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Eurobarometer 78.1: Europe 2020, the Financial and Economic Crisis, European Citizenship, and Information on European Political Matters, November 2012 (ICPSR 34793)
Principal Investigator(s): European Commission
The Eurobarometer series is a unique cross-national and cross-temporal survey program conducted on behalf of the European Commission. These surveys regularly monitor public opinion in the European Union (EU) member countries and consist of standard modules and special topic modules. The standard modules address attitudes towards European unification, institutions and policies, measurements for general socio-political orientations, as well as respondent and household demographics. The special topic modules address such topics as agriculture, education, natural environment and resources, public health, public safety and crime, and science and technology.
This round of Eurobarometer surveys covers the following special topics: (1) Europe 2020, (2) the financial and economic crisis, (3) European citizenship, and (4) information on European political matters. Opinions were collected on the European economic crisis and the importance of the Europe 2020 strategies for improving the crisis. Respondents were also asked about their thoughts on the effects of the formation of the European Union and the rights of its citizens. Additional information includes respondents' sources of political knowledge and to what extent they feel well informed on political matters.
Demographic and other background information collected include age, gender, nationality, marital status and parental relations, occupation, age when stopped full-time education, household composition, ownership of a fixed or a mobile telephone and other durable goods, difficulties in paying bills, level in society, and Internet use. In addition, country-specific data includes type and size of locality, region of residence, and language of interview (select countries).
Series: Eurobarometer Survey Series
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European Commission. Eurobarometer 78.1: Europe 2020, the Financial and Economic Crisis, European Citizenship, and Information on European Political Matters, November 2012. ICPSR34793-v1. Cologne, Germany: GESIS/Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributors], 2013-10-18. doi:10.3886/ICPSR34793.v1
Persistent URL: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR34793.v1
Scope of Study
Subject Terms: administration, air pollution, alternative energy, citizen attitudes, citizenship, economic conditions, economic crises, education, employment potential, European Parliament, European Union, financial management, financial policy, greenhouse effect, higher education, Internet, knowledge (awareness), life satisfaction, media coverage, media use, political attitudes, political awareness, political economy, public opinion, social networks
Smallest Geographic Unit: country
Geographic Coverage: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Global, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Montenegro, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom
Date of Collection:
Unit of Observation: individual
Universe: In all, Eurobarometer 78.1 interviewed 32,731 citizens in the 27 countries of the European Union after the 2004/2007 enlargement (i.e. including the Accession Countries Romania and Bulgaria), in the remaining Candidate Countries (CC) Croatia, Iceland, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey, Montenegro and Serbia as well as the Turkish Cypriot Community. All respondents were residents in the respective country, nationals and non-nationals but EU-citizens, and aged 15 and over. Respondents were expected to have sufficient command of one of the respective national language(s) to answer the questionnaire.
Data Types: survey data
Data Collection Notes:
The original data collection was carried out by TNS Opinion and Social on request of the European Commission between November 3 and 18, 2012.
The codebook and setup files for this collection contain characters with diacritical marks used in many European languages.
There is a discrepancy between the field work dates reported in the data and documentation. Please review the ICPSR codebook for more information.
Sample: The basic sample design applied in all states is as multi-stage, random (probability) one. In each country, a number of sampling points were drawn with the probability proportional to population size (for a total coverage of the country) and to population density. In order to do so, the sampling points were drawn systematically from each of the "administrative regional units", after stratification by individual unit and type of area. They thus represent the whole territory of the countries surveyed according to the EUROSTAT NUTS II (or equivalent) and according to the distribution of the resident population of the respective nationalities in terms of metropolitan, urban and rural areas. In each of the selected sampling points, a starting address was drawn, at random (following the "closest birthday rule"). All interviews were conducted face-to-face in the people's homes and in the appropriate national language. As far as the data capture is concerned, CAPI (Computer Assisted Personal Interview) was used in those countries where this technique was available. Please refer to the GESIS Documentation and Technical Specifications within the ICPSR Codebook for additional sampling information.
Weight: For each country a comparison between the sample and the universe was carried out. The Universe description was derived from Eurostat population data or from national statistics offices. For all countries surveyed, a national weighting procedure, using marginal and intercellular weighting, was carried out based on this Universe description. In all countries, gender, age, region and size of locality were introduced in the iteration procedure. For international weighting (i.e. EU averages), TNS Opinion and Social applies the official population figures as provided by EUROSTAT or national statistic offices. Please refer to the GESIS Documentation and Technical Specifications within the ICPSR Codebook for additional weighting information.
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: 2013-10-18
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