Grüne, FDP, Linke and Piratenpartei on a left-right continuum; review of the past year 2013; outlook for the coming year 2014. 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
  • International Institutions, Relations, Conditions
  • Political behaviour and attitudes
  • Economic conditions and indicators
  • International politics and organisations
  • Government, political systems and organisations
Old Topics Old Topics
  • 11.5 Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
  • 11.6 Government, political systems and organisation
  • 17.4 Economic conditions and indicators
  • 11.1 Domestic political issues
  • 11.2 International politics and organisation


Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
UniverseResidential population eligible to vote
Analysis Unit Analysis Unit
  • Individual
Sampling Procedure Sampling Procedure
  • Probability: Multistage
Multi-stage random sample: sample according to a key based on birthday
Mode of Collection Mode of Collection
  • Telephone interview
Telephone interview (CATI)
Time Method Time Method
  • Longitudinal: Trend/Repeated cross-section
Kind of Data Kind of Data
  • Numeric
  • Text
Data CollectorForschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim
Date of Collection
  • 08.01.2013 - 10.01.2013 (Week 2)
  • 22.01.2013 - 24.01.2013 (January)
  • 19.02.2013 - 21.02.2013 (February)
  • 05.03.2013 - 07.03.2013 (Week 10)
  • 19.03.2013 - 21.03.2013 (March)
  • 09.04.2013 - 11.04.2013 (Week 15)
  • 23.04.2013 - 25.04.2013 (April)
  • 14.05.2013 - 16.05.2013 (May)
  • 04.06.2013 - 06.06.2013 (Week 23)
  • 25.06.2013 - 27.06.2013 (June)
  • 09.07.2013 - 11.07.2013 (July)
  • 30.07.2013 - 01.08.2013 (Week 31)
  • 13.08.2013 - 15.08.2013 (August)
  • 20.08.2013 - 22.08.2013 (Week 34)
  • 26.08.2013 - 28.08.2013 (Week 35)
  • 02.09.2013 - 04.09.2013 (Week 36)
  • 10.09.2013 - 12.09.2013 (September)
  • 24.09.2013 - 26.09.2013 (Week 39)
  • 15.10.2013 - 17.10.2013 (October)
  • 05.11.2013 - 07.11.2013 (Week 45)
  • 27.11.2013 - 29.11.2013 (November)
  • 10.12.2013 - 12.12.2013 (December)

Errata & Versions

VersionDate, Name, DOI
1.1.0 (current version)2015-1-30 variable labels corrected
1.0.02015-1-30 first archive edition
Errata in current version
Version changes
Changes between version 1.0.0 and it's previous version
DateSubjectDescriptionCorrection Description
2015-1-30V214, V218 through V223Steinmeier instead of Steinbrück in variable labels2030-1-20labels changed

Further Remarks

NotesThe data set consists of a cumulation of the monthly surveys carried out from January to December 2013. In addition to the monthly surveys, it contains the so-called short barometers and questionnaire on the Bundestag elections (week 38), which were conducted at irregular intervals between the monthly surveys.
Number of Units: 40001
Number of Variables: 448
Analysis System(s): SPSS, Stata


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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).