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Eurobarometer 61.0: The European Union, Globalization, and the European Parliament (30 Years of Eurobarometer), February-March 2004 (ICPSR 4116)

Principal Investigator(s): Papacostas, Antonis , European Commission


This round of Eurobarometer surveys queried respondents on standard Eurobarometer measures, such as how satisfied they were with their present life, whether they attempted to persuade others close to them to share their views on subjects they held strong opinions about, whether they discussed political matters, and how much trust they had in certain institutions like the press, radio, television, police, army, religious institutions, political parties, and the United Nations. Additional questions focused on the respondents' knowledge of and opinions about the European Union (EU), its priorities, budget spending, foreign, security, and defense policies, and feelings and fears about the enlargement of the EU and the building of Europe and the EU. Respondents also expressed whether they felt safer and more stable economically and politically as a member of the EU, whether their voice and that of their country counted in the EU, and if the EU played a positive or negative role in the important issues facing their country (e.g., crime, taxation, unemployment, terrorism, inflation, and health care). Respondents were also asked which European bodies played an important role in the life of the EU and expressed how much trust they had in these bodies (e.g., European Parliament, the European Commission, the Council of Ministers of the EU, The European Ombudsman, The European Court of Auditors, and the Committee of the Regions of the EU). Respondents were given a definition of globalization (the general opening-up of all economies, which leads to the certainty of a world-wide market) and asked if they felt globalization was a good thing for the country, and whether it would cause power to be concentrated in large companies, increase global environmental problems, represent a threat to employment, increase the variety of products for sale, cut the prices of products and services through increased competition, make it more difficult to control the quality of food products sold, or lead to a duller and more uniform world. Respondents were further queried on their feelings regarding the European Parliament and its power, the likelihood of voting in the next election, reasons for deciding to vote, what would make them more likely to vote in the next election, what the election campaign should focus on, and contact they may have had with members of the Parliament (whether through newspapers or magazines, television, radio, Internet, or public meetings). 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


Papacostas, Antonis . Eurobarometer 61.0: The European Union, Globalization, and the European Parliament (30 Years of Eurobarometer), February-March 2004. ICPSR04116-v2. Cologne, Germany: GESIS/Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributors], 2010-06-17. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04116.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04116.v2

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    attitudes, developing nations, economic integration, European Parliament, European unification, European Union, globalization, life satisfaction, political influence, public opinion, quality of life, social attitudes, 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:   

  • 2004-02-20--2004-03-28

Date of Collection:   

  • 2004-02-20--2004-03-28

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.

This dataset edition contains comparable data in the framework of Candidate Countries Eurobarometer 2004.1 (ICPSR 4350).

A split ballot was used for one or more questions in this survey. The variable V418/SPLIT defines the separate groups.


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:   2004-12-21

Version History:

  • 2010-06-17 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 data collection instrument have been added.

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