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The German Election Study also conducts surveys and prepares data between federal elections. Here you can find out what the GLES team is currently working on.

Publication

Issue of the easy journal about the 2021 federal election published

The interdisciplinary transfer journal easy_social_sciences, published by Gesis, has published issue 67 with perspectives and data from GLES on the 2021 federal election.

To what extent do topics like climate change or place of residence influence election decisi­ons and attitudes? How do candidates present themselves on Twitter and to what extent do they represent the electorate in terms of both content and socio-demographic composition? Eight articles explore issues in the field of election research, primarily using data from the German Longitudinal Election Study (GLES).

The issue can be downloaded here.

(28.07.2022)

Field work

Data collection GLES Tracking T52

GLES Tracking T52 will enter the field on 2 June 2022.

GLES Trackings with different thematic focuses are conducted at regular intervals. The present survey includes the core questionnaire on central aspects of electoral research and political attitudes as well as sociodemographics. It is supplemented by questions addressing the Russian attack on Ukraine, an impending bottleneck in gas supplies and the role of NATO in this conflict.

The pre-publication of the question program can be downloaded in German.

(01.06.2022)

Field work

Data collection GLES Panel

Data collection for the spring survey wave 2022 of the GLES Panel started on May 18. As part of wave 22, active panelists in samples A1-A4 and B will be interviewed through June 28. Wave 22 also includes the first re-interview of up to 5,104 respondents from the GLES Cross-Section 2021 who had consented to be invited to our follow-up surveys. Those respondents who choose to participate form the new sample C of the GLES Panel.

Wave 22 focuses on voting intentions and behavior, general attitudes towards politics, political involvement, most important problems, evaluations of political actors, the Corona crisis, and the Russian war against Ukraine.

The interviews for Wave 22 will be conducted online (CAWI).

The pre-publication questionnaire for Wave 22 can be downloaded in German or English.

(19.05.2022)

Field Work

Updated version of the German and English questionnaire of the Pre-election (ZA7700)

An updated version of the German and English questionnaire is available for the GLES Cross Section Pre-Election (Version 2.1). Besides corrections, the English questionnaire now also compares the CAWI mode and the PAPI mode.

The updated version of the questionnaire can be downloaded in German and English.

(15.02.2022)

Field work

Data collection GLES Tracking T51

GLES Tracking T51 will enter the field on 4 February 2022.

GLES Trackings with different thematic focuses are conducted at regular intervals. The present survey includes the core questionnaire on central aspects of electoral research and political attitudes as well as sociodemographics. In addition, questions were included on satisfaction with the new coalition of SPD, FDP and Greens as a whole, but also on satisfaction with the individual parties. Questions on satisfaction with the opposition parties and questions about the potential voting behavior of parents if they were allowed to vote for their underage children were also collected.

The pre-publication of the question program can be downloaded in German.

(02.02.2022)

Field work

Data collection GLES Panel

Wave 21 of the GLES Panel on government formation went into the field on December 9, 2021. This is the seventh interview with active panelists from samples A1-A4 on the 2021 election to the German Bundestag.

The question program of Wave 21 focuses on voting behavior and the election outcome, coalition negotiations, evaluation of political actors, general attitudes towards politics and political involvement of respondents, personality, and the Corona crisis.

The interviews for Wave 21 will be conducted online (CAWI).

The pre-publication questionnaire for Wave 21 can be downloaded in German.

(09.12.2021)

Field work

Updated version of the questionnaire of the Rolling Cross-Section Study 2021

An updated version of the 2021 Rolling Cross-Section Study questionnaire was released on 10/22/2021 (version 0.4). The updated questionnaire contains, among other things, the complete question program of the post-election survey as well as corrections of variable names.

The updated pre-publication of the questionnaire is available in German and English.

(22.10.2021)

Field work

GLES Candidate Study

Data collection for the GLES Candidate Study started on October 19, 2021. The questions cover five thematic blocks: political background and nomination, campaigning, political issues, democracy and representation, and personal background and includes the German survey of the Comparative Candidate Survey (CCS).

An updated version of the pre-publication questionnaire can be downloaded in German.

(21.10.2021)

Field work

Updated version of the cross-section post-election questionnaire

An updated version of the questionnaire for the GLES cross-section post-election survey is available. It mainly contains corrections for variable names and labels.

The updated pre-publication of the questionnaire can be downloaded in German.

(06.10.2021)

Field work

Data collection GLES Panel

Data collection for the post-election wave of the GLES Panel started on September 29, 2021. This is the sixth of up to seven interviews with active panelists of samples A1-A4 before and during the election campaign as well as after the 2021 election to the German Bundestag. Further, the active panelists from Sample B are interviewed until November 9, 2021.

