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Eurobarometer 31A (Jun-Jul 1989)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Kommission der Europäischen Gemeinschaften
Other Title
  • European Elections 1989: Post-Election Survey (Subtitle)
Publication Date
  • European Commission, Brussels; DG X - Information Communication Culture Surveys Research Analyses (Researcher)
  • DIMARSO, Bruessel (Data Collector)
  • EMNID, Bielefeld (Data Collector)
  • Gallup Markedsanalyse, Hellerup (Data Collector)
  • Institut de Sondages Lavialle, Issy-Les-Moulineaux (Data Collector)
  • ICAP Hellas, Athen (Data Collector)
  • Irish Marketing Surveys, Dublin (Data Collector)
  • DOXA, Mailand (Data Collector)
  • ILRES, Luxemburg (Data Collector)
  • Instituto de Investigacion Gallup, Madrid (Data Collector)
  • NIPO, Amsterdam (Data Collector)
  • NORMA, Lissabon (Data Collector)
  • Social Surveys (Gallup Poll), London (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • International Institutions, Relations, Conditions
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Social conditions and indicators
    • Social behaviour and attitudes
    • International politics and organisation
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
    • Government, political systems and organisation
    • Social stratification and groupings
    • Natural resources and energy
    • Environmental degradation/pollution and protection
    • Economics
  • Abstract

    The main focus of this Eurobarometer is: 1. Satisfaction 2. Attitude to the EC 3. Standard of living and poverty 4. Energy questions and environmental protection Topics: 1. Satisfaction: general contentment with life; satisfaction in selected areas of daily life (scale); assessment of future personal circumstances; satisfaction with democracy and satisfaction with democracy in the EC; personal opinion leadership; frequency of political discussions; postmaterialism; interest in the future; nationality and eligibility to vote at place of residence. 2. Attitude to the EC: evaluation of the European Parliament; personal election participation at the last European Election and behavior at the polls; reasons for non-participation in the election; most important reasons for voting decision; interest in the European Election campaign; evaluation of selected sources of information on the European Election; manner of search for information during the election campaign; frequency of use of television at the time of the election campaign and evaluation of the television election campaign; judgement on the importance of parliamentary institutions at municipal, regional and European level; particular solidarity or alienation to an EC country; satisfaction with national government; importance of selected political controversies; political interest and interest in EC policies; significance of the EC for the future of one´s own country; attitude to unification of Western Europe and EC membership of one´s country; advantages or disadvantages for the country from EC membership; regret of a failure of the EC; importance of selected problems in the area of environmental protection and social policy as well as preference for national or European decision-making in these political controversies; knowledge about the European domestic market and expectation tied to it; attitude to the social charter of the EC; judgement on the EC Commission; judgement on the success of the summit meeting of the heads of the European Governments in Madrid; perceived alternatives to EC membership. 3. Standard of living and poverty: sources of income and other payment in kind or privileges; significance of these privileges for the current standard of living; classification of personal standard of living as well as standard of living of both parents; expected social mobility for one´s own children; just treatment of respondent by society; demands of an up-to-date standard of living and demands currently not yet fulfilled (scales); necessity of restrictions due to insufficient income; perceived poverty and its change in one´s residential area, individual or social reasons for the poverty; assessment of the mobility chances of poor components of the population; knowledge of a legally guaranteed minimum income and of the prerequisites to qualify; adequate care for those in need by authorities; judgement on EC measures to combat need as well as personal willingness to help and willingness to make sacrifices. 4. Energy questions and environmental protection: choosing the form of energy most stable in price, most reliable and most environmentally friendly; attitude to nuclear energy; knowledge of selected environmental problems and assessment of the seriousness of these problems; assumed reasons for the greenhouse effect, acid rain and the destruction of the ozone layer; effects of the European domestic market on the provision of energy and energy consumption; judgement on the importance of expected effects; attitude to environmental protection organizations, ecology movements, anti-nuclear power movements and peace movements; membership in such a citizen initiative; Demography: self-assessment and assessment of the most important political parties on a left-right continuum; party preference and party allegiance; marital status; age at end of education; behavior at the polls in the last election; sex; age; size of household; number of children in household; monthly household income; occupational position; employment in the civil service or private enterprise (company sector); company size; superior function; party affiliation; union membership of respondent or another person in household; position in household; occupation of head of household; self-classification of social class; residential status; degree of urbanization; religious denomination; frequency of church attendance; religiousness; city size. Also encoded were: date of interview; length of interview; number of persons present during the interview; willingness of respondent to cooperate. Indices: postmaterialism; cognitive and political mobility; EC support.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1989-06-21 / 1989-07-03
  • 1989-06-19 / 1989-07-19
  • 1989-06-19 / 1989-07-03
  • 1989-06-19 / 1989-07-03
  • 1989-06-19 / 1989-07-04
  • 1989-06-19 / 1989-07-03
    Ireland (Republic)
  • 1989-06-19 / 1989-07-01
  • 1989-06-20 / 1989-07-10
  • 1989-06-19 / 1989-07-03
  • 1989-06-19 / 1989-07-03
  • 1989-06-19 / 1989-07-07
    Great Britain
  • 1989-06-19 / 1989-06-28
    Northern Ireland
  • 1989-06-19 / 1989-07-04
    Germany (FRG)
Geographic Coverage
  • Belgium (BE)
  • Denmark (DK)
  • Greece (GR)
  • Spain (ES)
  • France (FR)
  • Ireland (IE)
  • Italy (IT)
  • Luxembourg (LU)
  • Netherlands (NL)
  • Portugal (PT)
  • Great Britain (GB-GBN)
  • Northern Ireland (GB-NIR)
  • Germany (DE)
Sampled Universe
Sample of persons 15 years old and older.
Sampling Procedure Comment: Various sampling procedures (quota sample and multi-stage random sample) according to country.
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 11819
    Number of Variables: 709
The 11819 cases of the data set are distributed among the individual countries as follows: Belgium 1028 cases, Federal Republic of Germany 1202 cases, Denmark 1000 cases, France 1040 cases, Greece 1000 cases, Ireland 1016 cases, Italy 1011 cases, Luxembourg 301 cases, Netherlands 970 cases, Portugal 1000 cases, Spain 1003 cases, United Kingdom 1248 cases. Previous Eurobarometers (2-31) are archived under ZA Study Nos. 0986-0995 as well as 1036-1039 and 1206-1209 and 1318-1321 and 1541-1544 as well as 1712-1715; others are archived under ZA Study Nos. 1750 ff.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA1751 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • doi:10.3886/ICPSR09360.v1 (Type: DOI)
  • Internationale Umfrageprogramme (Type: FDZ)
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.4232/1.1751
  • Commission of the European Communities: Eurobarometer 32. Brussels, December 1989. (Also available in German)
  • Commission of the European Communities: The Perception of Poverty in Europe - Poverty 3. Brussels, March 1990.
  • Kommission der Europäischen Gemeinschaften: Die Europäische Meinung und die Energiefragen im Jahre 1989 (Public Opinion in the European Community on Energy in 1989). Brüssel, November 1989.
  • Herrmann Schmitt, Renato Mannheimer: The European Elections of June 1989. Special issue of The European Journal of Political Research (19:1), 1991.

Update Metadata: 2020-10-21 | Issue Number: 90 | Registration Date: 2012-08-08

Kommission der Europäischen Gemeinschaften (2012): Eurobarometer 31A (Jun-Jul 1989). European Elections 1989: Post-Election Survey. Version: 1.0.1. GESIS Data Archive. Dataset.