Wählerinnen und Wähler mit Einwanderungsgeschichte im Bundestagswahlkampf: Erste Ergebnisse der Immigrant German Election Study II (IMGES II) aus Duisburg von Mai bis November 2021

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This brief in German summarises the descriptive findings from the Immigrant German Election Study II (IMGES II). The study is a panel election survey between March and November 2021 in Duisburg, Germany. It traces the campaign experiences of four random samples of German citizens: of Turkish descent, Russian German, of any other immigrant background and those of no immigrant origin.

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... For our purposes, we rely on data of our own Immigrant German Election Study II from the postal set-up of a probability-based telephone panel in the city of Duisburg, Germany (for an overview of that study see Goerres et al., 2022). This telephone panel was conducted before and after the 2021 German federal election. ...
For hard-to-survey populations such as ethnic minorities and immigrants, increasing survey response rates is a crucial element of the fieldwork as these populations often show a higher likelihood of not participating compared with the native population. However, no study has so far compared different strategies for mobilisation within this group. Using data from the Immigrant German Election Study II, this experiment systematically compares the effects of home visits and postal reminders for the mobilisation of immigrant-origin non-respondents (i.e. persons classified as being from Turkey or from the former Soviet Union and its successor states) from a randomly drawn sample regarding the likelihood of participation in the first wave, signing up for a multi-wave panel, and taking part in all three panel waves. Multivariate analyses show that those in the treated home-visit group were more likely to take part in all stages of the survey design. Even though costs are higher than conventional postal reminders, home visits might be a useful strategy for cases in which increasing the response rate is an important goal, given a fixed, small number of potential respondents.
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