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ZA6584: Flash Eurobarometer 420 (Attitudes of Citizens towards Shale Gas in Selected European Regions)

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  • ZA6584_q_gb.pdf (Questionnaire) 216 KBytes
  • ZA6584_q_nl.pdf (Questionnaire) 160 KBytes
  • ZA6584_q_pl.pdf (Questionnaire) 224 KBytes
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Bibliographic Citation

Citation Citation European Commission, Brussels (2015): Flash Eurobarometer 420 (Attitudes of Citizens towards Shale Gas in Selected European Regions). TNS Political & Social [producer]. GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA6584 Data file Version 1.0.0,
Study No.ZA6584
TitleFlash Eurobarometer 420 (Attitudes of Citizens towards Shale Gas in Selected European Regions)
Current Version1.0.0, 2015-11-5,
Date of Collection01.06.2015 - 16.06.2015
Principal Investigator/ Authoring Entity, Institution
  • European Commission, Brussels DG Communication COMM A1 ´Strategy, Corporate Communication Actions and Eurobarometer´ Unit


AbstractAttitude towards shale gas exploration and production in selected European regions. Topics: awareness of shale gas projects in the own region using hydraulic fracturing or fracking technique; own region benefits from these projects; most important benefits: local jobs, acquisition of skills, better transport infrastructure, domestic source of energy, revenues for local community, source of attraction for other businesses and services; projects raise new challenges for own region and for respondent; kind of challenges: health risks, water and air pollution, earth tremors, drop in property values, negative impact on other sectors, traffic hazards; self-rated knowledge on shale gas projects in own region; confidence in the ability to express own views effectively before decisions are made on these projects; preferred statement: member states themselves should decide on the way how shale gas exploration and production is undertaken, EU should provide recommendations only without adopting new legislation, EU should adopt new legislation to regulate shale gas exploration and production, EU should consider banning the aforementioned techniques. Demography: age; sex; nationality; age at end of education; occupation; professional position; region; type of community; own a mobile phone and fixed (landline) phone; household composition and household size. Additionally coded was: respondent ID; country; weighting factor.
Categories Categories
  • International Institutions, Relations, Conditions
  • Technology, Energy
  • Natural Environment, Nature
Topics Topics
  • 11.2 International politics and organisation
  • 16 Natural environment
  • 16.2 Natural resources and energy


Geographic Coverage
  • Denmark (DK)
  • Spain (ES)
  • Netherlands (NL)
  • United Kingdom (GB)
  • Poland (PL)
  • Romania (RO)
UniversePopulation of the respective nationalities of the European Union Member States resident in specific regions where shale gas projects have been permitted, are underway or may be planned: Nordjylland and Hovedstaden in Denmark, North Brabant and Flevoland in the Netherlands, Lubelski and Pomorskie in Poland, the North East and South East regions in Romania, the Basque Community, Cantabria and Castilla-León in Spain, and Lancashire in the UK. Respondents aged 15 years and over; with sufficient command of the national language(s) to answer the questionnaire.
Sampling Procedure Sampling Procedure
  • Probability: Multistage
Mode of Collection Mode of Collection
  • Telephone interview: Computer-assisted (CATI)
Data CollectorTNS GALLUP A/S, Copenhagen, Denmark; TNS Demoscopia S.A., Madrid, Spain; TNS NIPO, Amsterdam, Netherlands; TNS OBOP, Warsaw, Poland; TNS CSOP, Bucharest, Romania; TNS UK, London, United Kingdom; TNS Political & Social, Brussels (international co-ordination)
Date of Collection
  • 01.06.2015 - 16.06.2015

Errata & Versions

VersionDate, Name, DOI
1.0.0 (current version)2015-11-5 Archive release
Errata in current version
Version changes

Further Remarks

NotesVariables for questions Q2 to Q5, Q7 and Q8 have been provided in two additional versions (Y and N), applying Q1 as filter variable (code 1 or code 2).
Number of Units: 6017
Number of Variables: 188
Analysis System(s): SPSS, Stata


  • European Commission: Flash Eurobarometer 420. Attitudes of citizens towards shale gas in selected European regions. Conducted by TNS Political & Social at the request of the European Commission, Directorate-General for Environment (DG ENV). Survey co-ordinated by the European Commission, Directorate-General for Communication (DG COMM “Strategy, Corporate Communication Actions and Eurobarometer” Unit). Brussels, September 2015. DOI: 10.2779/802305.
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Research Data Centre
  •  EB - Flash Eurobarometer
    The Flash Eurobarometer were launched by the European Commission in the late eighties, turning out a Monthly Monitor between in 1994 and 1995. These “small scale” surveys are conducted in all EU member states at times, occasionally reducing or enlarging the scope of countries as a function of specific topics. The typical sample size is 500-1000 respondents per country and interviews are usually conducted by phone in the respective national language. The Flash Eurobarometer include series on special topics (Common Currency, EU Enlargement, Information Society, Entrepreneurship, Innovation) as well as special target group polls, particularly company managers with enterprise related topics.
  • Flash Eurobarometer - Natural environment issues (resources, biodiversity, etc.)