Eurobarometer 60.3 (Nov-Dec 2003)

Europäische Kommission
This round of Eurobarometer surveys sought public opinion on issues of time usage and product safety instructions. Topics: Respondents were asked about their current employment status and occupation, matters pertaining to work arrangements and leave options such as teleworking...
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Eurobarometer 60.3 (Nov-Dec 2003)


Time Allocation for Job, Learning, Family, and Other Activities, Retirement Preferences, and Product Safety Instructions for ´Do-It-Yourself´ Products

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European Commission, Brussels; DG Communication Public Opinion Analysis Sector
GfK Danmark, Frederiksberg
CSA-TMO, Paris
LANSDOWNE Market Research, Dublin
INRA Demoskopea, Rom
ILReS, Luxemburg
INTOMART, Hilversum, Niederlande
SPECTRA, Linz, Österreich
METRIS GFK, Lissabon
GfK SVERIGE, Lund, Schweden
MARTIN HAMBLIN, London, Großbritannien
ULSTER Marketing Surveys, Nordirland
European Opinion Research Group (EORG), Brüssel(internationale Koordination, Consortium made out of INRA and GfK Worldwide)



Sampled Universe
All respondents were aged 15 and over.
Sampling Procedure Comment: A multi-stage sampling design was used for this Eurobarometer. In the first stage, primary sampling units (PSU) were selected from each of the administrative regions in every country (i.e., Statistical Office of the European Community, EUROSTAT regions). PSU selection was systematic with probability proportional to population size, from sampling frames stratified by the degree of urbanization. In the next stage, a cluster of addresses was selected from each sampled PSU. Addresses were chosen systematically using standard random route procedures, beginning with an initial address selected at random. In each household, a respondent was selected, by a random procedure. Up to three recalls were made to obtain an interview with the selected respondent. No more than one interview was conducted in each household. Separate samples were drawn for Northern Ireland and East-Germany.

Collection Mode

  • Face-to-face interviews with standardized questionnaire

DataSets and Files

  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 16139
    Number of Variables: 413


  • Abstract

    This round of Eurobarometer surveys sought public opinion on issues of time usage and product safety instructions. Topics: Respondents were asked about their current employment status and occupation, matters pertaining to work arrangements and leave options such as teleworking, work schedule flexibility, and taking sabbaticals, as well as activities that have an impact on their free time. Respondents were asked about their satisfaction with respect to various aspects of life including their job, health, and financial situation. Respondents were queried on the number of hours they worked per week, whether or not they intended to reduce their working hours and for how long, and what they would do with their extra free time. Respondents were also asked for their opinions about stress levels at work, compensation, working conditions, and job security. They were also asked at what age they would like to retire and at what age they expected to retire, whether they would consider postponing retirement for any reason, and what they would do with their extra time upon retiring. Other questions were asked about professional training completed by the respondents in the previous 12 months, whether they took time off of work to complete the training, who should be responsible for paying for such training and about their attitudes towards lifelong learning. Respondents were asked how many children under the age of 14 were living in their household and if the children´s grandparents ever looked after them and with what frequency. In addition, respondents with grandchildren were asked if they ever looked after their grandchildren and whether or not they did so on a regular basis. Respondents also were asked a series of questions regarding product safety information with respect to ´Do-it-yourself´ (DIY) products. Respondents were shown different logos that had appeared on DIY products and were asked if they were familiar with the various logos and if they knew what the logos said about the product. Respondents were asked if they took safety logos or other safety information into account when purchasing DIY products, whether or not they read instructions accompanying DIY products, whether they kept instructions for future use, where they thought the best location for instructions would be, whether they preferred safety instructions to be conveyed by logos or text, and whether or not safety information for DIY products was generally useful. Similarly, they were asked about product safety information regarding toys and other products for children. Respondents were also asked whether they took safety information into account when buying toys or children´s products, whether they read safety instructions, and whether they kept safety instructions for future reference. Further, they were asked if they had seen certain logos on toys or other products for children and whether they knew what the logos said about the products. Respondents´ opinions were sought regarding the most effective placement of safety instructions, whether they preferred the risks of using a toy or children´s product to be indicated by logos or symbols or by text, and the usefulness of warnings appearing in text form. Finally, respondents were asked to make judgments on the overall usefulness of safety information for toys and children´s products. Demography: Age, gender, marital status, nationality, left-right political self-placement, age at completion of education, occupation, household income group, type and size of locality, and region.


The regular sample size (in the sense of completed interviews) is 1000 respondents per country, except the United Kingdom with separate samples for Great Britain (1000) and Northern Ireland (300), Luxembourg (600) and Germany with separate samples for the Eastern and the Western part (1000 each). Effective number of realised interviews in this round: France 1016, Belgium 1042, Netherlands 1013, Germany-West 1058, Germany-East 1026, Italy 1000, Luxembourg 600, Denmark 1000, Ireland 1003, Great Britain 1032, Northern Ireland 301, Greece 1007, Spain 1000, Portugal 1001, Finland 1018, Sweden 1000, Austria 1022. The special topic module on ´time use´ has also been surveyed in the context of Candidate Countries Eurobarometer 2003.5 (ZA-Study-No. 4240). No standard trend questions


Temporal Coverage

  • 2003-11-21 / 2003-12-11
  • 2003-11-27 / 2003-12-30
  • 2003-11-19 / 2003-12-17
  • 2003-11-15 / 2003-12-05
  • 2003-11-18 / 2003-12-19
  • 2003-11-19 / 2004-01-05
  • 2003-11-28 / 2003-12-21
  • 2003-11-22 / 2003-12-19
    Ireland (Republic)
  • 2003-11-16 / 2003-12-20
    Great Britain
  • 2003-11-17 / 2003-12-19
    Northern Ireland
  • 2003-11-23 / 2003-12-20
  • 2003-11-20 / 2003-12-12
  • 2003-11-21 / 2003-12-16
  • 2003-11-28 / 2004-01-04
  • 2003-11-22 / 2003-12-30
  • 2003-11-17 / 2003-12-19

Geographic Coverage

  • France (FR)
  • Belgium (BE)
  • Netherlands (NL)
  • Germany (DE)
  • Italy (IT)
  • Luxembourg (LU)
  • Denmark (DK)
  • Ireland (IE)
  • Great Britain (GB-GBN)
  • Northern Ireland (GB-NIR)
  • Greece (GR)
  • Spain (ES)
  • Portugal (PT)
  • Finland (FI)
  • Sweden (SE)
  • Austria (AT)


Alternative Identifiers

  • ZA3940 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • doi:10.3886/ICPSR03993.v2 (Type: DOI)
  • Internationale Umfrageprogramme (Type: FDZ)

Related Identifiers

  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.4232/1.3940

Update Metadata: 2021-08-30 | Issue Number: 80 | Registration Date: 2012-05-16