Wave 20 focuses on voting behavior and the election outcome, general attitudes towards politics, political involvement in the election campaign, networks, evaluations of government coalitions, and attributes of the candidates. The questionnaire also includes questions on the federal state elections in Berlin and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

The interviews for Wave 20 will be conducted online (CAWI).

The pre-publication questionnaire for Wave 20 can be downloaded in German and English.

(29.09.2021)

Field Work

Pre-election survey of the Rolling Cross-Section Study completed

On 09/25/2021, the pre-election survey of the GLES Rolling Cross-Section Study was completed. In the period since 02/08/2021, 7063 complete interviews were realized. Respondents who agreed to participate are currently being contacted for the post-election re-survey.

The pre-publication of the questionnaire is available in German and English.

(29.09.2021)

Field Work

GLES Post-election Cross-Section

Data collection for the GLES Post-election Cross-Section started on September 27th, 2021.

In addition to the fixed questionnaire program on voting behavior and political attitudes, equivalent to the pre-election Cross-Section, the Post-election Cross-Section includes the German survey of the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (CSES).

The pre-publication questionnaire can be downloaded in German.

(27.09.2021)

Field work

Data collection GLES Panel

Data collection for the 19th wave of the GLES Panel started on September 15, 2021. This is the fifth of up to seven interviews with active panelists of samples A1-A4 before and during the election campaign as well as after the 2021 election to the German Bundestag. The interviews with samples A1-A4 will be conducted in a design similar to those of the GLES election campaign panels for the 2009, 2013, and 2017 Bundestag elections.

Wave 19 focuses on involvement in the election campaign, networks, media use, strategic voting, and the televised debate between the candidates for chancellor by the German public broadcasters ARD and ZDF.

The interviews for Wave 19 will be conducted online (CAWI).

The pre-publication questionnaire for Wave 19 can be downloaded in German and English.

(16.09.2021)

GLES Candidate Study

Pre-publication of the question program

The GLES Candidate Survey is a complete survey of all direct and list candidates of the parties represented in the Bundestag in 2021 for the 2021 federal election. The questions cover five thematic blocks: political background and nomination, campaigning, political issues, democracy and representation, and personal background.

The pre-publication of the question program can be downloaded in German.

The GLES Candidate Survey is expected to enter the field on 19 October 2021.

(15.09.2021)

Field work

Data collection GLES Tracking T50

GLES Tracking T50 will enter the field on 15 September 2021.

In addition to the fixed question program on political attitudes and behavior, items on the integrity of elections, the corona pandemic, the current situation in Afghanistan, and the chancellor candidates will be collected.

The pre-publication of the question program can be downloaded in German.

(14.09.2021)

Field work

Updated version of the questionnaire of the Rolling Cross-Section Study 2021

On 09/03/2021, an updated version of the Rolling Cross-Section Study 2021 questionnaire was released (version 0.3). The updated questionnaire includes new questions about the third TV debate on 09/19/2021 as well as new items about the debt brake and fear of rising refugee numbers (question pre023), which were added to the questionnaire during the current field phase.

The updated version of the questionnaire can be downloaded in German and English.

(09.09.2021)

GLES Open Science Challenge 2021: Reviewers wanted!

Are you an expert in any related field of the German federal election 2021 and willing to review a registered report within the following time frame?

-> Stage 1 Manuscript review: 2021-10-04 – 2021-10-17

-> Stage 1 review of revised manuscripts: 2021-11-15 – 2021-11-19

-> Stage 2 full manuscript review: 20211-03-14 – 2022-03-27

Please register here: https://unipark.de/uc/gles_osc/reviewer/

All expert reviewers are welcome, form Ph.D. students to professors.

(03.09.2021)

Field work

Data collection GLES Panel

Data collection for the 18th wave of the GLES Panel starts on August 11, 2021. This is the fourth of up to seven interviews with active panelists of samples A1-A4 before and during the election campaign as well as after the 2021 election to the German Bundestag. The interviews with samples A1-A4 will be conducted in a design similar to those of the GLES election campaign panels for the 2009, 2013, and 2017 Bundestag elections.

The interviews for Wave 18 will be conducted online (CAWI).

The pre-publication questionnaire for Wave 18 can be downloaded in German and English.

(11.08.2021)

Field work

Start of data collection for the GLES Rolling Cross-Section 2021

Data collection for the GLES Rolling Cross-Section 2021 began on August 2nd, 2021. In this telephone survey, 130 interviews a day (each with new respondents) are aimed for up to the day before the election date. A complex sampling and survey design aims at achieving structural similarity of the daily samples. All respondents are invited to a re-interview after the election. The RCS data allow for investigating developments during the election campaign and until after the election in detail.

