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Transatlantic Trends Survey, 2003 (ICPSR 3972)

Principal Investigator(s): Kennedy, Craig, German Marshall Fund of the United States; La Balme, Natalie, German Marshall Fund of the United States; Isernia, Pierangelo, University of Siena-Italy; Everts, Philip, University of Leiden-Netherlands


This survey, conducted June 10-25, 2003, was designed to assess respondents' opinions on their own and other countries' involvement in world affairs and events. Respondents were asked whether they approved of the way United States President George W. Bush was handling international policies, whether their respective countries should be involved in world affairs, whether the United States should be the only superpower, whether the European Union should become a superpower, or whether there should be no superpowers. On the issue of whether the European Union should become a superpower, respondents were asked whether they would make the same decision if it required an increase in military expenditures. Additional questions included whether the relationship between Europe and the United States had grown closer, further apart, or stayed the same, whether the United States or the European Union was more important to the respondent's own country, whether the war in Iraq was worth the human and economic costs, and whether the respondent could name five countries that were permanent members of the United Nations Security Council. Opinions were gathered on how desirable it was that the United States and/or the European Union exert strong leadership in world affairs, the appropriateness of spending on defense, economic foreign aid, and social welfare and health by respondents' governments, the proper role of the European Union in the world, and the level of potential threat to the United States and/or the European Union by a variety of events and issues. Additional opinions were elicited on countries other than the respondent's own country, on the United Nations, on support for military action or economic sanctions against countries with weapons of mass destruction or nuclear weapons, and on proposals to aid in the resolution of the Arab or Palestinian conflict with Israel. Background variables include age, sex, education, ethnicity, the number of people aged 18 and over in the household, occupation, party preference, and residential region.

Series: Transatlantic Trends Survey Series

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Study Description


Kennedy, Craig, Natalie La Balme, Pierangelo Isernia, and Philip Everts. Transatlantic Trends Survey, 2003. ICPSR03972-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2004. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03972.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03972.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • Compagnia di San Paolo (Italy)
  • German Marshall Fund of the United States
  • Fundacao Luso-Americana (Portugal)
  • Fundacion BBVA (Spain)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    Arab Israeli conflict, economic sanctions, European Union, international affairs, international politics, military alliances, military interventions, NATO, United Nations

Geographic Coverage:    France, Germany, Global, Great Britain, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, United States

Time Period:   

  • 2003

Date of Collection:   

  • 2003-06-10--2003-06-25

Universe:    National samples of men and women aged 18 and over.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Related information can be found at: Transatlantic Trends http://www.transatlantictrends.org.

Produced by Taylor Nelson Sofres Intersearch, Horsham, PA, 2003.


Sample:    Random-digit dialing sample.

Data Source:

Computer Assisted Telephone Interview (except in Poland, where face-to-face Computer Assisted Personal Interview was used, due to lower telephone penetration)

Restrictions: This data collection may not be used for any purpose other than statistical reporting and analysis. Use of these data to learn the identity of any person or establishment is prohibited. To preserve respondent anonymity, certain identifying variables are restricted from general dissemination.


Original ICPSR Release:   2004-07-30

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