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ZA6969: Religion, Church and Society

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Citation Citation Neu, Viola; Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Berlin (2018): Religion, Church and Society. GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA6969 Data file Version 1.0.0,
Study No.ZA6969
TitleReligion, Church and Society
Current Version1.0.0, 2018-11-20,
Date of Collection07.12.2009 - 17.12.2009
Principal Investigator/ Authoring Entity, Institution
  • Neu, Viola - Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Berlin
  • Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Berlin
Contributor, Institution, Role
  • Neu, Viola - Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung - ProjectLeader


AbstractOpinion on religion and politics or religion and church as well as society. 1. Party proximity: intention to vote in the next Bundestag election and party preference (Sunday question); alternatively electable parties; vote decision in the last Bundestag election; sympathy scale for the parties CDU/CSU, SPD, FDP, Linke, Grüne, NPD, Republicans and DVU. 2. Religion and politics: opinion on more religious people in public office; opinion on the influence of church leaders on government decisions; opinion on the weight of churches in the CDU; significance of Christianity in the CDU or CSU in a possible vote decision for these parties. 3. Religion and church: attitudes to religion and church (more peaceful world without religion, religion yes, church no, with church and religion nothing in mind); only one true religion, important truths in many religions or in no religion; opinion on Islamic education for Muslim children in state schools in Germany; denomination; frequency of churchgoing; church affiliation; former denomination or religious community or possible membership of a religious community (only those without denomination); self-assessment of religiousness; religiousness of the parental home; future significance of religion; attitude to a church burial. 4. Beliefs: faith in God or in a spiritual power; drawing comfort and strength from faith; faith in a life after death; faith in the devil; faith in a rebirth; optimism about the future. 5. Social acceptance: attitude to homosexuality, single parent education, abortion and euthanasia on demand. 6. Societal development: concerns regarding: loss of traditional values, more and more people on the losing side, destruction of livelihoods through pollution; opinion on control of life through secret agreements and plans; natural calling of women to create a climate of security for the family; loss of social ideals. Demography: sex; age; marital status; cohabitation with a partner; children; number of children; education: school-leaving certificate or desired school-leaving certificate; university degree; completed apprenticeship; employment status; job security; current or former occupational status; household size; number of persons in the household aged 18 and over; trade union member in the household; party affiliation; strength of party affiliation; type of party affiliation; basic party affiliation or current party affiliation; number of telephone numbers in the household. Additionally coded was: questionnaire no.; federal state where the respondent is entitled to vote; residential district formerly West Berlin or East Berlin; city size; weighting factor.
Categories Categories
  • Religion and Weltanschauung
  • Political Attitudes and Behavior
Topics Topics
  • 5.5 Religion and values
  • 11.5 Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion


Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
UniversePersons eligible to vote aged 18 and over with German citizenship in private households with landline
Analysis Unit Analysis Unit
  • Individual
Sampling Procedure Sampling Procedure
  • Probability: Multistage
  • Probability: Stratified
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
  • 07.12.2009 - 17.12.2009

Errata & Versions

VersionDate, Name, DOI
1.0.0 (current version)2018-11-20 first archive edition
Errata in current version
Version changes

Further Remarks

Number of Units: 3000
Number of Variables: 91
Data Type: SPSS
Analysis System(s): SPSS, Stata


  • Forschungsgruppe Wahlen Telefonfeld GmbH: Religion, Kirche und Gesellschaft : Ergebnisse einer repräsentativen Bevölkerungsumfrage. Mannheim: Bericht, 2009
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