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Online surveys

Which data has been collected?

As there have been onsite surveys for almost all versions of the Wahl-O-Mat, we can present findings concerning the following questions:

  • What is known about the user (Age, gender, level of education, political interest)?
  • How did the users find out about the Wahl-O-Mat?
  • What are the reasons for using the Wahl-O-Mat?
  • Do the Wahl-O-Mat results match the users’ party preferences?
  • Which effect does the use of the Wahl-O-Mat have?

Presentation of results (in German)

Elections National Level (Bundestagswahlen) 

German Bundestag Elections (September 2021)
German Bundestag Elections (September 2017)
German Bundestag Elections (September 2013)
German Bundestag Elections (September 2009)
German Bundestag Elections (September 2005) 

Elections European Level (Wahlen zum Europäischen Parlament)

European Election (May 2019)
European Election (May 2014)
European Election (June 2009)
European Election (June 2004)

Elections State Level (Wahlen in den Bundesländern)

Landtagswahl Mecklenburg Western Pomerania (September 2021) 
Abgeordnetenhauswahl Berlin (September 2021)
Landtagswahl Saxony-Anhalt (June 2021)
Landtagswahl Baden-Wuerttemberg (March 2021)
Landtagswahl Rhineland-Palatinate (March 2021)
Bürgerschaftswahl Hamburg (February 2020)
Landtagswahl Thuringia (October 2019)
Landtagswahl Brandenburg (September 2019)
Landtagswahl Saxony (September 2019)
Bürgerschaftswahl Bremen (May 2019)
Landtagswahl Hesse (October 2018)
Landtagswahl Bavaria (October 2018)
Landtagswahl North Rhine-Westphalia (May 2017)
Landtagswahl Schleswig-Holstein (May 2017)
Landtagswahl Saarland (March 2017)
Abgeordnetenhauswahl Berlin (September 2016)
Landtagswahl Baden-Wuerttemberg (March 2016)
Landtagswahl Rhineland-Palatinate (March 2016)
Landtagswahl Saxony-Anhalt (March 2016)
Bürgerschaftswahl Bremen (May 2015)
Bürgerschaftswahl Hamburg (February 2015)
Landtagswahl Thuringia (September 2014)
Landtagswahl Brandenburg (September 2014)
Landtagswahl Saxony (August 2014)
Landtagswahl Bavaria (September 2013)
Landtagswahl Lower Saxony (January 2013)
Landtagswahl North Rhine-Westphalia (May 2012)
Landtagswahl Schleswig-Holstein (May 2012)
Landtagswahl Saarland (March 2012)
Abgeordnetenhauswahl Berlin (September 2011)
Bürgerschaftswahl Bremen (May 2011)
Landtagswahl Baden-Wuerttemberg (March 2011)
Landtagswahl Rhineland-Palatinate (March 2011)
Bürgerschaftswahl Hamburg (February 2011)
Landtagswahl North Rhine-Westphalia (May 2010)
Bürgerschaftswahl Hamburg (February 2008)
Landtagswahl Lower Saxony (January 2008)
Bürgerschaftswahl Bremen (May 2007)
Abgeordnetenhauswahl Berlin (September 2006)
Landtagswahlen Baden-Wuerttemberg und Rhineland-Palatinate (March 2006)
Landtagswahl Saxony-Anhalt (March 2006)
Landtagswahl North Rhine-Westphalia (May 2005)
Landtagswahl Schleswig-Holstein (February 2005)
North Rhine-Westphalia and Schleswig-Holstein compared (2005)
Landtagswahl Saxony (September 2004)


How has the data been collected?

When leaving the Wahl-O-Mat site, a pop-up window invited the users to participate in an on-site survey. Not each single user was asked, but only a random sample (every fourth, sixth, tenth). And  e.g. in North Rhine-Westphalia 2010 about 25% of the people asked actually participated in the survey.

By using this method, the representativeness of the sample for the total of all Wahl-O-Mat users could be assured. Additionally the representativeness of the sample was checked along several variables.

Why has the data been collected?

The Wahl-O-Mat takes an important part in the German pre-election period.

As a matter of fact, prior to the German federal elections in 2017, the Wahl-O-Mat has been played about 15.7 million times. This shows that this tool has become an important and - probably - effective part of civic education and political communication, especially among young people.

The German Federal Agency for Civic Education has commissioned the collection of data and the scientific analysis in order to improve the effectiveness of the tool for the democratic culture in Germany.

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