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ZA5686: Eurobarometer 78.2 (2012)

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Bibliographic Citation

Citation Citation European Commission and European Parliament, Brussels (2015): Eurobarometer 78.2 (2012). TNS opinion, Brussels [producer]. GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA5686 Data file Version 3.0.0,
Study No.ZA5686
TitleEurobarometer 78.2 (2012)
Other Titles
  • European Parliament, Future of Europe and Consumer Behavior in the European Union (Subtitle)
  • Parlemeter 2012 (Subtitle)
Current Version3.0.0, 2015-11-20,
Alternate IDs Alternate IDs
  • doi:10.3886/ICPSR35251.v1, v1.0.0
Date of Collection17.11.2012 - 02.12.2012
Principal Investigator/ Authoring Entity, Institution
  • European Commission, Brussels; DG Communication (COMM.A.1 ´Research and Speechwriting´)
  • European Parliament, Directorate-General for Communication, Public Opinion Monitoring Unit


AbstractThe ´Parlemeter´ module (QP1 to QP14) was implemented on behalf of and financed by the European Parliament. European Parliament. The future of Europe. Consumer behavior: Small claims procedure. 1. European Parliament (only EU27): reception of information about the European Parliament in the media; assessment of the European Parliament as dynamic, democratic, citizen-friendly, not well known, inefficient; general image of the European Parliament; knowledge test: the EU-parliamentarians’ seating arrangement in the European Parliament according to their nationality or their political attitude; decisions of the European Parliament in relation to the interests of the Member States or in accordance with the EU-parliamentarians’ political attitude; assessment of the role of the European Parliament for the functioning of the European Union; assessment of the development of the European Parliament within the EU in the last 10 years; desire for more or less influence of the European Parliament; issues, which the European Parliament should primarily pursue(the EU´s common foreign policy, effective security and defence against international crises, combating climate change, common energy policy to guarantee the energy independence of the EU, improving consumer protection and health care, environmentally friendly and balanced food agricultural policy, combating terrorism, respecting individual freedoms, coordination of economic, budgetary and tax policy, research and development policies which guarantee competitiveness and innovation, enforcement of a European social model, combating poverty and social exclusion, immigration policy in consultation with the countries of origin; values which should be primarily defend by the European Parliament (equality between men and women, protection of minorities, dialogue between cultures and religions, solidarity between the EU Member States, solidarity between the EU and poor countries, protection of human rights, freedom of opinion, general abolition of the death penalty); desire for further information on selected topics of Europe; used sources of information about the European Parliament; interest in European affairs; knowledge of competences of the European Parliament in selected areas would lead to more interest in the European Parliament and the European elections (EU spending including direct agricultural taxes and financing infrastructure and merger projects on regional level food safety and genetically modified food on the European internal market, environmental protection, consumer protection and measures on climate change, compliance with EU data protection rules, free movement of persons); media consumption: often received television stations, radio stations, newspapers, social networks and websites. 2. The future of Europe: happy in the own country and in the EU; expected changes for the life of the future generation in comparison to one´s own; expect changes for the life of the Europeans in 2030 compared to today; comparison of the EU with the United States, Japan, China, India and Brazil in terms on: quality of life, the political influence of current and future performance of the economy; expectation of the EU as leading diplomatic power in 2030; best embodiment of selected values by the EU,other countries, or both (social equality, cultural peace, progress and innovation, diversity, freedom of opinion, tolerance, respect for history); positive achievements of the EU; most important advantages of the EU; most important social values with regard to global challenges; biggest challenges of the EU in regard to their sustainability; most important political tasks for the future of Europe; preference for more decisions on European level in selected areas; excessive interference of the State; free competition as a guarantor of economic prosperity; preferred radicalness of social reforms (step by step versus fast and if necessary radical measures); expected and preferred future direction of the society in the EU on solidarity and individualism; identification as a citizen, citizen and European or only as European; decision makers in the EU have the capability to cope with the global challenges; discrepancy between public opinion and political decisions; globalization as possibility for economic growth; opinion on Europe of the two speeds; the own vote counts in the EU and in the own country. 3. Consumer behavior: small claims procedures (not in Denmark): private purchases of goods or services via the internet by dealers in the last 12 months in the own country, other EU States or worldwide; made purchases in the last 12 months: travel for shopping, shopping during a vacation or business trip; problems when purchasing via internet, justify one’s complaint; preferred approach in disputes with sellers or providers: claiming arbitration board, clarification before court, direct complaint to the provider or negotiating with the provider; advice from consumer protection organizations or professional associations; result of the last court proceedings; successful implementation of the judgment; number of disputes in the last 12 Months, with a value in dispute of 2,000 euros; readiness to a court procedure or in another EU Member State with a value of less than 2,000 euros and height of the minimum value; willingness for a legal procedure before a court in another EU country, minimum dispute value; free legal advice as an incentive for a judicial clarification at a value of less than 2,000 euros; possible easement , which leads to the invocation of a national court or a court in another EU Member State (e.g. no attorney required); knowledge of the European procedure for small claims in cross-border disputes and source of information; satisfaction with this procedure; assessment of the competence of the court relating to the procedure; easy-to-complete application form; help with filling out the application form; representation by a legal representative; reasons against the use of the European procedure for small claims; preferred information sources during disputes with providers in another EU Member State; maximum amount of the dispute that justifies a court procedure. Demography: nationality; family situation; age at end of education; sex; age; 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; financial difficulties during the last year; self-rated social position (scale); Internet use (at home, at work, at school, self-reported belonging to the working class, the middle class or the upper class of society; left-right self-placement (only in EU27). Also encoded was: date of the interview, time of the beginning of the interview; duration of the interview, persons present during the interview; respondent cooperation; city size; country code; region; language of the interview (only in Luxembourg, Belgium, Spain, Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Malta); weighting factor.
Categories Categories
  • International Institutions, Relations, Conditions
  • Political Attitudes and Behavior
  • Patterns of Consumption
  • Legal system, Legislation, Law
  • Communication, Public Opinion, Media
Topics Topics
  • 11.2 International politics and organisation
  • 11.5 Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
  • 17.3 Consumption/consumer behaviour
  • 6.3 Legal systems
  • 9 Information and communication