A pre-release of the questionnaire is available in German and English.

(06.08.2021)

Field work

Data collection GLES Panel

Data collection for the 17th wave of the GLES Panel starts on July 7, 2021. This is the third of up to seven interviews with active panelists of samples A1-A4 before and during the election campaign as well as after the 2021 election to the German Bundestag. The interviews with samples A1-A4 will be conducted in a design similar to those of the GLES election campaign panels for the 2009, 2013, and 2017 Bundestag elections.

The interviews for Wave 17 will be conducted online (CAWI).

The pre-publication questionnaire for Wave 17 can be downloaded in German and English.

(07.07.2021)

GLES Open Science Challenge 2021

Call for Papers

The German Longitudinal Election Study (GLES), in collaboration with the journal German Political Science Quarterly (PVS) and the German Society for Electoral Studies (DGfW), invites researchers to participate in the GLES Open Science Challenge 2021. We call for open topic submissions for a Special Issue featuring Registered Reports and based on the data of the GLES Cross-Section 2021 pre-election survey or the GLES Rolling Cross-Section 2021.

To the Call for Papers, or find out more about the Open Science Challenge 2021

(21.05.2021)

GESIS Panel

Federal election call

On the occasion of the federal election, the GESIS Panel offers researchers the opportunity to collect their own survey data within the framework of a short submission. In case of a positive review, submitted questions will be included in the survey wave with field start in August. In addition, a number of other relevant items will be collected in the August survey (e.g., on voting intention, on sympathy with the leading candidates, and on issue competence). More information on this call (deadline: June 7) can be found here.

(11.05.2021)

Field work

Data collection GLES Panel

Data collection for the 16th wave of the GLES Panel starts on May 6, 2021. This is the second of up to seven interviews with active panelists of samples A1-A4 before and during the election campaign as well as after the 2021 election to the German Bundestag. The interviews with samples A1-A4 will be conducted in a design similar to those of the GLES election campaign panels for the 2009, 2013, and 2017 Bundestag elections.

The interviews for Wave 16 will be conducted online (CAWI).

The pre-publication questionnaire for Wave 16 can be downloaded in German or English.

(06.05.2021)

Field work

Data collection GLES Tracking T49

GLES Tracking T49 will enter the field on 23 April 2021.

This time, in addition to the fixed question program on political attitudes and behavior, some items on the corona pandemic will be collected.

The pre-publication of the question program can be downloaded in German.

(23.04.2021)

Field work

Data collection GLES Panel

The GLES Panel entered the field with the 15th wave on February 25, 2021, shortly before the elections Data collection for the 15th wave of the GLES Panel started on February 25, 2021, shortly before the federal state elections in Baden-Württemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate. In addition to the active panelists of the samples A1-A3, approximately 11,600 participants newly recruited in fall 2020 (sample A4) will be surveyed again for the first time in Wave 15.

This year, the active panelists of samples A1-A4 will be interviewed at a total of up to seven times before and during the election campaign as well as after the 2021 election to the German Bundestag. The interviews of Samples A1-A4 will be conducted in a design similar to those of the GLES election campaign panels for the 2009, 2013, and 2017 Bundestag elections.

The interviews for Wave 15 will be conducted online (CAWI).

The pre-publication of the question program can be downloaded in German or English.

(03.03.2020)

Cognitive pretest

Publication project report

For GLES surveys in the context of the 2021 federal election, some modules of the GLES questionnaire on social media, politics and society were revised or newly developed. These questions were tested for comprehensibility in a cognitive pretest using telephone cognitive interviews.

For more information click here (in German).

(02.02.2021)

Call for Participants [ENDED]

Workshop: Social media in the German Longitudinal Election Study (GLES)

GLES organizes a workshop on “social media in the GLES” mid-January 2021. The workshop will be held in German.

The goal of the workshop is an exchange with researchers regarding the collection of social media use and social media perception on the basis of self reports in the GLES and to adjust the GLES questions on this topic.

The call can still be found here (in German).

(18.01.2021)

Field work

Data collection GLES Tracking T48

The GLES Tracking T48 will enter the field on January 15, 2021.

This time, in addition to the fixed question program on political attitudes and behavior, some items on the corona pandemic will be collected.

The pre-publication of the question program can be downloaded in German.

In addition to the regular GLES Tracking, we will again interview the persons who have participated in Trackings T46 and T47, in the same period. They will receive the identical questionnaire.

