Eurobarometer 86.3: Humanitarian Aid, Civil Protection, EU Citizens' Views on Development, Cooperation and Aid and Chemical Safety, 2016 (ICPSR 36872)

Published: Jan 4, 2018

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European Commission


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Eurobarometer 86.3

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 86.3 covered the following special topics: (1) Nationality, (2) Humanitarian Aid, (3) Civil Protection, (4) EU Citizens' Views on Development Cooperation and Aid, and (5) Chemical Safety.

Respondents were questioned about their awareness of EU funding of humanitarian aid activities. Their opinions regarding the importance of funding humanitarian aid activities, how to do so most efficiently, and support for sending humanitarian aid volunteers and funds to other parts of the world were also collected. Other questions included topics regarding respondents' awareness of, attitudes towards and personal involvement in aiding people in developing countries. Respondents were also questioned regarding their awareness of and attitudes towards civil protection and disaster preparedness. Several questions were asked regarding awareness of, understanding of, behaviors towards, safety of, regulation of and concerns about exposure to hazardous chemicals in household products and other consumer goods. Country-specific data includes type and size of locality, region of residence, and language of interview (select countries), life satisfaction, political discussion frequency, hazardous chemicals and opinions on whether their voice counts in their country/EU.

Demographic and other background information collected includes left or right self-placement on political scale, 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.

European Commission. Eurobarometer 86.3: Humanitarian Aid, Civil Protection, EU Citizens’ Views on Development, Cooperation and Aid and Chemical Safety, 2016. Ann Arbor, MI: GESIS [distributor], Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2018-01-04.

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2016-11-26 -- 2016-12-05

The original data collection was carried out by TNS Opinion and Social on request of the European commission between November 26 - December 5, 2016. In some areas, fieldwork dates may vary slightly from this timeframe.

Related Data Collections:

  • Question module QA 'Humanitarian aid' is partly based on questions asked in the context of the corresponding module surveyed in the framework of Eurobarometer 83.2 (ICPSR 36666)
  • Question module QB 'Civil protection' is partly based on questions asked in the context of the corresponding module surveyed in the framework of Eurobarometer 83.2 (ICPSR 36666)
  • Question module QC 'EU Citizens' views on development, cooperation and aid' is partly based on questions asked in the context of the corresponding module surveyed in the framework of Eurobarometer 84.4 (ICPSR 36671)

Access to GESIS data and documentation, including the GESIS DOI, for Eurobarometer 86.3 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.

The basic sample design applied in all states was a 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 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 the 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. Please refer to the Technical Specifications section within the Questionnaire, as well as ZACAT, for additional sampling information.

In all, Eurobarometer 86.3 interviewed 27,929 citizens in the 28 countires of the European Union after the 2013 enlargement with the accession of Croatia in July. All respondents have the respective nationalities of the 28 European Union Member States, and are aged 15 and over.


survey data

computer-assisted personal interview (CAPI)

face-to-face interview



2018-01-04 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 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.


  • Data in this collection are available only to users at ICPSR member institutions.

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