Eurobarometer 49 (Apr-May 1998)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Europäische Kommission
Other Title
  • Standard Eurobarometer 49 (Alternative Title)
  • Food Product Safety, Child Sex Tourism, Health Care, and Cancer (Subtitle)
Publication Date
  • European Commission, Brussels; DG X - Information Communication Culture Public Opinion Surveys and Research Unit (Researcher)
  • Marketing Unit-INRA, Brussels (Data Collector)
  • GFK Danmark, Copenhagen (Data Collector)
  • INRA Germany, Moelln (Data Collector)
  • KEME, Athens (Data Collector)
  • INRA ESPANA, Madrid (Data Collector)
  • TMO, Paris (Data Collector)
  • Lansdowne Market Research, Dublin (Data Collector)
  • ULSTER MARKETING SURVEYS, Northern Ireland (Data Collector)
  • PRAGMA, Rome (Data Collector)
  • ILRES, Luxembourg (Data Collector)
  • NIPO, Amsterdam (Data Collector)
  • METRIS, Lisbon (Data Collector)
  • RAS - INRA UK, London (Data Collector)
  • TEMO AB, Solna, Sweden (Data Collector)
  • MDC Marketing Research, Espoo, Finland (Data Collector)
  • SPECTRA, Linz, Austria (Data Collector)
  • INRA EUROPE, Brussels (international coordination) (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • International Institutions, Relations, Conditions
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Crime
    • Nutrition
    • Health care and medical treatment
    • Specific diseases and medical conditions
    • International politics and organisation
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
    • Government, political systems and organisation
    • Children
    • Economic systems and development
  • Abstract

    Attitude to the EU, the institutions of the EU, the European Elections, the EU enlargement and the Euro. Topics: 1. general questions on Europe and the Euro and political extent to which informed: personal opinion leadership; interest in politics; interest in politics in one´s circle of friends; general contentment with life; satisfaction with democracy at the level of the European Union and one´s own country; self-assessment of knowledge about the European Union; desire for more information about the EU; EU topics about which more information is desired; most important sources of information about the policies and institution of the EU; preferred information channels and information media about the EU; interest in direct EU information through a telephone or fax hotline or computer; frequency of use of news broadcasts on the radio and television as well as reading news in newspapers; possibility to use video recorder, fax, satellite television, pay TV, teletext, computer, CD-ROM, modem and Internet; attitude to membership of the country in the EU; advantageousness of EU membership for one´s own country; expected development of a self-image as European or remaining member citizen of the nation-state; knowledge about the designation of the future European currency; assessment of probability of introduction of the European currency after 1999; knowledge test about the accompanying circumstances in introduction and the later development of the Euro; self-classification of extent to which informed about the Euro; attitude to an information campaign before introduction of the new currency; sources of information about the European currency up to now; approval of a common currency and a European Central bank; attitude to a common European foreign and security policy; attitude to a European responsibility for all questions not solved at national level; demand for support of the European Commission by the majority of the European Parliament; desire for school instruction about the European institutions and support of European film and television productions by the EU; preference for national decision-making authority or decision at European level in selected political areas; preferred new members of the EU; most important criteria for accepting new EU members (scale); attitude to an expansion of the EU and most important effects of an increase in the European Union (scale); future expectations, hopes and fears for the new millenium (scale); significance of the European Parliament and desire for a stronger position of the parliament; election participation at the last European Election and intended participation in the election to the European Parliament in June 1999; representation citizen interests by the European Parliament; areas in which the European Parliament should play a more significant role. In the United Kingdom the following was additionally asked: knowledge about the British presidency of the EU; importance of the presidency in the council of ministers. 2. interest in politics; self-assessment of political extent to which informed and political knowledge; assessment of the influence of politics on personal life; desire for more political interest; importance of areas of life; frequency of political discussions in school; most important sources for political information; knowledge about the number of member countries in the EU; membership in clubs and organizations. 3. knowledge about the Basque region; general attitude to the Basques; knowledge about the the Basque region belonging to Spain or France; development of the Basque region in comparison to Spain; personal trip and reason for the trip to the Basque region. 4. questions on consumption of food and use of product information: assessment of the harmlessness of selected food products; most important guarantors for the safety and harmlessness of food products; necessity of increased checks to increase the safety of food products; materials contained that jeopardize the harmlessness of food; preferred place of purchase of harmless food; assessment of the credibility of producers, small grocery stores, supermarkets, consumer organizations as well as national or European institutions regarding the safety of food; preference for symbols or written description of the quality and harmlessness of food; product information on the packaging; frequency of reading best by date, list of materials contained, calorie information, country of origin, quality seal, recommendations for use and storage notes; attitude to precise information on product contents and product effects; attitude to a Europe-wide uniform meaning of light products; knowledge about the E-Numbers under the materials contained; attitude to protection of symbols such as ´Bio´; credibility of the product information on the packaging and conveying adequate information; attitude to identification of genetically modified products; assessment of the preference of manufacturers and distributors for safe or profitable products. 