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Eurobarometer 57.2: Health Issues, Cross-Border Purchases, and National Identities, April-June 2002

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Christensen, Thomas (European Commission)
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Eurobarometer Survey Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
citizen attitudes; consumer behavior; consumer expectations; consumer protection; crosscultural perceptions; cultural identity; economic integration; European Economic Community; European unification; European Union; health care services; health status; life satisfaction; national identity; public opinion; purchasing; quality of life; social attitudes
  • Abstract

    This round of Eurobarometer surveys diverged from standard trend questions, instead focusing on health issues, cross-border purchases, and national identities. European Union (EU) respondents provided information on their health status, including whether they had long-standing illness that limited their work or daily activities. They also answered questions about the health care system in their countries and indicated how well health care was run, whether the government should spend more money on health care, and if they were willing to pay more taxes to contribute to health care. They were also asked how well they were getting by with their households' income, who should pay for taking care of elderly parents, and who should decide what long-term care services an elderly person needs. Another major focus of the surveys was cross-border purchases. EU respondents were asked whether in the last 12 months they bought anything for private use in stores located in other European Union countries, and if so, how they bought the product and how much they paid for it. They were also asked whether the introduction of the euro and the possibility of buying online made them more interested in buying products or services from other EU countries, whether in the last 12 months they heard or saw an advertisement from another EU country, whether they would be more or less confident buying different products or services in another EU country, and what factors would affect their level of confidence. European Union citizens and residents of three European Union candidate countries (the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland) described how close they felt to the inhabitants of the city/village/region where they lived, their national fellows, EU citizens and other European residents, Arabs, Turks, Russians, United States' citizens, Gypsies, Jews, and others. They also selected from a list those things or feelings that were crucial to sense of belonging to their nation and to Europe. EU respondents were asked what the most important issues facing their countries were and what their governments should spend extra money on. Additionally, respondents indicated whether they were satisfied with their lives, and the state of the economy, laws, and public transport in their countries. The background information collected includes respondents' age, gender, nationality, marital status, left-right political self-placement, occupation, age at completion of education, household income, type and size of locality, 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
  • 2002-05-01 / 2002-06-10
    Time period: 2002-05-01--2002-06-10
  • 2002-05-01 / 2002-06-10
    Collection date: 2002-05-01--2002-06-10
Geographic Coverage
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Europe
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Global
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Luxembourg
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom
Sampled Universe
Citizens of the EU aged 15 and older 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, plus residents aged 15 and older of three European Union candidate countries: the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland. Smallest Geographic Unit: country
Multistage national probability samples.
Collection Mode
  • face-to-face interview

    The original data collection was carried out by the European Opinion Research Group - EEIG 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 file for Belgium, Denmark, West Germany, Greece, Spain, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Portugal, Finland, Sweden, and the United Kingdom are not consistent with the fieldwork dates in the "Technical Specifications" section of the ICPSR codebook. One hundred ten cases are coded as '0' "NA" for the following countries: Belgium (11 cases), Italy (5 cases), Luxembourg (4 cases), Denmark (9 cases), and Great Britain (81 cases).

    The total number of interviews for East Germany is 1,016 and for West Germany is 1,023. The table in the "Technical Specifications" section of the ICPSR codebook shows the total number of interviews as 1,023 for East Germany and 1,016 for West Germany.

2010-04-22 The data have been further processed by GESIS, and the SAS and SPSS setup files and codebook have been updated. The SPSS portable file has been replaced with an SPSS system file. Also, a SAS transport (CPORT) file, a Stata setup and system file, a tab-delimited ASCII data file, and a data collection instrument have been added.2005-06-02 Previously-embargoed data are now available.
This version of the study is no longer available on the web. If you need to acquire this version of the data, you have to contact ICPSR User Support (
Alternative Identifiers
  • 3543 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
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  • European Opinion Research Group, EOS Gallup Europe. Public Opinion in Europe: Views on Business-to-Consumer Cross-Border Trade. Brussels: European Commission, Press and Communication Directorate-General, Public Opinion Analysis Unit. 2002.
    • ID: (URL)
  • European Opinion Research Group, EOS Gallup Europe. Standard Eurobarometer 57.2 (Flash Eurobarometer 128): Public Opinion in Europe: Views on Business-to-Consumer Cross-Border Trade. B, Brussels: Press and Communication Directorate-General, Public Opinion Analysis Unit. 2002.
    • ID: (URL)

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 10 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Christensen, Thomas (2003): Eurobarometer 57.2: Health Issues, Cross-Border Purchases, and National Identities, April-June 2002. Archival Version. Eurobarometer Survey Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.