- General Information: *Note: This/These items was/were tested in German. This/These is/are (an) English translation/s of the original German wording/s*
Question Text: Do you strongly agree, somewhat agree, neither agree nor disagree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree with the following statements:
[Inwieweit stimmen Sie den folgenden Aussagen zu?]Instruction: INT.: Read answer categories aloud for the first three items, then as required.
[INT.: Antwortkategorien für die ersten drei Items jedes Mal vorlesen, danach nur bei Bedarf!]Answer Categories
Neither agree nor disagree
- Findings for Answer Categories: The respondents were also asked how they understood the answer option „weder noch” (“neither agree nor disagree”). Seven respondents think it is a sort of evasive option for those respondents who don’t care about the topic, do not have an opinion on it or cannot decide. Hence, they view it as a kind of “don’t know”-category. The remaining respondents interpret “weder noch” as “teils/teils” (“partially agree/partially disagree”), that is, as the answer option that those respondents would pick who partially agree and disagree with the statement. Two respondents (ID 05, 06) explicitly state that they would prefer the phrasing “teils/teils”, because “weder noch” would not fit in this context: “Weder noch is not correct here. Maybe partially understand? It is partially correct or I partially agree, something like that would be nice here. I know what ‘weder noch’ is supposed to mean, but it just does not sound right here.” (ID 06).
- Recommendations for Answer Categories: Given that the wording of the middle category („weder noch“, „neither agree nor disagree“) does not fit the context of some items, we recommend to replace it with the wording „teils/teils“ (partly agree, partly disagree).
Item Text Item TestedYesb) In a democracy it is important to seek compromise among different viewpoints.
[In einer Demokratie ist es wichtig, Kompromisse zwischen verschiedenen Ansichten zu suchen.]NoYesd) Most politicians are trustworthy.
[Die meisten Politikerinnen und Politiker sind vertrauenswürdig.]NoYesYesg) The people, and not politicians, should make our most important policy decisions.
[Das Volk, und nicht die Politikerinnen und Politiker, sollte unsere wichtigsten politischen Entscheidungen treffen.]Noh) Most politicians care only about the interests of the rich and powerful.
[Die meisten Politikerinnen und Politiker kümmern sich nur um die Interessen der Reichen und Mächtigen.]NoYes