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Euro-barometer 6: Twenty Years of the Common Market, October/November 1976 (ICPSR 7511)

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This round of Euro-Barometer surveys queried respondents on standard Euro-Barometer measures, such as how satisfied they were with their present life, whether they attempted to persuade others close to them to share their views on subjects they held strong opinions about, whether they discussed political matters, what their country's goals should be for the next ten years, and how they viewed the need for societal change. Additional questions focused on the respondents' knowledge of and opinions on the European Community (EC), including how well-informed they felt about the EC, what sources of information about the EC they used, whether their country had benefited from being an EC member, and the extent of their personal interest in EC matters. Another major focus of the surveys was on the achievements and problems of the Common Market and the European Community. These questions dealt with respondents' interest in a wide range of problems facing the EC, including the coordination of economic and foreign policy and the establishment of social and environmental policies. This section was extended to probe respondents' preferences on whether the EC or the individual countries should make the final decisions on these issues. The interview further inquired about perceptions of the EC's future and preferences among various policy choices the EC would be making. Another series of questions was directed at the election of the European Parliament, then scheduled for spring 1978. Standard demographic questions gathered information about the respondents' religious affiliation, education, occupation, marital status, age, and sex, as well as the occupation of the head of household and the composition of the household. In addition to the survey itself, the ICPSR version of the study contains four constructed indices. One of these indices places respondents along a materialist/postmaterialist values continuum, two indices categorize respondents' political ideology according to their partisan support and their left-right leanings, and the fourth index measures the respondents' opinion leadership in discussions with others about politics. Euro-Barometer 6 contains data gathered from representative samples of respondents aged 15 or older interviewed in each of the nine nations of the EC (Germany, Great Britain, Denmark, Italy, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Ireland, and the Netherlands) in October-November 1976.

Series: Eurobarometer Survey Series

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Study Description


Rabier, Jacques-Rene, and Ronald Inglehart. Euro-barometer 6: Twenty Years of the Common Market, October/November 1976. ICPSR07511-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2015-05-05. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07511.v2

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This study was funded by:

  • European Commission

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   attitudes, economic behavior, economic integration, economic policy, environment, environmental policy, European unification, European Union, foreign policy, leadership, life satisfaction, political affiliation, political influence, public opinion, public policy, quality of life, social change

Smallest Geographic Unit:   Country

Geographic Coverage:   Belgium, Denmark, Europe, France, Germany, Global, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands

Time Period:  

  • 1976-10--1976-11

Date of Collection:  

  • 1976-10--1976-11

Unit of Observation:   individual

Universe:   Citizens of the EC aged 15 and over residing in Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands.

Data Types:   survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The text of the British questionnaire was used in constructing the codebook.

The rural population was underrepresented in the French sample. In order to produce a sample more representative of the total French population, French rural cases have been duplicated (each appears twice) in the dataset. Their original identification numbers have been retained.

Access to GESIS data and documentation, including the GESIS DOI, for Eurobarometer 6 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 sampling designs were either multistage national probability samples (Belgium, Denmark, and the Netherlands) or stratified national quota samples (France, Germany, Great Britain [including Northern Ireland], Italy, Ireland, and Luxembourg).

Time Method:   Cross-sectional

Weight:   The data are not weighted, however, there is one weight variable, V3 (WEIGHTS), that users may wish to use during analysis. For additional information please see the "Original ICPSR Documentation, 1978 Release" in the ICPSR codebook.

Mode of Data Collection:   face-to-face interview

Data Source:

personal interviews

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:

  • Performed consistency checks.
  • Standardized missing values.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


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Version History:

  • 2015-05-05 The SPSS setup files were updated to conform to current standards. SAS and Stata setup files, as well as SPSS and Stata system files, a SAS transport (CPORT) file, a R data file, a tab-delimited data file, and a PDF codebook have been added to the collection.

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