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ZA6948: State Election in Saarland 2017

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Landtagswahl im Saarland 2017
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Citation Citation Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim (2018): State Election in Saarland 2017. GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA6948 Data file Version 1.0.0,
Study No.ZA6948
TitleState Election in Saarland 2017
Current Version1.0.0, 2018-8-2,
Date of Collection20.03.2017 - 23.03.2017
Principal Investigator/ Authoring Entity, Institution
  • Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim


AbstractAssessment of parties and politicians. Attitude towarads political issues. Topics: eligibility to vote in the state election in Saarland; most important political issues in Saarland; intention to participate in the state election; intended voting type (polling station or postal vote); party preference; certainty of personal voting decision; importance of federal politics for the personal voting decision at state level; interest in the state election; voting behaviour in the last state election; coalition preference; attitude towards a government of CDU and SPD led by CDU, of SPD and CDU led by SPD, of SPD and Die Linke, of SPD, Die Linke and Grünen as well as a government of CDU, Grünen and FDP; sympathy scale for selected parties at federal and state level; satisfaction with the state government of CDU and SPD, the individual parties CDU and SPD in the state government, the parties Die Linke, Piratenpartei and Grüne in the opposition in the state parliament as well as the federal government of CDU/CSU and SPD (Skalometer); knowledge of the CDU and SPD top candidates for the office of prime minister; sympathy-scalometer for selected top politicians (Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Oskar Lafontaine, Angela Merkel, Anke Rehlinger, Martin Schulz and Hubert Ulrich); party that pleases best and second best; political interest; preference for Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer or Anke Rehlinger as Prime Minister; split A: comparison of the credibility, sympathy, expertise and energy of the two leading politicians Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer and Anke Rehlinger (end of split A); assessment of the economic situation of the federal state in general and in comparison with the other western German states; economic expectations for the Saarland; assessment of the personal economic situation at present and in one year; split B: most competent party for solving the economic and financial problems in the federal state, in the areas of job creation, school policy and education policy, transport policy (end of split B) as well as social justice; party that is most likely to represent a policy in the personal sense concerning refugees; opinion on the sustainability of the federal state; most competent party for solving future problems of the federal state; assessment of the work of Prime Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer; Chancellor Angela Merkel helpful or harmful for the CDU´s performance in the state election; SPD candidate for chancellor Martin Schulz helpful or harmful for the SPD´s performance in the state election; intention to vote SPD in the state election only because of Martin Schulz; expected and preferred action of the SPD after the state election in the event of a worse result than the CDU (grand coalition led by the CDU or joint government with the left); choosing the AfD on the basis of political demands of the AfD or as a lesson for the other parties; intention to vote AfD in the state election on the basis of political demands of the AfD or as a lesson for the other parties; adequate separation of the AfD in Saarland from right-wing extremist contents and members; importance of selected topics for the own voting decision in the state election (school and education, social justice, debt of Saarland and refugees); Saarland can cope with many refugees; agreement to the statement: after the decline of coal and steel, Saarland has managed the economic structural change well (split B); opinion on a ban on election campaign appearances by Turkish politicians in Saarland (split A); expected winner of the state election (split B); opinion on government participation by the party Die Linke (split A); fair share of living standards. Demography: sex; age (classified); marital status; cohabitation with a partner; highest school leaving certificate or desired school leaving certificate; university degree; completed vocational training; occupation; assessment of own job security; occupational status; household size; number of persons aged 18 and over in the household; trade union member in the household; denomination; frequency of church attendance; party affiliation; party identification; number of telephone numbers in the household; city size. Additionally coded was: questionnaire number; weighting factor. Various questions were asked only half of the respondents. A forked questionnaire was used.
Categories Categories
  • Political Issues
  • Political Attitudes and Behavior
  • Political Parties, Organizations
Topics Topics
  • 11.5 Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
  • 11.6 Government, political systems and organisation
  • 11.7 Elections


Geographic Coverage
  • Saarland (DE-SL)
UniverseResident population eligible to vote
Analysis Unit Analysis Unit
  • Individual
Sampling Procedure Sampling Procedure
  • Probability: Multistage
Probability Sample: Multistage Sample
Mode of Collection Mode of Collection
  • Telephone interview: Computer-assisted (CATI)
Telephone interview: CATI (Computer Assisted Telephone Interview)
Time Method Time Method
  • Cross-section
Kind of Data Kind of Data
  • Numeric
Data CollectorForschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim
Date of Collection
  • 20.03.2017 - 23.03.2017

Errata & Versions

VersionDate, Name, DOI
1.0.0 (current version)2018-8-2 first archive edition
Errata in current version
Version changes

Further Remarks

Number of Units: 1588
Number of Variables: 113
Analysis System(s): SPSS, Stata


  • Forschungsgruppe Wahlen e.V.: Wahl im Saarland : Eine Analyse der Landtagswahl vom 26. März 2017. Mannheim: Berichte der Forschungsgruppe Wahlen e.V., Nr. 167
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Research Data Centre
  • German Federal State Election studies
    The available studies on the German ferderal state elections go back as far as 1962. These studies were conducted for the most part as representative surveys in the run-up to elections of the Landtage, the Bremer Bürgerschaft or the Berliner Abgeordnetenhaus. German Federal State Election studies which were surveyed within the framework of the German Longitudinal Election Study (GLES) are not contained in this group.
  • State Elections in Saarland