The data are expected to be published at the end of March 2021.

(14.09.2021)

Field work

Data collection GLES Panel

The GLES Panel is in the field with the 14th wave since November 3, 2020. The data collection is conducted online via computer-administered web interviews (CAWI).

The pre-publication of the question program can be downloaded in German or English.

(09.11.2020)

Field work

Data collection GLES Panel profile wave 2020: Sample for the analysis of the federal election campaign 2021

On September 21, 2020, the data collection of the profile wave of a new sample for the GLES Panel began. Up to 11,000 interviews will be conducted with participants from the German opt-in online panel provided by respondi AG. Participants in the 2020 profile wave will subsequently be surveyed again at several points in time before and during the election campaign and after the 2021 federal elections. The surveys of this new sample are in the tradition of the design of the GLES Short-term Campaign Panels for the 2009, 2013 and 2017 federal elections.

In addition to a detailed module on the socio-demographic background of the participating persons, the question program of the profile wave includes questions on basic political attitudes, behavior and predispositions. The pre-publication of the question program can be downloaded in German and English.

(23.09.2020)

Field work

Data collection GLES Tracking T47

The GLES Tracking T47 will enter the field on September 11, 2020.

This time, in addition to the fixed question program on political attitudes and behavior, some items on the corona pandemic will be collected.

The pre-publication of the question program can be downloaded in German.

In addition to the regular GLES Tracking, we will again interview the persons who have participated in Tracking T46, in the same period. They will receive the identical questionnaire.

The data are expected to be published between the end of October and the middle of November 2020.

(09.09.2020)

Field work

Data collection GLES Tracking T46

The GLES Tracking T46 has been in the field since May 1, 2020.

This time, in addition to the fixed question program on political attitudes and behavior, some items on the corona pandemic will be collected.

The pre-publication of the question program can be downloaded here.

(04.05.2020)

Field work

Data collection GLES Panel

The GLES Panel has been in the field with the 13th wave since April 21, 2020. In addition to political attitudes and questions regarding election decisions, this wave also includes some items on the corona pandemic. The pre-publication of the question program can be downloaded in German or English.

(21.04.2020)

Field work

Data collection Short-term Campaign Panel

The Short-term Campaign Panel is expected to launch a 13th wave at the end of April 2020. The questionnaire will be made available here at the start of the field.

(17.02.2020)

Data preparation

Cumulation of Cross-sections

Work is currently underway to cumulate the GLES Cross-sections for the 2009, 2013 and 2017 federal elections, which will be published in the 4th quarter of 2020.

(17.02.2020)

Field work

Data collection Tracking

The GLES Tracking T45 was in the field from 10 to 23 January 2020. The data is currently being prepared.

(17.02.2020)

Data preparation

Publication GLES Panel

In spring 2020 the GLES Panel, wave 1-10 will be published. The new panel is composed of the GLES Election Campaign Panel 2017 and the participants of the GLES cross-section 2017 who are willing to be interviewed again.

Brief description

(17.02.2020)

New publication

GLES book on the 2017 Bundestag elections

In July 2019 the third volume of the DGfW book series “Wahlen in Deutschland” (Elections in Germany) was published by Nomos. Using the GLES data, this volume offers a comprehensive analysis of the 2017 federal elections.

To the publications

(30.09.2019)

Data Releases

The GLES datasets can be obtained from the GESIS data archive. There you will also find the questionnaires and detailed descriptions of the studies. A one-time registration is required before using the data.

GLES Nomination Study

Version 1.0.0 of GLES Nomination Study 2021 (ZA7704) is available.

For the 2021 federal election, the GLES Nomination Study was conducted for the first time as part of the GLES. This study systematically collected information on constituency candidates’ internal party nomination processes for the 2021 federal election. The data cover critical aspects of the nomination processes of constituency candidates of the parties represented in the Bundestag with parliamentary group status before the election, focusing on information about the candidates for nomination as constituency candidates as well as information about the nomination processes, such as the vote shares of those running for the nomination in each constituency and party. The GLES Nomination Study 2021 was conducted through research by trained student assistants and an online survey of representatives of the parties in each constituency.

Due to the high sensitivity of the data, the data are only accessible for academic research and teaching after written application and approval of the data provider.

Information on the data

(20.09.2021)

GLES Panel

Pre-release of wave 22 data (ZA7728, Version 1.0.0)

In Wave 22 of the GLES panel, a total of 12,115 interviews were conducted online (CAWI) with active panelists from samples A1-A4 in the period 18.05.-31.05.2022. The question program focused on vote intention and vote choice, political involvement, political attitudes, perceptions of problems, evaluation of political actors, sociodemographics, personality, and the Corona crisis.

