Eurobarometer 77.4: European Parliament, Development Aid, Social Climate and Discrimination, June 2012 (ICPSR 34859)

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The Eurobarometer series is a unique cross-national and cross-temporal survey program conducted on behalf of the European Commission. These surveys regularly monitor public opinion in the European Union (EU) member countries and consist of standard modules and special topic modules. The standard modules address attitudes towards European unification, institutions and policies, measurements for general socio-political orientations, as well as respondent and household demographics. The special topic modules address such topics as agriculture, education, natural environment and resources, public health, public safety and crime, and science and technology.

This round of Eurobarometer surveys covers the following special topics: (1) European Parliament, (2) development aid, (3) social climate, and (4) discrimination. Respondents were queried on the image associated with the European Union, their own view of the European Union, voter activity, and their familiarity with European institutions. Additionally, respondents were asked about their awareness and opinion of the EU's European Citizen's Initiative and the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, their opinions on giving federal aid to developing countries, as well as life satisfaction and workplace diversity.

Demographic and other background information collected includes age, gender, nationality, marital status, occupation, age when stopped full-time education, household composition, ownership of a fixed or mobile telephone and other goods, difficulties in paying bills, level in society, and Internet use. In addition, country-specific data includes type and size of locality, region of residence, and language of interview (select countries).

European Commission, and European Parliament. Eurobarometer 77.4: European Parliament, Development Aid, Social Climate and Discrimination, June 2012. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2014-06-20.

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GESIS, Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research
2012-06-02 -- 2012-06-17

The original data collection was carried out by TNS Opinion and Social on request of the European commission between June 2, and June 17, 2012.

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

Module QA partly replicates questions on "development aid" asked in the context of Eurobarometer 76.1 (QD) (ICPSR 34552).

Module QB partly replicates module QB on "social climate" surveyed in the context of Eurobarometer 75.4 (ICPSR 34556).

Access to GESIS data and documentation, including the GESIS DOI, for Eurobarometer 77.4 can be found through the GESIS Data Catalogue Additional Information on the Eurobarometer survey series and the Eurobarometer data can be found at the GESIS Eurobarometer Web site and ZCAT respectively.

The basic sample design applied in all states is as multi-stage, random (probability) one. In each country, a number of sampling points was drawn with the probability proportional to population size (for a total coverage of the country) and to population density. In order to do so, the sampling points were drawn systematically from each of the "administrative regional units", after stratification by individual unit and type of area. They thus represent the whole territory of the countries surveyed according to the EUROSTAT NUTS II (or equivalent) and according to the distribution of the resident population of the respective nationalities in terms of metropolitan, urban and rural areas. In each of the selected sampling points, a starting address was drawn, at random (following the "closest birthday rule"). All interviews were conducted face-to-face in the people's homes and in the appropriate national language. CAPI (Computer Assisted Personal Interview) was used in those countries where this technique was available. Please refer to the Technical Specifications within the ICPSR Codebook for additional sampling information.

In all, Eurobarometer 77.4 interviewed 26,622 citizens in the 27 countries of the European Union after the 2004/2007 enlargement (i.e. including the Accession Countries Romania and Bulgaria). All respondents were residents in the respective country, nationals and non-national but EU-Citizens, and aged 15 and over. Respondents were expected to have sufficient command of the respective national languages to answer the questionnaire.

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2018-02-15 The citation of this study may have changed due to the new version control system that has been implemented. The previous citation was:
  • European Commission, and European Parliament. Eurobarometer 77.4: European Parliament, Development Aid, Social Climate and Discrimination, June 2012. ICPSR34859-v1. Cologne, Germany: GESIS/Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributors], 2014-06-20.

2014-06-20 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.

For each country, a comparison between the sample and the universe was carried out. The Universe description was derived from Eurostat population data or from national statistics offices. For all countries surveyed, a national weighting procedure, using marginal and intercellular weighting, was carried out based on this Universe description. In all countries, gender, age, region and size of locality were introduced in the iteration procedure. For international weighting (i.e. EU averages), TNS Opinion and Social applies the official population figures as provided by EUROSTAT or national statistic offices. Please refer to the ICPSR Codebook for additional weighting information.


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