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ZA3507: Eurobarometer 55.1 (Apr-May 2001)

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Citation Citation European Commission (2012): Eurobarometer 55.1 (Apr-May 2001). European Opinion Research Group (EORG), Brussels. GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA3507 Data file Version 1.0.1,
Study No.ZA3507
TitleEurobarometer 55.1 (Apr-May 2001)
Other Titles
  • Globalization and Humanitarian Aid (Subtitle)
  • Standard Eurobarometer 55 (Alternative Title)
Current Version1.0.1, 2012-3-30,
Alternate IDs Alternate IDs
  • doi:10.3886/ICPSR03361.v3, 2006-11-21
Date of Collection12.04.2001 - 23.05.2001
Principal Investigator/ Authoring Entity, Institution
  • European Commission, Brussels DG Press and Communication Opinion Polls


AbstractSince the early 1970s the European Commission´s Standard & Special Eurobarometer are regularly monitoring the public opinion in the European Union member countries. Principal investigators are the Directorate-General Communication and on occasion other departments of the European Commission or the European Parliament. Over time, candidate and accession countries were included in the Standard Eurobarometer Series. Selected questions or modules may not have been surveyed in each sample. Please consult the basic questionnaire for more information on country filter instructions or other questionnaire routing filters. In this study all question modules are in the standard Eurobarometer context: 1. Knowledge of and attitudes towards foreign languages, 2. Trust in national and European institutions, 3. Information behaviour (European Union), 4. Attitudes towards Globalisation and Liberalisation (world-wide market), 5. European Union Humanitarian Aid (ECHO). Topics: 1. Knowledge of and attitudes towards foreign languages: mother tongue; foreign language skills; most useful foreign languages. 2. Trust in national and European institutions: frequency of discussions about political matters on national, European, and local level; opinion leadership; life satisfaction; personal living conditions compared to five years ago and expected development in the next five years; trust in selected institutions: press, radio, TV, national legal system, police, army, church, trade unions, political parties, civil service, big companies, national government, national parliament, European Union, United Nations, NGOs, charitable or voluntary organisations. 3. Information behaviour (European Union): frequency of the following activities: watch news on television, read news in daily newspapers, listen to news on the radio; degree of attention paid to news about the following topics: politics, social issues, EU, economy, sport, environment, international affairs, culture; preferred sources of information about the EU, its policies and institutions; preferred medium of information; self-rated knowledge about the EU, its policies and institutions (scale); access to or use of selected devices: video recorder, fax, satellite dish, decoder for pay-TV programmes, TV fitted with teletext, videotext system, computer, CD reader, modem, internet; assessment of the own country’s membership in the EU as a good thing; benefits from the EU membership; EU image; personal benefit from the own country’s EU membership; attitude towards an assumed failure of the EU; awareness of and trust in the following EU institutions: European Parliament, European Commission, Council of Ministers of the European Union, Court of Justice of the European Communities, European Ombudsman, European Central Bank, European Court of Auditors, Committee of the Regions of the European Union, Social and Economic Committee of the European Union; importance of the aforementioned institutions; recent reception of media reports on the current presidency of Sweden in the Council of Ministers; importance of the Swedish presidency in the Council of Ministers; attitude towards a European constitution; attitude towards the following issues: European economic and monetary union with one single currency, common foreign policy of all member states, common defence and security policy, further enlargement of the EU, responsibility of the EU for matters that cannot be handled on national level, resignation of the president of the European Commission and the European Commissioners in case of lack of support from the European Parliament, education at school about European institutions; most important issues to be prioritized by the EU next; attitude towards selected statements on the enlargement of the EU: the more countries the more guarantee for peace and security, will not cost more for existing member states, own country will become less important in Europe, risk of higher unemployment in the own country, financial support of accession candidates, own country will receive less financial support, more difficulties in decision making on European level, cultural enrichment, need for reforming work of European institutions before the accession of new member states; attitude towards decision making after the planned enlargement: unanimously by all member states, by a majority of the member states. 