Euro-barometer 38.0: European Court of Justice, Passive Smoking, and Consumer Issues, September-October 1992 (ICPSR 6044)

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This round of Euro-Barometer surveys focused on the current status and continuing development of the European Community (EC). Respondents were asked to choose which countries they believed should become part of the EC by the year 2000, to give their opinions on the imminent establishment of the Single European Market and the effectiveness of the European Parliament, and to indicate their knowledge and attitudes about the Maastricht Treaty and the proposed European Monetary Union. Participants in this Euro-Barometer also provided a detailed assessment of the operation of the European Court of Justice situated in Luxembourg. Respondents were asked whether they had a favorable impression of the Court, how important a part it played in the EC, how familiar they were with its activities, what role the Court should take on issues such as abortion, and how they viewed the relative importance of EC law versus the national laws of member countries. Respondents also furnished information concerning their attitudes and behavior toward smoking. Questions focused on the type of tobacco products used, the number of cigarettes consumed daily, the desire of smokers to limit their consumption, the attitudes of both smokers and nonsmokers toward the use of tobacco products in public, the effects of being exposed to other people's smoke ("passive smoking"), opinions regarding regulations prohibiting smoking in some public places, feelings about smoke in the workplace, the advertising of tobacco products, and knowledge of the "European Code of Cancer" (a set of elementary rules, developed by a committee of cancer experts, for the possible prevention of cancer). An additional section of this survey focused on the safety of consumer products and services. Respondents were asked what was most important to them when purchasing a product, whether enough attention was being paid to consumer product safety, what concerns they had regarding product safety, and whether governments, private companies, or consumers themselves were mainly responsible for the safe use of certain products. Other areas of focus included safety expectations while traveling in other countries and the need to be told about potentially dangerous situations such as nuclear accidents, oil spills, or water contamination, the value of insurance to cover risks while traveling, worries regarding the safety of older adults and children, and the incidence of major domestic accidents among family members. As in previous Euro-Barometers, questions on political party preference asked respondents which party they felt the closest to, how they voted in their country's last general election, and how they would vote if a general election were held the next day. Additional information was gathered on family income, number of people residing in the home, size of locality, home ownership, trade union membership, region of residence, occupation of the head of household, and the respondent's age, sex, education, religion, religiosity, subjective social class standing, socio-professional status, and left-right political self-placement.

Series: Eurobarometer Survey Series

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Study Description


Reif, Karlheinz, and Anna Melich. Euro-barometer 38.0: European Court of Justice, Passive Smoking, and Consumer Issues, September-October 1992 . ICPSR06044-v2. Koeln, Germany: Zentralarchiv fuer Empirische Sozialforschung/Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributors], 2015-04-27.

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   attitudes, cancer, consumer attitudes, consumer protection, economic integration, European Court of Justice, European Parliament, European unification, European Union, health behavior, health education, international law, life satisfaction, Maastricht Treaty, political influence, product safety, public opinion, quality of life, smoking, social change, travel, voter preferences

Smallest Geographic Unit:   Country

Geographic Coverage:   Belgium, Denmark, Europe, France, Germany, Global, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom

Time Period:  

  • 1992-09-21--1992-10-15

Date of Collection:  

  • 1992-09-21--1992-10-15

Unit of Observation:   individual

Universe:   Persons aged 15 and over residing in the 12 member nations of the European Community: Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, and the United Kingdom, as well as in Norway.

Data Types:   survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Data processing for this collection was performed at GESIS.


Sample:   Multistage national probability samples.

Time Method:   Cross-sectional

Kind of Data:   quantitative

Weight:   The data are not weighted, however there are nine weights that users may want to apply during analysis: V6 (WEIGHT SPECIAL UNITED KINGDOM), V8 (WEIGHT RESULT FROM TARGET), V9 (WEIGHT ADJUSTED TO STANDARD SIZE), V11 (WEIGHT SPECIAL GERMANY), V12 (WEIGHT EURO 6), V13 (WEIGHT EURO 10), V14 (WEIGHT EURO 12), V15 (WEIGHT EUROPE 12 +), and V16 (WEIGHT RESULTS FROM TARGET NORWAY ONLY). For additional information please see the "Original ICPSR Documentation, 1993 Release" in the ICPSR codebook.

Mode of Data Collection:   face-to-face interview

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.


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  • 2015-04-27 The SPSS setup files were updated to conform to current standards. SAS and Stata setup files, as well as SPSS and Stata system files, a SAS transport (CPORT) file, a R data file, a tab-delimited data file, and a PDF codebook have been added to the collection.

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