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Euro-Barometer 17: Energy and the Future, April 1982 (ICPSR 9023)

Principal Investigator(s): Rabier, Jacques-Rene; Riffault, Helene; Inglehart, Ronald


This round of Eurobarometer surveys queried respondents on standard Eurobarometer measures, such as how satisfied they were with their present life, whether they attempted to persuade others close to them to share their views on subjects they held strong opinions about, whether they discussed political matters, what their country's goals should be for the next ten years, and how they viewed the need for societal change. Additional questions focused on the respondents' knowledge of and opinions on the European Community (EC), including how well-informed they felt about the EC, what sources of information about the EC they used, whether their country had benefited from being an EC member, and the extent of their personal interest in EC matters. Another major focus of the surveys was energy and the future. Respondents were asked questions concerning energy problems and use, with particular attention paid to nuclear power. Respondents were asked about the sources of their information on the EC and energy issues, and their opinions concerning media coverage of the European Economic Community (EEC). Opinions also were obtained concerning the proper level of government -- local, national, or European -- to perform various regulatory functions (e.g., nature conservation, air and water pollution, nuclear plants, endangered species, placement of industrial sites, and energy research). The survey also queried respondents concerning their appliance and vehicle ownership, their hopes and fears for the future, their opinions of and level of trust in Americans, and their potential involvement in particular political causes, e.g., human rights, sexual equality, and environmental protection. In addition, a special sample of youths aged 15 through 24 was asked about education and employment prospects and about their lives, interests, and relationships with family and friends. Demographic information about the respondents includes age, sex, party of support, marital status, age upon completion of full-time education, occupation, composition of household, family income, and province and region of interview. Several constructed indices also are included. Euro-Barometer 17 contains data gathered from representative samples of respondents who were interviewed in each of the ten nations of the EC (Germany, Great Britain, Denmark, Italy, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Ireland, the Netherlands, and Greece) in April 1982

Series: Eurobarometer Survey Series

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Study Description


Rabier, Jacques-Rene, Helene Riffault, and Ronald Inglehart. Euro-Barometer 17: Energy and the Future, April 1982. ICPSR09023-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2002. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09023.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09023.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • European Commission
  • National Science Foundation (NSF: SES-8208333)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    adolescents, attitudes, career goals, economic integration, energy conservation, energy policy, European unification, European Union, government regulation, information sources, life satisfaction, nuclear energy, political influence, political issues, political movements, public opinion, quality of life, social attitudes, social change, social interaction, social problems, young adults, youths

Geographic Coverage:    Belgium, Denmark, Europe, France, Germany, Global, Great Britain, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands

Time Period:   

  • 1982-04

Date of Collection:   

  • 1982-04

Universe:    Citizens of the EC aged 15 and over, as well as a separate universe of respondents aged 15 through 24 only, residing in Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, the Great Britain (including Northern Ireland), Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The text of the British questionnaire was used in constructing the codebook.


Sample:    Multistage national probability sampling or national stratified quota sampling.

Data Source:

personal interviews

Extent of Processing:   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:

  • Performed consistency checks.
  • Standardized missing values.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-06-27

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