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Eurobarometer 63.3: Lifelong Learning in the Ten New European Union Member Countries and Consumer Rights in Poland, March-April 2005 (ICPSR 23680)

Principal Investigator(s): Papacostas, Antonis, European Commission


This round of Eurobarometer surveys diverged from the Standard Eurobarometer measures and queried respondents in the ten new European Union member countries on the following topics: (1) lifelong learning and (2) consumer rights. For the first major focus, the survey asked respondents to provide their opinions on lifelong learning including identifying life changes that have occurred in the last two years, the best opportunities in which to learn in a private or public setting, contexts in the past 12 months in which something was learned, and the most significant opportunity for learning in the last 5 years. Respondents were asked whether they studied or trained in the past 12 months, whether they were advised or required to do so, and the reasons why. In addition, they were queried about the three main benefits of the study or training they undertook in the past 12 months, the main reasons to complete study or training in the future, and their preferred method to improve or update professional skills. The survey also examined respondent opinion of obstacles that would affect and factors that would encourage participation in study or training, the most useful sources of information that would assist in improving study or career prospects, and situations that would influence them to pay for the cost of a course. Respondents also evaluated whether certain skills were useful, and if they had evidence of possessing these skills. For the second major focus, consumer rights, the survey only queried respondents in Poland. They were asked about their confidence in fair treatment during daily shopping -- while making major purchases -- and in purchasing a product in a shop, and whether they had problems when buying specific items from shops, sellers, or service providers, and the actions they took in response. Respondents were also asked about their knowledge of consumer rights and consumer rights groups, which people or organizations they would trust to provide correct advice and information about consumer rights, and whether they had asked Federacja Kosumentow, a consumer rights group, for information or advice. In addition, respondents evaluated the service they received from Federacja Kosumentow and whether they would refer others to this organization. They also identified whether they would monetarily support an independent consumer association, how frequently the media talked about consumer rights, and who in the media was the source of this information. Finally, respondents were asked whether they had heard a particular message and to define the meaning of that message, to evaluate Poland's consumer rights in comparison to those of other EU countries, and to assess the efficiency of the justice system in punishing people who cheat consumers. Demographic and other background information collected from all respondents includes age, gender, nationality, origin of birth (personal and parental), marital status, left-right political self-placement, occupation, age when stopped full-time education, household composition, availability of a fixed or mobile telephone in the household, type and size of locality, region of residence, and language of interview (select countries).

Series: Eurobarometer Survey Series

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Study Description


Papacostas, Antonis. Eurobarometer 63.3: Lifelong Learning in the Ten New European Union Member Countries and Consumer Rights in Poland, March-April 2005. ICPSR23680-v1. Cologne, Germany: GESIS-ZA/Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributors], 2009-04-13. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR23680.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR23680.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    attitudes, consumer advocates, consumer attitudes, consumer behavior, economic integration, educational assessment, educational opportunities, educational planning, European unification, learning, life events, media coverage, professional development, public opinion, skills, social attitudes, social behavior, social change, training, trust (psychology)

Smallest Geographic Unit:    country

Geographic Coverage:    Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia

Time Period:   

  • 2005-03-16--2005-04-16

Date of Collection:   

  • 2005-03-16--2005-04-16

Unit of Observation:    individual

Universe:    Citizens of the EU aged 15 and over residing in the 10 new EU member countries: Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The original data collection was carried out by TNS Opinion and Social on request of the European Commission.

The setup files for this collection contain characters with diacritical marks used in many European languages.

V6 (NATION - ALL SAMPLES) and V7 (NATION ALL - ISO LABELS): The setup files may contain references to France, Belgium, the Netherlands, West Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Denmark, Ireland, Great Britain, Northern Ireland, Greece, Spain, Portugal, East Germany, Norway, Finland, Sweden and Austria, but these countries were not participants in this wave of Eurobarometer surveys. This collection contains no data for these countries.


Sample:    Multistage national probability samples.

Weight:    Please review the "Weighting Information" section of the ICPSR codebook for this Eurobarometer study.

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.


Original ICPSR Release:   2009-04-13



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