Eurobarometer Data Service

Democracy Satisfaction

On the whole, are you very satisfied, fairly satisfied, not very satisfied or not at all satisfied with the way democracy works (in your country) ?


This question was also regularly asked in the MONTHLY MONITOR flash surveys 1994 and 1995, alternating regarding the European Union.

Related publication:
Angelika Scheuer: Demokratiezufriedenheit sinkt in Deutschland unter EU-Niveau. Eine europäisch-vergleichende Analyse. In: Informationsdienst Soziale Indikatoren (ZUMA Publikation), Ausgabe 33, Januar 2005 (ISI 33 (204 kB)), p. 8-11.

Time series chart (35 kB) "Democracy Satisfaction" 1973-2010 (Germany East/West, Italy, EU).

ZA Study NumberEurobarometerFieldwork MonthFieldwork YearQuestion NumberVariable Name (1)
0628ECS739-101973Q.19cV15
0987351975Q.217V85 (2)
098955-61976Q.215V89 (2)
09906111976Q.120V20
09906111976Q.213V119 (2)
099174-51977Q.115bV12
0992810-111977Q.116V13
099395-61978Q.116V13
09941010-111978Q.115V12
10361141979Q.155V65
103712101979Q.114V11
10391410-111980Q.119V13
12071610-111981Q.233V48
1208173-41982Q.143V55
120918101982Q.233V34
1318193-41983Q.122V11
131920101983Q.239V36
1320213-41984Q.213V12
13212210-111984Q.227V125
1541233-41985Q.133V12
15422410-111985Q.156V18
1543253-41986Q.123V12
15442610-111986Q.146V18
17122741987Q.232V12
17132810-111987Q.136V18
1714293-41988Q.126V12
17153010-111988Q.120V19 (3)
1750313-41989Q.125V12
175131A71989Q.127 (5) V16
17523210-111989Q.4V13
1753333-41990Q.3V13
196034.010-111990Q.8V24/V25-V29
196234.210-111990Q.3V18
203135.031991Q.3V19
20813610-111991Q.3V20
214137.03-41992Q.3V19
229438.09-101992Q.3V19
229538.1111992Q.10V25
234639.03-41993Q.3V21
24594010-111993Q.3V20
249041.04-51994Q.3V37
249141.16-71994Q.10V54
25634211-121994Q.21aV58
263743.14-51995Q.6aV44
283044.32-41996Q.103 (4)V479
293647.13-41997Q.41V255
295948.010-111997Q.5aV44
3052494-51998Q.6aV43
317151.03-41999Q.12a 
320452.010-111999Q.11 
3296534-52000Q.17 
338754.111-122000Q.9 
362756.210-112001Q.9 
369358.110-112002Q.22a 
390459.13-42003Q.20a 
393860.110-112003Q.23a 
4056613-42004Q.39a 
422962.010-112004Q.44a 
423162.211-122004QD1_13 (4) 
441163.45-62005QA34a 
450665.23-52006QA34a 
456568.19-112007QA11a 
499472.410-112009QA18a 
523473.452010QA24a 
556776.3112011QA18a 
561277.352012QA20a 
568578.1112012QA19a 
568979.352013QA21a 
587579.562013Q30a 
587680.1112013QA18a 
591381.232014QA12a 
592881.45-62014QA18a 
593282.3112014QA20a 
599883.352015QA20a 
664384.3112015QA20a 
669485.252016QA18a 
678886.2112016QA18a 
686187.132017QA14a 
686387.352017QA17a 
692888.3112017QA17a 
696389.132018QA17a 
748490.192018D80a 
756291.232019QA6A 

(1) Please note that the variable names refer to the final ICPSR/ZA codebook editions, if available.

(2) 11-Point-Scale

(3) 10-Point-Scale

(4) satisfaction with democracy asked among other items

(5) A second question version was used in addition to the standard question with merged responses in variable V16: "Some people are for the present government (of your country). Others are against it. Putting aside whether you are for or against the present government, on the whole are you very satisfied, fairly satisfied, nor very satisfied or not at all satisfied with the way democracy works (in your country)?". A SPLIT variable is available (V15).