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ZA5048: European Parliament Election Study 2009, Candidate Study - Reduced Version

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  • ZA5048_data_access.pdf (User Contract) 63 KBytes
  • ZA5048_Datenzugang.pdf (User Contract) 72 KBytes
  • ZA5048_v2-0-0.dta (Dataset Stata) 799 KBytes
  • ZA5048_v2-0-0.sav (Dataset SPSS) 698 KBytes


  • ZA5048_bq.pdf (Questionnaire) 160 KBytes
  • ZA5048_q_at.pdf (Questionnaire) 131 KBytes
  • ZA5048_q_be-fr.pdf (Questionnaire) 133 KBytes
  • ZA5048_q_be-nl.pdf (Questionnaire) 128 KBytes
  • ZA5048_q_bg.pdf (Questionnaire) 280 KBytes
  • ZA5048_q_cy.pdf (Questionnaire) 324 KBytes
  • ZA5048_q_cz.pdf (Questionnaire) 166 KBytes
  • ZA5048_q_de.pdf (Questionnaire) 139 KBytes
  • ZA5048_q_dk.pdf (Questionnaire) 125 KBytes
  • ZA5048_q_ee-ee.pdf (Questionnaire) 94 KBytes
  • ZA5048_q_ee-ru.pdf (Questionnaire) 278 KBytes
  • ZA5048_q_es.pdf (Questionnaire) 137 KBytes
  • ZA5048_q_fi.pdf (Questionnaire) 129 KBytes
  • ZA5048_q_fr.pdf (Questionnaire) 130 KBytes
  • ZA5048_q_gb.pdf (Questionnaire) 132 KBytes
  • ZA5048_q_gr.pdf (Questionnaire) 191 KBytes
  • ZA5048_q_hu.pdf (Questionnaire) 146 KBytes
  • ZA5048_q_ie.pdf (Questionnaire) 131 KBytes
  • ZA5048_q_it.pdf (Questionnaire) 122 KBytes
  • ZA5048_q_lt.pdf (Questionnaire) 162 KBytes
  • ZA5048_q_lu-de.pdf (Questionnaire) 132 KBytes
  • ZA5048_q_lu-fr.pdf (Questionnaire) 128 KBytes
  • ZA5048_q_lv-lv.pdf (Questionnaire) 165 KBytes
  • ZA5048_q_lv-ru.pdf (Questionnaire) 205 KBytes
  • ZA5048_q_mt.pdf (Questionnaire) 128 KBytes
  • ZA5048_q_nl.pdf (Questionnaire) 132 KBytes
  • ZA5048_q_pl.pdf (Questionnaire) 157 KBytes
  • ZA5048_q_pt.pdf (Questionnaire) 127 KBytes
  • ZA5048_q_ro.pdf (Questionnaire) 166 KBytes
  • ZA5048_q_se.pdf (Questionnaire) 129 KBytes
  • ZA5048_q_si.pdf (Questionnaire) 142 KBytes
  • ZA5048_q_sk.pdf (Questionnaire) 150 KBytes


  • ZA5048_cod.pdf (Codebook) 1 MByte

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  • ZA5048_list_of_variables_in_full_release.pdf (Other Document) 98 KBytes
  • ZA5048_mr.pdf (Method Report) 511 KBytes
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Bibliographic Citation

