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ZA4744: Eurobarometer 69.2 (Mar-May 2008)

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Eurobarometer 69.2 (Mar-May 2008) National and European Identity, European Elections, European Values, and Climate Change
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Bibliographic Citation

Citation Citation    European Commission (2013): Eurobarometer 69.2 (Mar-May 2008). TNS OPINION & SOCIAL, Brussels [Producer]. GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA4744 Data file Version 5.0.0, https://doi.org/10.4232/1.11755
Study No.ZA4744
TitleEurobarometer 69.2 (Mar-May 2008)
Other Titles
  • National and European Identity, European Elections, European Values, and Climate Change (Subtitle)
  • Standard Eurobarometer 69 (Alternative Title)
Current Version5.0.0, 2013-8-7, https://doi.org/10.4232/1.11755
Alternate IDs Alternate IDs
  • doi:10.3886/ICPSR25021.v3, 2013-08-07
Date of Collection25.03.2008 - 04.05.2008
Principal Investigator/ Authoring Entity, Institution
  • Papacostas, Antonis - European Commission, Brussels DG Communication, Public Opinion Analysis Sector

Content

AbstractAssessment of the development of the EU. Economy and environmental protection. Global warming and climate change. Topics: Frequency of political discussions with friends and own opinion leadership; life satisfaction; future expectations regarding personal life, the financial situation of the own household, the national economic situation, the personal job situation, and the economic situation in the EU; comparison of the national situation with the average of the other European countries concerning: economy, employment, cost of living, energy prices, and quality of life; most important national political issues; voting behaviour and the European Parliament; (only in EU 27): voting behaviour in the last elections to the national parliament; assessment of the current or future EU membership (Turkey, Croatia, and Macedonia) of the own country as a good thing; assessment of the benefits of an EU membership; in the Turkish Cypriot community was asked: assessment of the full application of EU legislation in the own country as a good thing; reasons for and against the application of EU legislation in the own country; again all: reasons for and against an EU membership; development of the own country and the European Union in the right direction; trust in institutions; image of the European Union; importance of the European Union for the respondent (associations); agreement with statements regarding the EU membership (more safety through EU membership, more economic stability through membership in the EU and the euro area, effectiveness of the own voice in the EU and in the own country, consideration of the concerns of the European citizens by the European parliament with regard to European issues, the right to vote with respect to European technical issues, understanding how the EU works, consideration of national interests by the EU, EU imposes its views on the own country); importance of the own voice and the voice of the own country in the EU; knowledge of the European Parliament, the European Commission, the European Council, and the European Central Bank; assessment of the role of these institutions in the life of the European Union; trust in these institutions, and reasons for trust or distrust; comparison of the present purchasing power of the own household with five years ago; financial difficulties at the end of the month; expectations regarding the future life of today´s children in comparison with the own generation; assessment of the transparency of the national public administration as well as of the EU institutions; personal importance of transparency for the respondent; knowledge test on the European Union (including the number of member states); preference for decision-making at national or at European level regarding: fighting crime, unemployment, inflation, and terrorism, taxation, defence, immigration, educational system, pensions, and environmental protection; health and social welfare, agriculture and fishery, consumer protection, science and technology, support for regions with economic difficulties, energy, competition, transports, and economy; attitude towards a common European currency, a common foreign policy, a common defence and security policy, and towards further enlargement of the European Union; assessment of the future development of the European Union; most important issues for strengthening the EU for the future; awareness of the current EU presidency of Slovenia; in Slovenia was asked: importance of the Slovenian EU presidency; awareness of the upcoming regular change of presidency to France; in France was asked: importance of the French EU presidency; again all: approval or rejection of an EU enlargement with the following countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Croatia, Albania, Turkey, Ukraine, Switzerland, Norway, and Iceland; attitude towards the EU membership of Turkey; attitude towards the EU membership of the countries of the Western Balkans to help to stabilize the region; attitude towards globalisation (scale: opportunity for economic growth, increases social inequality, common interests of the European Union and the United States, protection from price increases, peacekeeping in the world, threat to national culture, profitable only for companies but not for citizens, more foreign investments in the own country, helps the development of poor countries, need for common global rules, openness to other cultures); globalisation as an opportunity for national companies to profit from the opening of markets versus threat of national jobs and companies; attitude towards the role of the European Union in globalisation: protection from negative effects of globalisation; enables European citizens to benefit from globalisation; assessment of the performance of the European economy in comparison with the economy in America, Japan, China, India, Russia, and Brazil; impact of globalisation on national companies; attitude towards the relocation of companies: to avoid closure, or to increase profit; identity as European citizen, world citizen, and citizen of the own region; satisfaction with the identity as European, world citizen, resident of the region, and resident of the home country (10 point scale); reasons for feeling or not feeling European; knowledge test on the date (day, month, year) of the next European elections in the own country; interest in these elections; intention to vote (scale); main criteria for the decision on who to vote for at the European elections (personality of candidates, party preference, etc.); reasons for not voting in the European elections; preferred campaign issues; voting behaviour in the last elections to the European Parliament; attitude towards: state intervention in the personal lives, need for more equality and justice, stricter penalties for criminals, immigrants contribute a lot to the own country, preference for economic growth or environmental protection (split: four different wordings of the question), free competition, leisure time is more important than work; most important values of the respondent and of the European Union; agreement regarding the existence of common European values and global western values; shared values between the EU Member States; attitude towards selected items of post-materialism; most important values concerning personal happiness; most serious world problems; assessment of the problem of global warming (scale); assessment of the personal knowledge on the causes, consequences, and combating of climate change; adequateness of the actions taken by the national government, the EU, corporations and industries, and the citizens in the fight against climate change; attitudes towards climate change (scale); personally taken actions to fight climate change, and motivations; willingness to pay higher prices for energy produced from climate friendly energy sources (percentage); assessment of the statements that the objectives of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 20 % by 2020 compared to 1990 and of increasing the share of renewable energy to 20 % by 2020 can be achieved; assessment of the proposition made by the EU regarding an international agreement between the major world economies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 by 30 %. Demography: nationality; age; left-right self-placement; marital status; age at end of education; sex; occupation; professional position; degree of urbanization; household composition and household size; own a mobile phone and fixed (landline) phone; possession of durable goods (entertainment electronics, Internet connection, possession of a car, a flat/a house have finished paying for or still paying for); national provenance of respondent and parents (migratory background); party attachment. Also encoded was: date of interview; beginning of interview; duration of interview; persons present during the interview; respondent cooperation; size of locality; region; weighting factor; interview language (ONLY in LU, BE, ES, FI, EE, LV, MT, TR AND FM); interviewer ID.
Categories Categories
  • International Institutions, Relations, Conditions
  • Political Attitudes and Behavior
  • Natural Environment, Nature
Topics Topics
  • 5.4 Cultural and national identity
  • 5.5 Religion and values
  • 5.6 Social conditions and indicators
  • 11.2 International politics and organisation
  • 11.5 Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
  • 11.6 Government, political systems and organisation
  • 11.7 Elections
  • 16.4 Environmental degradation/pollution and protection
  • 17.6 Economic systems and development