Geographic Coverage
  • France (FR)
  • Belgium (BE)
  • Netherlands (NL)
  • Germany (DE)
  • Italy (IT)
  • Denmark (DK)
  • Ireland (IE)
  • Greece (GR)
  • Spain (ES)
  • Portugal (PT)
  • Finland (FI)
  • Sweden (SE)
  • Austria (AT)
  • Cyprus (CY)
  • Czech Republic (CZ)
  • Estonia (EE)
  • Hungary (HU)
  • Lithuania (LT)
  • Latvia (LV)
  • Malta (MT)
  • Poland (PL)
  • Slovakia (SK)
  • Slovenia (SI)
  • Bulgaria (BG)
  • Romania (RO)
  • Croatia (HR)
  • Luxembourg (LU)
  • United Kingdom (GB)
UniversePopulation of the respective nationalities of the European Union Member States, resident in each of the Member States and aged 15 years and over The survey has also been conducted in Croatia where the survey covers the national population of citizens and the population of citizens of all the European Union Member States that are residents in this country 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 As far as the data capture is concerned, 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; IMS Millward Brown, Dublin, Ireland; TNS ICAP, Athens, Greece; TNS Demoscopia, Madrid, Spain; TNS Sofres, Montrouge, France; TNS Infratest, Milan, Italy; Synovate, Nicosia, Cyprus; TNS Latvia, Riga, Latvia; TNS LT, Vilnius, Lithuania; TNS ILReS, Luxembourg, Luxembourg; TNS Hoffmann Kft, Budapest, Hungary; MISCO, Valletta, Malta; TNS NIPO, Amsterdam, Netherlands; Österreichisches GALLUP, Vienna, Austria; TNS OBOP, Warsaw, Poland; TNS EUROTESTE, Lisbon, Portugal; TNS CSOP, Bucharest, Romania; RM PLUS, Maribor, Slovenia; TNS Slovakia, Bratislava, Slovakia; TNS GALLUP Oy, Espoo, Finland; TNS GALLUP, Stockholm, Sweden; TNS UK, London, United Kingdom; Puls, Zagreb, Croatia; TNS opinion, Brussels (international co-ordination)
Date of Collection
  • 17.11.2012 - 02.12.2012

