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Eurobarometer 58.2: Health and Developing Countries, October-December 2002 (ICPSR 3732)

Principal Investigator(s): Christensen, Thomas, European Commission


This round of Eurobarometer surveys diverged from standard trend questions, instead focusing on various topics regarding respondents' health and opinions pertaining to developing countries. Topics related to health included smoking (e.g., how many packs smoked and how often, whether cigarette and tobacco advertising should be banned, and if the respondents were aware of the tar and nicotine contents of the brand of cigarettes they smoked), environmental risks (air quality, water quality, noise levels, quality of food, quality of lakes and rivers, exposure to the sun, and waste management), the communication of information regarding health risks and health behaviors, respondents' general health, emotional well-being (if ever happy, sad, calm, peaceful, tense, down-hearted, energetic, or tired), physical activities (like aerobics, digging, cycling, and housework) and the amount of time spent doing various physical activities, blood donation, organ donation, and HIV and AIDS. Questions pertaining to developing countries included the importance of helping people in impoverished countries, providing aid to those countries, how much of the nation's and the European Commission's budget should be spent on aid to other countries, which countries they felt were in the best position to help developing countries, and if the respondent was aware of the Cotonou Agreement (a partnership agreement between the European Union and all its member countries and the countries from Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific), or had ever heard about the Lome Convention. Demographic variables include marital status, gender, age, current occupation, whether the respondent lived in a rural area or village, small or middle sized town, or a large town, household income, who contributed largely to the household income and the occupation of that individual, and how much toward the left or right the respondent placed their political views.

Series: Eurobarometer Survey Series

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Study Description


Christensen, Thomas. Eurobarometer 58.2: Health and Developing Countries, October-December 2002. ICPSR03732-v2. Cologne, Germany: GESIS/Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributors], 2010-04-26. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03732.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03732.v2

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    attitudes, developing nations, European Parliament, European Union, health, public opinion, social attitudes

Smallest Geographic Unit:    country

Geographic Coverage:    Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Europe, Finland, France, Germany, Global, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom

Time Period:   

  • 2002-10-28--2002-12-08

Date of Collection:   

  • 2002-10-28--2002-12-08

Unit of Observation:    individual

Universe:    Citizens of the EU aged 15 and over residing in the 15 EU member countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The original data collection was carried by European Opinion Research Group - EEIG 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.

V442 (ORIGINAL RESPONDENT ID): Duplicate case ID numbers have been detected for Belgium, Italy, Ireland, Luxembourg, and Finland; for Great Britain most original ID numbers are not unique.


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:   2004-10-08

Version History:

  • 2010-04-26 The data have been further processed by GESIS, and the SPSS setup file and codebook have been updated. SAS and Stata setup files, SPSS and Stata system files, a SAS transport (CPORT) file, a tab-delimited ASCII data file, and a data collection instrument have been added.

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