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Eurobarometer 69.2: National and European Identity, European Elections, European Values, and Climate Change, March-May 2008 (ICPSR 25021)

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, what their country's goals should be in the next 10 to 15 years, and how they viewed the need for societal change. Additional questions focused on the respondents' knowledge of and opinions on globalization and on the European Union (EU), including how well-informed they were about the EU, what sources of information about the EU they used, whether their country had benefited from being an EU member (or would benefit from being a future member), and the extent of their personal interest in EU matters. Other questions queried respondents about their country's public administration, the transparency of both their own government institutions and those of the EU, and how important they thought transparency was in their functioning. Respondents were asked which countries, specifically Turkey, Croatia, and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, they would favor joining the EU. National and European identity is a major focus of the survey. Questions focused on to what extent respondents felt they were a citizen of their region, of their country, of Europe, and of the world, whether they were content with their identity, and their feelings on the importance of being European. The second major focus of the survey was European elections. Respondents were queried about their interest in the elections, whether or not they would vote, the main criteria in making these decisions, and what themes the electoral campaign should focus on. In addition, respondents were asked to name the party they voted for in the European Parliament (EP) elections in June 2004, May 2007, November 2007, and the latest parliamentary elections in their respective countries. For the third major focus, European values and value priorities, respondents were asked to identify their personal values, whether they thought EU member states shared common values, and how close or distant these shared values were. In addition, respondents were asked to select the most important values they associated with the idea of happiness. For the final major focus of the survey, climate change, respondents were queried about their knowledge of and views on climate change, including whether they thought climate change was a serious problem, whether enough is being done to fight it, and the reasons why individuals may or may not take action in fighting climate change. Respondents were also asked to identify the personal actions they have taken regarding climate change and to evaluate the objectives proposed by the EU to limit the impact of climate change. Demographic and other background information includes age, gender, nationality, origin of birth (personal and parental), marital status, left-right political self-placement, strength of party attachment, occupation, age when stopped full-time education, household composition, ownership of a fixed or a mobile telephone and other durable goods, type and size of locality, region of residence, and language of interview (in select countries).

Series: Eurobarometer Survey Series

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Study Description


Papacostas, Antonis. Eurobarometer 69.2: National and European Identity, European Elections, European Values, and Climate Change, March-May 2008. ICPSR25021-v3. Cologne, Germany: GESIS/Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributors], 2013-10-10. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR25021.v3

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR25021.v3

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    attitudes, campaign issues, citizenship, climate change, cultural values, economic integration, elections, energy policy, European Parliament, European unification, European Union, global warming, globalization, life satisfaction, national identity, political influence, public opinion, quality of life, social change, trust in government, values, voting behavior

Smallest Geographic Unit:    country

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

Time Period:   

  • 2008-03-25--2008-05-04

Date of Collection:   

  • 2008-03-25--2008-05-04

Unit of Observation:    individual

Universe:    Citizens of the EU aged 15 and over residing in the 27 EU member countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, and the national population of citizens and the population of citizens of all the EU member countries aged 15 and over residing in the three EU candidate countries: Croatia, Turkey, and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and in the Turkish Cypriot Community.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The original data collection was carried out by TNS Opinion and Social on request of the European Commission Between March 25th 2008 and May 4, 2008.

Data for this Eurobarometer study are being released in two parts. Part 1 includes original study materials supplied by GESIS: (1) SPSS portable file; (2) SPSS syntax file containing user-defined missing values; and (3) documentation files. These files are being released in a zipped package. A documentation file has been provided by ICPSR to describe the contents of this zipped package. Part 2 includes study materials supplied by ICPSR: (1) SPSS, SAS, and Stata setup files; (2) SPSS and Stata system files, and a SAS transport (CPORT) file; (3) ASCII column-delimited and tab-delimited data files; and (4) documentation files. The data in Part 1 and Part 2 are identical, except for the following: Variable V1 'ARCHIVE STUDY NUMBER - DISTRIBUTOR' in Part 2 has been recoded to the ICPSR study number. Documentation files have been provided both by GESIS and ICPSR; the ICPSR documentation files may contain additional information.

Data on voting behavior in European (D53) and national parliamentary elections (D54), and on party attachment (D2) have now been provided by the data producer and are now available.

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

A split ballot was used for one or more questions in this survey. The variable V892 defines the separate groups.

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.

The fieldwork dates in the data file for Malta and Croatia are not consistent with the fieldwork dates in the "Technical Specifications" section of the ICPSR codebook.

No documentation was supplied by the data producer for responses to open specifications of "OTHER" items for questions QC4, QC6, QD7, QE1, QE6, QE7 and QE8.


Sample:    The basic sample design applied in all states is a multistage, random (probability) one. In each country, a number of sampling points were drawn with probability proportional to population size (for a total coverage of the country) and to population density. In order to do so, the sampling points were drawn systematically from each of the "administrative regional units", after stratification by individual unit and type of area. They thus represent the whole territory of the countries surveyed according to the EUROSTAT NUTS II (or equivalent) and according to the distribution of the resident population of the respective nationalities in terms of metropolitan, urban and rural areas. In each of the selected sampling points, a starting address was drawn, at random. Further addresses (every Nth address) were selected by standard "random route" procedures, from the initial address. In each household, the respondent was drawn, at random (following the "closest birthday rule"). All interviews were conducted face-to-face in people's homes and in the appropriate national language. As far as the data capture is concerned, CAPI (Computer Assisted Personal Interview) was used in those countries where this technique was available. Please refer to the GESIS documentation and Technical Specifications within the ICPSR Codebook for additional sampling information.

Weight:    For each country a comparison between the sample and the universe was carried out. The Universe description was derived from Eurostat population data or from national statistics offices. For all countries surveyed, a national weighting procedure, using marginal and intercellular weighting, was carried out based on this Universe description. In all countries, gender, age, region and size of locality were introduced in the iteration procedure. For international weighting (i.e. EU averages), TNS Opinion and Social applies the official population figures as provided by EUROSTAT or national statistic offices. Please refer to the GESIS Documentation and Technical Specifications within the ICPSR Codebook for additional weighting information.

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:   2009-04-07

Version History:

  • 2013-10-10 This collection has been updated to reflect the most current GESIS version, version 5, which includes data that previously had not been provided. Additionally, ICPSR has added an R data file.
  • 2011-04-06 Data for all previously-embargoed variables are now available. The collection has been further processed by GESIS, and the SPSS, SAS, and Stata setup files, SPSS and Stata system files, SAS transport (CPORT) file, tab-delimited ASCII data file, and codebook have been updated. Of note, the data for this Eurobarometer study are being released in two parts. The first part includes original study materials supplied by GESIS which are being released in a zipped package. The second part includes study materials supplied by ICPSR.

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