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Eurobarometer 51.1: Environmental Issues and Consumer Associations, April-May 1999

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Melich, Anna (European Commission)
Other Title
  • Version 4 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Eurobarometer Survey Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
attitudes; consumer advocates; consumer attitudes; consumer protection; economic integration; environmental attitudes; environmental degradation; European unification; European Union; information dissemination; life satisfaction; political influence; pollution; public opinion; quality of life; social change; sources of information
  • Abstract

    This round of Eurobarometer surveys queried respondents on standard Eurobarometer measures such as public awareness of and attitudes toward the European Union (EU), and also focused on environmental issues and consumer associations. In terms of environmental issues, respondents were questioned regarding whether environmental protection and the fight against pollution were immediate and urgent problems or problems for the future. Those queried were asked about the degree of concern they had for issues such as the disappearance of certain types of plants and the tropical forests, depletion of natural resources, global warming, pollution, destruction of the ozone layer, urban problems, nuclear power stations and radioactive waste, and genetically modified organisms. Respondents identified the area where they lived and commented on whether they had reason to complain about the quality of tap water, noise, air pollution, waste disposal, lack of green spaces, landscape damage, traffic problems, quality of food products, and the organization of civil defense in the face of natural and technological disasters. Other questions covered the respondents' general awareness of some environmental issues, the sources they used when looking for information on the environment, which sources they would trust, and whether public bodies were acting effectively to protect the environment at the local, regional, and national levels. This survey also addressed consumer associations in detail. Questions were asked concerning what respondents thought should be a priority for consumer associations, problems facing consumer associations, and whether they were members of any consumer associations. Opinions were also elicited regarding whether consumer associations should distribute information, provide legal advice, publish magazines, lobby the government, or represent consumers' interests. Other questions included how consumer associations should be funded, whether the respondent would pay for the information provided by consumer associations, and how much they would pay. Demographic and other background information provided includes respondent's age, gender, education, and marital status, as well as household income, number of people residing in the home, occupation, religion, and region of residence.
  • Methods

    Please review the "Weighting Information" section of the ICPSR codebook for this Eurobarometer study.
  • Methods

    ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection: Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 1999-04-04 / 1999-05-18
    Time period: 1999-04-04--1999-05-18
  • 1999-04-04 / 1999-05-18
    Collection date: 1999-04-04--1999-05-18
Geographic Coverage
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • Europe
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Global
  • Greece
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Luxembourg
  • Netherlands
  • Portugal
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom
Sampled Universe
Citizens of the EU aged 15 and over residing in the 15 EU member countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. Smallest Geographic Unit: country
Multistage national probability samples.
Collection Mode
  • face-to-face interview

    The original data collection was carried out by INRA (International Research Associates [Europe]) on request of the European Commission.

    The codebook and setup files for this collection contain characters with diacritical marks used in many European languages.

    The documentation and/or setup files may contain references to Norway, but Norway was not a participant in this wave of Eurobarometer surveys. This collection contains no data for Norway.

    The fieldwork dates in the data for Denmark, Portugal, and Finland are not consistent with the fieldwork dates in the "Technical Specifications" section of the ICPSR codebook.

2010-05-05 The data have been further processed by GESIS, and the SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files, and the codebook have been updated. Also, a SAS transport (CPORT) file, an SPSS system file, a tab-delimited ASCII data file, and a data collection instrument have been added.2007-02-12 The data for this study have undergone further processing completed by the Zentralarchiv (ZA). This study has been updated to include the full ICPSR product suite including SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files in addition to SAS transport (XPORT), SPSS portable, and Stata system files.2001-06-29 Data for all previously-embargoed variables are now available. Updated data for variables D8 and D11 have also been included.
This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 2865 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR02865.v3
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    • ID: 10.1016/j.ejpoleco.2012.05.001 (DOI)
  • Hersch, Joni, Viscusi, W. Kip. The generational divide in support for environmental policies: European evidence. Climatic Change.77, (1-2), 121-136.2006.
    • ID: 10.1007/s10584-006-9074-x (DOI)
  • European Commission. What do Europeans think about the environment? The main results of the survey carried out in the context of Eurobarometer 51.1. Luxembourg: Office for Official Publications of the European Communities. 1999.
  • INRA (Europe). Europeans and Consumer Associations. Eurobarometer 51.1.Brussels: European Commission. 1999.
    • ID: (URL)

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Melich, Anna (2000): Eurobarometer 51.1: Environmental Issues and Consumer Associations, April-May 1999. Version 4. Eurobarometer Survey Series. Version: v4. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.