Politbarometer (1977 - 2018)

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 2018 are available online via ZACAT and the Data Catalogue for further analytical research.  

Politbarometer time series 1977 - 2017

Apart from the annual cumulations, which include all polls and every variable from the respective year, there is also a time series. Its data set is based on a selection of variables comparable over the entire period from 1977 up to 2017.

This cumulated data set comprises the results of all monthly polls conducted in one year. All variables used during that particular year are reflected in the data.

  • From 1990 through 1995 and since 1999 the Politbarometer surveys were conducted separately in the "New" and "Old" German States ("Politbarometer East" and "Politbarometer West" ).

  • From 2003 until now Politbarometer Short Polls, which are conducted differently often in a year, were integrated in the annual cumulation.
  • Politbarometer polls additionally designated as Election Surveys in the study overview are part of the "German elections" database.

Recent annual cumulation

The cumulative file Politbarometer 2018 (ZA7492) is the recent Politbarometer data set in stock.

Data access

  • Registration: For downloading data, you need to sign in with user name (e-mail address) and password. New users have to register first. Registration is free of charge.

  • GESIS search: free of charge download of Politabrometer data sets and documentation released since 1977 for scientific usage

  • ZACAT  - free of charge online retrieval for scientific usage

Postal address:

GESIS Datenarchiv für Sozialwissenschaften
Postfach 41 09 60
50869 Köln


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