4. Attitudes towards Globalisation and Liberalisation (world-wide market): attitude towards the following statements on globalisation: contributes to eliminating armed conflicts in the world, creates a truly global market, guarantees greater economic presence of the EU in the world, provides more opportunities for products of the own country on world markets, increases product variety in the own country, cuts prices by increasing competition, gives small and medium sized businesses opportunity to grow faster, makes quality control of food products sold in the own country more difficult, leads to power being concentrated in large companies, cannot be controlled by governments, leads to privatization of public services in Europe, gives interesting job opportunities in other countries, increases the risk of job loss, gives developing countries the opportunity to reduce the gap to developed countries, leads to an uncontrollable increase in immigration, increases the gap between rich and poor, makes traveling easier, leads to a more uniform world, increases global environmental problems, provides better quality of life; most trustworthy authorities with regard to dealing with the effects of globalisation: national government, European Union, NGOs, ecological movements, trade unions, consumer rights associations, multinational companies, World Trade Organisation (WTO), churches, United Nations, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, United States’ government, citizens; attitude of the EU towards international free trade; impact of liberalisation on: personal financial situation, personal social security situation, personal quality of life; impact of liberalisation on: consumer protection, safety and quality of food products, choice of consumer products, agriculture that respects the environment, healthcare, cultural diversity, efficiency of public services, environmental protection; knowledge test: largest exporter world-wide: Japan, United States, European Union, China, France, Germany, own country, other; awareness of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) before the interview; attitude towards selected statements on the WTO: guarantees that people benefit from liberalisation, ensures that rules of fair competition are respected, EU is well represented within the WTO, has a good reputation, is an impartial referee of trade disputes between states, workings of the WTO are transparent, is democratic, existence of a group of countries in the WTO that is strong enough to defend their interests against the USA, is necessary; preferred statement: good thing that European Commission negotiates on behalf of all member states, bad thing as interests of respondent’s country are not sufficiently taken into account; attitude towards the following statements on world-wide trade negotiations: EU will benefit from market liberalisation, liberalisation is a good thing if rules are set and respected, negotiation has to lead to a balanced agreement which satisfies all countries, free trade will force the EU to lower its environmental standards, EU has to ensure that its social standards are also applied in countries to which it is opening its markets, culture has to be covered by these negotiations, free trade will force the EU to lower its public health and consumer protection standards, EU is strong enough to defend its interests, EU has to limit protection for farmers and open its agricultural market to developing countries, developed countries have to support developing countries in adapting to globalisation, EU should impose international rules aimed at protecting company investments, implement rules that ensure that tenders for public projects are awarded in a transparent and non-discriminatory way; assessment of the representation of people’s and of respondent’s interest in the area of international trade by special interest groups. 5. European Union Humanitarian Aid (ECHO): naming and awareness of institutions involved in or funding humanitarian aid: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), UNICEF, World Food Programme, Red Cross, Europe (including EU, European Commission, European Community), NGOs; awareness of and self-rated knowledge on EU humanitarian aid activities outside the EU; main sources of information on EU humanitarian aid activities; preferred sources of information; importance of the European citizens being informed about humanitarian aid activities funded by the European Union; preferred types of information: basic principles, how the system works, priorities, detailed description of humanitarian activities, results, partners of the EU, control system, detailed statistics; attitude towards EU humanitarian aid for victims of natural disasters or conflicts outside the EU; most efficient ways of giving humanitarian aid: on national level, through the European Commission as it guarantees better use of financial resources, through the European Commission as needs are better satisfied, through the European Commission as it shows Europeans’ sympathy for victims; attitude towards increasing the amount of EU budget spent on humanitarian aid activities. Demography: nationality; left-right self-placement; marital status; age at end of education; sex; age; occupation; professional position; main income earner; occupation of main income earner in the household; type of community; average household income per month; own a mobile phone and fixed (landline) phone; opinion leadership. Additionally coded was: interview ID; country; date of interview; time of the beginning of the interview; duration of the interview; number of persons present during the interview; respondent cooperation; size of locality; region; language of the interview; split; respondent ID; weighting factor.
Categories Categories
  • International Institutions, Relations, Conditions
  • Language and linguistics
  • International politics and organisations
  • Political behaviour and attitudes
  • Government, political systems and organisations
  • Specific social services: use and availability
  • Economic systems and development
Old Topics Old Topics
  • 8 Trade, industry and markets
  • 9.3 Language and linguistics
  • 11.2 International politics and organisation
  • 11.5 Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
  • 11.6 Government, political systems and organisation
  • 14.1 Specific social services: use and provision
  • 17.6 Economic systems and development


