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ZA6988: Politbarometer 2017 (Cumulated Data Set)

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Citation Citation Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim (2018): Politbarometer 2017 (Cumulated Data Set). GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA6988 Data file Version 1.2.0,
Study No.ZA6988
TitlePolitbarometer 2017 (Cumulated Data Set)
Current Version1.2.0, 2018-11-6,
Date of Collection10.01.2017 - 07.12.2017
Principal Investigator/ Authoring Entity, Institution
  • Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim
Contributor, Institution, Role
  • Langhans, Monika - GESIS – Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften - DataCurator


AbstractMost important political problems in Germany; intention to participate in the next federal election and party preference (Sunday question, second vote); type of participation (polling station, postal vote); candidate preference in the next federal election (Sunday question, first vote); certainty of the election decision; voting for this party is conceivable (CDU/CSU, SPD, Die Linke, Die Grünen, FDP and AfD); interest in the federal election; voting behaviour in the last federal election; other election decision if the outcome is known in advance; alternative election decision; satisfaction with the outcome of the federal election; coalition preference; assessment of a grand coalition; evaluation of a coalition of CDU/CSU and Grünen, CDU/CSU and FDP, CDU/CSU, Grünen and FDP, of SPD, Grünen and FDP as well as SPD, Die Linke and Grünen; expected formation of a government; opinion on a re-election of Angela Merkel as Federal Chancellor; expected coalition of CDU/CSU, FDP and Grünen; party that most likely represents a policy according to the respondent on the topics refugees and asylum, investments, climate protection and education policy; sympathy-Skalometer for the parties CDU, CSU, SPD, Die Linke, Grüne, FDP and AfD; satisfaction-Skalometer for the federal government of CDU/CSU and SPD as well as for the respective governing parties and the opposition parties Die Linke und Grüne; ranking of the parties, which like best; most important politicians in Germany; sympathy-Skalometer for selected top politicians (Sigmar Gabriel, Gregor Gysi, Winfried Kretschmann, Ursula von der Leyen, Christian Lindner, Heiko Maas, Thomas de Maizière, Angela Merkel, Andrea Nahles, Cem Özdemir, Wolfgang Schäuble, Martin Schulz, Horst Seehofer, Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Sarah Wagenknecht); satisfaction with democracy; political interest; right people in leading positions; CDU supports the policies of Angela Merkel; CSU supports the policies of Horst Seehofer; SPD supports the policies of Martin Schulz; 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 trend in Germany (economic expectations); most competent party for job creation, and in the areas of social policy, social justice, refugees and asylum, combating crime and securing pensions; party with the best tax policy and family policy according to the respondent; expected long-term success of the AfD; left-right assessment of the AfD; extent of the dissemination of right-wing extremist ideas in the AfD; enough differentiation of the AfD from right-wing extremist contents; AfD successful in the long term; approval of the other parties´ negative attitude towards cooperation with the AfD; right-wing extremism and left-wing extremism as a threat to democracy; opinion on an election success of the AfD and the FDP in the federal elections; opinion on the political course of the Grünen: open for CDU/CSU in the longer term; preferred government coalition of the Grünen with the SPD and Die Linke or with the CDU/CSU; rather advantages or disadvantages for the German population due to EU membership; assessment of the current state of the EU; problem for Germany´s influence in the EU due to lack of government; opinion on a closer union of Germany with only a part of the EU states; assessment of the strengthening of right-wing populist parties with regard to democracy in Europe; opinion on Britain´s withdrawal from the EU; expected economic consequences of an EU withdrawal of Great Britain for the German economy, for the EU and for Great Britain itself; future of the EU: preference for closer union versus more independence of the member states; opinion on the extent of concessions made by EU countries to Great Britain following its withdrawal from the EU; expected agreement on important topics of the withdrawal negotiations between the EU and Great Britain; preferred result of the run-off election between the presidential candidates in France; importance for the EU of the result of this run-off election; better forecast for the EU due to the election of Emmanuel Macron as President of France; opinion on France´s EU approval of higher national debt; importance of closer cooperation within the EU in various policy areas (refugee policy, combating terrorism and foreign and defence policy); assessment of the work of Chancellor Angela Merkel as a whole and in the refugee crisis; expectation of Martin Schulz´s work as Chancellor; assessment of the compromise between the CDU and CSU in asylum and refugee policy; greater assertiveness of Angela Merkel or Horst Seehofer in this refugee compromise; assessment of the work of the federal government; expectation of a better federal government consisting of SPD, Linke and Grünen, SPD, Grünen and FDP or CDU/CSU, Grünen and FDP; preference for a CDU/CSU or SPD-led federal government; negotiations on forming a government: evaluation of a grand coalition of CDU/CSU and SPD, a minority government of CDU/CSU and new elections in failed negotiations; most probable variant of government formation; climate change: assessment of climate change as a major problem for Germany; expected success of the World Climate Conference in Bonn for climate protection; sufficient efforts in Germany for climate protection; opinion on the shutdown of coal-fired power plants; expected equal distribution of refugees among EU member states; support for financial compensation payments instead of receiving refugees; fewer refugees by combating causes of escape in Africa; high number of arriving (split: present) refugees from crisis areas; expected decline in the number of refugees due to the planned examination of the right to asylum in Africa; too much is being done in Germany for the integration of refugees; threat to social values by refugees; demand for stricter laws to deport asylum seekers who have committed crimes; advocate an extension of deportation detention for so-called endangerer; opinion on the deportation of rejected asylum seekers to unsafe home countries; personally rather advantages or disadvantages because of the refugees; opinion on family reunification for rejected asylum seekers and refugees; opinion on an immigration law regulating the influx of workers; importance of a good relationship between Germany and Turkey; expected failure of the refugee deal with Turkey; opinion on the election campaign of Turkish politicians for a new Turkish constitution in Germany; demand for stronger criticism of Turkey by the Federal Government because of political developments; endangerment of democracy in Turkey under President Erdogan; expected burden on the coexistence of Turks and Germans by political developments in Turkey; approval of a transfer of Federal Armed Forces because of the dispute between the Federal Government and Turkey; advocacy of economic