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Eurobarometer 47.2OVR: Young Europeans, April-June 1997 (ICPSR 2091)

Principal Investigator(s): Melich, Anna, European Commission


This round of Eurobarometer surveys queried respondents on standard Eurobarometer measures, such as whether they attempted to persuade others close to them to share their views on subjects they held strong opinions about and whether they discussed political matters. Additional questions focused on the respondents' knowledge of and opinions on the European Union (EU), including what sources of information about the EU they used and whether their country had benefited from being an EU member. This collection, which focuses on the attitudes of young Europeans, merges replies from respondents aged 15-24 years in EUROBAROMETER 47.2: WOMEN AND CANCER, THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, AND EXPECTATIONS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION, APRIL-JUNE 1997 (ICPSR 2090) with an oversample of persons in the same age group. Respondents were asked questions on a variety of topics, including the impact of the European Union (EU) on their lives, areas in which the EU could be more active, responsibility to the elderly, reasons for living longer at home, when to have children, leisure activities, organizational memberships, religious beliefs, immigrants, foreign travel and work experiences abroad, languages spoken, and source of income. Opinions were also elicited on euthanasia, capital punishment, rights of homosexuals, compulsory AIDS testing, premarital and extramarital sex, and cloning. Demographic and other background information provided includes respondent's age, sex, religious preference, and income as well as the occupation of both respondent and head of household, the number of people residing in the home, the size of locality, and the region of residence.

Series: Eurobarometer Survey Series

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Study Description


Melich, Anna. EUROBAROMETER 47.2OVR: YOUNG EUROPEANS, APRIL-JUNE 1997. Conducted by INRA (Europe), Brussels. 2nd ZA ed. Cologne, Germany: Zentralarchiv fur Empirische Sozialforschung [producer] 2003. Cologne, Germany: Zentralarchiv fur Empirische Sozialforschung/Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributors], 2004. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02091.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02091.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    AIDS, attitudes, capital punishment, cloning, economic integration, European unification, European Parliament, gay rights movement, immigration, national interests, public opinion, religious beliefs, sexual behavior, social change, work experience, young adults

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

Time Period:   

  • 1997-04-20--1997-06-07

Date of Collection:   

  • 1997-04-20--1997-06-07

Universe:    Citizens of the European Union aged 15 and over residing in the 15 EU member countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

(1) Data processing for this collection was performed at the Zentralarchiv fur Empirische Sozialforschung (ZA) in Cologne, Germany. (2) One respondent (INTERVIEW NUMBER 160577) with non-EU nationality was permitted to complete interviews. If desired, this case can be excluded from analysis. (3) The codebook and questionnaire are provided by ZA as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. 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:    The first stage consisted of multistage national probability samples. The second stage used respondents from EUROBAROMETER 47.2: WOMEN AND CANCER, THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, AND EXPECTATIONS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION, APRIL-JUNE 1997 (ICPSR 2090) merged with an oversample of persons aged 15 to 24. The goal was to include at least 600 respondents of this age group per country.

Data Source:

personal interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1999-07-01

Version History:

  • 2004-11-24 The data have been further processed by ZA and the SPSS data definition statements have been updated. Also, a standard machine-readable codebook (PDF and ASCII text) and SAS data definition statements have been added. The data collection instrument is now available as a separate PDF file.
  • 2002-02-26 The ASCII version of the questionnaire with unweighted frequencies was replaced with the bilingual (English and French) questionnaire in PDF.

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