The data from wave 22 are initially available as a pre-release. They have already been subjected to an initial check, verification, and cleaning. The data can be merged with Waves 1-15 of the GLES panel (ZA6838, version 5.0.0) and the pre-releases of Wave 16 (ZA7722), Wave 17 (ZA7723), Wave 18 (ZA7724), Wave 19 (ZA7725), Wave 20 (ZA7726), and Wave 21 (ZA7727) via the sequence number lfdn until the full release is published.

To the data

(12.08.2022)

GLES Cross-Section

Updated version of the German questionnaire for the post-election (ZA7701) and publication of the English version

An updated version of the German questionnaire for the GLES post-election cross-section is available (version 1.1), which includes corrections to variable names and filters. Additionally, the questionnaire is now also available in English.

The questionnaires are available in German and English.

(19.07.2022)

GLES Panel

Pre-release of wave 21 data (ZA7727, Version 1.0.0)

In Wave 21 of the GLES panel, a total of 12.997 interviews were conducted online (CAWI) with active panelists from samples A1-A4 after the federal election in the period 09.12.-21.12.2021. The question program focused on turnout and vote choice, political attitudes & involvement, perceptions of problems, political actors, the Corona pandemic, and the coalition talks.

The data from wave 21 are initially available as a pre-release. They have already been subjected to an initial check, verification, and cleaning. The data can be merged with Waves 1-15 of the GLES panel (ZA6838, version 5.0.0) and the pre-releases of Wave 16 (ZA7722), Wave 17 (ZA7723), Wave 18 (ZA7724), Wave 19 (ZA7725), and Wave 20 (ZA7726) via the sequence number lfdn until the full release is published.

To the data

(07.07.2022)

GLES Tracking

Data publication

Version 1.0.0 of GLES Tracking June 2022, T52 (ZA7710) is available.

In this Tracking, in addition to the core questions on key aspects of voting behavior and political attitudes, some questions were asked about the Russian attack on Ukraine, the role of NATO in this conflict and an impending bottleneck in gas supplies. Also included was the potential voting behavior of parents if they were allowed to vote for their underage children.

To the data

(01.07.2022)

GLES Candidate Study

Pre-release of the data on the Federal Elections 2021 (ZA7704, Version 1.0.0) 

The dataset contains interviews with 735 direct and list candidates of the parties represented in the Bundestag with parliamentary group status before the 2021 federal election (CDU, CSU, SPD, AfD, FDP, DIE LINKE, and BÜNDNIS 90/DIE GRÜNEN). The survey, to which all candidates of these parties were invited, was conducted between 19.10.2021 and 31.01.2022 in a mixed-mode design consisting of computer-assisted web-based interviews (CAWI) and written interviews (PAPI).

The core of the study consists of questions about the candidates’ backgrounds, recruitment and selection, campaigns, political attitudes, and policy positions. Through international cooperation with the Comparative Candidates Survey (CCS), the survey instrument of the Candidates Study includes the CCS core questionnaire. It thus allows for international comparative analyses of candidate attitudes and behavior.

The data are initially available as a pre-release, meaning they have been subjected to an initial check, audit, and cleaning. 

Due to the high sensitivity of the data, the data are only accessible for academic research and teaching after written application and approval of the data provider. 

Information on the data 

(15.06.2022)

GLES Panel

Pre-release of wave 20 data (ZA7726, Version 1.0.0)

In Wave 20 of the GLES panel, a total of 13.830 interviews were conducted online (CAWI) with active panelists from samples A1-A4 immediately after the federal election in the period 29.9.-12.10.2021. The question program focused on turnout and vote choice, political attitudes & involvement, perceptions of problems, political actors, and the Corona pandemic.

The data from wave 20 are initially available as a pre-release. They have already been subjected to an initial check, verification, and cleaning. The data can be merged with Waves 1-15 of the GLES panel (ZA6838, version 5.0.0) and the pre-releases of Wave 16 (ZA7722), Wave 17 (ZA7723), Wave 18 (ZA7724), and Wave 19 (ZA7725) via the sequence number lfdn until the full release is published.

To the data

(10.06.2022)

GLES Panel

Pre-release of wave 19 data (ZA7725, Version 1.0.0)

In Wave 19 of the GLES panel, a total of 13.568 interviews were conducted online (CAWI) with active panelists from samples A1-A4 prior to the federal election in the period 15-25 September 2021. The question program focused on voting intention and voting decision, political attitudes & involvement, most important problems, evaluations of political actors, the Corona pandemic, and the TV debate of the candidates.

