Eurobarometer 71.3: Globalization, Personal Values and Priorities, European Identity, Future of the European Union, Social Problems and Welfare, and European Elections, June-July, 2009 (ICPSR 28184)

Published: Aug 13, 2010

Principal Investigator(s):
Antonis Papacosta, European Commission


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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, 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, whether their country had benefited from being an EU member, and the extent of their personal interest in EU matters. Further questions on the EU included the extent of EU involvement in various policy areas and the importance of these issues, further European integration, economic growth, and trust in EU organizations. The survey also queried respondents about these six major topical areas: (1) Globalization, (2) Personal Values and Priorities, (3) European Identity, (4) Future of the European Union, (5) Social Problems and Welfare, and (6) European Elections. For the first major topic, respondents were asked for their opinions on globalization and its effect on the local community, companies, and the EU. For the second major topic, respondents were asked about their values and priorities. The survey then asked respondents about the third topic, European Identity. Respondents were questioned about their national and European identities, what they thought were the important characteristics and elements of their identities, and what their identities mean to them. For the fourth topic, the future of the European Union, respondents were asked about their predictions for the year 2030 in regards to the economy, expansion, societal norms, and culture. For the fifth topic, social problems and welfare, respondents were asked about social welfare and pensions, and the quality of their country's plans and possible future changes to the programs. Respondents were also questioned about employment possibilities in their country, including whether highly educated people had problems obtaining jobs. The sixth major topic focused on the European Parliament elections, respondents were asked their reasons for voting or not voting, what they felt were important policy issues, their attitudes toward the elections, their exposure to election campaigns, and their closeness to the political parties. In addition to the six major areas of focus, four minor topics were also covered: (1) Human Rights, (2) Public Authorities, (3) Minorities and Immigrants, and (4) Elderly Care. Demographic and other background information collected includes age, gender, origin of birth (personal and parental), marital status, occupation, age at completion of full-time education, left-right political self placement, level in society, household composition, ownership of a fixed or mobile telephone, ownership of household durables, financial situation, Internet usage, and quality of life pertaining to health. In addition, country-specific data includes region of residence, type and size of locality, and language of interview (select countries).

Papacosta, Antonis. Eurobarometer 71.3: Globalization, Personal Values and Priorities, European Identity, Future of the European Union, Social Problems and Welfare, and European Elections, June-July, 2009. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2010-08-13.

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2009-06-12 -- 2009-07-07

2009-06-12 -- 2009-07-07

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

The fieldwork dates in the data file for Finland are not consistent with the fieldwork dates in the "Technical Specifications" section of the ICPSR codebook.

A split ballot was used for one or more questions in this survey. The variable SPLIT defines the separate groups.

Although the Technical Specifications states that the fieldwork for this survey ended July 6, 2009, the data indicates that Belgium continued the survey through July 7, 2009.

In order to conform to standard SAS, SPSS, and Stata variable naming conventions, original variable names containing periods have been renamed; periods in these variable names have been substituted with underscores "_".

Variables for questions under embargo are not included in this version of the collection. Users should consult the setup files to see which variables are under embargo. A new version of the collection will be released by ICPSR after embargoes are lifted.

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 years and older 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, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, and citizens and non-citizens of the EU aged 15 years and older residing in the three EU candidate countries: Croatia, Turkey, and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and in the Turkish Cypriot Community.




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