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German Longitudinal Election Study

The German Longitudinal Election Study (GLES) is a DFG-funded project which made its debut just prior to the 2009 federal election. GLES is the largest and most ambitious election study held so far in Germany. Although the initial mandate is to examine and analyse the electorate for three consecutive elections, the aspired goal is to integrate the project within GESIS as an institutionalized election study after the federal election of 2017, and hence to make it a permanent study.

Further information of the GLES are available on the website of the GLES project.

New data: Long-term Online-Tracking, T28

Version 1.0.0 of the Long-term Online-Tracking, T28 (ZA5728) is available.
Direct link ZA5728

On our homepage you will find a link to the Data Catalogue, where you can download the data.

About the Study

The German Longitudinal Election Study is the largest and most ambitious election study held so far in Germany. In 2009, the study was launched by Prof. Dr. Hans Rattinger (University of Mannheim), Prof. Dr. Sigrid Roßteutscher (University of Frankfurt), Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Schmitt-Beck (University of Mannheim) and Prof. Dr. Bernhard Weßels (Social Science Research Center Berlin). Currently, the study is managed by Prof. Dr. Sigrid Roßteutscher (University of Frankfurt), Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Schmitt-Beck (University of Mannheim), Prof. Dr. Harald Schoen (Mannheim Centre for European Social Research, ), Prof. Dr. Bernhard Weßels (Social Science Research Center Berlin) and Prof. Dr. Christof Wolf (GESIS) in close cooperation with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Wahlforschung (DGfW).

The complex study is structured in nine components. These are connected by a common core questionnaire. Therefore it is possible to compare the different components. The GLES sets itself apart by employing a wide array of methodologies, combining quantitative as well as qualitative techniques.

The core of the study is composed of a series of pre and post-electoral cross-sectional surveys. These cross-sectional data are also the first wave of a new long-term panel in the course of which the same respondents will be surveyed again in 2013 and 2017. A short-term panel and a Multi-Level-Panel (MLP) complement the cross-sectional data during the campaigning phase. With this, the MLP opens the possibility to analyse the relationship between federal and Länder elections. Citizens located in Länder in which elections took place prior to the federal elections, are also questioned about Länder politics. In addition to widely established modes of questionnaire administration (CATI and CAPI), the GLES also had recourse to online surveys. GLES also harnessed the power of qualitative methodology in its candidate study and media analysis sections; this setting allows for deeper insight into the electorate within the general backdrop of the elections. Complementing the surveys linked to the federal elections, the delivery of ancillary surveys is also planned before the forthcoming federal elections. These surveys consist of media analyses as well as online trackings, conducted four times a year. In cases where Länder elections are also held, the questionnaire is supplemented by specific Länder related questions and the sample-size is increased.

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If you are interested in further information about GLES you might want to subscribe to our mailing list. This list will keep you informed about new Pre-releases, updates, and general news about GLES.

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GESIS Staff of the GLES

Within GESIS, employees from both the departments “Monitoring Society and Social Change” and “Data Archive for the Social Sciences” work on the GLES-Project. A link between the two different departments is being built by the Research Data Center "Elections".

GESIS Project Management

Dr. Manuela S. Blumenberg (Monitoring Society and Social Change) 
Phone: +49/621/1246-431, E-Mail.

Project Research-Associates

André Förster (Data Archive for the Social Sciences) 
Phone: +49/221/47694-489, E-Mail

Dr. Tobias Gummer (Monitoring Society and Social Change)
Phone: +49/621/1246-435, E-Mail

Malte Kaukal (Data Archive for the Social Sciences) 
Phone: +49/221/47694-488, E-Mail

Dr. Joss Roßmann (Data Archive for the Social Sciences) 
Phone : +49/621/1246-417, E-Mail

 

To get an overview over the whole research team please take a look at the project website of the GLES.

Former Project Research-Associate

Christian Prinz 
Ossip Fürnberg
Jan Eric Blumenstiel