The data from wave 19 are initially available as a pre-release. They have already been subjected to an initial check, verification, and cleaning. The data can be merged with Waves 1-15 of the GLES panel (ZA6838, version 5.0.0) and the pre-releases of Wave 16 (ZA7722), Wave 17 (ZA7723 ), and Wave 18 (ZA7724 ) via the sequence number lfdn until the full release is published.

To the data

(13.05.2022)

GLES Panel

Pre-release of wave 18 data (ZA7724, Version 1.0.0)

In Wave 18 of the GLES panel, a total of 13,963 interviews were conducted online (CAWI) with active panelists from samples A1-A4 during the period 11-24 August 2021. The question program focused on voting intention and voting decision, political attitudes & involvement, most important problems, evaluations of political actors, personality, and the Corona pandemic.

The data from wave 18 are initially available as a pre-release. They have already been subjected to an initial check, verification, and cleaning. The data can be merged with Waves 1-15 of the GLES panel (ZA6838, version 5.0.0) and the pre-releases of Wave 16 (ZA7722, version 2.0.0), and Wave 17 (ZA7723, version 1.0.0) via the sequence number lfdn until the full release is published.

To the data

(27.04.2022)

GLES Tracking

Data publication

Version 1.0.0 of GLES Tracking February 2022, T51 (ZA7709) is available.

In this Tracking, in addition to the core questions on key aspects of voting behavior and political attitudes, some questions were asked about satisfaction with the new traffic light coalition of SPD, FDP and Greens, on satisfaction with the individual parties and on the potential voting behavior of parents if they were allowed to vote for their underage children.

To the data

(13.04.2022)

GLES Rolling Cross-Section 2021

Data publication

Version 2.0.0 of GLES Rolling Cross-Section 2021 (ZA7703) is available.

The GLES Rolling Cross-Section is a survey conducted prior to the 2021 federal election. It allows for the analysis of election campaign dynamics on a daily basis. The implementation of a post-election panel wave also allows the investigation of intra-individual changes over the course of the campaign.

To the data

(28.02.2022)

GLES Cross-Section

Data publication

The cumulation of the already published data of pre- and post-election of the GLES Cross Section 2021 is now available. The GLES pre-election and post-election cross-section is a probabilistic sample-based population survey that has been conducted in the eight weeks before and after each federal election since 2009. For the GLES cross-section 2021, 5,220 interviews were realised in the pre-election between 26/08/2021 and 25/09/2021, and 3,424 interviews in the post-election between 27/09/2021 and 21/11/2021. Due to the high number of cases, it is also possible to conduct meaningful analyses of subgroups of the electorate. In addition to the fixed programme of questions, this year’s survey included questions on current political issues (e.g. the Corona pandemic, compulsory vaccination, rent caps, climate change, equality), trust in institutions and the feeling of being left behind.

Due to the Corona pandemic, the GLES Cross Section was conducted this year in a mixed-mode design (CAWI and PAPI) and the data of the respondents in CAWI and PAPI mode are published together in one data set.

To the data

(10.02.2022)

GLES Cross-Section

Data publication

Version 1.0.0 (Pre-Release) of GLES Cross-Section 2021, Post-Election (ZA7701) is available.

The GLES Post-Election Cross-Section is a population survey based on a probabilistic sample that has been conducted in the weeks following the German federal election since 2009. In 2021 3.424 interviews were conducted between Sept. 27, 2021 and Nov. 21, 2021.

Due to the large sample, it is also possible to conduct meaningful analyses of subgroups of the electorate. In addition to the recurring questions on vote intention and political attitudes, this year’s survey included questions on current political issues (e.g., the Corona pandemic, compulsory vaccination, rent caps, climate change, equality), trust in institutions, and the feeling of being left behind.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a mixed-mode design (CAWI and PAPI) was implemented and the respondents’ answers are published together in one dataset.

To the data

(21.01.2022)

GLES Panel

Pre-release of wave 17 data (ZA7723, Version 1.0.0)

In Wave 17 of the GLES panel, a total of 13,704 interviews were conducted online (CAWI) with active panelists from samples A1-A4 during the period 7-20 July 2021. The question program focused on voting intention and voting decision, general attitudes towards politics and party contacts, as well as media use during the election campaign, evaluation of political actors, personality, and the Corona pandemic.

The data from wave 17 are initially available as a pre-release. They have already been subjected to an initial check, verification, and cleaning. The data can be merged with Waves 1-15 of the GLES panel (ZA6838, version 5.0.0) and the pre-release of wave 16 (ZA7722, version 2.0.0) via the sequence number lfdn until the full release is published.