pressure on Turkey because of strong tensions; expected development of the relationship between Germany and Turkey; extent of disregard for democratic principles in Turkey; opinion on a break-off of the EU accession negotiations due to the internal political situation in Turkey; reunification was correct; predominance of differences or similarities in East and West Germany; problems of reunification solved; North Korea: North Korea assesses the potential threat to world peace; conflict with North Korea can be resolved diplomatically; Germany should mediate in the North Korean conflict; opinion on a separation of Catalonia from the Spanish state; expected development in Catalonia; feared terrorist attacks in Germany; avoid major events in the future due to the terrorist threat; sufficient efforts in Germany against terrorist attacks; holiday plans changed due to the terrorist threat; Increased risk of terrorism by refugees in Germany; assessment of social justice in Germany; assessment of reform measures of Agenda 2010; opinion on the proposal of SPD candidate for chancellor Martin Schulz on unemployment benefit; expected formation of SPD government with Grünen and Linke; opinion on a coalition of SPD, Grünen and Linke; CSU supports Angela Merkel as candidate for chancellor; preference for Chancellor (Angela Merkel versus Sigmar Gabriel resp. Angela Merkel versus Martin Schulz); effect of Martin Schulz´s candidacy as chancellor on the SPD´s performance in the federal elections; comparison of Angela Merkel vs. Martin Schulz with regard to credibility, sympathy, expertise, competences in relation to a strong Europe, social justice and leadership through times of global uncertainty; Angela Merkel as candidate for chancellor helpful for the CDU/CSU in the federal elections; Martin Schulz as candidate for chancellor helpful for the SPD in the federal elections; Martin Schulz will successfully lead SPD into the future; extent of political efforts to address the concerns of citizens; most important criterion for one´s own election decision (leading candidate of a party, political content or party affiliation); differences between CDU/CSU and SPD in political content; confidence in parties to keep election promises; most important political issues for one´s own election decision; evaluation of Gerhard Schröder´s appointment to the Supervisory Board of the Russian oil company Rosneft; discussion about Schröder damages the SPD in the election campaign; interest in the election campaign; assessment of the election campaign as boring; TV duel between the two candidates for chancellor seen; knowledge of the results of the two candidates; personal winner of the TV duel; G20 summit: political area of the world´s most pressing problem; progress expected in solving the problem; restriction of the right to demonstrate through strong security precautions; education policy should remain a state matter; assessment of Joachim Gauck as Federal President; opinion on Frank-Walter Steinmeier as Federal President; evaluation of the work of Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier; difference who forms the Federal Government; future election winner of the 2017 Bundestag election already clear; personally expected winner of the federal elections; Chancellor or governing coalition more important; political content or Angela Merkel as presumed reason for the election of CDU/CSU; political content or Martin Schulz as presumed reason for the election of the SPD; opinion on the exclusion of a new grand coalition by the SPD; in the long run rather damage or benefit for the SPD by step into the opposition; in the long run rather damage or benefit for the FDP by a coalition with CDU/CSU and Grüne respectively for the Grünen through a coalition with CDU/CSU and FDP; in the long run rather damage or benefit through a large coalition for the CDU/CSU and the SPD; interest in opinion polls; role of opinion polls in the own election decision; opinion on the future traditional-conservative political course of the CDU; opinion on a greater role for left positions in the future political course of the SPD; evaluation of relations between Germany and the USA; times particularly uncertain due to the global political situation; importance of future economic relations with China and the USA respectively with the USA for the EU; expected development of German-American relations with President Donald Trump; Trump will also represent radical positions as US President; EU countries should hold together more strongly because of the policy of US President Donald Trump; expected stronger cohesion of EU countries because of the policy of US President Donald Trump; concerns because of the policy of Donald Trump; concerns because of the policy of Russian President Putin; USA under Donald Trump as a reliable partner for Europe; expected threat to international cooperation in important policy areas under Donald Trump; proximity of Donald Trump to far-right movements in the USA; expected completion of Donald Trump´s term of office; feeling threatened by crime; opinion on legal equality of same-sex partnerships; evaluation of the political life´s work of former Chancellor Helmut Kohl; appropriateness of a European state act in honour of Helmut Kohl; opinion on a driving ban for diesel cars; opinion on a ban on cars with internal combustion engines from 2030; too much consideration of the interests of the German automotive industry; expected future importance of the German automotive industry worldwide; suspected own health risk from insect venom in eggs; demand for stricter laws and controls in Germany on the quality of food; assessment of the required 6 percent of the IG Metall in collective bargaining; extent of the spread of sexual harassment of women in Germany; demand for stricter laws to protect against sexual harassment; importance of the discussion on sexual harassment; opinion on the legal recognition of a third sex; retention vs. abolition of video evidence in the German Football League; left-right self-assessment; classification of the parties SPD, CDU, CSU, Grüne, FDP, Die Linke and AfD on a left-right continuum; review of the past year 2017 personally and for Germany; outlook for the coming year 2018. Demography: sex; age (categorized); marital status; cohabitation with a partner; children; number of children in the household under 13 years and age of these children; education: highest school-leaving qualification or desired school-leaving qualification; university degree or equivalent; vocational training; employment; own job hazard; occupational group; household size; number of persons in the household from 18 years; union member in the household; denomination; frequency of church attendance; party affiliation and party identification; number of telephone numbers at home. Additionally coded: respondent ID; version; survey month; survey week; federal state; survey area; inhabitants of the municipality; estimated age of respondent; weighting factors: representative weight, total weight.
Categories Categories
  • Political Issues
  • Political Attitudes and Behavior
  • Political Parties, Organizations
  • International Institutions, Relations, Conditions
  • Government, political systems and organisations
  • International politics and organisations
  • Political behaviour and attitudes
  • Elections
Old Topics Old Topics
  • 11.1 Domestic political issues
  • 11.2 International politics and organisation
  • 11.5 Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
  • 11.7 Elections


Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
UniverseResidential 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
  • Longitudinal: Trend/Repeated cross-section
Kind of Data Kind of Data
  • Numeric
  • Text
Data CollectorForschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim
Date of Collection
  • 10.01.2017 - 12.01.2017 (Week 02)
  • 24.01.2017 - 26.01.2017 (Week 04)
  • 14.02.2017 - 16.02.2017 (Week 07)
  • 07.03.2017 - 09.03.2017 (Week 10)
  • 04.04.2017 - 06.04.2017 (Week 14)
  • 25.04.2017 - 27.04.2017 (Week 17)
  • 16.05.2017 - 18.05.2017 (Week 20)
  • 30.05.2017 - 01.06.2017 (Week 22)
  • 20.06.2017 - 22.06.2017 (Week 25)
  • 04.07.2017 - 06.07.2017 (Week 27)
  • 18.07.2017 - 20.07.2017 (Week 29)
  • 08.08.2017 - 10.08.2017 (Week 32)
  • 22.08.2017 - 24.08.2017 (Week 34)
  • 29.08.2017 - 31.08.2017 (Week 35)
  • 05.09.2017 - 07.09.2017 (Week 36)
  • 12.09.2017 - 14.09.2017 (Week 37)
  • 26.09.2017 - 28.09.2017 (Week 39)
  • 10.10.2017 - 12.10.2017 (Week 41)
  • 24.10.2017 - 26.10.2017 (Week 43)
  • 14.11.2017 - 16.11.2017 (Week 46)
  • 05.12.2017 - 07.12.2017 (Week 49)

Errata & Versions

VersionDate, Name, DOI
1.2.0 (current version)2018-11-6 V15, V61 through V63: party codes corrected (from week 39 onwards)
1.1.02018-10-30 V24: party codes corrected (from week 39 onwards)
1.0.02018-9-1 first archive edition
Errata in current version
Version changes

Further Remarks

Number of Units: 36689
Number of Variables: 340
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).