Eurobarometer 83.2: Perception of Security, Civil Protection, and Humanitarian Aid, March 2015 (ICPSR 36666)

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Eurobarometer 83.2

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.

Eurobarometer 83.2 covered the following special topics:(1) Perception of Security, (2) Civil Protection, and (3) Humanitarian Aid. Respondents were asked for their opinions regarding the most important challenges and threats facing EU citizens, the performance of police and other law enforcement authorities, respondents personal sense of security, the role different groups and individuals should play in promoting security, and the impact of new technologies on security. Further topics included evaluating the EU's response to natural and man-made disasters, communication regarding risk of disaster, governmental preparation and prevention of disasters, and potential for negative economic impact caused by a disaster. Additional questions asked for respondents views regarding humanitarian aid funding, including the importance of the EU's funding, the efficiency of various groups and organizations providing such funding, and accessibility of information about funding.

Demographic and other background information collected includes age, gender, nationality, marital status, occupation, political preference, 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.

European Commission. Eurobarometer 83.2: Perception of Security, Civil Protection, and Humanitarian Aid, March 2015. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2017-10-11.

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GESIS, Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research
2015-03-21 -- 2015-03-30

The original data collection was carried out by TNS Opinion and Social on request of the European commission between March 21 - March 30, 2015. In some areas, fieldwork dates may vary slightly from this timeframe.

Related Data Collections:
  • Question module QB on 'Civil Protection' partly replicates questions asked in the context of Eurobarometer 77.1 (ICPSR 34569); module QC on 'Humanitarian Aid' largely replicates questions from the same survey context.
Access to GESIS data and documentation, including the GESIS DOI, for Eurobarometer 83.2 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 website and ZACAT, respectively.

A multi-stage, random (probability) sampling design was used for this Eurobarometer. In the first stage, primary sampling units (PSU) were selected from each of the administrative regionals units in every country (Statistical Office of the European Community, EUROSTAT NUTS 2 or equivalent). PSU selection was systematic with probability proportional to population size, from sampling frames stratified by the degree of urbanization. In the next stage, a cluster of starting addresses was selected from each sampled PSU, at random. Further addresses were chosen systematically using standard random route procedures as every Nth address from th initial address. In each household, a respondent was drawn, at random, following the closest birthday rule. No more than one interview was conducted in each household.

The regular sample size (in the sense of completed interviews) is 1000 respondents per country, except the United Kingdom with separate samples for Great Britain (1000) and Northern Ireland (300), Germany with separate samples for the Eastern (500) and the Western part (1000), as well as Luxembourg, Cyprus (Republic), and Malta with 500 interviews each.

Effective number of realized interviews in this round: Belgium 1023, Denmark 1006, Germany-West 1004, Germany-East 558, Greece 1006, Spain 1018, Finland 1022, France 1006, Ireland 1000, Italy 1019, Luxembourg 507, the Netherlands 1038, Austria 1009, Portugal 1067, Sweden 1077, Great Britain 1002, Northern Ireland 300, Cyprus (Republic) 500, Czech Republic 1127, Estonia 1002, Hungary 1043, Latvia 1004, Lithuania 1006, Malta 502, Poland 1010, Slovakia 1008, Slovenia 1069, Bulgaria 1060, Romania 1044, and Croatia 1045.

Please refer to the Technical Specifications section within the Questionnaire, as well as ZACAT, for additional sampling information.

In all, Eurobarometer 83.2 interviewed 28,082 citizens in the 28 countries of the European Union after the 2013 enlargement with the accession of Croatia. All respondents have the respective nationalities of the 28 European Union Member States, resident in each of the Member States, and are aged 15 and over. They are supposed to have sufficient command of one of the respective national language(s) to answer the questionnaire. Separate samples are drawn for Great Britain and Northern Ireland as well as for East and West Germany.

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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. Eurobarometer 83.2: Perception of Security, Civil Protection, and Humanitarian Aid, March 2015. ICPSR36666-v1. Cologne, Germany: GESIS/Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributors], 2017-10-11.

2017-10-11 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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For each sample (country or lower level region) through the post-stratification weighting procedure a comparison is carried out between the sample composition and a proper universe description. The universe description is made available by the National Survey Research Institutes and/or by EUROSTAT. On this basis a national weighting procedure, using marginal and intercellular weighting, is applied. As such in all countries, minimum sex, age, region NUTS II (basic regions as defined by the EUROSTAT nomenclature of territorial units for statistics), and size of locality are introduced in the iteration procedure. This post-stratification weighting is also referred to as redressement or non-response weighting. A design weight which would adjust for unequal selection probabilities (depending on the household size) is not made available. Please refer to the Weighting Documentation, as well as ZACAT, for additional weighting information.


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