To the data

(18.01.2022)

GLES Panel

Data publication

Version 2.0.0 of wave 16 of the GLES Panel (pre-release) (ZA7722) is available.

In this version, a coding error from version 1.0.0 that led to the deletion of an interview was fixed.

To the data

(18.01.2022)

GLES Panel

Pre-release of wave 16 data (ZA7722, Version 1.0.0)

In Wave 16 of the GLES panel, a total of 15,072 interviews were conducted online (CAWI) with active panelists from samples A1-A4 during the period 5-19 May 2021. The question program focused on voting intention and voting decision, general attitudes towards politics and political involvement of respondents, perceptions of political problems, evaluation of political actors, personality, and the Corona pandemic.

The data from wave 16 are initially available as a pre-release. They have already been subjected to an initial check, verification, and cleaning. The data can be merged with Waves 1-15 of the GLES panel (ZA6838, version 5.0.0) via the sequence number lfdn until the full release is published.

To the data

(16.12.2021)

GLES Rolling Cross-Section

Data publication

Version 1.0.0 (Pre-Release) of GLES Rolling Cross-Section 2021 (ZA7703) is available.

The GLES Rolling Cross-Section is a survey conducted prior to the 2021 federal election. It allows for the analysis of election campaign dynamics on a daily basis. The implementation of a post-election panel wave also allows the investigation of intra-individual changes over the course of the campaign.

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(06.12.2021)

GLES Cross-Section

Version 1.0.0 (Pre-Release) of the GLES Cross-Section 2021, Pre-Election (ZA7700) is available.

The GLES Pre-Election Cross-Section is a population survey based on a probabilistic sample that has been conducted in the eight weeks before the German federal election since 2009. This year 5,220 interviews were conducted between Aug. 26, 2021 and Sept. 25, 2021. Due to the large sample, it is also possible to conduct meaningful analyses of subgroups of the electorate. In addition to the recurring questions on vote intention and political attitudes, this year’s survey included questions on current political issues (e.g., the Corona pandemic, compulsory vaccination, rent caps, climate change, equality), trust in institutions, and the feeling of being left behind. Due to the Corona pandemic, a mixed-mode design (CAWI and PAPI) was implemented and the respondents’ answers are published together in one dataset.

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(25.11.2021)

GLES Tracking

Data publication

Version 2.0.0 of GLES Tracking September 2021, T50 (ZA7708) is available.

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(17.11.2021)

GLES Tracking

Data publication

Version 1.0.0 of GLES Tracking September 2021, T50 (ZA7708) is available.

In this Tracking, which was in the field immediately before the 2021 German federal election (Sept. 15, 2021 – Sept. 24, 2021), in addition to the core questions on key aspects of voting behavior and political attitudes, some questions were asked about postal vote, the situation in Afghanistan, electoral integrity, the chancellor candidates, and hypothetical vote choice for one’s underage children.

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(06.10.2021)

Twitter accounts of candidates

Data publication

Version 2.0.0 of the dataset with the Twitter accounts of the candidates of all parties currently represented in the Bundestag is available. The data was collected by GESIS and GLES, in cooperation with the Digital Society Project and Twitter. In this release, outdated Twitter accounts were updated, and new accounts were added.

The dataset is released for academic research and teaching.

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(08.09.2021)

Twitter accounts of candidates

Data publication

For the 2021 federal election, GESIS und GLES, in cooperation with the Digital Society Project and Twitter, collected the Twitter accounts of the candidates. This pre-release includes all candidates of the parties currently represented in the Bundestag and their Twitter accounts.

The dataset is released for academic research and teaching.

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(03.09.2021)

GLES Panel

Data publication

For this publication, the GLES Panel was expanded with Waves 14 and 15. Wave 14 was collected in November/December 2020 and includes respondents from Samples A1-A3 and Sample B. Wave 15, conducted in February/March 2021, is the first joint survey of Samples A1-A3 (2017 Election Campaign Panel) and respondents of Sample A4 (2021 Election Campaign Panel), who were interviewed in autumn 2020 for the first time.

Sample A datasets are released for academic research and teaching.

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Sample B datasets are available for free download after signing a data use agreement (English or German). Please send the data use agreement to the GLES Team.

(23.07.2021)

GLES Tracking

Data publication

Version 1.0.0 of GLES Tracking April 2021, T49 (ZA7706) is available.

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(26.05.2021)

Field work

Data collection GLES Tracking T50

GLES Tracking T50 will enter the field on 15 September 2021.

In addition to the fixed question program on political attitudes and behavior, items on the integrity of elections, the corona pandemic, the current situation in Afghanistan, and the chancellor candidates will be collected.

