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Eurobarometer 59.2: The Common Agricultural Policy, Issues of Immigration, Rail Transport, Consumer Protection, and Information Society, May-June 2003 (ICPSR 3950)

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


This round of Eurobarometer surveys queried respondents on selected standard Eurobarometer measures concerning key topical issues including the euro, European Union (EU) enlargement, foreign policy, national internal policies, and the role of the United States in world affairs. The surveys also collected information regarding computer and Internet usage, including training, type of equipment, locations of use, frequency and duration of use, and about information and services respondents would like to find on the Internet. A major focus of the surveys was concern about issues of immigration and the right of asylum with questions pertaining to unemployment, social inequality, urban violence, terrorism, war, and various types of crime such as illegal immigration, smuggling, and illegal trafficking of drugs and human beings. Respondents were also asked about the importance and desirability of certain measures associated with addressing these issues as well as their level of agreement with selected statements regarding immigration, immigrants, asylum, asylum seekers, and citizen rights. Respondents were further questioned about the place of people belonging to racial, religious, and cultural minorities. Another focus of the surveys was the subject of EU agricultural policies with respondents being queried about competition, diversification, economic support, and benefits to consumers as well as farmers. Two additional areas of inquiry included rail services and consumer protection. The series of questions regarding rail services asked about frequency of train travel in the past 12 months, quality of rail services, handicap accessibility, ticket prices, schedule information, and complaints made in the past 12 months. Questions pertaining to consumer protection asked about aspects of the Single European Market, products or services bought or ordered from another EU country, advertising of products and services by other EU countries, and about the safety of products and services. Demographic information collected includes age, gender, nationality, marital status, left-right political self-placement, occupation, age at completion of education, type and size of locality, and household income.

Series: Eurobarometer Survey Series

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Study Description


Christensen, Thomas. Eurobarometer 59.2: The Common Agricultural Policy, Issues of Immigration, Rail Transport, Consumer Protection, and Information Society, May-June 2003. ICPSR03950-v2. Cologne, Germany: GESIS/Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributors], 2010-04-29. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03950.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03950.v2

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    citizen attitudes, economic integration, European unification, European Union, life satisfaction, political influence, public opinion, quality of life, social change

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:   

  • 2003-05-09--2003-06-30

Date of Collection:   

  • 2003-05-09--2003-06-30

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 out by the 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.

V580 (ORIGINAL RESPONDENT ID): Non-unique respondent ID numbers have been identified for Belgium, France, Ireland and Northern Ireland.


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:   2005-09-30

Version History:

  • 2010-04-29 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), and tab-delimited ASCII data files have been added.

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