Eurobarometer 65.3: Neighbors of the European Union, Services of General Interest, Employment and Social Policy, Energy Technologies, and Family Planning, May-June 2006 (ICPSR 20761)

Published: Jun 9, 2010

Principal Investigator(s):
Antonis Papacostas, European Commission


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This round of Eurobarometer surveys diverged from the standard Eurobarometer measures and queried respondents on (1) the European Union (EU) and its neighbors, (2) services of general interest, (3) employment and social policy, (4) energy technologies, and (5) family planning. For the first topic, the European Union and its neighbors, respondents were asked to identify the number of current EU member countries and those countries that were to join the EU in the near future. In addition, the survey gathered respondents' opinions on their interactions with individuals from other countries, and the relationship between the EU and certain neighboring countries, i.e., the European Neighborhood Policy. Secondly, respondents were asked to identify services of general interest (telephone, the Internet, electric, water, postal, public transit, and banking system) that were most important and used, and about access to particular services, the affordability of services received, provider comparison and contracts, and consumer complaints. In regard to the third topic, employment and social policy, respondents were asked whether they had heard of specific government funds or programs such as the European Social Fund. In addition, respondents answered questions about past, current, and future employment, job training, unemployment insurance, and measures to hire and retain employees. For the topic of energy technologies, respondents were asked to identify issues of concern pertaining to energy and their nation, and about sources of energy, methods of energy production, energy consumption, EU dependence on energy, and energy policy and research. Finally, the survey collected information on respondents' views in regard to family planning. Questions were asked about family size, the timing of giving birth to and raising children, decision-making in having another child, and the future of respondents' household situations. Respondents gave their views on the roles of men and women in raising children, the ideal ages for men and women to have children, and solutions for potential shortages in the workforce. Demographic and other background information includes age, gender, origin of birth (personal and parental), marital status, left-right political self-placement, occupation, age at completion of full-time education, household composition, religious affiliation and involvement, and ownership of a fixed or a mobile telephone and other durable goods. In addition, country-specific data include type and size of locality, region of residence, and language of interview (select countries).

Papacostas, Antonis. Eurobarometer 65.3: Neighbors of the European Union, Services of General Interest, Employment and Social Policy, Energy Technologies, and Family Planning, May-June 2006. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2010-06-09.

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

The table in the French version of the Technical Specifications incorrectly shows the Fieldwork Dates and Population 15+ for countries Turkish Cypriot Community (CY(tcc)) through Turkey (TR). The information appears to have been shifted as compared to the English version of the Technical Specifications.

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.

A split ballot was used for one or more questions in this survey. The variable V775 defines the separate groups. The split ballot only applies to the countries of Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania, and Turkey.

The original data collection was carried out by TNS Opinion and Social on request of the European Commission.

Multistage national probability samples.

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, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, plus the citizens in the two EU acceding countries: Bulgaria and Romania, the citizens in the two candidate countries: Croatia and Turkey, and the citizens in the Turkish Cypriot Community.


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2010-06-09 The data have been further processed by GESIS. 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.

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