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ZA7755: ARD-DeutschlandTrend 2019

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Citation Citation ARD-Landesrundfunkanstalten ; Infratest dimap Gesellschaft für Trend- und Wahlforschung, Berlin (2021): ARD-DeutschlandTrend 2019. GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA7755 Data file Version 1.0.0,
Study No.ZA7755
TitleARD-DeutschlandTrend 2019
Current Version1.0.0, 2021-5-10,
Date of Collection07.01.2019 - 04.12.2019
Principal Investigator/ Authoring Entity, Institution
  • ARD-Landesrundfunkanstalten
  • Infratest dimap Gesellschaft für Trend- und Wahlforschung, Berlin


AbstractParty preference in the next federal election (Sunday poll); Satisfaction with selected top politicians (Annalena Baerbock, Alexander Gauland, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Andrea Nahles, Andreas Scheuer, Alice Weidel, Christian Lindner, Dietmar Bartsch, Donald Trump, Emmanuel Macron, Hubertus Heil, Heiko Maas, Horst Seehofer, Jörg Meuthen, Jens Spahn, Katja Kipping, Angela Merkel, Markus Söder, Olaf Scholz, Peter Altmaier, Robert Habeck, Svenja Schulze, Sahra Wagenknecht, Theresa May, Ursula von der Leyen); Party competence: Most competent party to solve selected political tasks (securing pensions, fighting climate change); full term for Angela Merkel as chancellor vs. make way for successor ahead of time; agreement with statements on the CDU (people don´t know what it actually stands for, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer would be a good chancellor, the CDU doesn´t care enough about the issues that really move people, the CDU lacks good leadership personnel); agreement with statements on the SPD (people don´t know what it actually stands for, the SPD should leave the coalition with the CDU/CSU and renew itself in opposition, the SPD cares too little about the issues that really move people, the SPD lacks good leadership personnel); agreement with various views on the European Union (we live more securely in Europe because of the EU, membership in the EU ensures that we are doing well economically, EU should be more visible in terms of foreign policy, I can´t see through how the European Union works in Brussels, the EU as a whole should focus more on what unites the community rather than what divides it); agreement with various statements on the grand coalition in Berlin (Angela Merkel is the guarantor that Germans are doing well despite all the crises in the world, the coalition of CDU/CSU and SPD should continue to work until the end of the legislative period in September 2021); advantageousness of the country´s EU membership; support vs. rejection of NATO´s 2 per cent target; welcome vs. regret Britain´s EU exit; preference for Manfred Weber or Frans Timmermans as President of the European Commission; opinion on EU-Turkey agreement to limit refugees coming to Europe; data protection on the internet: Concern about misuse of personal data; internet use; interest in the European elections on 26 May; need for action on climate protection; satisfaction with developments in Germany since reunification; appropriate measures that can contribute to environmental and climate protection (faster phase-out of coal in electricity generation, expansion of renewable energies, higher prices for air travel through the introduction of a paraffin tax, making the purchase and maintenance of cars with internal combustion engines more expensive, introduction of a CO2 tax); attitudes towards NATO (is important to secure peace in Europe, is superfluous and should be dissolved, Germany needs an alliance like NATO to give itself international weight); agreement with statements on right-wing extremism in Germany (the state too often gives neo-Nazis and right-wing extremists free rein, I am worried that right-wing extremists could change our state, the security services should be given additional powers to monitor communication on the internet and social media more closely, right-wing extremist positions have recently become more socially acceptable in Germany); concern that the influence of Islam in Germany is becoming too strong; preferred use of the federal government´s additional tax revenues (for debt reduction or tax relief for citizens); countries as trustworthy partners of Germany (China, France, Russia, Turkey, Great Britain and the USA); assessment of the danger of right-wing extremist, left-wing extremist and Islamist attacks and assaults in Germany; assessment of the current personal economic situation; personally benefit from economic growth in Germany; satisfaction with the efforts of the federal government in various policy areas (climate policy, pension and social policy, in the creation of affordable housing, asylum and refugee policy); satisfaction with the work of the individual governing parties CDU, CSU and SPD; general attitude to the future of the European Union (European countries should deepen their cooperation, act more on their own, nothing significant should change); satisfaction with the work of the federal government; views on life in Germany (conditions in Germany are cause for pride, Germany is changing more than I like, I am worried that our culture in Germany is gradually being lost, the federal government cannot assert itself against the power of business on many issues, I am worried that the influence of Islam in Germany is becoming too strong, the state and administration in Germany function well overall); digitalisation: Opportunities vs. risks outweigh opportunities in the digitalisation of our society; opinion on providing personal data when using services on the internet; measures to protect against misuse of personal data (renewing passwords at least every few months, regularly installing software updates, never opening email attachments from unknown senders, frequent use of two-factor authentication, not using public WLAN hotspots); feeling of sufficient security for retirement age; assessment of various SPD proposals to reform the welfare state (people who have paid into unemployment insurance for a long time should receive unemployment benefit I for up to three years in future instead of the previous maximum of two, low-income earners who have paid into the pension fund for at least 35 years should receive a basic pension without a means test, increase in the statutory minimum wage to 12 euros, most Hartz IV sanctions should be abolished, including for younger unemployed people under 25); current SPD proposals to reform the welfare state benefit vs. harm rather or no difference; strength of threat to peace and security in Europe; Brexit: Expectation of an orderly Brexit with a treaty between the UK and the EU or a hard Brexit without a treaty or the UK remaining in the EU; party that has so far been most assertive with its political content in the current federal government (CDU, CSU or SPD); agreement with various statements on the federal government from CDU, CSU and SPD (Angela Merkel has clearly lost support in the governing coalition, the coalition parties are at odds and have no common course, after teething problems the grand coalition has found a good working mode); preferred area for increased government investment (e.g. education); most important and second most important aspect in the decision of the Bundestag on limits for pollutant emissions from diesel vehicles and driving bans for diesel vehicles (health protection of citizens in cities, interests of the car industry, interests of diesel owners, avoidance of restrictions for drivers on where they can drive); driving bans for diesel vehicles after exceeding current nitrogen oxide limits vs. only at higher limits vs. no driving bans for diesel vehicles; housing market: Housing status (renting or owning); personal problems finding affordable housing; agreement with statements on the housing market (housing expenses are a much greater burden on me than they were 5 years ago, I perceive strong competition on the housing market, I repeatedly hear from my personal environment how difficult it is to find affordable housing, I have been actively looking for housing in the last 5 years); dealing with various political issues more at the European level or more from the respective EU member state (refugee policy/immigration policy, defence policy, foreign policy, economy and trade, innovations and new technologies, minimum social standards, consumer protection, climate policy); support in principle for the introduction of a CO2 tax; agreement with various statements on climate protection (too much fear is stirred up in the debate on climate policy, will not be able to stop climate change without restrictions in our lifestyle, I think it is good that the topic of climate protection is currently getting so much attention, I see industry as being more responsible for climate protection than individual consumers like me, Germany should set a good example in climate protection); most competent party with regard to issues of the future; resignation of Andrea Nahles as SPD party leader and chair of the SPD parliamentary group as the right step; plans to introduce a basic pension for low-income earners as a step in the right direction; opinion on means-testing for the basic pension; agreement with various statements on foreign policy (Germany should be more responsive to French President Macron´s proposals for reforming the European Union, Germany should take into account the interests of Eastern and Southern European EU countries more than it has done so far, Chancellor Angela Merkel ensures that Germany is doing well in a troubled world, countries that want to cooperate more closely in the EU should move forward together even if others do not); assessment of the commitment of various actors to environmental and climate protection (companies in Germany, citizens, federal government, European Union, international community of states); agreement with various statements on the subject of rescuing refugees at sea in the Mediterranean (right that Italy denies rescue ships that have taken in refugees access to its ports, good that private initiatives rescue refugees from distress at sea in the Mediterranean, European asylum law should be amended in such a way that the burden on the EU states at the external borders is eased and refugees are distributed as evenly as possible among all member states, find it right that the European Union has suspended sea rescue for refugees from the Mediterranean, the rescue of refugees from distress at sea should in principle not be legally prosecuted); Ursula von der Leyen would be a good President of the EU Commission; preferred decision-making authority when appointing the President of the EU Commission (heads of government of the member states vs. European Parliament); Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer is a good choice as Defence Minister; expectations with regard to the relationship between Great Britain under the new Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the European Union; environmental and climate protection: climate-conscious behaviour can be better achieved through bans on climate-damaging behaviour vs. incentives for climate-friendly behaviour; assessment of concrete measures for environmental and climate protection as sensible or not sensible (expansion of renewable energies, higher prices for air travel, switch from internal combustion engines to alternative drive systems for cars, introduction of a CO2 tax, expansion of emissions trading for companies, promotion of innovation and research, lower prices for rail travel); willingness to support environmental and climate protection with a personal contribution x per month; agreement with statements on the work of the federal government of CDU/CSU and SPD (the federal government promises a lot, but little reaches the people, Angela Merkel is the guarantor that Germans are doing well despite all the crises in the world, the coalition of CDU/CSU and SPD should continue to work until the end of the legislative period in September 