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Transatlantic Trends Survey, 2008 (ICPSR 26501)

Principal Investigator(s): Kennedy, Craig, German Marshall Fund of the United States; Glenn, John, German Marshall Fund of the United States; La Balme, Natalie, German Marshall Fund of the United States; Isernia, Pierangelo, University of Siena; Everts, Philip, University of Leiden; Eichenberg, Richard, Tufts University


The aim of this study was to identify the attitudes of the public in the United States and in 12 European countries towards foreign policy issues and transatlantic issues. The survey concentrated on issues such as: United States and European Union (EU) leadership and relations, favorability towards certain countries, institutions and people, security, cooperation and the perception of threat including issues of concern with Afghanistan, Iran, and Russia, energy dependence, economic downturn, and global warming, Turkey and Turkish accession to the EU, promotion of democracy in other countries, and the importance of economic versus military power. Several questions asked of respondents pertained to voting and politics including whether they discussed political matters with friends and whether they attempted to persuade others close to them to share their views on politics which they held strong opinions about, vote intention, their assessment of the current United States President and upcoming presidential election, political party attachment, and left-right political self-placement. Demographic and other background information includes age, gender, race, ethnicity, religious affiliation and participation, age when stopped full-time education and stage at which full-time education completed, occupation, number of people aged 18 years and older living in the household, type of locality, region of residence, prior travel to the United States or Europe, and language of interview.

Series: Transatlantic Trends Survey Series

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Kennedy, Craig, John Glenn, Natalie La Balme, Pierangelo Isernia, Philip Everts, and Richard Eichenberg. Transatlantic Trends Survey, 2008. ICPSR26501-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2011-07-07. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR26501.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR26501.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • German Marshall Fund of the United States
  • Compagnia di San Paolo (Italy)
  • Fundacao Luso-Americana (Portugal)
  • Fundacion BBVA (Spain)
  • Tipping Point Foundation (Bulgaria)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    democracy, energy production, European unification, European Union, government expenditures, government performance, international relations, leadership, Middle East, military intervention, military preparedness, national interests, national politics, national security, nations, NATO, political affiliation, political attitudes, political issues, political opinions, presidency, presidential candidates, presidential elections, public opinion, social attitudes, social issues, terrorist threats, threats, travel, voter attitudes, voting behavior, weapons

Smallest Geographic Unit:    country

Geographic Coverage:    Bulgaria, France, Germany, Global, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States

Time Period:   

  • 2008-06-04--2008-06-24

Date of Collection:   

  • 2008-06-04--2008-06-24

Unit of Observation:    individual

Universe:    The adult population aged 18 years and over in 13 countries: Bulgaria, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The original data collection was carried out by TNS, Fait et Opinion -- Brussels on request of the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

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 SPLIT defines the separate groups.

For data collection, the computer-assisted face-to-face interview was used in Poland, the paper and pencil interview was used in Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia and Turkey, and the computer-assisted telephone interview was used in all other countries.

Additional information on the Transatlantic Trends Survey is provided on the Transatlantic Trends Web site.


Sample:    (1) Multistage random sampling was implemented in the countries using face-to-face interviewing. Sampling points were selected according to region, and then random routes were conducted within these sampling points. Four callbacks were used for each address. The birthday rule was used to randomly select respondents within a household. (2) Random Digit Dialing was implemented in the countries using telephone interviewing. Eight callbacks were used for each telephone number. The birthday rule was used to randomly select respondents within a household.

Weight:    Please refer to the "Technical Note" in the ICPSR codebook for further information about weighting.

Mode of Data Collection:    computer-assisted personal interview (CAPI), computer-assisted telephone interview (CATI), paper and pencil interview (PAPI)

Response Rates:    The total response rate for all countries surveyed is 23 percent. Please refer to the "Technical Note" in the ICPSR codebook for additional information about response rate.

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:

  • Created online analysis version with question text.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   2011-07-07

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