European Communities Study, 1971 (ICPSR 7275)

Version Date: Jan 12, 2006 View help for published

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Ronald Inglehart, Unknown; Jacques-Rene Rabier, Unknown


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A precursor to the Eurobarometer studies, this survey contained four major sections that measured: (1) the respondents' feelings of regional belonging, (2) their awareness of and ideas about agricultural problems, (3) their opinions of the Common Market and European unification, and (4) the amount and source of their knowledge in these areas. The section of the study dealing with regional sentiments probed the degree of regional nationalism felt by the respondents. The extent of past and anticipated future inter-regional mobility within each country and within Europe was also investigated. The section on agricultural problems explored existing problems, their causes, and the future of agriculture in the respondents' countries. The emphasis of the study was on the Common Market section. Respondents' opinions about the effects of the Market on agriculture, industry, and the region as a whole were elicited as were reactions to the possibility of expansion in order to include more countries. In addition, some questions examined attitudes toward the desirability and feasibility of the evolution of a United States of Europe. The last section of the study ascertained how well informed the respondents were about problems in agriculture and economic development in their regions, and it probed their knowledge of the Common Market. Their opinions concerning the adequacy of television coverage of these topics were also probed. Other questions investigated the respondents' opinions on appropriate government priorities as well as their estimates of the probability of a third world war or a serious economic crisis. Demographic information gathered includes occupation, union affiliations, income, education, region of residence, and religion. This study contains data gathered from a total of 9,277 respondents aged 16 or older in representative samples from five European countries, including 1,459 from Belgium, 2,095 from France, 1,997 from Germany, 2,017 from Italy, and 1,673 from the Netherlands.

Inglehart, Ronald, and Rabier, Jacques-Rene. European Communities Study, 1971. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-01-12.

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A single codebook was created to match the data for all five countries surveyed. The codebook was translated from the French and Belgian questionnaires. Users may wish to request the original language questionnaires in order to ascertain whether the question wording is exactly comparable.

Cross-section samples of the total population were drawn in each country.

Citizens of the EC aged 16 and over residing in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands.

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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:
  • Inglehart, Ronald, and Jacques-Rene Rabier. European Communities Study, 1971. ICPSR07275-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1976.

2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 6 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.

1984-06-27 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:

  • Standardized missing values.
  • Performed recodes and/or calculated derived variables.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


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  • The citation of this study may have changed due to the new version control system that has been implemented.
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