1. Why participate in this survey?

The survey asks about your views on important issues in Germany today, focusing on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on people's lives. What are your views and experiences on the current situation and where do you get information about it? This study is seeking answers to these questions and wants to make sure your voice is heard. It is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and carried out by the Institute for Psychology at Sigmund Freud University Berlin (SFU). Questions about the purposes of this survey and use of the data collected can be directed to axel.pfleger@sfu-berlin.de. The company hosting this survey on behalf of the Institute for Psychology at SFU is Qualia Analytics. Any queries or concerns regarding your participation in this survey can be answered by emailing survey@qualiaanalytics.org.

2. Why should I participate?

Your views will help to guide the future work of the German government and local authorities on managing the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. As a ‘Thank You’ for participating, you will be given the opportunity to be entered into a prize draw for one of fifteen €150 gift vouchers on completion of this survey.

3. How much time is involved?

The main part of the survey takes about 20-25 minutes and an optional second part about 8-10 minutes to complete. Upon completion of this survey, we will ask you whether you would like to participate in follow-up research.

4. What happens to the information you provide?

Following your consent, your personal information will remain strictly confidential and will only be used for the purposes of this research project. Your personal information will never be shared with any third parties (including Government agencies). After your data are fully anonymised, they may be published and will be used for research reports and publications.


 
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Agreement to Participate

Please read the following statements below:

  • I confirm I am 16 years of age or older.
  • I understand the information I provide about myself is confidential.
  • I understand that my responses to the following survey will be confidentially stored and used for research purposes only.
  • I understand that my participation is voluntary, and I can withdraw at any time without any consequences and ask for any personally identifiable information to be deleted.
  • I have received adequate information about my participation in this survey and understand what will happen to the information I provide.

Please indicate whether you understand and agree with the statements above, and are willing to participate in this survey:
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Thanks for participating in this survey!

Providing your contact information will enter you into a draw with one of fifteen €150 gift vouchers.
We will notify winners by all provided contact options.

Also, if you are unable to complete the entire survey now, for any reason, it is okay - your progress is saved.
We can send you a message if you are willing to come back later.

The contact information you provide will not be shared with any third parties and will only be used for the purposes of this survey.


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Contact Information


Please write the full phone number, including country code. Note that we will exclusively send up to 4 text messages and will never call you for the purposes of this survey.

 
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The following are personal questions to help us understand your responses better.


We are asking about your sex for comparison with the German census. Therefore, please only indicate 'diverse' or 'no entry' if this is specified in your birth registry.

We are asking about gender to understand how you self-identify. This will be used for analytical/reporting purposes.

 
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Did you or your parents move to Germany after 1955?
 
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How would you describe your current working status?
 
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In politics people sometimes talk of ‘left’ and ‘right’.

Using the scale below, please select the point that best describes your political views.

 
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For each pair of words below, please select the point between them that you think best describes SCIENCE.

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I think SCIENCE is...

 
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Dishonest
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To what extent do you disagree or agree with each of the following statements?

Strongly DisagreeDisagreeNeutralAgreeStrongly AgreeNot applicable / No opinion
 
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What comes to mind when you think of 'Coronavirus' or 'COVID-19'?

Please write down anything that comes to mind. There are no right or wrong responses! You can list up to 5 points.

 
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Have you ever had, or thought you might have, the Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Has someone in your household ever had, or thought they might have, the Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
 
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How effective are the following measures at protecting oneself and others against Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection?

Not effective at allSomewhat effectiveEffectiveVery effectiveExtremely effectiveNot applicable / No opinion
 
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In the last 2 weeks, I have taken the following measures to protect myself and others from Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection:

NeverRarelyOccasionallySometimesFrequentlyUsuallyAlwaysNot applicable / No opinion
 
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At the beginning of the pandemic in mid-March 2020, I took the following measures to protect myself and others from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection:

NeverRarelyOccasionallySometimesFrequentlyUsuallyAlwaysNot applicable / No opinion
 
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Thinking about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, please indicate your level of agreement with the following statements:

Strongly DisagreeDisagreeSomewhat DisagreeNeutralSomewhat AgreeAgreeStrongly AgreeNot applicable / No opinion
 
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Do you consider yourself to be at ‘high-risk’ of developing serious health complications from the Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Do you consider someone else in your household to be at ‘high-risk’ of developing serious health complications from the Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Does anyone in your household have the following condition(s)?

Please tick all that apply.

 
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Have you faced any challenges in accessing useful pandemic-related information in the last 2 weeks?

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How do you usually access your primary news source?

Please tick all that apply.

Please indicate to what extent you distrust or trust the following sources for reliable information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation:

Completely distrustPartially distrustNeither distrust nor trustPartially trustCompletely trustNot applicable / No opinion
 
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Which of the following social media platforms do you use to access information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation?

Tick all that apply.

 
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How would you feel if the following were announced as mandatory measures by your state government?

Strongly opposeOpposeNeither oppose nor supportSupportStrongly supportNot applicable / No opinionPrefer not to say
 
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Would you take the following measures on a voluntary basis?

Definitely notProbably notMaybeProbablyDefinitelyNot applicable / No opinionPrefer not to say
 
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For each pair of concerns below, which concern do you find more important?

 
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Protecting people from danger
Getting back to normal
Economy
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To what extent do you disagree or agree with each of the following statements?

Strongly DisagreeDisagreeSomewhat DisagreeNeutralSomewhat AgreeAgreeStrongly AgreeNot applicable / No opinion
 
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Thank you for getting to this point in the survey!

It is important for us to understand your responses in relation to Germany's overall population. Therefore, please fill out the questions below. This will help us greatly improve the quality of the collected data.

Almost finished!

Thank you so much for your participation so far.
Many of the remaining questions are asked to learn more about the interplay between socio-demographics and responses to COVID-19. That is why the following section will include further questions on your work situation, the digital infrastructure, as well as your sexual and political orientation.
We estimate only 8-10 minutes remaining to complete this survey.

Are you willing to continue with this survey?

Thank you for completing this survey!

We may want to contact you again for future research to check back on your views and experiences.

If you are willing to participate in the other parts of this research, we will send you an invitation and then you can decide later if you would still like to take part.

Are you willing to participate in future research of your choice in the context of this study?

We would like to learn more about your views and experiences or how they may change.