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ZA7635: Science Barometer Corona-Special April 2020

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Citation Citation Wissenschaft im Dialog (2020): Science Barometer Corona-Special April 2020. GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA7635 Data file Version 1.0.0,
Study No.ZA7635
TitleScience Barometer Corona-Special April 2020
Current Version1.0.0, 2020-8-17,
Date of Collection15.04.2020 - 16.04.2020
Principal Investigator/ Authoring Entity, Institution
  • Weißkopf, Markus - Wissenschaft im Dialog, Berlin
  • Ziegler, Ricarda - Wissenschaft im Dialog, Berlin
  • Kremer, Bastian - Wissenschaft im Dialog, Berlin


AbstractEvery year since 2014, Wissenschaft im Dialog has been using the Science Barometer to collect representative data on the attitudes of German citizens towards science and research. The aim is to contribute to a fact-based discourse on the relationship between science and the public and to targeted science communication by collecting, processing the data and communicating the results. Against the background of scientific policy advice and publicly communicating researchers in the context of the corona pandemic (COVID-19), two surveys were conducted in spring 2020 in addition to the annual surveys. The questionnaire of these special corona surveys contained questions on cognitive attitudes such as informedness and the information behaviour of the respondents on corona-related topics from science and research. In addition, evaluative attitudes were collected on issues such as trust, assessment of the benefits of science in combating the corona pandemic and the political role of research in this respect. The science barometer Corona Special is a project of Wissenschaft im Dialog. It is sponsored and supported by the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. Topics: Trust in science and research; opinion on corona (being informed about corona, dealing with what is happening around corona, current measures on corona are appropriate); trust in statements of different actors on corona (scientists, doctors and medical staff, politicians, representatives of authorities and offices, journalists, relatives, acquaintances and friends); information behaviour on the topic of new developments on corona from science and research (on television including media library, on radio including audio library, in newspapers and magazines including online editions, on official websites of authorities, offices and research institutions on the Internet, online in social networks); perceived scientific disciplines or research areas as sources of information for Corona (open); agreement on statements about science and research in the context of corona (political decisions in dealing with corona should be based on scientific knowledge, it is not the task of scientists to interfere in politics, we should rely more on common sense in dealing with corona and for this we do not need scientific studies, science and research on corona too complicated, difficult to judge which information is the right one in case of contradictory statements of scientists on corona, controversies between scientists on corona are helpful as a contribution to ensure that the right research results are obtained, the knowledge of scientists is important to slow down the spread of corona in Germany, science and research do not yet understand the corona virus properly, most scientists make a clear distinction between confirmed findings and still open questions on corona, development of an effective vaccine or drug against corona in the foreseeable future). Demography: sex; age; education; occupation; household size; children under 14 in the household; net household income; party preference. Additionally coded: Interview no.; interview duration (in seconds); weight; city size (BIK); federal state; region.
Categories Categories
  • Society, Culture
  • University, Research, the Sciences
  • Communication, Public Opinion, Media
Old Topics Old Topics
  • 5 Society and culture
  • 9 Information and communication
  • 18 Science and technology


Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
UniverseGerman-speaking resident population aged 14 and over in private households
Analysis Unit Analysis Unit
  • Individual
Sampling Procedure Sampling Procedure
  • Probability: Multistage
Combined landline and mobile phone sample (dual-frame design) Ratio of landline to mobile 80:20
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 CollectorKantar, Bielefeld
Date of Collection
  • 15.04.2020 - 16.04.2020

Errata & Versions

VersionDate, Name, DOI
1.0.0 (current version)2020-8-17 first archive edition
Errata in current version
Version changes

Further Remarks

Number of Units: 1009
Number of Variables: 63
Analysis System(s): SPSS, Stata


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