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Eurobarometer 47.0: Images of Germany, Consumer Issues, Electronic Information, and Fair Trade Practices, January-February 1997 (ICPSR 2088)

Principal Investigator(s): Melich, Anna


This round of Eurobarometer surveys queried respondents on standard Eurobarometer measures such as public awareness of and attitudes toward the European Union (EU), and also focused on Germany's image, consumer issues, electronic information services, and the purchase of fair trade products. Respondents were asked about their interest in Germany, the sources used to obtain information about Germany, and their opinion of German Chancellor Helmut Kohl with respect to his ability to further European integration. Respondents were also asked a series of questions relating to consumerism, with an emphasis on the quality of products sold, product safety, consumer protection, consumer legislation, consumer education, and product information. Also covered were prices, financial services, and the transition to the single European currency, the euro. Opinions were elicited on the quality of public services that have been or may be opened to competition, including water, gas, electricity, telephones, rubbish collection, hospitals, courts, mail, motorways, buses, railways, trams, subways, and air travel. A few questions probed for views on environmental issues such as the leading causes of environmental damage and proposed solutions. Other questions focused on respondent knowledge of and purchase of fair trade products. Respondents were asked how many bananas they bought, where and from whom they bought them, and whether they would pay more for bananas if they were produced according to fair trade conditions. Questions about electronic information concerned access to and interest in technologies such as satellite dishes, television decoders, teletext, minitel or videotext, video recorders, computers, CD-ROMs, fax, portable telephones, the Internet, pagers, and cable television. Demographic and other background information provided includes respondent's age, sex, marital status, and left-right political self-placement, as well as household income, number of people residing in the home, and region of residence.

Series: Eurobarometer Survey Series

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Study Description


Melich, Anna. EUROBAROMETER 47.0: IMAGES OF GERMANY, CONSUMER ISSUES, ELECTRONIC INFORMATION, AND FAIR TRADE PRACTICES, JANUARY-FEBRUARY 1997. Conducted by INRA (Europe), Brussels. ZA ed. Cologne, Germany: Zentralarchiv fur Empirische Sozialforschung [producer], 2000. Cologne, Germany: Zentralarchiv fur Empirische Sozialforschung/Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributors], 2000. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02088.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02088.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    consumer attitudes, consumer protection, crosscultural perceptions, economic integration, environmental attitudes, euro, European Union, Kohl, Helmut, municipal services, public opinion, telecommunications, trade, trade agreements

Geographic Coverage:    Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Europe, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, Global

Time Period:   

  • 1997-01-29--1997-02-27

Date of Collection:   

  • 1997-01-29--1997-02-27

Universe:    Persons aged 15 and older residing in the 15 member nations of the European Union: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, and Sweden.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

(1) Data processing for this collection was performed at the Zentralarchiv fur Empirische Sozialforschung in Cologne, Germany. (2) The codebook and data collection instrument are provided as Portable Document Format (PDF) files. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided on the ICPSR Web site.


Sample:    Multistage national probability samples.

Data Source:

personal interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1998-10-15

Version History:

  • 2000-09-25 The data have been further processed by ZA and the SPSS data definition statements have been updated. Also, a standard machine-readable codebook (PDF) with frequencies and SAS data definition statements have been added, and the data collection instrument is now available as a PDF file.

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