Citation Citation Weßels, Bernhard, WZB, Berlin (2011): European Parliament Election Study 2009, Candidate Study - Reduced Version. GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA5048 Data file Version 2.0.0,
Study No.ZA5048
TitleEuropean Parliament Election Study 2009, Candidate Study - Reduced Version
Other Titles
  • EES Candidate Study (Parallel Title)
  • European Election Study 2009 (Parallel Title)
Current Version2.0.0, 2011-6-1,
Date of Collection02.06.2009 - 20.02.2010
Principal Investigator/ Authoring Entity, Institution
  • Weßels, Bernhard - Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB), Berlin
  • Giebler, Heiko - Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB), Berlin
  • Schmitt, Hermann - Universität Mannheim
  • Wüst, Andreas - Universität Mannheim
  • Kritzinger, Silvia - University of Vienna, Austria
  • de Winter, Lieven - University of Louvain, Belgium
  • Cholova, Blagovesta - Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium (for Bulgarian data)
  • Papageorgiou, Bambos - European University Cyprus, Cyprus
  • Linek, Lukáš - Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Czech Republic
  • Klemmensen, Robert - University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
  • Ehin, Piret - University of Tartu, Estonia
  • Mattila, Mikko - University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Raunio, Tapio - University of Tampere, Finland
  • Rozenberg, Olivier - Sciences Po, France
  • Chadjipandelis, Theodore - Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Teperoglou, Eftichia - Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Enyedi, Zsolt - Central European University, Hungary
  • Marsh, Michael - Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
  • Sudulich, Maria Laura - Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
  • Andretta, Massimiliano - University of Pisa, Italy
  • Bardi, Luciano - University of Pisa, Italy
  • Ikstens, Janis - University of Latvia, Latvia
  • Krupavicius, Algis - Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania
  • Dumont, Patrick - University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
  • Spreitzer, Astrid - University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
  • Fenech, Dominic - University of Malta, Malta
  • Rosema, Martin - University of Twente, Netherlands
  • Czesnik, Mikolaj - Polish Academy of Science, Poland
  • Freire, André - Lisbon University Institute, Portugal
  • Popescu, Marina - University of Essex, United Kingdom (for Romanian data)
  • Gyarfasova, Olga - Institute for Public Affairs (IVO), Slovakia
  • Toplak, Cirila - University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Molina, Ignacio - Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain
  • Sanz Cazorla, Alberto - Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain
  • Haglund, Louise - Göteborg University, Sweden
  • Holmberg, Sören - Göteborg University, Sweden
  • Saalfeld, Thomas - University of Kent, United Kingdom


AbstractEuropean Election Study 2009: Attitudes towards political issues, value orientations, political background and experience of candidates for the EU-Parliament. Political career. Topics: Party ID: Party membership, year of ascendance, EP party group. Engagement and mobilization: Date of nomination; start of campaign and full-time campaigning; time exposure for campaigning by instrument (candidate and team); policy issues emphasized in campaign; focus of campaign (personal qualifications, local points of view, party’s election program and specific issues); amount of campaign budget; size of campaign team; aim of campaign (personalised vs. party campaign). Media Usage: Usage of campaign instruments; importance of media for election. Institutions: Attitude towards European Institutions; attitudes towards the power of the EP; satisfaction with the democracy in one`s own country and EU. EU integration: European identity (scale); attitude towards country membership in the EU; attitude towards enlargement and towards deepening; candidate’s and party’s position towards European unification; decisions by EU in the interest of respondent`s country. Value orientations: Self-assessment on a left-right continuum; views on political issues. Domestic and European issues: Most important issues; actual level dealing with the most important issues; appropriate level to deal with most important issues; appropriate level to deal with different policy areas. Representation: Importance of the representation of selected groups in the European Parliament (complete population in Europe, national population, the own party voters, population in the region, national party, the own European parliament group, women, elderly people, workers, young ones, disadvantaged people, minorities). Identity: Attitudes towards European identity. Demographics: Sex; age (year of birth); country of origin, present nationality and at the time of birth; country of origin of mother and father; identification with one`s own nationality, another group or both; marital status; present employment situation as well as immediate before the election with a full time mandate; occupational sector; self-assessment of social class; duration of living at the place of residence; church attendance; self-assessment of religiousness; assessment of the standard of living in the family of the origin. Recruitment and nomination of candidate: Encouragement to stand; nomination (level); who has nominated the candidate; alternatives for nomination; importance of certain groups supporting the candidate in the nomination process; political experience; membership; career aspiration.
Categories Categories
  • Political Parties, Organizations
  • International Institutions, Relations, Conditions
  • Political Attitudes and Behavior
  • International politics and organisations
  • Political behaviour and attitudes
  • Elections
Old Topics Old Topics
  • 11.2 International politics and organisation
  • 11.5 Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
  • 11.7 Elections


