Transatlantic Trends Survey, 2010 (ICPSR 33021)

Published: May 11, 2012

Principal Investigator(s):
Craig Kennedy, German Marshall Fund of the United States; Zsolt Nyiri, German Marshall Fund of the United States; Pierangelo Isernia, University of Siena (Italy); Philip Everts, Leiden University (Netherlands); Richard Eichenberg, Tufts University


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The aim of this survey was to identify the attitudes of the public in the United States and in 12 European countries towards foreign policy and transatlantic issues. This survey concentrated on issues such as: United States and European Union (EU) leadership and relations, international relations, the likelihood of strong leadership from the United States, the EU, Russia, China, and India five years from now, respondent assessment of the current United States President on various issues such as climate change and stabilizing Afghanistan, which issues should be priorities for United States and EU leaders in the next five years, favorability towards certain countries and institutions, international cooperation, international conflict, the role of China in international issues, Turkey and Turkish accession to the EU, the international economic crisis, economic versus military power, Turkey and Cyprus reunification, political party attachment, vote intentions in the next national elections, and left-right political self-placement. Demographic and other background information includes age, gender, race, age when finished full-time education and stage at which full-time education completed, occupation, type of phone line, household composition, type of locality, and region of residence.

Kennedy, Craig, Nyiri, Zsolt, Isernia, Pierangelo, Everts, Philip, and Eichenberg, Richard. Transatlantic Trends Survey, 2010. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2012-05-11.

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German Marshall Fund of the United States

Compagnia di San Paolo (Italy)

Fundacao Luso-Americana (Portugal)

Fundacion BBVA (Spain)

Tipping Point Foundation (Bulgaria)



2010-06-01 -- 2010-06-29

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

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

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. Twenty percent of the sample in the Italy, Portugal, Spain, and the United States was contacted through mobile phone instead of landline. Only fixed telephone lines are included in all other cases.

Indirect Identifiers: To limit possible disclosure risk, the time of interview variables P2A_1, P2A_2, P2B_1, and P2B_2 have been dropped from the public-use data.

A split ballot was used for one or more questions in this survey. The variables SPLIT1, SPLIT2, and SPLIT3 define the separate groups.

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

The basic sample design applied in all states is multi-stage random (probability). In each household, the respondent was drawn at random (following the "closest birthday rule"). Up to five call-backs for telephone interviews and four visits in total for face-to-face interviews were attempted before dropping a potential respondent. The face-to-face interview was used in Bulgaria, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and Turkey due to the low telephone penetration rate in these five countries.

The adult population (aged 18 years and over) with access to landline telephone in 13 countries: Bulgaria, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States.


survey data

computer-assisted personal interview (CAPI)

computer-assisted telephone interview (CATI)

paper and pencil interview (PAPI)

The total response rate for all countries surveyed is 12 percent. Please refer to the "Technical Note" in the ICPSR codebook for additional information about response rate.



2012-05-11 The documentation has been updated.

2012-02-24 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:

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


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