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European Communities Study, 1970 (ICPSR 7260)

Principal Investigator(s): Inglehart, Ronald; Rabier, Jacques-Rene


A precursor to the Eurobarometer studies, this survey queried respondents of six European countries on some of what would become standard Eurobarometer measures, such as how satisfied respondents were with their present lives. Other questions focused on respondents' knowledge of and opinions on the European Community (EC), including how well-informed they felt about the EC, what sources of information about the EC they used, whether their country had benefited from being an EC member, and the extent of their personal interest in EC matters. Another major focus of the survey was on the respondents' attitudes toward the unification of Europe, probing opinions concerning the economic, political, and administrative aspects of unification. Information was gathered concerning national pride and willingness to replace individual symbols of nationalism with "United States of Europe" symbols. In addition, the study investigated the respondents' attitudes toward world society and politics. The emphasis was on the respondents' opinion of appropriate governmental priorities, both domestic and international. The degree of political participation of the respondents and their trust of foreigners was also ascertained. The data include two constructed indices that were used in analyses conducted by Ronald Inglehart and reported in THE SILENT REVOLUTION: CHANGING VALUES AND POLITICAL STYLES AMONG WESTERN PUBLICS (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1977). One of these indices places the respondent along a materialist-postmaterialist values continuum and the other categorizes the respondent's political ideology according to his or her party preference. Demographic data include sex, age, education, occupation, size of town, and region. This study contains data for 1,296 respondents from Belgium, 2,046 from France, 2,014 from Germany, 1,806 from Italy, and 1,405 from the Netherlands in Part 1. Part 2 supplies data for 1,975 respondents from Great Britain. A shorter version of the questionnaire was used in Great Britain.

Series: Eurobarometer Survey Series

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DS1:  Data for Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands - Download All Files (1.679 MB)
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DS2:  Data for Great Britain - Download All Files (0.689 MB)
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Study Description


Inglehart, Ronald, and Jacques-Rene Rabier. European Communities Study, 1970. ICPSR07260-v3. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2002. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07260.v3

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07260.v3

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This study was funded by:

  • European Commission
  • National Science Foundation (National Science Foundation: SES808333)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    economic integration, European Economic Community, European Parliament, European unification, European Union, knowledge (awareness), life satisfaction, national interests, national pride, nationalism, political affiliation, political attitudes, political awareness, political ideologies, politics, public opinion, quality of life, social attitudes, trust in government, world politics

Geographic Coverage:    Belgium, Europe, France, Germany, Global, Great Britain, Italy, Netherlands

Time Period:   

  • 1970

Date of Collection:   

  • 1970-07

Universe:    Citizens of the EC aged 16 and over residing in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, and Great Britain.

Data Type(s):    survey data


Sample:    Representative samples of the total population aged 16 and over were drawn in each country.

Data Source:

personal interviews

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:

  • Standardized missing values.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-06-27

Version History:

  • 2002-10-11 With this current update, data for Great Britain, which were inadvertently omitted in the past, were added back into the study as Part 2. Also, the codebooks were converted to PDF (although the text version of Part 1 will also be available) and new SAS and SPSS data definition statements were created. SAS data definition statements were also created for the main data file. Card Image data for Part 1 are no longer being distributed.

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