Geographic Coverage
  • Austria (AT)
  • Belgium (BE)
  • Bulgaria (BG)
  • Cyprus (CY)
  • Czech Republic (CZ)
  • Denmark (DK)
  • Estonia (EE)
  • Finland (FI)
  • France (FR)
  • Germany (DE)
  • Greece (GR)
  • Hungary (HU)
  • Ireland (IE)
  • Italy (IT)
  • Latvia (LV)
  • Lithuania (LT)
  • Luxembourg (LU)
  • Malta (MT)
  • Netherlands (NL)
  • Poland (PL)
  • Portugal (PT)
  • Romania (RO)
  • Slovakia (SK)
  • Slovenia (SI)
  • Spain (ES)
  • Sweden (SE)
  • United Kingdom (GB)
UniverseCandidates for the 2009 European Parliament Election
Sampling Procedure Sampling Procedure
Sample selection method: All candidates of a party on a list position which does not exceed 125 percent of the country’s seats in the European Parliament are defined as relevant. If the number of candidates exceeded the threshold, the inclusion of candidates is based on the respective party list position. Avoiding a too strict rule, all parties are included, which receive votes equal to half of the nation‐wide electoral threshold. More than 260 parties have been identified to be relevant parties. In regard to relevant candidates, 6558 candidates for the 2009 European Parliament Election were identified as relevant.
Mode of Collection Mode of Collection
Mail survey or online survey with standardized questionnaire
Data CollectorSocial Science Research Centre Berlin (WZB) iVox, Brussels
Date of Collection
  • 02.06.2009 - 20.02.2010

Errata & Versions

VersionDate, Name, DOI
2.0.0 (current version)2011-6-1 Public release V2 (The release date was set to be identical to the released version at PIREDEU Data Center. The content of the data set is the same as published at PIREDEU Data Center.)
1.0.02010-12-1 Pre-release (The release date was set to be identical to the released version at PIREDEU Data Center. The content of the data set is the same as published at PIREDEU Data Center.)
Errata in current version
Version changes

Further Remarks

Additional Information
  • Remark for Data Access: For "full release" user Contract necessary!
NotesThe survey among candidates was conducted in dual mode, i.e. mail questionnaire and web-based survey. The choice of the mode was left to the candidates. The mail survey has been administered centrally by the Social Science Research Centre Berlin (WZB), the web-based survey platform was provided by iVox, Brussels. After completing the English master questionnaire, existing translations of questions into languages relevant for the PIREDEU project were collected if possible. It was carefully noted whether there have been changes to the original wording or whether the items were used identically. For a detailed description of the development and translation of the questionnaire see the EECS 2009 Methodological Annex. Basic fieldwork time: 02.06.2009 - 15.11.2009 Second fieldwork period to increase the number of elected candidates: 20.11.2009 - 20.02.2010
Number of Units: 1576
Number of Variables: 261
Analysis System(s): SPSS, Stata


  • Giebler, Heiko; Haus, Elmar; Weßels, Bernhard: 2009 European Election Candidate Study: Codebook (Advanced Release, V2). Berlin: Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB)
  • Giebler, Heiko; Weßels, Bernhard: 2009 European Election Candidate Study: Methodological Annex. Berlin: Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB)
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Research Data Centre
  • European Election Studies
    Beside these international studies there is also group European Election (Germany), in which the surveys are listed that were only done in Germany for the European Parliament elections.
    PIREDEU is a collaborative project on “Providing an Infrastructure for Research on Electoral Democracy in the European Union”, coordinated by the European University Institute (EUI) and its Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS). The project is funded by the European Union’s 7th Framework Programme from 2008 up to 2011. The EUI/RSCAS is responsible for the overall management and coordination of this design study. GESIS´ main task within the project is providing expertise on coding, long-term archiving, dissemination, and documentation of the data.