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Eurobarometer 70.1: Globalization, European Parliament and Elections, Building Europe, Georgian Conflict, Mobility, European Union Budget, and Public Authorities in the EU, October-November 2008 (ICPSR 28182)

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


This round of Eurobarometer surveys queried respondents on standard Eurobarometer 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, and how they viewed the need for societal change. Additional questions focused on the respondents' knowledge of and opinions on the European Union (EU), including how well-informed they felt about the EU, whether their country had benefited from being an EU member, and the extent of their personal interest in EU matters. Further questions on the EU included the extent of EU involvement in various policy areas, further European integration, expansion of the EU, the EU budget, and opinions about the European Parliament. The survey also asked respondents about their opinions on globalization and its effect on the local community, on companies, and on the EU. Respondents were asked if they had heard about the conflict between Russia and Georgia and who they thought played the biggest role in ending the conflict. The survey then focused on employment possibilities. Respondents were asked about current employment opportunities, immigration to other countries, the reason and length of stay in the foreign country, what preparations they made to move to another country, as well as what factors could encourage a move, even if the move is not currently being planned. Demographic and other background information collected includes age, gender, nationality, origin of birth (personal and parental), marital status, age when stopped full-time education, occupation, left-right political self-placement, household composition, ownership of a fixed or mobile telephone and other durable goods, type and size of locality, region of residence, and language of interview (select countries).

Series: Eurobarometer Survey Series

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DS1:  GESIS - Download All Files (8.014 MB)
DS2:  ICPSR - Download All Files (239.294 MB) large file
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Study Description


Papacostas, Antonis. Eurobarometer 70.1: Globalization, European Parliament and Elections, Building Europe, Georgian Conflict, Mobility, European Union Budget, and Public Authorities in the EU, October-November 2008. ICPSR28182-v2. Cologne, Germany: GESIS/Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributors], 2011-02-07. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR28182.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR28182.v2

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    attitudes, economic integration, elections, employment, European Parliament, European unification, European Union, expectations, globalization, government expenditures, international conflict, labor migration, life satisfaction, policy, political awareness, political influence, public officials, public opinion, quality of life, relocation, social change, trust in government

Smallest Geographic Unit:    country

Geographic Coverage:    Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Europe, Finland, France, Germany, Global, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom

Time Period:   

  • 2008-10-06--2008-11-06

Date of Collection:   

  • 2008-10-06--2008-11-06

Unit of Observation:    individual

Universe:    Citizens of the EU aged 15 years and older residing in the 27 EU member countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, and the national population of citizens and the population of citizens of all the EU member countries aged 15 and over residing in the three EU candidate countries: Croatia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and Turkey, and in the Turkish Cypriot Community.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Data for this Eurobarometer study are being released in two parts. Part 1 includes original study materials supplied by GESIS: (1) SPSS portable file; (2) SPSS syntax file containing user-defined missing values; and (3) documentation files. These files are being released in a zipped package. A documentation file has been provided by ICPSR to describe the contents of this zipped package. Part 2 includes study materials supplied by ICPSR: (1) SPSS, SAS, and Stata setup files; (2) SPSS and Stata system files, and a SAS transport (CPORT) file; (3) ASCII column-delimited and tab-delimited data files; and (4) documentation files. The data in Part 1 and Part 2 are identical, except for the following: Variable V1 'ARCHIVE STUDY NUMBER - DISTRIBUTOR' in Part 2 has been recoded to the ICPSR study number. Documentation files have been provided both by GESIS and ICPSR; the ICPSR documentation files may contain additional information. Access to GESIS data and documentation, including the GESIS DOI, for Eurobarometer 70.1 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 Web site and ZACAT, respectively.

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

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

The documentation and/or setup files may contain references to Norway, but Norway was not a participant in this wave of Eurobarometer surveys. This collection contains no data for Norway.

A split ballot was used for one or more questions in this survey. The variable V792 defines the separate groups.

The fieldwork dates in the data file for Slovakia are not consistent with the fieldwork dates in the "Technical Specifications" section of the ICPSR codebook.

For questions QD6ao, QD6bo, QD14o, QE2o, and QF6o, respondent answers are not further specified.


Sample:    Multistage national probability samples.

Weight:    Please review the "Archive Remarks" 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:   2010-07-06

Version History:

  • 2011-02-07 The collection has been further processed by GESIS, and the SPSS, SAS, and Stata setup files, SPSS and Stata system files, SAS transport (CPORT) file, tab-delimited ASCII data file, and codebook have been updated. Of note, the data for this Eurobarometer study are being released in two parts. The first part includes original study materials supplied by GESIS which are being released in a zipped package. The second part includes study materials supplied by ICPSR.

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