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Transatlantic Trends Survey, 2012 (ICPSR 34715)

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


The aim of the Transatlantic Trends Survey 2012 was to identify the attitudes of the public in the United States, Russia and 13 European countries towards foreign policy issues and transatlantic issues. The Transatlantic Trends Survey is a continuation of the Worldviews 2002 survey undertaken by the German Marshall Fund and the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations. It is also part of the annual Transatlantic Trends Survey series undertaken by the German Marshall Fund and the Compagnia di San Paolo from 2003 to 2011. The 2012 survey queried respondents on topics such as whether the United States, the European Union, and Russia exert strong leadership in world affairs, opinions on certain countries or organizations and their relationships and cooperation, attitudes toward Sweden joining NATO, and the rise of China. Opinions were also collected on past and future military interventions in Middle Eastern countries, government spending, attitudes towards the euro, economics, and confidence in certain institutions of Russia. Several questions solicited views on politics and voting habits, including assessments of the current president of the United States and the upcoming presidential election. Additionally other questions included political party attachment and left-right political self-placement as well as voting intentions. Demographic and other background information includes age, gender, race, religious affiliation, education, occupation, the number of people in the household, type of locality, and region of residence.

Series: Transatlantic Trends Survey Series

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Everts, Philip, Craig Kennedy, Pierangelo Isernia, Zsolt Nyiri, and Richard Eichenberg. Transatlantic Trends Survey, 2012. ICPSR34715-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2013-08-07. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR34715.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR34715.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)
  • Communitas Foundation (Bulgaria)
  • Ministry for Foreign Affairs (Sweden)
  • Open Society Foundations

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    democracy, economic crises, European Union, government performance, government spending, international relations, leadership, Middle East, military intervention, NATO, Obama, Barack, political affiliation, political attitudes, presidential elections, public opinion, Romney, Mitt, voter attitudes

Smallest Geographic Unit:    country

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

Time Period:   

  • 2012-06-02--2012-06-27

Date of Collection:   

  • 2012-06-02--2012-06-27

Unit of Observation:    individual

Universe:    The adult population aged 18 years and over with access to a landline telephone in 15 countries: Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Slovakia, Sweden, Turkey, the United States, Romania, Bulgaria, and Russia. In the United States, Italy, Spain and Portugal adults with mobile phones were also targeted.

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.

This data file is part of the Transatlantic Trends Series. The series starts with the Worldview Survey 2002 (together with CCFR) and continues with the Transatlantic Trend Survey 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, which are already released by ICPSR.

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 Website.


Sample:    Computer Assisted Telephone Interviews (except in Poland, Slovakia, Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania and Russia where face-to-face interviews were conducted due to the low telephone penetration rate in these five countries). 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 5 call-backs for telephone interviews and 4 visits in total for face-to-face interviews were attempted before dropping a potential respondent.

Time Method:    Cross-sectional

Weight:    Please refer to the "Technical Information" section in the Original P.I. Codebook for further information about weighting.

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

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:

  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   2013-08-07

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