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Eurobarometer 81.1: Future of Europe, and E-Communications in the Household, January 2014 (ICPSR 36654)

Alternate Title:   Eurobarometer 81.1

Principal Investigator(s): Commission, European, European Union

Summary:

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) The Future of Europe and (2) E-Communications in the Household. Respondents' opinions were collected regarding the state of the European Union, what important issues it currently faced, what they felt were the biggest assets of the EU, and how it should address global changes. Respondents were also questioned about ownership and use of communication devices such as mobile phones and computers. They were asked how these devices were provided with internet service, their data use and limits, difficulties with internet access, whether they had experienced blocking of content online, and the costs associated with internet service.

Demographic and other background information collected includes age, gender, nationality, marital status, occupation, age when stopped full-time education, household composition, ownership of a fixed or mobile telephone and other 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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Citation

Commission, European. Eurobarometer 81.1: Future of Europe, and E-Communications in the Household, January 2014. ICPSR36654-v1. Cologne, Germany: GESIS/Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributors], 2017-06-29. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36654.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36654.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    attitudes, cellular phones, communication, computer use, computers, electronics, European Union, government, government organizations, Internet, issues, opinions, service providers

Smallest Geographic Unit:    country

Geographic Coverage:    Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, European Union, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden

Time Period:   

  • 2014-01-18--2014-01-27

Date of Collection:   

  • 2014-01-14--2014-01-27

Unit of Observation:    Individual

Universe:    In all, Eurobarometer 81.1 interviewed 27,739 citizens in the 28 countries of the European Union after the 2013 enlargement with the accession of Croatia in July. All respondents have the respective nationalities of the 28 European Union Member States, resident in each of the Member States, and are aged 15 and over. Separate samples are drawn for Great Britain and Northern Ireland as well as for East and West Germany.

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 between January 18-27, 2014. In some areas, fieldwork dates may vary slightly from this timeframe.

Related Data Collections:

  • Module QA (Future of Europe) partly replicates questions asked in the context of Eurobarometer 78.2 (ICPSR 35251)
  • Module QB (E-Communications) largely replicates questions asked in the context of Eurobarometer 79.1 (ICPSR 35083), adding question on telecommunication services in the Single Market

Access to GESIS data and documentation, including the GESIS DOI, for Eurobarometer 81.1 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 Eurobarometer website and ZACAT, respectively.

Methodology

Sample:    The basic sample design applied in all states is a multi-stage, random (probability) one. In each country, a number of sampling points was 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. CAPI (Computer Assisted Personal Interview) was used in those countries where this technique was available. Please refer to the Technical Specifications section within the Questionnaire,as well as ZACAT, for additional sampling information.

Time Method:    Cross-sectional

Weight:    For each sample (country or lower level region) through the post-stratification weighting procedure a comparison is carried out between the sample composition and a proper universe description. The universe description is made available by the National Survey Research Institutes and/or by EUROSTAT. On this basis a national weighting procedure, using marginal and intercellular weighting, is applied. As such in all countries, minimum sex, age, region NUTS II (basic regions as defined by the EUROSTAT nomenclature of territorial units for statistics), and size of locality are introduced in the iteration procedure. This post-stratification weighting is also referred to as redressement or non-response weighting. A design weight which would adjust for unequal selection probabilities (depending on the household size) is not made available. Please refer to the Weighting documentation,as well as ZACAT, for additional weighting information.

Mode of Data Collection:    computer-assisted personal interview (CAPI), 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.

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Original ICPSR Release:   2017-06-29

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