General Survey start

Survey start 1st wave

The questionnaire is now out in the field

After weeks of designing a questionnaire, testing, and translation, the population survey has started! People in Germany, Austria, Italy, Poland and Sweden will be interviewed as part of the longitudinal study on the impact of the corona crisis on their civil society engagement.

For many people, the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting restrictions on everyday social life brought about fundamental changes, including solidarity-based actions. Some who were very committed (to solidarity-based actions?) before the crisis had to pay more attention to their own needs, or found that their “sites” for engagement were no longer safe or viable; others have become politicized during the course of the crisis and consequently are more engaged with others. The study aims to shed light on how the crisis is perceived and what has  resulted for each*n individual and social group over time.

The questionnaire consists of five parts:

The first cohort/set/contingent of questions focuses on the social and political commitment of the respondents and their use of support services. The second section deals with the emotional perception of the Corona crisis. This is followed by  concerns regarding the personality of the respondents. The fourth section is devoted to attitudes towards society and politics. Finally, socio-demographic factors are recorded.

The interdisciplinary team of political sociologists, emotion sociologists and psychologists at the Free University of Berlin and the Humboldt University of Berlin anticipate the respondents’ answers with much interest. The second survey wave is expected to start at the beginning of next year. In the meantime, first insights into the evaluation will be published here.

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