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Euro-barometer 14: Trust in the European Community, October 1980 (ICPSR 7958)

Principal Investigator(s): Rabier, Jacques-Rene, Commission of the European Communities; Riffault, Helene, Faits et Opinions; Inglehart, Ronald, University of Michigan. Center for Political Studies


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). Another major focus of the surveys was trust in the European Community. Respondents were asked for their attitudes (on a scale of trustworthiness) toward citizens of each EC country as well as citizens of Japan, the United States, Portugal, Switzerland, Russia, and China. The survey also measured attitudes about political and military ties with the United States, NATO, and Japan. A series of questions asked only of Greek respondents measured opinions of the potential impact of entry into the EC on Greek industry, agriculture, commerce, tourism, employment, the standard of living, military security, democracy, relations with Turkey, and culture. Demographic information about respondents includes age, sex, marital status, age at completion of education, family income, number of persons and children living in respondent's home, income, occupation, size of town where respondent resides, and number of people working at respondent's workplace. Indices are included as created by the original investigators. Euro-Barometer 14 contains data gathered from representative samples of respondents who were interviewed in each of the nine nations of the EC (Germany, Great Britain, Denmark, Italy, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Ireland, and the Netherlands) in October 1980. Additionally, in order to reflect the admission of Greece to the European Community in early 1980, the study included a Greek sample for the first time.

Series: Eurobarometer Survey Series

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Study Description


Rabier, Jacques-Rene, Helene Riffault, and Ronald Inglehart. Euro-barometer 14: Trust in the European Community, October 1980. ICPSR07958-v3. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2017-03-23. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07958.v3

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07958.v3

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This study was funded by:

  • National Science Foundation (SOC-7914619)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    attitudes, economic integration, European unification, European Union, life satisfaction, military alliances, NATO, political influence, public opinion, quality of life, social change, trust in government

Smallest Geographic Unit:    country

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

Time Period:   

  • 1980-10

Date of Collection:   

  • 1980-10

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 Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

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

In order to produce samples more representative of the French, Dutch, British, and Danish populations, a national weight variable was constructed for those nations.


Time Method:    Cross-sectional

Weight:    The data are not weighted, however, there are two weight variables, V6 (EUROWEIGHT) and V7 (NATION WEIGHT), that users may wish to apply during analysis.

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.


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-06-27

Version History:

  • 2017-03-23 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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