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Eurobarometer 76.2 (2011)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Europäische Kommission
Other Title
  • Employment and Social Policy, Job Security, and Active Aging (Subtitle)
Publication Date
  • European Commission, Brussels DG Communication (COMM.A.1 ´Research and Speechwriting´) (Researcher)
  • TNS Dimarso, Brussels, Belgium (Data Collector)
  • TNS BBSS, Sofia, Bulgaria (Data Collector)
  • TNS Aisa, Prague, Czech Republic (Data Collector)
  • TNS GALLUP DK, Copenhagen, Denmark (Data Collector)
  • TNS Infratest, Munich, Germany (Data Collector)
  • Emor, Tallinn, Estonia (Data Collector)
  • Ipsos MRBI, Dublin, Ireland (Data Collector)
  • TNS ICAP, Athens, Greece (Data Collector)
  • TNS Demoscopia, Madrid, Spain (Data Collector)
  • TNS Sofres, Montrouge, France (Data Collector)
  • TNS Infratest, Milan, Italy (Data Collector)
  • Synovate, Nicosia, Cyprus (Data Collector)
  • TNS Latvia, Riga, Latvia (Data Collector)
  • TNS GALLUP Lithuania, Vilnius, Lithuania (Data Collector)
  • TNS ILReS, Luxembourg, Luxembourg (Data Collector)
  • TNS Hungary, Budapest, Hungary (Data Collector)
  • MISCO, Valletta, Malta (Data Collector)
  • TNS NIPO, Amsterdam, Netherlands (Data Collector)
  • Österreichisches GALLUP, Vienna, Austria (Data Collector)
  • TNS OBOP, Warsaw, Poland (Data Collector)
  • TNS EUROTESTE, Lisbon, Portugal (Data Collector)
  • TNS CSOP, Bucharest, Romania (Data Collector)
  • RM PLUS, Maribor, Slovenia (Data Collector)
  • TNS Slovakia, Bratislava, Slovakia (Data Collector)
  • TNS GALLUP Oy, Espoo, Finland (Data Collector)
  • TNS GALLUP, Stockholm, Sweden (Data Collector)
  • TNS UK, London, United Kingdom (Data Collector)
  • Puls, Zagreb, Croatia (Data Collector)
  • TNS PIAR, Istanbul, Turkey (Data Collector)
  • TNS Brima,Skopje, Macedonia (Data Collector)
  • Capacent, Reykjavik, Iceland (Data Collector)
  • TNS Gallup Norway, Oslo, Norway (Data Collector)
  • TNS Opinion, Brussels (international co-ordination). (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • International Institutions, Relations, Conditions
    • Economic Policy, National Economic Situation
    • Social Policy
    • Family
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Unemployment
    • In-job training
    • Retirement
    • Cultural activities and participation
    • Social conditions and indicators
    • International politics and organisation
    • Elderly
    • Social welfare policy and systems
    • Economic conditions and indicators
  • Abstract

