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Eurobarometer 75.4: Vocational Education and Training, Social Climate and Family Planning, Internal Security, and Climate Change, June 2011 (ICPSR 34556)

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The Eurobarometer series is a unique cross-national and cross-temporal survey program conducted on behalf of the European Commission. These surveys regularly monitor public opinion in the European Union (EU) member countries and consist of standard modules and special topic modules. The standard modules address attitudes towards European unification, institutions and policies, measurements for general socio-political orientations, as well as respondent and household demographics. The special topic modules address such topics as agriculture, education, natural environment and resources, public health, public safety and crime, and science and technology.

This round of Eurobarometer surveys covers the following special topics: (1) vocational education and training (VET), (2) social situations and expectations, (3) family planning, (4) internal security of the European Union (EU), and (5) climate change. Questions pertain to level of education completed, work sector, opinions about and experience with VET, life satisfaction, expectations for the next 12 months, and life situations compared to 5 years ago. Also, opinions were collected on challenges to the security of the EU, as well as renewable energy in 2050.

Demographic and other background information collected includes age, gender, nationality, marital status and parental relations, occupation, age when stopped full-time education, household composition, ownership of a fixed or mobile telephone and other goods, difficulties in paying bills, level in society, and Internet use. In addition, country-specific data includes type and size of locality, region of residence, and language of interview (select countries).

Series: Eurobarometer Survey Series

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Study Description


European Commission. Eurobarometer 75.4: Vocational Education and Training, Social Climate and Family Planning, Internal Security, and Climate Change, June 2011. ICPSR34556-v2. Cologne, Germany: GESIS/Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributors], 2015-09-04. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR34556.v2

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   attitudes, climate change, European unification, European Union, expectations, family planning, life satisfaction, national security, public opinion, renewable energy, renewable resources, security, social attitudes, social behavior, social change, vocational education

Smallest Geographic Unit:   Region, Country

Geographic Coverage:   Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Europe, Finland, France, Germany, Global, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom

Time Period:  

  • 2011-06-04--2011-06-19

Date of Collection:  

  • 2011-06-04--2011-06-19

Unit of Observation:   Individual

Universe:   In all, Eurobarometer 75.4 interviewed 26,840 citizens in the 27 countries of the European Union after the 2004/2007 enlargement. All respondents were residents in the respective country, nationals and non-nationals but EU-citizens, and aged 15 and over. Respondents were expected to have sufficient command of one of the respective national language(s) to answer the questionnaire.

Data Types:   survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The original data collection was carried out by TNS Opinion and Social on request of the European Commission between June 4 and 19, 2011.

This collection is being released in two parts: Part 1 contains the original files provided by GESIS; Part 2 contains the ICPSR-processed files.

Module (QB) Questions on the "Social climate" (QB1 to QB4) replicates many questions asked in the context of Eurobarometer 74.2 (ICPSR 34242) or Eurobarometer 73.5 (QA) (ICPSR 34084). Module (QB) Questions on "Family planning" (QB5 to QB10) replicates questions from Eurobarometer 65.1 (QC) (ICPSR 20321) and Eurobarometer 65.3 (QE) (ICPSR 20761). Module (QD) is partly based on questions asked in Eurobarometer 72.1 (QB) (ICPSR 28185).

Access to GESIS data and documentation, including the GESIS DOI, for Eurobarometer 75.4 can be found through the GESIS Data Catalogue. Additional information on the Eurobarometer Survey Series and the Eurobarometer data can be found at the GESIS Eurobarometer Web site and ZACAT, respectively.


Sample:   The basic sample design applied in all states is a multi-stage, random (probability) one. In each country, a number of sampling points was drawn with the probability proportional to population size (for a total coverage of the country) and to population density. In order to do so, the sampling points were drawn systematically from each of the "administrative regional units", after stratification by individual unit and type of area. They thus represent the whole territory of the countries surveyed according to the EUROSTAT NUTS II (or equivalent) and according to the distribution of the resident population of the respective nationalities in terms of metropolitan, urban and rural areas. In each of the selected sampling points, a starting address was drawn, at random (following the "closest birthday rule"). All interviews were conducted face-to-face in the people's homes and in the appropriate national language. CAPI (Computer Assisted Personal Interview) was used in those countries where this technique was available. Please refer to the GESIS Documentation and Technical Specifications section within the ICPSR Codebook for additional sampling information.

Kind of Data:   quantitative

Weight:   For each country, a comparison between the sample and the universe was carried out. The Universe description was derived from Eurostat population data or from national statistics offices. For all countries surveyed, a national weighting procedure, using marginal and intercellular weighting, was carried out based on this Universe description. In all countries, gender, age, region and size of locality were introduced in the iteration procedure. For international weighting (i.e. EU averages), TNS Opinion and Social applies the official population figures as provided by EUROSTAT or national statistic offices. Please refer to the GESIS Documentation and Technical Specifications section within the ICPSR Codebook for additional weighting information.

Mode of Data Collection:   face-to-face interview

Extent of Processing:  ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


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Version History:

  • 2015-09-04 Updated data, documentation and codebooks

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