Eurobarometer 37.1 (Apr-May 1992)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Kommission der Europäischen Gemeinschaften
Other Title
  • Consumer Goods and Social Security (Subtitle)
Publication Date
  • European Commission, Brussels; DG X - Information Communication Culture Surveys Research Analyses (Researcher)
  • MARKETING UNIT, Bruessel (Data Collector)
  • GFK DANMARK, Kopenhagen (Data Collector)
  • SAMPLE INSTITUT, Moelln (Data Collector)
  • KEME, Athen (Data Collector)
  • PRAGMA, Rom (Data Collector)
  • ICP/Research, Madrid (Data Collector)
  • TMO Consultants, Paris (Data Collector)
  • Lansdowne Market Research, Dublin (Data Collector)
  • IRLES, Luxemburg (Data Collector)
  • NIPO, Amsterdam (Data Collector)
  • NORMA, Lissabon (Data Collector)
  • MAI, London (Data Collector)
  • ULSTER MARKETING SERVICES, NordirlandINRA EUROPE, Brussels (Fieldwork co-ordination) (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • International Institutions, Relations, Conditions
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Retirement
    • Social behaviour and attitudes
    • Drug abuse, alcohol and smoking
    • Health care and medical treatment
    • Health policy
    • Elderly
    • Social welfare policy and systems
    • Consumption/consumer behaviour
  • Abstract

    The main topics of this Eurobarometer are: 1. Paying attention to product information, 2. Social security, 3. Older people and retirement questions. Topics: Citizenship and eligibility to vote at place of residence; general contentment with life; personal opinion leadership and frequency of political discussions; interest in politics; postmaterialism; frequency of listening to news on the radio, television and reading news in the paper. 1. Product information: paying attention to product information before purchase of foods and non-foodstuffs; detailed information on significance of selected product information in the decision to purchase vegetables, ready-to-serve meals, fruits, meat, fish, clothing, cosmetics, furniture, televisions, washing and cleansing agents; additionally desired product information and preference for Europe-wide standardization. 2. Social security: judgement on the social security system and social security in the country; preference for government or individual provision and Europe-wide standardization; adequate welfare for the unemployed, the old, the sick and the poor in the country; preference for national or European decisions in questions of establishing minimum income, unemployment benefit and pensions; attitude to equal treatment of locals and foreigners in questions of social security; impact from longer-term illnesss and disabilities; contacts with doctors during the last month or restrictions due to illness; inclination to visit the doctor for selected health complaints; utilization of medical check-ups; appropriateness of a percentage of the costs of selected medical services for patients; self-treatment and use of medication on doctor´s orders; general judgement on provision of medical care in the country; attitude to the public health system and judgement on services (scale); possession of a private health insurance or supplementary insurances; attitude to government support for the less well-off; assumed insufficient knowledge of the less well-off about support services to which they are entitled; doing without support for fear of discrimination; family responsibility for prosperity of family members and government responsibility for elimination of poverty (scale); judgement on the length of maternity leave and support servicesduring this time; attitude to particular help for single-parents; child allowance for everyone or only for parents less financially well-off; times of unemployment during the last five years; probability of future unemployment; preference for high unemployment support of short duration or low unemployment support for a longer time; attitude to the rights and duties of the unemployed regarding rejecting jobs available and further education; assumed reduction of the number of unemployed from reduction of support. 