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ZA7567: State Election in Hesse 2018

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Citation Citation Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim (2019): State Election in Hesse 2018. GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA7567 Data file Version 1.0.0,
Study No.ZA7567
TitleState Election in Hesse 2018
Current Version1.0.0, 2019-8-15,
Date of Collection22.10.2018 - 25.10.2018
Principal Investigator/ Authoring Entity, Institution
  • Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim


AbstractAssessment of parties and politicians. Attitude towards current political issues and topics. Topics: Most important political issues in Hesse; intention to vote in the state elections; intended voting type (polling station or postal vote); party preference (first and second vote); security of one´s own voting decision; importance of federal politics for one´s own voting decision at state level; interest in the state elections; voting behaviour in the last state elections; coalition preference; attitude towards a coalition of CDU and Greens, CDU and SPD, CDU, Greens and FDP, Split A: from SPD, Greens and Left under leadership of the SPD, from SPD, Greens and FDP under leadership of the SPD, from SPD and Greens (end Split A), Split B: from the Greens, SPD and Left under the leadership of the Greens, from the Greens, SPD and FDP under the leadership of the Greens, as well as from CDU and AfD (end of Split B); sympathy scale for selected parties at federal and state level; satisfaction with the achievements of the state government of CDU and Greens, the CDU in the state government of Hesse, the Greens in the state government of Hesse, and the achievements of the SPD, the Left and the FDP in the opposition, as well as the achievements of the federal government of CDU/CSU and SPD (Scalometer); sympathy scale for selected top politicians (Tarek Al-Wazir, Volker Bouffier, Angela Merkel, Andrea Nahles and Thorsten Schäfer-Gümbel); party, which is the best or the best party, respectively second best; political interest; preference for Volker Boufffier or Thorsten Schäfer-Gümbel as prime minister in Hesse; Split A: comparison of the credibility, sympathy and expertise of Volker Bouffier and Thorsten Schäfer-Gümbel (end of Split A); preference for Volker Bouffier or Tarek Al-Wazir as prime minister in Hesse; Split A: assessment of the own economic situation, the economic situation of the federal state in general as well as in comparison to the other West German federal states; most competent party to solve the economic problems in Hesse (end of Split A); Split B: most competent party in the field of social justice, transport policy, for the solution of problems on the housing market and environmental policy in Hesse (end of Split B); Hesse can cope with many refugees; party that most likely represents a policy in the respondent´s sense in the areas of refugees and asylum as well as school and education policy; opinion on the future viability of the federal state; most competent party to solve future problems of the federal state; assessment of the work of Prime Minister Volker Bouffier; Split A: significance of Chancellor Angela Merkel and the federal government from CDU, CSU and SPD, for the CDU´s performance in the state elections in Hesse (helpful, rather harmful or of little importance); significance of the federal government for the SPD´s performance in the state elections in Hesse (end of Split A); Split B: statements on politics in Hesse: Horst Seehofer and the course of the CSU also harm the CDU in Hesse; SPD in Hesse would be much more successful with more left-wing positions; the Greens in Hesse stand for a modern, bourgeois policy; opinion on a state government led by the Greens; expected break of the Grand Coalition in the Federation after bad election results for CDU and SPD in the state elections (end of Split B); voting decision for the AfD due to political conviction or as a warning for other parties; voted for the AfD due to political conviction or as a warning for other parties (AfD voters only); opinion on the spread of right-wing extremist ideas in the AfD. Demography: sex; age (classified); marital status; cohabitation with a partner; school education; aspired school leaving certificate; university degree; completed apprenticeship; occupation; assessment of one´s own job security; occupational status; household size; number of persons in the household from 18 years of age; trade union member in the household; denomination; frequency of church attendance; party affiliation; party identification. Additionally coded was: questionnaire number; eligibility to vote in Hesse; city size; weighting factor.
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
  • Hesse (DE-HE)
UniverseResident population entitled to vote
Analysis Unit Analysis Unit
  • Individual
Sampling Procedure Sampling Procedure
  • Probability: Multistage
Mode of Collection Mode of Collection
  • Telephone interview: Computer-assisted (CATI)
Time Method Time Method
  • Cross-section
Kind of Data Kind of Data
  • Numeric
Data CollectorForschungsgruppe Wahlen, Mannheim
Date of Collection
  • 22.10.2018 - 25.10.2018

Errata & Versions

VersionDate, Name, DOI
1.0.0 (current version)2019-8-15 first archive edition
Errata in current version
Version changes

Further Remarks

Number of Units: 1607
Number of Variables: 106
Analysis System(s): SPSS, Stata


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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 Hesse