Candidate Countries Eurobarometer 2003.2, May 2003 (ICPSR 4107)

Published: Oct 26, 2005

Principal Investigator(s):
European Commission. Directorate-General Press and Communication. Public Opinion Analysis Sector


Version V2

The Candidate Countries Eurobarometer (CCEB) series, first conducted in 2001, gathers information from the countries applying to become members of the European Union (EU) in a way that allows direct comparison with the standard Eurobarometer series carried out in the existing EU countries. The CCEB provides decision-makers and the European public with opinion data on the similarities and differences between the EU and the candidate countries. The CCEB continuously tracks support for EU membership in each country and records changes in attitudes related to European issues in the candidate countries. This round of the CCEB surveys was conducted between May 2 and May 31, 2003, in the 13 candidate countries: Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Turkey. Respondents were queried on such topics as life satisfaction and expectations, European countries visited and worked in, attitudes towards foreigners, trust in institutions, national and European identity, European currency, European elections, political participation, democracy satisfaction, and important national issues (e.g., crime, public transportation, rising prices/inflation, taxation, unemployment, terrorism, and the educational system). Respondents also answered questions focusing on the EU's importance, national decision-making policies (particularly foreign and defense policies), policy priorities, image, membership, enlargement, unification, and constitution. Demographic variables include nationality, age, gender, household income, current occupation and whether the respondent was paid directly or indirectly by the state, local government, or other public administration, marital status, level of education, number of people living in household, whether anyone in the household owned a color television set, video recorder, video camera, automatic washing machine, dishwasher, home computer, microwave oven, mobile phone, or two or more cars, religious affiliation and how often religious services were attended, and voting intent.

European Commission. Directorate-General Press and Communication. Public Opinion Analysis Sector. Candidate Countries Eurobarometer 2003.2, May 2003. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2005-10-26.

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(1) The files included with this release of the collection derive from the data producer, Gallup Organization Hungary (Magyar Gallup Intezet). However, additional processing of the data was performed at the Zentralarchiv fur Empirische Sozialforschung in Cologne, Germany. (2) Variables with a dot "." in the name have been replaced by an underscore "_" for technical reason. (3) The documentation (codebook and SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files) for this collection contains characters with diacritical marks used in many European languages.

Multistage national probability samples.

Citizens aged 15 and older residing in the 13 countries applying for European Union membership: Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Turkey. There are two exceptions. In Estonia, the survey covered permanent residents aged 15 and older. In Cyprus, the survey only covered the territory of the Republic of Cyprus.


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2005-10-26 The variables D3.B (Level of Education) and D13 (Vote Intention) have been broken out into country-specific variables. SAS, SPSS, and STATA setup files have been revised and an updated documentation file is available.


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