Methodology

Geographic Coverage
  • Belgium (BE)
  • Denmark (DK)
  • Germany (DE)
  • Greece (GR)
  • Spain (ES)
  • Finland (FI)
  • France (FR)
  • Ireland (IE)
  • Italy (IT)
  • Luxembourg (LU)
  • Netherlands (NL)
  • Austria (AT)
  • Portugal (PT)
  • Sweden (SE)
  • Great Britain (GB-GBN)
  • Northern Ireland (GB-NIR)
  • Cyprus (CY)
  • Czech Republic (CZ)
  • Estonia (EE)
  • Hungary (HU)
  • Latvia (LV)
  • Lithuania (LT)
  • Malta (MT)
  • Poland (PL)
  • Slovakia (SK)
  • Slovenia (SI)
  • Bulgaria (BG)
  • Romania (RO)
  • Turkey (TR)
  • Croatia (HR)
  • Macedonia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of (MK)
UniversePopulation of the respective nationalities of the European Union Member States, resident in each of the Member States and aged 15 years and over. In the three candidate countries (Croatia, Turkey and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) and in the Turkish Cypriot Community, the survey covers the national population of citizens and the population of citizens of all the European Union Member States that are residents in these countries and have a sufficient command of the national languages to answer the questionnaire.
Sampling Procedure Sampling Procedure
Probability Sample: Proportionate Stratified Multistage Sample
Mode of Collection Mode of Collection
Face-to-face interview CAPI (Computer Assisted Personal Interview) was used in those countries where this technique was available
Data CollectorTNS Dimarso, Brussels, Belgium TNS BBSS, Sofia, Bulgaria TNS Aisa, Prague, Czech Republic TNS GALLUP DK, Copenhagen, Denmark TNS Infratest, Munich, Germany Emor, Tallinn, Estonia TNS ICAP, Athens, Greece TNS Demoscopia, Madrid, Spain TNS Sofres, Montrouge, France TNS MRBI, Dublin, Ireland TNS Abacus, Milan, Italy Synovate, Nicosia, Cyprus KADEM, Turkish Cypriot Comm. TNS Latvia, Riga, Latvia TNS GALLUP Lithuania, Vilnius, Lithuania TNS ILReS, Luxembourg, Luxembourg TNS Hungary, Budapest, Hungary MISCO, Valletta, Malta TNS NIPO, Amsterdam, Netherlands Österreichisches GALLUP, Vienna, Austria TNS OBOP, Warsaw, Poland TNS EUROTESTE, Lissabon, Portugal TNS CSOP, Bucharest, Romania RM PLUS, Maribor, Slovenia TNS AISA SK, Bratislava, Slovakia TNS GALLUP Oy, Espoo, Finland TNS GALLUP, Stockholm, Sweden TNS UK, London, United Kingdom Puls, Zagreb, Croatia TNS PIAR, Istanbul, Turkey TNS Brima, Skopje, Macedonia TNS Opinion, Brussels (fieldwork co-ordination)
Date of Collection
  • 01.04.2008 - 04.05.2008 (Belgium)
  • 02.04.2008 - 04.05.2008 (Denmark)
  • 29.03.2008 - 28.04.2008 (Germany)
  • 28.03.2008 - 17.04.2008 (Greece)
  • 27.03.2008 - 26.04.2008 (Spain)
  • 02.04.2008 - 04.05.2008 (Finland)
  • 27.03.2008 - 27.04.2008 (France)
  • 28.03.2008 - 30.04.2008 (Ireland (Republic))
  • 25.03.2008 - 26.04.2008 (Italy)
  • 26.03.2008 - 29.04.2008 (Luxembourg)
  • 01.04.2008 - 26.04.2008 (Netherlands)
  • 27.03.2008 - 20.04.2008 (Austria)
  • 26.03.2008 - 24.04.2008 (Portugal)
  • 28.03.2008 - 27.04.2008 (Sweden)
  • 01.04.2008 - 24.04.2008 (Great Britain)
  • 01.04.2008 - 24.04.2008 (Northern Ireland)
  • 31.03.2008 - 24.04.2008 (Cyprus (Republic))
  • 02.04.2008 - 17.04.2008 (Czech Republic)
  • 27.03.2008 - 21.04.2008 (Estonia)
  • 28.03.2008 - 26.04.2008 (Hungary)
  • 02.04.2008 - 29.04.2008 (Latvia)
  • 01.04.2008 - 22.04.2008 (Lithuania)
  • 26.03.2008 - 17.04.2008 (Malta)
  • 30.03.2008 - 23.04.2008 (Poland)
  • 01.04.2008 - 20.04.2008 (Slovakia)
  • 01.04.2008 - 27.04.2008 (Slovenia)
  • 27.03.2008 - 07.04.2008 (Bulgaria)
  • 25.03.2008 - 23.04.2008 (Romania)
  • 29.03.2008 - 27.04.2008 (Turkey)
  • 28.03.2008 - 26.04.2008 (Croatia)
  • 28.03.2008 - 30.04.2008 (Turkish Cypriot Community)
  • 29.03.2008 - 06.04.2008 (Macedonia (FYROM))

