Wahlstudien

Politbarometer (1977 - 2011)

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

The data from all polls per year is integrated, documented and archived in one cumulative data record at the GESIS Archive.
The data and documents from the annual cumulations from 1977 up to 2011 are available online via ZACAT and the Data Catalogue for further analytical research.

Politbarometer time series 1977 - 2011

Apart from the annual cumulations, which include all polls and every variable from the respective year, there is also a time series for the survey area West (the old West German states). Its data set is based on a selection of variables comparable over the entire period from 1977 up to 2011.

Access to data and documents