Eurobarometer 68.1: The European Parliament and Media Usage, September-November 2007 (ICPSR 23368)

Published: Apr 6, 2011

Principal Investigator(s):
Antonis Papacostas, European Commission


Version V3

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, and how they viewed the need for societal change. Additional questions focused on the respondents' knowledge of and opinions on the European Union (EU), including how well-informed they felt about the EU, what sources of information about the EU they used, whether their country had benefited from being an EU member, and the extent of their personal interest in EU matters. Another major focus of the surveys was the European Parliament (EP) and media usage. For the first special topic, respondents were queried about obtaining information, how well-informed and knowledgeable they felt, and their opinions about the EP, including its image and role. In addition, they were asked to identify the date the next European election would occur in their country, the number of Members of the EP (MEP) from their country who sit in the EP, and which policies and values the EP should defend as a priority. For the second special topic, the survey asked respondents to identify the television channels they regularly watched, the radio stations they regularly listened to at least five times a week, the daily newspapers they regularly read, and the Web sites they regularly visited at least three times per week. Demographic and other background information includes respondent's age, gender, nationality, origin of birth (personal and parental), marital status, left-right political self-placement, 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 (select countries).

Papacostas, Antonis. Eurobarometer 68.1: The European Parliament and Media Usage, September-November 2007. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2011-04-06.

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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 V4061 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 Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia was granted candidate status by the European Commission. Of note, this information was not provided in the "Technical Specifications" section of the ICPSR codebook and has not been indicated in the universe for this collection. Users should consult the European Commission's Enlargement Web site in regard to this change in status.

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 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 two EU candidate countries: Croatia and Turkey, in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and in the Turkish Cypriot Community.


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2011-04-06 This collection now contains the addition of two variables: V4058 (P13 LANGUAGE OF INTERVIEW - MACEDONIA) and V4063 (Q1 NATIONALITY OTHER COUNTRIES). The data have 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.

2010-09-07 The data have been further processed by GESIS. Separate Microsoft Excel files with country-specific responses for questions D49a, D49b, D49c, and D49d are no longer being made available. Country-specific variables corresponding to these questions have been added to the data set by GESIS: V451 to V1465 (D49A TV CHANNELS), V1466 to V2391 (D49B RADIO STATIONS), V2392 to V3162 (D49C NEWSPAPERS), and V3163 to V3967 (D49D WEBSITES). Additionally, the SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files, SPSS and Stata system files, SAS transport (CPORT) file, tab-delimited ASCII data file, and codebook have been updated.

2008-11-26 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.

Please review the "Archive Remarks" section of the ICPSR codebook for this Eurobarometer study.


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