Errata & Versions

VersionDate, Name, DOI
5.0.0 (current version)2013-8-7 Archive edition update (D2, D53, D54 released) https://doi.org/10.4232/1.11755
4.0.02011-10-17 Archive edition update https://doi.org/10.4232/1.10992
3.0.12010-11-17 Archive edition https://doi.org/10.4232/1.10194
3.0.02010-9-1 Archive edition https://doi.org/10.4232/1.10121
2.1.02010-7-2 Pre-release edition https://doi.org/10.4232/1.10096
2.0.02010-5-26 Pre-release edition - all embargos lifted https://doi.org/10.4232/1.10008
Errata in current version
none
Version changes
Changes between version 5.0.0 and it's previous version
DateSubjectDescriptionCorrection Description
2013-4-8P7_PT REGION I - NUTS 2(V843)Starting with Eurobarometer 62 the NUTS 2 REGIONS for PORTUGAL have changed. In accordance with the official EUROSTAT NUTS 2 version 2003 the region “LISBOA E VALE DO TEJO” is split up and the subregion “Lezíria do Tejo” reinstated to the “Alentejo” Region; “Médio Tejo” and “Oeste” are reinstated to the “Centro” Region. The documentation for NUTS 2 code 3 “Lisboa e Vale do Tejo” is not correct and should read “LISBOA” (NUTS2003-2010: PT17). Regions “CENTRO” and “ALENTEJO” do not change names but regional coverage (NUTS2003-2010: PT16 and PT18). The regions “NORTE” (PT11) and “ALGARVE” (PT15) remain unchanged. Starting with Eurobarometer 62 the autonomous regions AÇORES (PT20) and MADEIRA (PT30) are not covered anymore. This has been confirmed by TNS Opinion & Social as of March 26, 2013. 2013-8-7Value labels corrected
2013-4-8P7_GR REGION II- NUTS 1 (V870)Starting with Eurobarometer 62 the Northern and Southern Aegean Islands ("Voreio Aigaio" with NUTS2 code GR41 and "Notio Aigaio" with Starting with Eurobarometer 62 the Northern and Southern Aegean Islands ("Voreio Aigaio" with NUTS 2 code GR41 and "Notio Aigaio" with NUTS 2 code GR42) as well as the Ionian Islands ("Ionia Nisia" with NUTS 2 code GR22) are not covered. The documentation for NUTS 1 code 4 is not correct. The data only cover the island of Crete (NUTS 2 code GR43). This has been confirmed by TNS Opinion & Social as of March 26, 2013. 2013-8-7Value labels corrected
Changes between version 4.0.0 and it's previous version
DateSubjectDescriptionCorrection Description
2011-10-17D2, D53, D54 (Political parties)Data missing2011-10-17Variables subsequently added (V894 to V981)
Changes between version 2.1.0 and it's previous version
DateSubjectDescriptionCorrection Description
2010-7-5D41 and D42Answer categories differ for CY-TCC (Turkish Cypriot Community) 2010-7-5
Changes between version 2.0.0 and it's previous version
DateSubjectDescriptionCorrection Description
2010-7-2QA21, QA22: Variable label exchangedVariable label exchanged for item 6 and 7 in QA21 and QA22; Variable label exchanged for QB3A and QB3B2010-7-2

Further Remarks

NotesDatset version 5.0.0 for the first time includes the data on ´Party attachment and voting behaviour´ (D2, D53, D54). Former embargo provisions have been lifted by the European Commission.
Number of Units: 30170
Number of Variables: 981
Analysis System(s): SPSS, Stata

Publications

Publications
  • TNS Opinion & Social: Standard Eurobarometer 69. Public Opinion in the European Union. Survey requested and coordinated by the Directorate General Press and Communication (European Commission). Brussels, November 2008. http://ec.europa.eu/public_opinion/archives/eb/eb69/eb69_en.htm
  • TNS Opinion & Social: Special Eurobarometer 300 / Wave 69.2: Europeans´ attitudes towards climate change. Survey requested by the European Commission and the European Parliament and coordinated by Directorate General for Communication of the European Commission, Brussels, September 2008. http://ec.europa.eu/public_opinion/archives/ebs/ebs_300_full_en.pdf
  • TNS Opinion & Social: Special Eurobarometer 299 / Wave 69.2: The 2009 European Elections. Survey requested by the European Parliament, Brussels, September 2008. http://ec.europa.eu/public_opinion/archives/ebs/ebs_299_en.pdf
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Groups

Research Data Centre
Groups
  •  EB - Standard and Special Eurobarometer
    Since the early nineteen seventies the European Commission´s “Standard and Special Eurobarometer” are regularly monitoring the public opinion in the European Union member countries at times. Interviews are conducted face-to-face, in each spring and each autumn, at all times based on new samples with a size 1000 respondents per country. Separate samples are drawn for Northern Ireland and East Germany. After the EU enlargement in 2004, remaining and new Candidate Countries are also regularly included in selected surveys. The Standard Eurobarometer modules ask for attitudes towards European unification, institutions and policies, complemented by measurements for general socio-political orientations, as well as by respondent and household demographics. Intermittently special Eurobarometer modules extensively address topics, such as environment, science and technology, health or family issues, social or ethnic exclusion, quality of life etc. The “European Communities Studies” 1970-1973 can be considered forerunner studies, as well the “Attitudes towards Europe” from 1962.