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Eurobarometer 63.1: Science and Technology, Social Values, and Services of General Interest, January-February 2005 (ICPSR 4563)

Principal Investigator(s): Papacostas, Antonis, European Commission


This round of Eurobarometer surveys diverged from the standard Eurobarometer measures and queried respondents on their opinions regarding science and technology, social values, and services of general interest. Questions concerning the first topic focused on the respondents' attitudes toward science and technology issues including what areas they were most interested, how informed respondents were in general, and recent visits to a museum of science and technology or another type of public museum. Other questions measured respondents' level of trust in science, their views on the role science and technology should have in improving the economy, the potential benefits or harmful effects of science, and the role the European Community plays in scientific research. Another topic covered was social values in relation to science and technology. Respondents were asked how often they thought about the meaning and purpose of life, about their spiritual beliefs, what kind of family they grew up in, how often they trusted other people, how satisfied they were with their lives, whether a university education is more important for a man than for a woman, and whether men make better political leaders than women. The surveys also solicited respondents' opinions with respect to developing technologies (including solar energy, biotechnology, genetic engineering, the Internet, nanotechnology), and possible applications of science and technology over the next 20 years (such as cloning monkeys or pigs for use in research into human diseases or cloning human beings so that couples can have a baby even when one partner has a genetic disease). Respondents were queried on their opinions about humanity's relationship to nature, what decisions about science and technology should be based primarily on, how important they thought science and technology would be for their society in ten years' time, and if what those who are involved in science and technology do has a positive effect on society. Finally, the topic of services of general interest (such as electricity, natural gas, fixed telephone, mobile phone, postal services, local transport, rail transport, and air transport) included questions regarding satisfaction with the provision of services, accessibility, fairness in pricing, quality of service, and customer service. Background information collected includes respondent age, gender, nationality, marital status, left-right political self-placement, occupation, age at completion of education, household composition, telephone equipment, religion, and region of residence.

Series: Eurobarometer Survey Series

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Study Description


Papacostas, Antonis. Eurobarometer 63.1: Science and Technology, Social Values, and Services of General Interest, January-February 2005. ICPSR04563-v2. Cologne, Germany: Zentralarchiv fur Empirische Sozialforschung/Ann Arbor, MI: Inter- university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributors], 2008-08-27. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04563.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04563.v2

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    attitudes, citizen attitudes, economic issues, European Economic Community, European unification, European Union, life satisfaction, products, political attitudes, political issues, public opinion, public policy, public utilities, quality of life, science, scientific research, service providers, social attitudes, social issues, social values, technology

Smallest Geographic Unit:    country

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

Time Period:   

  • 2005-01-03--2005-02-15

Date of Collection:   

  • 2005-01-03--2005-02-15

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, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, plus the citizens of the four EU candidate countries: Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania, Turkey, as well as the citizens in three EFTA (European Free Trade Association) countries: Iceland, Norway, and Switzerland.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

(1) The documentation (codebook and SAS, SPSS and Stata setup files) for this collection contain characters with diacritical marks used in many European languages. (2) The categories and scales for variables P6 (Size of Community) and P7 (Region) may have changed compared to former Eurobarometers up to Eurobarometer 61. (3) The variable P6UK (Size of Locality United Kingdom) integrates data for Northern Ireland (codes 1-2) and Great Britain (codes 3-5). (4) The fieldwork dates in the data file for Austria, Portugal, Spain, and Norway are not consistent with the fieldwork dates in the Technical Specifications. (5) The total number of interviews is 31,390. The table in the Technical Specifications shows the total number of interviews as 32,897. (6) Values in the data and setup files may vary from those shown in the questionnaire due to standardization of response categories. (7) A split ballot was used for this survey. The variable SPLIT (v787) defines the separate groups.


Sample:    Multistage national probability samples.

Weight:    Please review the ICPSR Weighting Information provided in the codebook for information regarding weights available with Eurobarometer 63.1.

Mode of Data Collection:    face-to-face interview


Original ICPSR Release:   2006-11-03

Version History:

  • 2008-08-27 The data have been further processed by the ZA, and the SPSS setup file and codebook have been updated. Also, SAS and Stata setup files, SPSS and Stata system files, SAS transport (CPORT) file, and a tab-delimited ASCII data file have been added.

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