Errata & Versions

VersionDate, Name, DOI
3.0.0 (current version)2015-11-20 Archive edition
2.0.02015-5-27 Archive Pre-release (Update)
1.0.02014-3-31 Archive Pre-release
Errata in current version
2015-5-26P6DKThe categories “Other municipalities in metropolitan area - minimum 10.000 inhabitants” (original code 3) and “Remaining groups in metropolitan area” (original code 4) were not coded. Both were possibly collapsed to “Metropolitan suburbs” (original code 2). Irrespective of that and according to routine adaptation of this variable to former coding standards the following recodes have been executed by the archive: (1=12) (2=11) (3=10) (4=9) (5=8) (6=7) (7=6) (8=5) (9=4) (10=3) (11=2) (12=1).
2015-10-27qp14a-e The original country specific documention provided for the MEDIA USE variables (separate excel sheets) does largely not coincide with the data.
2016-7-28p7at, p7at_rPlease notice that value label for code 6 in p7at should read "Kaernten (Carinthia)". As confirmed by TNS, the addition of Osttirol (Eastern Tyrol) as suggested by the original value label is not correct. Herewith the variable p7at corresponds to the NUTS 2 classification for Austria. Variables labels should read: p7at “REGION - AUSTRIA NUTS 2” and p7at_r “REGION - AUSTRIA NUTS 1”. The value labels and variable labels and the corresponding documentation will be corrected with the next update.
2016-7-28nutsPlease notice that value label for code AT21 for Austria should read "Kaernten (Carinthia)". As confirmed by TNS, the addition of Osttirol (Eastern Tyrol) as suggested by the original value label is not correct. The value label and the corresponding documentation will be corrected with the next update.
Version changes
Changes between version 2.0.0 and it's previous version
DateSubjectDescriptionCorrection Description
2015-5-26QP1 to QP14Data on the European Parliament (QP) module are missing.2015-5-27Data have subsequently been provided by TNS and been intgrated be the archive.
Changes between version 1.0.0 and it's previous version
DateSubjectDescriptionCorrection Description
2015-5-26Data for demographic information on Left-Right Self Placement (D1) are missing.2015-5-27Data have subsequently been provided by TNS and been intgrated be the archive.
2015-5-26P1 to P5Data for protocol items p1 to p5 (interview date, time, duration and cooperation) are missing. 2015-5-27Data have subsequently been provided by TNS and been intgrated be the archive.

Further Remarks

NotesQuestion module QA on the FUTURE OF EUROPE almost completely replicates the corresponding module (QA) in Eurobarometer 76.4 [ZA5596]. Module QB was not surveyed in Denmark. Question module QP replicates – amongst others - numerous questions asked in the context of Eurobarometer 76.3 [ZA5567] and/or in the context of Eurobarometer 68.1 [ZA4565]; QP was not surveyed in Croatia. No data are available for the interview protocol items p8 (postal code), p9 (sample point number), p10 (interviewer number) and p11.
Number of Units: 27739
Number of Variables: 1214
Analysis System(s): SPSS, Stata


  • European Commission and TNS Opinion & Social: Special Eurobarometer 394 / Wave EB 78.2: FUTURE OF EUROPE. Requested by the European Commission, Directorate-General for Communication and co-ordinated by Directorate-General for Communication (DG COMM “Research and Speechwriting” Unit). Brussels, 2013.
  • European Commission and TNS Opinion & Social: Special Eurobarometer 395 / Wave EB 78.2: EUROPEAN SMALL CLAIMS PROCEDURE. Requested by the European Commission, Directorate-General Justice and co-ordinated by Directorate-General for Communication (DG COMM “Research and Speechwriting” Unit). Brussels, April 2013.
  • European Parliament (Directorate-General for Communication, Public Opinion Monitoring Unit) and TNS opinion: Parlemeter - November 2012. European Parliament Eurobarometer (EB/EP 78.2). ANALYTICAL SYNTHESIS. Brussels, February 2013.
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Research Data Centre
  •  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.