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Eurobarometer 62.1: The Future of the European Union, Vocational Training, Environment, IT at Work, and Public Services, October-November 2004 (ICPSR 4341) RSS

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Summary:

This round of Eurobarometer surveys diverged from the standard Eurobarometer measures and queried respondents on (1) the European Constitution, (2) the Lisbon Agenda, (3) vocational training, (4) attitudes toward the environment, (5) information and communication technologies in the workplace, and (6) services of general interest. For the first topic, respondents were asked about their knowledge of, and attitudes and opinions towards the draft of the European Constitution, what sources they trusted to obtain information about the Constitution, whether they would exercise the "citizens right of initiative" described in the draft of the Constitution, and likelihood they would vote in a referendum to ratify text of the European Constitution. For the second topic, the Lisbon Agenda, the survey solicited respondents' opinions with respect to the current and future state of the European economy, and the situation of the respondent's nation's economy, employment, environment, social welfare, and quality of life. In addition, respondents were also asked to assess their personal quality of life, financial situation, and employment status, and compare Europe's quality of life and economy with other countries. For the third topic, the survey queried about the respondents' experiences with vocational training such as the extent and nature of information and communication technology training received, sources of funding for such training, recent and future participation in vocational training, and what sorts of training the respondents believed would help them to advance in their careers. In regard to the fourth topic, respondents were asked to identify particular environmental issues that were of concern to them, and whether policy makers' should consider the environment in making decisions about social and economic policies, and employment. In addition, the survey asked respondents to describe personal efforts made in taking care of the environment, and identify the level of government most effective in taking decisions about the environment. The survey also asked several questions pertaining to the fifth topic, information and communication technologies. Respondents were asked to identify the most important technological devices in their daily (both professional and personal) lives, to what extent they made use of computers and the Internet, whether or not they received information and communication technology training, and their ability to telework. Finally, respondents were asked to identify services of general interest (telephone, electric, water, postal, public transit) available to them and which were most used, and provide an opinion about the affordability of these services, and the quality of the services received. Demographic and other background information includes respondent's age, gender, nationality, origin of birth (personal and parental), marital status, left-to-right political self-placement, occupation, age when stopped full-time education, household composition, availability of a fixed or a mobile telephone in the household, type and size of locality, region of residence, and language of interview (select countries).

Series: Eurobarometer Survey Series

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Papacostas, Antonis. Eurobarometer 62.1: The Future of the European Union, Vocational Training, Environment, IT at Work, and Public Services, October-November 2004. ICPSR04341-v3. Cologne, Germany: GESIS/Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributors], 2010-06-16. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04341.v3

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   attitudes, computer use, conservation, constitutions, cost of living, economic change, economic integration, economic issues, economic policy, employment, environment, environmental attitudes, environmental policies, European Parliament, European unification, European Union, information technology, job skills, job training, life satisfaction, municipal services, national economy, pensions, public opinion, public policy, public transportation, public utilities, quality of life, social attitudes, social behavior, social change, telecommuting, vocational education

Smallest Geographic Unit:   country

Geographic Coverage:   Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Europe, Finland, France, Germany, Global, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom

Time Period:  

  • 2004-10-27--2004-11-29

Date of Collection:  

  • 2004-10-27--2004-11-29

Unit of Observation:   individual

Universe:   Citizens of the EU aged 15 and over residing in the 25 EU member countries: Austria, Belgium, Republic of Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

Data Types:   survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The original data collection was carried out by TNS Opinion & Social on request of the European Commission.

The codebook and setup files for this collection contain characters with diacritical marks used in many European languages.

Although the "Technical Specifications" section of the ICSPR codebook indicates that the survey was carried out between October 27 and November 29, 2004, it appears Denmark continued the survey through December 2, 2004.

The fieldwork dates listed in the data file for Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Finland, and France are not consistent with the fieldwork dates in the "Technical Specifications" section of the ICPSR codebook.

The number of interviews for France is 1001, Slovenia 1000, and the United Kingdom 1322. The table in the "Technical Specifications" section of the ICPSR codebook shows the total number of interviews as 1000 for France, 1091 for Slovenia, and 1312 for the United Kingdom.

The documentation and/or setup files may contain references to Bulgaria, Norway, Romania, and Turkey, but these countries were not participants in this wave of Eurobarometer surveys. This collection contains no data for Bulgaria, Croatia, Norway, Romania, or Turkey.

A split ballot was used for one or more questions in this survey. The variable V672 defines the separate groups.

Methodology

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.

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Version History:

  • 2010-06-16 The data have been further processed by GESIS, and the SPSS, SAS, and Stata setup files, SPSS and Stata system files, SAS transport (CPORT) file, a tab-delimited ASCII data file, and codebook have been updated.
  • 2007-11-30 Data for all previously-embargoed variables are now available. The SPSS, SAS, and Stata setup files, Stata system file, and ICPSR codebook have been updated. Also, the SPSS portable file has been replaced with an SPSS system file, the SAS transport (XPORT) file has been replaced with a SAS transport (CPORT) file, and a tab-delimited ASCII data file has been added.

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