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Eurobarometer 77.1: Robotics, Civil Protection, Humanitarian Aid, Smoking Habits, and Multilingualism, February-March 2012

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • European Commission
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Eurobarometer Survey Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
attitudes; civil defense; communication; disasters; European Union; government expenditures; health; health problems; humanitarian aid; language; language study; media use; public opinion; public safety; smoking; smoking cessation; technological change; technology; tobacco products; tobacco use; volunteers
  • Abstract

    The Eurobarometer series is a unique cross-national and cross-temporal survey program conducted on behalf of the European Commission. These surveys regularly monitor public opinion in the European Union (EU) member countries and consist of standard modules and special topic modules. The standard modules address attitudes towards European unification, institutions and policies, measurements for general socio-political orientations, as well as respondent and household demographics. The special topic modules address such topics as agriculture, education, natural environment and resources, public health, public safety and crime, and science and technology. This round of Eurobarometer surveys covers the following special topics: (1) public attitudes towards robots, (2) civil protection within the EU, (3) humanitarian aid outside the EU, (4) smoking habits and tobacco use, and (5) multilingualism. Questions pertain to respondents' opinions of the use of robots in day to day life including caring for children and the elderly, walking dogs, use in manufacturing, and whether they felt the use of robots was a positive or a negative prospect. Respondents were also queried on use of tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes, the dangers of second-hand smoke, as well as reasons for starting and, if applicable, quitting smoking. Additionally, respondents were asked about civil protection and disaster management plans within the EU, their awareness of the EU's humanitarian aid activities, and their experience with foreign languages. Demographic and other background information collected includes age, gender, nationality, marital status, occupation, age when stopped full-time education, household composition, ownership of a fixed or mobile telephone and other goods, difficulties in paying bills, level in society, and Internet use. In addition, country-specific data includes type and size of locality, region of residence, and language of interview (select countries).
  • Methods

    Please review the ICPSR codebook "Weighting Information" section for information concerning individual weights, and the "Technical Specifications" section for general weighting information.
  • 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
  • 2012-02-25 / 2012-03-12
    Time period: 2012-02-25--2012-03-12
  • 2012-02-25 / 2012-03-12
    Collection date: 2012-02-25--2012-03-12
Geographic Coverage
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Europe
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Global
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom
Sampled Universe
In all, Eurobarometer 77.1 interviewed 26,751 citizens in the 27 countries of the European Union. All respondents were residents in the respective country, nationals and non-nationals but EU-citizens, and aged 15 and over. Respondents were expected to have sufficient command of one of the respective national language(s) to answer the questionnaire. Smallest Geographic Unit: country
Multistage national probability samples.
Collection Mode
  • face-to-face interview

    The original data collection was carried out by TNS Opinion and Social on request of the European Commission between February 25 and March 12, 2012.

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

    The field work dates for Finland in the "Technical specifications" section of the codebook are inconsistent with the data. The data indicate that all surveys were completed by March 12, 2012.

    Module QD, Smoking Habits, is largely based on Eurobarometer 72.3 (ICSPR 32441). Module QE, Multilingualism, largely replicates Eurobarometer 64.3 (ICPSR 4590) and Eurobarometer 54 (ICPSR 3210).

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
  • 34569 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR34569.v1

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-16

European Commission (2013): Eurobarometer 77.1: Robotics, Civil Protection, Humanitarian Aid, Smoking Habits, and Multilingualism, February-March 2012. Archival Version. Eurobarometer Survey Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.