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Transatlantic Trends Survey, 2013 (ICPSR 34973)

Principal Investigator(s): Stelzenmueller, Constanze, German Marshall Fund of the United States; Eichenberg, Richard, Tufts University; Kennedy, Craig, German Marshall Fund of the United States; Isernia, Pierangelo, University of Siena (Italy)


The aim of the Transatlantic Trends Survey, 2013 was to identify the attitudes of the public in the United States, in 11 European Union member states, and in Turkey, toward foreign policy and transatlantic issues. This survey gathered respondents' views on topics including: the roles of the United States, the European Union (EU), Russia, and China in world affairs; opinions on international economic and military cooperation; NATO's continued relevance; attitudes toward Sweden joining NATO and Turkey joining the EU; and the rise of new powers in Asia. Respondents were also asked about possible interventions in Iran's and North Korea's nuclear programs, intervention in Syria, unmanned aircraft strikes, and NATO training of the Afghani military. The survey also asked respondents about economics, government spending, the current international economic crisis, the quality of the various governments' measures for economic recovery, their confidence in the EU and the euro, and the EU's economic control over member states. Respondents were also queried on immigration, voting habits, economic vs. military power, China as an international threat/asset, and their assessment of the international policies of Barack Obama and the United States. Additional questions included political partisanship and left-right political self-placement, and voting intentions. Demographic and other background information includes age, gender, race, religious affiliation, education, occupation, household composition, type of locality, and region of residence.

Series: Transatlantic Trends Survey Series

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Stelzenmueller, Constanze, Richard Eichenberg, Craig Kennedy, and Pierangelo Isernia. Transatlantic Trends Survey, 2013. ICPSR34973-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2014-04-02. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR34973.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR34973.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    democracy, economic crises, economic sanctions, elections, euro, European Union, foreign policy, government performance, government spending, immigration, international conflict, international cooperation, international relations, leadership, Middle East, military intervention, national defense, national elections, national politics, national security, NATO, nuclear weapons, Obama, Barack, political affiliation, political partisanship, politics, public approval, public opinion, religious affiliation, social attitudes, voter attitudes, voting behavior

Smallest Geographic Unit:    country

Geographic Coverage:    France, Germany, Global, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States

Time Period:   

  • 2013-06-02--2013-07-02

Date of Collection:   

  • 2013-06-02--2013-07-02 (All countries except Turkey (delayed due to protests) finished by 2013-06-27)

Unit of Observation:    individual

Universe:    The adult population (aged 18 years and over) with access to landline telephone in 13 countries: France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States, and Turkey. In the United States, Italy, Spain and Portugal, adults with mobile phones were also targeted.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The original data collection was carried out by TNS Opinion -- Brussels, on request of the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

The Transatlantic Trends Survey Series starts with the Worldview Survey 2002 (together with CCFR) and continues with the Transatlantic Trend Survey 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 which are already released by ICPSR.

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

The time of interview variables P2A_1, P2A_2, P2B_1 and P2B_2 have been removed from the data set to preserve respondent anonymity and prevent disclosure risk.

A split ballot was used for one or more questions in this survey. For questions Q1C and Q1D, SPLIT1 defines the separate groups, for questions Q9A and Q9B, SPLIT2 defines the separate groups, for questions Q11A and Q11B, SPLIT3 defines the separate groups, for questions Q15A, Q15B, Q16A and Q16B, SPLIT4 defines the separate groups, for questions Q37A and Q37B, SPLIT5 defines the separate groups, for questions D17A and Q17B, SPLIT6 defines the separate groups.

Additional information on the Transatlantic Trends Survey is provided on the Transatlantic Trends Web site.


Sample:    Computer assisted telephone interviews (except in Poland, Slovakia, Turkey and Romania where face-to-face interviews were conducted due to the low telephone penetration rate in these five countries). The basic sample design applied in all states is multi-stage random (probability). In each household, the respondent was drawn at random (following the "closest birthday rule"). Up to five call-backs for telephone interviews and four visits in total for face-to-face interviews were attempted before dropping a potential respondent.

Time Method:    Cross-sectional

Weight:    Several weight variables are present in the data which users may wish to apply during analysis, including a weight to control the differences in the selection probability in land line and mobile phone contacts, weights by country size, and weights to correct the data for socio-demographic characteristics. Please refer to the "Technical Information" section in the ICPSR Codebook for further information about weighting.

Mode of Data Collection:    computer-assisted telephone interview (CATI), face-to-face interview

Response Rates:    The total response rate for all countries surveyed is 9 percent. Please refer to the "Technical Information" section in the ICPSR Codebook for additional information about response rates.

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:

  • Created online analysis version with question text.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   2014-04-02

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