    Since 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 the following modules are included: 1. Employment and social policy, 2. Active aging. Topics: 1. Employment and social policy: concerns about losing the job (respondent, respondent´s partner and children of the respondent); expected improvement in the labor market after the crisisin two years; knowledge of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) and the European Social Fund (ESF); number of times the respondent has changed employer and years working for the current or last employer; most important skills to find a job easily; job security (short-term and long-term perspective); likelihood of finding a job (scale); type of job search in the case of dismissal; interest in self-employment; self-rated administrative procedures to start a business; assumed difficulties in establishing a business for selected types of people; estimated share of unemployment insurance; attitude towardschanges in the labor market (scale); preferred measure for job creation (scale); EU´s impact on national employment and social policies in general and in specifical areas; preferred action against undeclared work; participation in training courses; reasons for not taking part in further training; completed traineeship; traineeship as an entry into a job; employment after completed education; length of traineeship; traineeship funding; training and job search; career guidance receivedat school; desire for information about job qualifications and training for the future job market; impact of the economic crisis on social justice;the burden of public spending cuts and other austerity measures; groups of people that have been affected the most by public spending cuts; estimated trend level of poverty in the last 3 years; sufficient action against poverty; own experience of homelessness; reason for the situation. 2. Active aging: satisfaction with the own health, work, life in general, relationships and living conditions (scale); understanding of the terms young and old; self-rated age group; perception of people over 55 as positive or negative; actual and desired influence of people over 55 in politics, economy, community and family; full acceptance of people over 55, as workers, consumers, volunteers and financial supporter for their family; comparative characterization (image) of young workers and those over 55; expected development of the proportion of people aged 65 and over; concern about a possible increase in the proportion of people over 65; estimated maximum age for doing the own job; change jobs or stay in current job until the age of 65; preference for gender-specific retirement age; agreement with raising the retirement age by the year 2030; average years of retirement in the own country; adjustment of pension laws to family times; attitude to a general permission to continue working after reaching the official retirement age; own intention to continue working instead of board; introduction of a compulsory retirement age and subjective indication of that age; attraction of a combination of part-time work and partial pension; experience of discrimination due to old age; voluntary work for selected organisations; number of hours worked as a volunteer per month; reasons against voluntary work; personal support for people outside the household; characterisation of the country and the local area as “age-friendly”; improvements for an age-friendly local area; benefits of establishing a committee of older persons to advise the authorities; personalsupport for an older family member; useful measures of the government to help people who care for older family member; technology as an obstacle for older people; evaluation of selected institutions with regard to their treatment of older persons; change of life expectancy in the country in the last 30 years; expected change of life expectancy in the country in the next 30 years. Demography: nationality; age; family situation; age at end of education; sex; occupation; type of community; household composition and household size; own a mobile phone and fixed (landline) phone; possession of durable goods; financial difficulties during the last year; self-rated social position (scale); internet use. Also encoded was: date of interview; beginning of interview; interview; persons present during the interview; willingness to cooperate; region; language of the interview.
Temporal Coverage
  • 2011-09-24 / 2011-11-08
  • 2011-09-24 / 2011-10-09
  • 2011-09-24 / 2011-10-09
  • 2011-09-24 / 2011-10-09
    Germany (East and West)
  • 2011-09-24 / 2011-10-07
  • 2011-09-24 / 2011-10-09
  • 2011-09-24 / 2011-10-09
  • 2011-09-24 / 2011-10-07
  • 2011-09-24 / 2011-10-09
    Great Britain
  • 2011-09-24 / 2011-10-08
    Northern Ireland
  • 2011-09-24 / 2011-10-08
  • 2011-09-24 / 2011-10-09
  • 2011-09-24 / 2011-10-09
  • 2011-09-24 / 2011-10-09
  • 2011-09-24 / 2011-10-09
  • 2011-09-24 / 2011-10-09
  • 2011-09-24 / 2011-10-09
    Republic of Cyprus
  • 2011-09-24 / 2011-10-06
    Czech Republic
  • 2011-09-24 / 2011-10-09
  • 2011-09-24 / 2011-10-09
  • 2011-09-24 / 2011-10-09
  • 2011-09-24 / 2011-10-09
  • 2011-09-24 / 2011-10-09
  • 2011-09-24 / 2011-10-09
  • 2011-09-24 / 2011-10-09
  • 2011-09-24 / 2011-10-09
  • 2011-09-24 / 2011-10-04
  • 2011-09-24 / 2011-10-08
  • 2011-09-24 / 2011-10-09
  • 2011-09-24 / 2011-10-09
  • 2011-09-24 / 2011-09-28
    Republic of Macedonia
  • 2011-09-24 / 2011-10-08
  • 2011-10-07 / 2011-11-08
Geographic Coverage
  • Belgium (BE)
  • Bulgaria (BG)
  • Czech Republic (CZ)
  • Denmark (DK)
  • Germany (DE)
  • Estonia (EE)
  • Ireland (IE)
  • Greece (GR)
  • Spain (ES)
  • France (FR)
  • Italy (IT)
  • Cyprus (CY)
  • Latvia (LV)
  • Lithuania (LT)
  • Luxembourg (LU)
  • Hungary (HU)
  • Malta (MT)
  • Netherlands (NL)
  • Austria (AT)
  • Poland (PL)
  • Portugal (PT)
  • Romania (RO)
  • Slovenia (SI)
  • Slovakia (SK)
  • Finland (FI)
  • Sweden (SE)
  • United Kingdom (GB)
  • Iceland (IS)
  • Norway (NO)
  • Turkey (TR)
  • Croatia (HR)
  • Macedonia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of (MK)
Sampled Universe
Population 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 the four candidate countries (Croatia, Turkey, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Iceland) and in Norway. In these countries, the survey covers the national population of citizens and the population of citizens of all the European Union Member States that are residents in these countries and have a sufficient command of the national languages to answer the questionnaire.
Sampling Procedure Comment: Probability Sample: Proportionate Stratified Multistage Sample
Collection Mode
  • Face-to-face interview CAPI (Computer Assisted Personal Interview) was used in those countries where this technique was available
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 31280
    Number of Variables: 541
Module QA on ´Employment and Social Policy´ was only asked in EU27 and partly replicates questions asked in the context of Eurobarometer 71.2 (ZA4972). Fieldwork data for Norway after October 9 are not coded in the dataset. d8 (AGE EDUCATION): Please note that the coding instruction in the Portuguese field questionnaire does not show any deviant specification, therefore no data correction is carried out for Portuguese data. The documentation will be adjusted accordingly with the next update.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA5566 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • doi:10.3886/ICPSR34567.v1 (Type: DOI)
  • Internationale Umfrageprogramme (Type: FDZ)
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.4232/1.11956
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.4232/1.11388
  • TNS Opinion & Social: Special Eurobarometer 377 / Wave 76.2: Employment and Social Policy. Survey requested by the European Commission, Directorate-General Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion and co-ordinated by Directorate-General for Communication, Brussels, April 2012.
  • TNS Opinion & Social: Special Eurobarometer 378 / Wave 76.2: Active Aging. Survey requested by the European Commission, Directorate-General Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion and co-ordinated by Directorate-General for Communication, Brussels, April 2012.
  • Noll, Heinz-Herbert, Weick, Stefan (2013): Strategie des „active ageing“ in Deutschland besonders erfolgreich. In: ISI (Informationsdienst soziale Indikatoren) 50, August 2013. S.11-16.
  • Anne Balz: Optimistische Bewertung der individuellen Arbeitsmarktsituation in weiten Teilen der deutschen Arbeitnehmerschaft. In: Informationsdienst Soziale Indikatoren (GESIS Publikation), Ausgabe 51, February 2014 (ISI 51), p. 12-16.

Update Metadata: 2020-10-21 | Issue Number: 22 | Registration Date: 2014-07-24

Europäische Kommission (2014): Eurobarometer 76.2 (2011). Employment and Social Policy, Job Security, and Active Aging. Version: 2.0.1. GESIS Data Archive. Dataset.