Geographic Coverage
  • Belgium (BE)
  • Denmark (DK)
  • Germany (DE)
  • Greece (GR)
  • Spain (ES)
  • France (FR)
  • Ireland (IE)
  • Italy (IT)
  • Luxembourg (LU)
  • Netherlands (NL)
  • Portugal (PT)
  • Great Britain (GB-GBN)
  • Northern Ireland (GB-NIR)
  • Austria (AT)
  • Sweden (SE)
  • Finland (FI)
UniversePersons 15 years old and older.
Sampling Procedure Sampling Procedure
Multi-stage stratified random sample or quota sample
Mode of Collection Mode of Collection
Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data CollectorINRA BELGIUM, Bruessel; GfK Danmark, Frederiksberg; INRA DEUTSCHLAND, Moelln; MARKET ANALYSIS, Athen; INRA ESPANA, Madrid; CSA-TMO, Paris; LANSDOWNE Market Research, Dublin; INRA Demoskopea, Rom; ILReS, Luxemburg; INTOMART, Hilversum, Niederlande; METRIS, Lissabon; INRA UK, London; GfK SVERIGE, Lund, Schweden; MDC MARKETING RESEARCH Ltd, Espoo, Finnland; SPECTRA, Linz, OEsterreich; European Opinion Research Group (EORG), Bruessel (internationale Kooperation, Consortium made out of INRA and GfK Worldwide)
Date of Collection
  • 12.04.2001 - 07.05.2001 (Belgium)
  • 15.04.2001 - 17.05.2001 (Denmark)
  • 12.04.2001 - 11.05.2001 (Germany)
  • 16.04.2001 - 13.05.2001 (Greece)
  • 17.04.2001 - 12.05.2001 (Spain)
  • 12.04.2001 - 23.05.2001 (France)
  • 14.04.2001 - 11.05.2001 (Ireland (Republic))
  • 16.04.2001 - 11.05.2001 (Italy)
  • 12.04.2001 - 18.05.2001 (Luxembourg)
  • 15.04.2001 - 23.05.2001 (Netherlands)
  • 13.04.2001 - 14.05.2001 (Portugal)
  • 17.04.2001 - 11.05.2001 (Great Britain)
  • 21.04.2001 - 04.05.2001 (Northern Ireland)
  • 12.04.2001 - 04.05.2001 (Austria)
  • 12.04.2001 - 22.05.2001 (Sweden)
  • 18.04.2001 - 22.05.2001 (Finland)

Errata & Versions

VersionDate, Name, DOI
1.0.1 (current version)2012-3-30 Archive edition update
1.0.02010-4-13 Version number created automatically (implementation of a uniform versioning policy) (Publication Year unknown)
Errata in current version
2016-4-21v423: P7 REGION I - SWEDEN Variable documentation error: REGION I for SWEDEN does not represent NUTS 2 level, but is based on six historical provinces and large city areas.
Version changes
Changes between version 1.0.1 and it's previous version
DateSubjectDescriptionCorrection Description
2011-7-1ISOCNTRYalphanumeric country id variable2011-7-1variable added
2011-7-1VERSIONdataset version id variable2011-7-1variable added

Further Remarks

NotesIn each country approx. 1000 interviews were conducted except in Northern Ireland (approx. 300) and Luxembourg (approx. 600). In the Federal Republic of Germany there are separate samples for East and West with approx. 1000 respondents each. Data for questions Q.51 to Q.74 (Young European citizens) are only available separately in the framework of Eurobarometer 55.1OVR including an OVeRsample of young respondents aged 15 to 24.
Number of Units: 16163
Number of Variables: 449
Data Type: -
Analysis System(s): SPSS, Stata


  • European Commission: EUROBAROMETER 55. Public Opinion in the European Union. Brussels: October 2001.
  • The European Opinion Research Group EEIG: Les Europeens, la globalisation et la liberalisation. Rapport pour la Direction Générale du Commerce (European Commission). Brussels 2001.
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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.