2021); opinion on the selection procedure for the SPD chairmanship (I think it is good that the SPD lets the party members vote on the appointment of the future party chairmen, the SPD currently deals too little with content and too much with personnel issues, there are good candidates applying for the SPD party chairmanship); assessment of the different tax treatment after the abolition of the solidarity surcharge for 90 percent of taxpayers as right or wrong; degree of concern about various issues (loss of German culture and language, not being able to maintain standard of living in the future, climate change destroying our livelihoods, social groups drifting further apart, no common answers from the parties to pressing political issues, money problems in old age); evaluation of the individual measures of the federal government´s climate package (introduction of a CO2 tax on petrol, diesel, heating oil, natural gas, cheaper rail tickets for long-distance travel, higher commuter allowance, state scrapping premium for old oil heating systems, higher state purchase premium for electric cars, higher taxes on air travel); overall evaluation of the federal government´s climate package (measures are appropriate, go too far, do not go far enough); agreement with various statements on climate behaviour (I am worried that in future I will have to restrict myself in my everyday life for climate protection, the state has the task of prohibiting citizens and companies from particularly climate-damaging behaviour, the measures of the climate package are a real incentive for me to move around in my everyday life in a more climate-friendly way); acceptance of climate protection actions (as a pupil not going to school but demonstrating, temporarily blocking roads and traffic, temporarily occupying factories, industrial plants or offices); opinion on improving the EU-Turkey agreement: EU should offer additional support to Turkey after accusations of breach of duty; commitment of Interior Minister Horst Seehofer to Italy on the distribution key for Mediterranean migrants is correct; assessment of various politicians as good candidates for chancellor of the CDU/CSU (Armin Laschet, Friedrich Merz, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Jens Spahn and Markus Söder); personally rather advantages or rather disadvantages due to German unification; comparison of political and social conditions in Germany with those of the former GDR in the following areas: in early childhood care, in the school system, in career development opportunities, in the economy, in travel opportunities, in the health system, in freedom of opinion and in social cohesion; agreement with statements on German unification (the life achievements of former GDR citizens are not sufficiently valued in reunified Germany, culture and mentality in East and West remain different 30 years after the fall of the Wall, for children born today it will no longer matter whether they come from East or West); identity 30 years after the fall of the Wall (more as an East German, as a West German or as a German); frequency of holiday trips to the other part of Germany since the fall of the Wall in 1989; satisfaction with the achievements of the federal government so far in various policy areas (budgetary and financial policy, family policy, digitisation, health policy and care, foreign and security policy, and economic and labour market policy); assessment of the SPD membership vote: Greater persuasiveness by the new SPD party leaders Norbert Walter-Borjans and Saskia Esken; assessment of the continuation of the federal government of CDU/CSU and SPD until the end of the legislative period in 2021; agreement with statements on the federal government (the governing parties are too preoccupied with themselves and their personnel instead of doing their job, if the coalition of CDU/CSU and SPD ends prematurely, I am worried about Germany´s political stability, new elections are best in the current political situation); attitudes towards NATO (we should become more independent from NATO and build a European military alliance, it is in Europe´s interest to maintain a common military alliance with the US). Demography: sex; age; employment; occupational status; education; household income. Additionally coded: record or pagination number; wave identifier; region (east/west); federal state; official district key; BIK municipality type; weighting factor.
Categories Categories
  • Political Institutions
  • International Institutions, Relations, Conditions
  • Political Issues
  • Political Attitudes and Behavior
  • Political Parties, Organizations
  • Government, political systems and organisations
  • International politics and organisations
  • Political behaviour and attitudes
Old Topics Old Topics
  • 11.1 Domestic political issues
  • 11.2 International politics and organisation
  • 11.5 Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
  • 11.6 Government, political systems and organisation


Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
UniverseEligible voters aged 18 and over
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
  • Longitudinal: Trend/Repeated cross-section
Kind of Data Kind of Data
  • Numeric
Data CollectorInfratest dimap, Berlin
Date of Collection
  • 07.01.2019 - 09.01.2019 (January)
  • 11.02.2019 - 13.02.2019 (February)
  • 11.03.2019 - 13.03.2019 (March)
  • 01.04.2019 - 03.04.2019 (April)
  • 29.04.2019 - 30.04.2019 (May)
  • 03.06.2019 - 05.06.2019 (June)
  • 01.07.2019 - 03.07.2019 (July)
  • 29.07.2019 - 31.07.2019 (August)
  • 03.09.2019 - 04.09.2019 (September)
  • 07.10.2019 - 09.10.2019 (October)
  • 04.11.2019 - 06.11.2019 (November)
  • 02.12.2019 - 04.12.2019 (December)

Errata & Versions

VersionDate, Name, DOI
1.0.0 (current version)2021-5-10 first archive edition
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Further Remarks

Number of Units: 14000
Number of Variables: 239
Analysis System(s): SPSS, Stata


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