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ZA6951: Quick Survey on the Federal Parliament Election 2017

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Citation Citation Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim (2018): Quick Survey on the Federal Parliament Election 2017. GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA6951 Data file Version 1.0.0,
Study No.ZA6951
TitleQuick Survey on the Federal Parliament Election 2017
Current Version1.0.0, 2018-8-1,
Date of Collection18.09.2017 - 21.09.2017
Principal Investigator/ Authoring Entity, Institution
  • Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim


AbstractAssessment of parties and politicians. Attitude towards political issues. Topics: most important political issues in Germany; intention to participate in the federal parliament election; intended voting type (polling station or postal vote); party preference (first and second vote); timing and certainty of personal voting decision; interest in the federal parliament Election; voting behaviour in the last federal parliament election; coalition preference; government preference (government from CDU/CSU and SPD, from CDU/CSU and Grüne, CDU/CSU and FDP, from CDU/CSU, Grüne and FDP, from SPD, Grünen and FDP, from SPD, Die Linke and Grüne as well as from CDU/CSU and AfD); sympathy-scalometer for selected parties; satisfaction with the performance of the federal government of CDU/CSU and SPD, the respective performance of CDU/CSU and SPD in the government, the performance of Die Linke and Grüne in the opposition (Scalometer); sympathy-scalometer for selected top politicians (Alexander Gauland, Christian Lindner, Angela Merkel, Cem Özdemir, Martin Schulz, Horst Seehofer and Sahra Wagenknecht); parties that like best (ranking); political profile and competencies: split A: comparison of the two candidates for Chancellor Angela Merkel and Martin Schulz with regard to credibility, sympathy, expertise, their competency with regard to social and economic issues, their competency with regard to social justice and leadership competency in times of global uncertainty (end of split A); political interest; assessment of the current economic situation in Germany; assessment of the personal economic situation and expected future economic situation; economic expectations for Germany; split B: most competent party in the areas of job creation and social justice, pension security, school and education policy, refugees and asylum (end of split B); split A: most competent party for solving the economic problems in Germany and in the areas of tax policy, family policy, foreign policy, environmental policy and combating crime; feeling threatened by crime (end of split A); opinion on Germany´s sustainability; most competent party for solving Germany´s future problems; split B: assessment of the work of German Chancellor Angela Merkel; expectations of Martin Schulz to be a better Chancellor (end of split B); split A: role of Angela Merkel for the performance of the CDU/CSU and CSU respectively of Martin Schulz for the SPD´s performance in the federal parliament election (end of split A); split B: importance of selected topics for the own voting decision in the federal parliament election (refugees, pensions and old-age provision, school and education as well as social justice); evaluation of the work of Chancellor Angela Merkel in the area of refugees and asylum; Germany can cope with many refugees; personally rather advantages or rather disadvantages because of the refugees; evaluation of the scope of integration measures for refugees in Germany; in future further self-determination right of the federal states vs. more federal co-determination rights in school and education policy (end of split B); split A: opinion on a ban on cars with internal combustion engines from 2030; opinion on the political course of the CDU regarding traditional-conservative contents; opinion on the political course of the SPD regarding left-wing positions; opinion on the political course of the Greens regarding the opening for a stronger cooperation with the CDU/CSU; approval of various statements on politics in Germany (The Left is the only party that makes politics for the socially weak, FDP is only used as a coalition partner for the CDU/CSU, AfD is the only party that calls important problems by name, because the outcome of the federal election is clear, one can sometimes vote for a party that one would not vote for, end of split A); development of the differences between rich and poor in Germany; split A: Left-right classification of the AfD; opinion on the spread of right-wing extremist ideas in the AfD; support for the demand that the other parties refuse to cooperate with the AfD; more advantages or disadvantages for the German population due to the country´s EU membership; support for the unification of Germany initially only with some of the EU states due to the difficulties of unification in the EU; particularly uncertain times due to current global political and economic situation (end of split A); split B: assessment of the work of the federal government of CDU/CSU and SPD; preference for a federal government led by the CDU/CSU or the SPD (end of split B); preference for a government consisting of CDU/CSU and SPD or a government consisting of CDU/CSU, Greens and FDP (split A); split B: personally more important after the federal election: Government parties or person of the Federal Chancellor; opinion on the entry of the parties FDP and AfD into the Bundestag (end of split B); split A: outcome of the Bundestag election already clear; expected winner of the Bundestag election (end of split A); fair share of living standards. Demography: sex; age (classified); marital status; cohabitation with a partner; highest school leaving certificate or targeted 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; federal state of the right to vote; city size. Additionally coded was: realised interviews by mobile phone or fixed phone; questionnaire number; residential district´s affiliation to West Berlin or East Berlin; 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
  • Political behaviour and attitudes
  • Government, political systems and organisations
  • Elections
Old Topics Old Topics
  • 11.5 Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
  • 11.6 Government, political systems and organisation
  • 11.7 Elections


Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
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) A combined sample of landline and mobile phone interviews was used for the federal parliament election study.
Time Method Time Method
  • Cross-section
Kind of Data Kind of Data
  • Numeric
Data CollectorForschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim
Date of Collection
  • 18.09.2017 - 21.09.2017

Errata & Versions

VersionDate, Name, DOI
1.0.0 (current version)2018-8-1 first archive edition
Errata in current version
Version changes

Further Remarks

Number of Units: 1939
Number of Variables: 138
Analysis System(s): SPSS, Stata


  • Forschungsgruppe Wahlen e.V.: Bundestagswahl : Eine Analyse der Wahl vom 24. September 2017. Mannheim: Berichte der Forschungsgruppe Wahlen e.V., Nr. 170
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Research Data Centre
  • 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).