3. Older people and retirement questions: most important problems of older people; attitude to older people (scale); expected development of the retirement age and retirement income; increase in the welfare state with increased support for older people; desire for equal treatment of men and women regarding retirement age, pension fund contributions and pensions; assessment of appropriate participation of older people in politics, in social activities and in the media; attitude to permitted paid occupation of the retired; perceived discrimination of older people in professional life; attitude to legal protection against age discrimination; appropriate consideration of the interests of older people by public agencies; preferred level of guaranteed minimum income for older people; preference for care in a home or for people in need of care to remain in their home environment; looking after members of the family or friends in need of care; most able care-giver; attitude to a flexible age limit; appropriate amount of a survivor´s pension; attitude to rights to a pension for raising children and care of old family members or those in need of care; attitude to reduction of pension with work income; self-assessment of level of standard of living; assessment of general amount of pension; preference for compulsory, employer-related or private retirement insurance as well as for compulsory or private nursing care insurance. Demography: self-classification on a left-right continuum; union membership; marital status; age at end of education; sex; age; size of household; number of children in household; possession of durable economic goods; occupational position; weekly number of working hours; employment in the civil service or private enterprise (company sector); person managing household; head of household; occupation of head of household; self-assessment of social class; residential status; degree of urbanization; religiousness; monthly household income; city size; region. Indices: opinion leadership (cognitive mobility); postmaterialism; status in profession; media usage. The following questions were also posed to pensioners: retirement age; appropriateness of pension. The following questions were posed correspondingly to non-pensioners: preferred retirement age; concerns in view of retirement; anticipated appropriateness of pension payments. Interviewer rating: presence of other persons during interview; willingness of respondent to cooperate. Also encoded were: date of interview; start of interview and length of interview; identification of interviewer.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1992-04-21 / 1992-05-09
  • 1992-04-21 / 1992-05-07
  • 1992-04-21 / 1992-05-09
  • 1992-04-20 / 1992-05-19
  • 1992-04-20 / 1992-05-08
  • 1992-04-21 / 1992-05-04
  • 1992-04-21 / 1992-05-12
    Ireland (Republic)
  • 1992-04-21 / 1992-05-13
  • 1992-04-21 / 1992-05-18
  • 1992-04-23 / 1992-05-10
  • 1992-04-24 / 1992-05-12
  • 1992-04-20 / 1992-05-07
    Great Britain
  • 1992-04-21 / 1992-05-11
    Northern Ireland
Geographic Coverage
  • Belgium (BE)
  • Denmark (DK)
  • Germany (DE)
  • Greece (GR)
  • Spain (ES)
  • France (FR)
  • Ireland (IE)
  • Italy (IT)
  • Luxembourg (LU)
  • Netherlands (NL)
  • Portugal (PT)
  • Great Britain (GB-GBN)
  • Northern Ireland (GB-NIR)
Sampled Universe
Persons 15 years old and older.
Sampling Procedure Comment: Multi-stage stratified random sample
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 12995
    Number of Variables: 464
The survey contained questions on the topics alcohol and drugs. The same questions were also posed in Eurobarometer 37.0 (ZA Study No. 2141). The data from both surveys have been summarized in one data set, Eurobarometer 37.A, and archived under ZA Study No. 2243. The 12995 cases of the data set are distributed among the individual countries as follows: Belgium 1017 cases, Federal Republic of Germany (West) 1008 cases, Federal Republic of Germany (East) 1058 cases, Denmark 1000 cases, France 1003 cases, Greece 1000 cases, Ireland 1000 cases, Italy 1043 cases, Luxembourg 498 cases, Netherlands 1002 cases, Portugal 1000 cases, Spain 1000 cases, United Kingdom 1062 cases, Northern Ireland 304 cases. Earlier Eurobarometers (2-36) are archived under ZA Study Nos. 0986-0995, 1036-1039, 1206-1209, 1318-1321, 1541-1544, 1712-1715, 1750-1753, 1960-1962, 2031-2033 as well as 2081. A cumulated data set of the Eurobarometers (1970-2002) is archived under ZA Study No. 3521. The Eurobarometer 37.0 is archived under ZA Study No. 2141. The Eurobarometer 37.2 (ZA Study No. 2242) deepens a topic of this survey, in that older people were interviewed on questions of growing old.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA2241 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • doi:10.3886/ICPSR09957.v1 (Type: DOI)
  • Internationale Umfrageprogramme (Type: FDZ)
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.4232/1.2241
  • Kommission der Europäischen Gemeinschaften (Hrsg.): Eurobarometer 37: Die öffentliche Meinung in der Europäischen Gemeinschaft. Brüssel: Selbstverlag 1992.
  • Commission des Communautés Européennes: Etiquetage des produits. Bruxelles, Août 1992.
  • Commission of the European Communities: Age and Attitudes - Main Results from a Eurobarometer Survey. Brussels, 1993 (also available in French).
  • Maurizio Ferrera (University of Pavia): EC Citizens and social Protection - Main results from a Eurobarometer survey. Italy, November 1993.

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