5. questions on the public health system: satisfaction with the public health system in the country; attitude to a basic governmental support in the public health system and private provision beyond this; attitude to a priority for care for young patients rather than older; knowledge about the European campaign against cancer; interest in information about early diagnosis signs of cancer. In Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Great Britain and Sweden the following was additionally asked: judgement on the income situation of household; self-classification of condition of health; contact with doctors in the last two weeks; hospital stay in the last year; attitude to a unlimited support of all treatments; preferred decider about establishing permitted and affordable treatments; preferred bearer of the deficits in the public health system; preferred criteria for establishing the priority of treating patients and illnesses given hypothetical scarce financial resources (scale); assumed inclination of the majority of people on the one hand as well as respondent on the other to to to the doctor for a selection of minor and serious illness symptoms (scale); judgement on the precaution chances with cancer. 6. cancer check-up: women were asked: attitude to cancer check-up and selected precaution tests (scale); willingness to participate in a national screening program; source of information about the information campaign run by the European Union on the topic of cancer; talks with experts about cancer; cancer check-ups conducted in the last few months or planned in the near future. Men were asked: participation in prostate cancer and further cancer check-ups in the last three years. 7. sex tourism: knowledge of sex tourism with children; frequency of discussions with persons over 25 years as well as with persons under 25 years about this topic; assumption about the spread of sex tourismus with children; assumed countries and continents in which sex tourism with children takes place; assumptions about the world-wide increase or decrease of sex tourism; characterization of participants in sex tourism with children; assumed reasons for this sex tourism; assessment of sex tourism with children as illegal, morally reprehensible, not acceptable and avoidable; assumed connections of sex tourism with children to other social problems, such as e.g. poverty, child abuse, crime or drug abuse; knowledge about national legal situation regarding sex tourism with children; preferred governmental measures and governmental measures actually conducted in one´s country in the fight against sex tourism with children; desirability of the effort of the European Union in this area; attention on national campaigns against this sex tourism and assessment of the effectiveness of such campaigns; personal conduct in case of noticing of sex tourism in one´s circle of friends; avoiding destinations well-known for sex tourism with children; personal contact with this topic in a vacation place. Demography: nationality; self-classification on a left-right continuum; marital status; age at conclusion of school education; sex; age; size of household; composition of household; professional position; head of household; professional position of head of household; party preference; household income; possession of a telephone. Interviewer rating: number of persons present during the interview; willingness of respondent to cooperate. Also encoded was: date of interview; start of interview; length of interview; city size.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1998-04-10 / 1998-05-10
  • 1998-04-18 / 1998-05-26
  • 1998-04-09 / 1998-05-03
  • 1998-04-08 / 1998-05-04
  • 1998-04-14 / 1998-04-30
  • 1998-04-10 / 1998-04-30
  • 1998-04-10 / 1998-05-04
    Ireland (Republic)
  • 1998-04-15 / 1998-04-30
  • 1998-04-07 / 1998-05-16
  • 1998-04-10 / 1998-05-18
  • 1998-04-14 / 1998-05-05
  • 1998-04-07 / 1998-05-04
    Great Britain
  • 1998-04-16 / 1998-05-03
    Northern Ireland
  • 1998-04-10 / 1998-05-04
  • 1998-04-15 / 1998-05-27
  • 1998-04-09 / 1998-05-13
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)
  • Austria (AT)
  • Sweden (SE)
  • Finland (FI)
Sampled Universe
Persons 15 years old and older
Sampling Procedure Comment: Multi-stage stratified random sample or quota sample
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 16165
    Number of Variables: 665
In each country approx. 1000 interviews were conducted, exept in Northern Ireland (approx. 300) and Luxembourg (approx. 500). In the Federal Republic of Germany there are separate samples for East and West with approx. 1000 respondents each.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA3052 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • doi:10.3886/ICPSR02559.v1 (Type: DOI)
  • Internationale Umfrageprogramme (Type: FDZ)
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.4232/1.3052
  • Europäische Kommission (Hrsg.): Eurobarometer 49: Die öffentliche Meinung in der Europäischen Union. Brüssel: Selbstverlag, 1998.
  • INRA (Europe) for the European Commission, Directorate General XXIII: Europeans and their views on child sex tourism. Brussels, July 1998.
  • INRA (Europe) pour la Commission Européenne, Direction Générale XXIV: La securite des produits alimentaires. Bruxelles, septembre 1998.
  • European Commission: European Public Opinion on the Single Currency - special edition 1/1999 (including results from Continuous Tracking Surveys)

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 92 | Registration Date: 2012-08-09