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Central and Eastern Eurobarometer 7: Status of the European Union, October-November 1996

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Cunningham, George (Commission of the European Communities)
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Central and Eastern Eurobarometer Survey Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
democracy; economic conditions; economic integration; economic reform; European Economic Community; European Union; expectations; free markets; international alliances; life satisfaction; personal finances; political attitudes; political awareness; political change; political reform; public opinion; quality of life; social attitudes; social change; sources of information
  • Abstract

    The seventh round of Central and Eastern Eurobarometer surveys was carried out in Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Macedonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine, and Yugoslavia. Respondents were asked questions that appeared in earlier surveys in this series. These included items on whether respondents felt that things in their country were going in the right or wrong direction, how the financial situation of their household had changed in the last year and how it might change in the next year, how they felt about the creation of a free market economy, how economic reforms were going in their country, how satisfied they were with the way democracy was developing, and how much respect there now was for human rights. Respondents were also queried regarding their impressions of the aims and activities of the European Community after its name was changed to the European Union, which countries they believed their future was most closely tied to, whether their country or the European Union benefited most from the current relationship, their main sources of information about the activities of the Union, and which groups within their societies would likely benefit or lose out as ties between their country and the Union increased. Respondents also provided specific reasons behind their impressions of the aims and activities of the European Union and stated how they would vote if a referendum were held the next day on the questions of membership of the European Union and membership of NATO. Respondents were also asked which party or block they would vote for if a general election were held in their country. Demographic data collected on respondents covers age, highest level of education completed, occupation, voting status, mother tongue and knowledge of other languages, nationality/ethnic background, sex, region, size of locality, and income.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 1996-10-25 / 1996-11-30
    Time period: 1996-10-25--1996-11-30
  • 1996-10-25 / 1996-11-30
    Collection date: 1996-10-25--1996-11-30
Geographic Coverage
  • Albania
  • Armenia
  • Asia
  • Belarus
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Estonia
  • Europe
  • Georgia (Republic)
  • Global
  • Hungary
  • Kazakhstan
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Macedonia
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Ukraine
  • Yugoslavia
Sampled Universe
Persons aged 15 and over residing in 20 countries in Central and Eastern Europe: Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Macedonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine, and Yugoslavia.
Multistage national probability samples.
Collection Mode
  • face-to-face interview

    The files included with this release of the collection derive from the data producer, GfK Europe Ad Hoc Research, Brussels. However, additional processing of the data was performed at the Zentralarchiv fur Empirische Sozialforschung in Cologne, Germany.

2005-07-29 This data collection has been reformatted and updated in conformance with current Eurobarometer processing standards. Many variable names, variable labels, and value labels have been revised to current naming conventions. "EC/EU Info source" variables have been combined from question 17A and question 17B. Revised SAS and SPSS setup files and an updated documentation file are now available as well.
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
  • 2296 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR02296.v2
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    • ID: 10.1177/0010414004274399 (DOI)
  • Christin, Thomas. Economic and political basis of attitudes towards the EU in Central and East European countries in the 1990s. European Union Politics.6, (1), 29-57.2005.
    • ID: 10.1177/1465116505049607 (DOI)
  • Orviska, Marta, Caplanova, Anetta, Hudson, John. Intended electoral participation in transition countries. Economics of Governance.6, (3), 211 -2005.
    • ID: 10.1007/s10101-004-0079-5 (DOI)
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  • Tverdova, Y.V., Anderson, C.J.. Choosing the West? Referendum choices on EU membership in east-central Europe. Electoral Studies.23, (2), 185-208.2004.
    • ID: 10.1016/S0261-3794(02)00057-4 (DOI)
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  • Ishiyama, John T.. Women's parties in post-Communist politics. East European Politics and Societies.17, (2), 266-304.2003.
  • Anderson, Christopher J., Regan, Patrick M., Ostergard, Robert L.. Political Repression and Public Perceptions of Human Rights. Political Research Quarterly.55, (2), 439-456.2002.
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    • ID: 10.1016/S1053-5357(01)00119-6 (DOI)
  • Cichowski, Rachel A.. Western dreams, Eastern realities: Support for the European Union in Central and Eastern Europe. Comparative Political Studies.33, (10), 1243-1278.2000.
    • ID: 10.1177/0010414000033010001 (DOI)
  • Badersten, Bjorn. 'Return to Europe'? Om EU-utvidgning, Osteuropa och opinioner. Statsvetenskaplig Tidskrift.102, (4), 396-417.1999.
  • Kucia, Marek. Public opinion in central Europe on EU accession: The Czech Republic and Poland. Journal of Common Market Studies.37, (1), 143 -1999.
  • Commission of the European Communities. Central and Eastern Eurobarometer No. 7: Public Opinion and the European Union (20 Countries' Survey). Brussels: . 1997.

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 3 | Registration Date: 2015-06-30

Cunningham, George (1998): Central and Eastern Eurobarometer 7: Status of the European Union, October-November 1996. Version 1. Central and Eastern Eurobarometer Survey Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.