Center for Research on Social Reality [Spain] Survey Series

Investigator(s): Centro de Investigaciones Sobre la Realidad Social (CIRES)

From October 1990 to June 1996, the Center for Research on Social Reality (Centro de Investigaciones Sobre la Realidad Social [CIRES]) conducted 52 national surveys of the population of Spain. Typically, 1,200 persons were interviewed for each survey, using a random stratified sampling design. The surveys used questionnaires comprising three sections. The first section collected information on respondents' attitudes regarding personal, national, and international issues. This section included questions on respondents' level of life satisfaction and frequency of visits with relatives, neighbors, and friends, and asked respondents to rank by importance various national and international objectives, such as protection of the environment, fighting narcotics trafficking, and guaranteeing civil liberties. The second section contained a topical module of questions that varied from survey to survey. Topics covered marriage formation and dissolution, health, religious beliefs and practices, attitudes towards immigrants, social ethics, and culture and leisure. Socioeconomic data were the focus of the third section, including respondent's sex, age, marital status, size of household, occupation, education, religion, religiosity, place of birth, and income. Spanish language questionnaires are included in the codebooks for these studies. The CIRES project was conducted by the firm Analisis Sociologicos, Economicos Y Politicos, S.A. (A.S.E.P.), with support from Fundacion BBV, Fundacion Caja de Madrid, and Fundacion Bilbao-Bizkaia-Kutxa.