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Euro-Barometer 16: Noise and Other Social Problems, October 1981 (ICPSR 9022)

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), 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 noise and other social problems. Respondents were asked about the existence of and degree of disturbance caused by various traffic and street noises, mechanical noises, and noisy neighbors. A battery of questions about social and political issues also was asked, e.g., inequality of income, nuclear energy, terrorism, expansion of private industry, military defense, the economy, the environment, and regional autonomy. Demographic information about the respondents includes age, sex, religion, marital status, age upon completion of full-time education, occupation of head of household, composition of household, subjective size of town, and family income. Several constructed indices also are included. Euro-Barometer 16 contains data gathered from representative samples of respondents who were interviewed in each of the ten nations of the EC (Germany, Great Britain, Denmark, Italy, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Ireland, the Netherlands, and Greece) in October 1981.

Series: Eurobarometer Survey Series

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Study Description


Rabier, Jacques-Rene, Helene Riffault, and Ronald Inglehart. Euro-Barometer 16: Noise and Other Social Problems, October 1981. ICPSR09022-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2017-03-27. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09022.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09022.v2

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This study was funded by:

  • National Science Foundation (SES-8208333)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    attitudes, economic integration, European unification, European Union, life satisfaction, noise pollution, political influence, political issues, public opinion, quality of life, social change, social problems

Smallest Geographic Unit:    country

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

Time Period:   

  • 1981-10

Date of Collection:   

  • 1981-10

Unit of Observation:    individual

Universe:    Citizens of the EC aged 15 and over residing in Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, the Great Britain (including Northern Ireland), Greece, 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 German, Dutch, Danish, and Irish populations, a national weight variable was constructed for those nations. A United Kingdom weight adjusts the British and Northern Irish respondents to their respective proportions in the United Kingdom.


Sample:    The sampling designs were either multistage national probability samples or national stratified quota samples.

Time Method:    Cross-sectional

Weight:    The data are not weighted, however there are three weight variables, V6 (NATN WGT), V7 (EURO WGT), and V8 (UK WGT), 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:

  • 2017-03-27 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, an R data file, a tab-delimited data file, and a PDF codebook have been added to the collection.

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