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Transatlantic Trends: Immigration, 2008 (ICPSR 26502)

Principal Investigator(s): Wunderlich, Tanja, German Marshall Fund of the United States; Ziebarth, Astrid, German Marshall Fund of the United States; Gustin, Delancey, German Marshall Fund of the United States; Isernia, Pierangelo, University of Siena; Diehl, Claudia, University of Goettingen; Martin, Susan, Georgetown University


Transatlantic Trends: Immigration, 2008 examined attitudes and policy preferences related to immigration in Europe, Canada, and the United States. For its inaugural year, the survey concentrated on issues such as: illegal versus legal immigration, admission criteria preferences, enforcement tactics, international cooperation on immigration policies, immigration and security, national identity, assimilation versus multiculturalism, and the compatibility of Islam and Western society. Several questions were also asked pertaining to voting and politics including whether respondents 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, assessment of the current United States presidential candidates, political party attachment, and left-right political self-placement. Demographic and other background information includes age, gender, ethnicity, citizenship, origin of birth (personal and parental), marital status, religious affiliation, age when finished full-time education and stage at which full-time education completed, occupation, type of locality, and region of residence.

Series: Transatlantic Trends Survey Series

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Study Description


Wunderlich, Tanja, Astrid Ziebarth, Delancey Gustin, Pierangelo Isernia, Claudia Diehl, and Susan Martin. Transatlantic Trends: Immigration, 2008. ICPSR26502-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2011-08-16. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR26502.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR26502.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • Bradley Foundation
  • German Marshall Fund of the United States
  • Compagnia di San Paolo (Italy)
  • Barrow Cadbury Trust (United Kingdom)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    illegal immigrants, immigrants, immigration, immigration offenses, immigration policy, immigration status, life plans, national identity, nations, opinions, public opinion, social adjustment, social attitudes, social behavior, social change, social issues, travel, voter attitudes, voter preferences, voting behavior

Smallest Geographic Unit:    country

Geographic Coverage:    France, Germany, Global, Great Britain, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, United States

Time Period:   

  • 2008-08-29--2008-09-28

Date of Collection:   

  • 2008-08-29--2008-09-28

Unit of Observation:    individual

Universe:    The adult population aged 18 years and over in 7 countries: France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, and the United States.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The original data collection was carried out by TNS, Fait et Opinion 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 SPLIT1 defines the separate groups.

The number of interviews for Great Britain is 1,000 and the total number of interviews is 7,002. The table in the "Depositor Technical Note" section of the ICPSR codebook shows the number of interviews for Great Britain as 1,001 and the total number of interviews as 7,003.

The fieldwork dates in the data file for Poland and the United States are not consistent with the fieldwork dates in "Depositor Technical Note" section of the ICPSR codebook.

For data collection, the computer-assisted personal interview was used in Poland, 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 country 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 "Depositor 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)

Response Rates:    The total response rate for all countries surveyed is 21 percent. Please refer to the "Depositor 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:   2011-08-16



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