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Candidate Countries Eurobarometer 2003.4, October-November 2003 (ICPSR 4056)

Principal Investigator(s): European Commission. Directorate-General Press and Communication. Public Opinion Analysis Sector


The Candidate Countries Eurobarometer (CCEB) series, first conducted in 2001, gathers information from the countries applying to become members of the European Union (EU) in a way that allows direct comparison with the standard Eurobarometer series carried out in the existing EU countries. The CCEB provides decision-makers and the European public with opinion data on the similarities and differences between the EU and the candidate countries. The CCEB continuously tracks support for EU membership in each country and records changes in attitudes related to European issues in the candidate countries. This round of the CCEB surveys was conducted between October 11 and November 8, 2003, in the 13 candidate countries: Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Turkey. Respondents were queried on such topics as life satisfaction and expectations, political participation, trust in institutions, national and European identity, international threats, democracy satisfaction, European currency, European elections, fraud in the EU, and trust in opinion polls. Respondents also answered questions focusing on the EU and its image, citizenship, institutions, membership, enlargement, unification, importance, statements on EU policies, particularly foreign and defense policies, EU policy priorities, EU decision-making influence (i.e., the European Commission, Parliament, and Council), EU accession, and the EU's role in the world and in relation to the United States. Background variables include nationality, marital status, level of education, age, number of people living in household, whether anyone in the household owned a color television set, video recorder, video camera, automatic washing machine, dishwasher, home computer, microwave oven, mobile phone, or two or more cars, current occupation, whether the respondent was paid directly or indirectly by the state, local government, or other public administration, religious affiliation, and voting intent.

Series: Candidate Countries Eurobarometer Survey Series

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Study Description


European Commission, Directorate-General Press and Communication, Public Opinion Analysis Sector. CANDIDATE COUNTRIES EUROBAROMETER 2003.4, OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2003. Prepared by Zentralarchiv fur Empirische Sozialforschung. ICPSR04056-v2. Budapest: Gallup Organization Hungary (Magyar Gallup Intezet) [producer], 2003. Cologne, Germany: Zentralarchiv fur Empirische Sozialforschung/Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributors], 2005-08-18. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04056.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04056.v2

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    attitudes, European unification, European Union, foreign policy, life satisfaction, national identity, political participation, public opinion, social attitudes

Smallest Geographic Unit:    country

Geographic Coverage:    Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, Global

Time Period:   

  • 2003-10--2003-11

Date of Collection:   

  • 2003-10-10--2003-11-10

Unit of Observation:    individuals

Universe:    Citizens aged 15 and over residing in the 13 countries applying for European Union membership: Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Turkey. There are two exceptions. In Estonia, the survey covered permanent residents aged 15 and over. In Cyprus, the survey only covered citizens living on the southern part of the island.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

(1) The files included with this release of the collection derive from the data producer, Gallup Organization Hungary (Magyar Gallup Intezet). However, additional processing of the data was performed at the Zentralarchiv fur Empirische Sozialforschung in Cologne, Germany. (2) The documentation (codebook and SPSS setup file) for this collection contains characters with diacritical marks used in many European languages.


Sample:    Multistage national probability samples.

Mode of Data Collection:    personal interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   2004-09-02

Version History:

  • 2005-08-18 Country-specific variables for EDUCATION and VOTE INTENTION with value labels added are now included.

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