Euro-barometer 29: Environmental Problems and Cancer, March-April 1988 (ICPSR 9083)

Principal Investigator(s): Reif, Karlheinz, Commission of the European Community; Melich, Anna, Commission of the European Community


The major focuses of this Euro-Barometer survey are the environment and personal health. Opinions were sought on environmental issues such as nuclear accidents and radioactivity, pollution, and conservation of natural resources, as well as on the activities surrounding the European Year of the Environment. Health-related issues focused on cancer: smoking, knowledge and views regarding the causes of cancer, the extent of its occurrence in society, and medical recommendations for its early detection and prevention. Respondents were also asked if they had undergone medical examinations to screen for cancer. Women were questioned about specific kinds of cancer detection examinations as well. Other health-related items concerned dietary regimens and sports activities. In addition, respondents were asked about political party preferences, life satisfaction, views on national goals and national achievements, and attitudes toward the Economic Community and its policies, especially the Economic Community's Common Agricultural Policy, the European Parliament, the creation of the single common market in 1992, and use of daylight savings time. The data include demographic, socioeconomic, and geographic information on respondents.

Series: Eurobarometer Survey Series

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Study Description


Reif, Karlheinz, and Anna Melich. Euro-barometer 29: Environmental Problems and Cancer, March-April 1988. ICPSR09083-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2017-03-27.

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This study was funded by:

  • National Science Foundation (SES 85-12100, and SES 88-09098)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    agricultural policy, attitudes, cancer, diet, economic integration, energy conservation, environment, European unification, European Union, health behavior, life satisfaction, medical evaluation, nuclear accidents, political affiliation, political influence, pollution, public opinion, quality of life, radioactive wastes, smoking, social change, womens health care

Smallest Geographic Unit:    country

Geographic Coverage:    Belgium, Denmark, Europe, France, Germany, Global, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom

Time Period:   

  • 1988-03--1988-04

Date of Collection:   

  • 1988-03-18--1988-04-29

Unit of Observation:    individual

Universe:    Persons aged 15 and over residing in the 12 member nations of the European Community: Belgium, Denmark, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom, and West Germany (including West Berlin).

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:


Sample:    Multistage probability samples and stratified quota samples.

Time Method:    Cross-sectional

Weight:    The data are not weighted, however there are three weight variables, V6 (NATION WEIGHT I), V8 (NATION WEIGHT -2-), and V9 (EUROPEAN WEIGHT), that users may wish to apply during analysis.

Mode of Data Collection:    face-to-face interview

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:

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


Original ICPSR Release:   1990-12-04

Version History:

  • 2017-03-27 The SPSS setup files were updated to conform to current standards. SAS and Stata setup files, as well as SPSS and Stata system files, a SAS transport (CPORT) file, an R data file, a tab-delimited data file, and a PDF codebook have been added to the collection.

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