The pre-publication of the question program can be downloaded in German.

(14.09.2021)

GLES Tracking

Data publication

Version 1.0.0 of GLES Tracking January 2021, T48 (ZA7705) is available.

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Version 1.0.0 of GLES Tracking January 2021, repeatedly questioned respondents T46W2 T47W (ZA7706) is available.

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(23.04.2021)

GLES Panel

Data publication

Version 3.0.0 of the GLES Panel 2016-2020, Waves 1-13 (ZA6838) is available.

The additional waves 12 and 13 (Sample A and B) are now available with this release. The field period of wave 12 was in November/December 2019, and new items on climate change were added to the questionnaire. Respondents from Brandenburg, Saxony, and Thuringia were surveyed on the respective state elections. Panelists participating in wave 13 were interviewed in April/May 2020. The wave contains, among others, questions on attitudes towards Corona measures.

Sample A datasets can be obtained directly from the data center.

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Sample B datasets are available for free download after signing a data use agreement (English or German). Please send the data use agreement to the GLES Team.

(29.01.2021)

GLES Cross-Section

Data publication

Version 1.0.0 of the GLES Cross-Section 2009-2017, Cumulation (ZA6835) is available.

The newly published dataset is a cumulation of the six individual datasets of the GLES Pre- and Post-Election Cross-Section surveys of the years 2009, 2013 and 2017.

The GLES Cross-Sections are based on a multistage, stratified random sample and were conducted before and after the 2009, 2013 and 2017 federal elections, with about 2,100 interviews per sample. The cumulated dataset contains 12,490 cases.

The GLES Cross-Sections can be used to analyze classic questions in election and voter research.

An English version of the dataset will follow.

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(18.01.2021)

GLES Tracking

Data publication

Version 2.0.0 of GLES Tracking May 2020, T46 (ZA6840) is available.

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Version 1.0.0 of GLES Tracking September 2020, T47 (ZA6841) is available.

To the data

Version 1.0.0 of GLES Tracking September 2020, repeatedly questioned respondents T46W (ZA6842) is available.

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(09.11.2020)

GLES Tracking

Data publication

Version 1.1.0 of GLES Tracking January 2020, T45 (ZA6839) is available.

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(29.09.2020)

GLES Panel

Data publication

Version 2.0.0 of GLES Panel 2016-2019, waves 1-11 (ZA6838) available. The data will be made available for free download after signing a data usage contract. Please send the completed data usage contract (English or German) to the GLES Team.

(17.09.2020)

GLES Tracking

Data publication

Version 1.1.0 of Longterm-Online-Tracking, T41 (GLES) (ZA6825) is available.

To the data

Version 1.0.1 of Longterm-Online-Tracking, T42 (GLES) (ZA6826) is available.

To the data

Version 1.1.0 of Longterm-Online-Tracking, T43 (GLES) (ZA6833) is available.

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(19.08.2020)

GLES Tracking

Data publication

Version 1.0.0 of GLES Tracking May 2020, T46 (ZA6840) is available via the data center.

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(16.07.2020)

GLES Tracking

Data publication

Version 1.0.0 of GLES Tracking January 2020, T45 (ZA6839) is available via the data center.

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(09.06.2020)

GLES Panel

Data publication

Version 1.0.0 of GLES Panel 2016-2019, waves 1-10 (ZA6838) available. The data will be made available for free download after signing a data usage contract. Please send the completed data usage contract (English or German) to the GLES Team (gles@gesis.org).

(25.05.2020)

GLES Tracking

Data publication

Version 1.0.0 of GLES Tracking September 2019, T44 (ZA6837) is available via the data center.

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(07.05.2020)

Long-term Online Tracking

Data publication

Version 1.0.0 of the long-term online tracking, T42 (GLES) (ZA6826) is available via the data center.

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(22.04.2020)

Long-term Online Tracking

Data publication

Version 1.0.0 of the long-term online tracking, T41 (GLES) (ZA6825) is available via the data center.

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(08.04.2020)

Long-term Online Tracking

Data publication

Version 1.0.0 of the long-term online tracking, T43 (GLES) (ZA6833) is available via the data center.

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(04.03.2020)

Content Analysis Press Releases

Data publication

Version 1.0.0 of the Content Analysis of Parties’ Press Releases in the German Federal Election Campaigns 2009 and 2013 (ZA6844) is available.

The press release analysis is part of the cooperation project “Participation and Representation. A Comparative Study of Linkage Mechanisms between Citizens and the Political System in Contemporary Democracies (PartiRep-2)”.

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(27.02.2020)