Eurobarometer 50.1: Information Society Services, Food Quality, the Family, and Aid to Development, November-December 1998

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Melich, Anna (European Commission)
Other Title
  • Version 3 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Eurobarometer Survey Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
consumer attitudes; consumer behavior; developing nations; European unification; European Union; family life; food preferences; foreign aid; information technology; Internet; life satisfaction; public opinion; quality of life; social attitudes
  • 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 information society services, food quality, the family, and aid to developing countries. Those surveyed were asked if they used "information society" items such as satellite dishes, video recorders, computers, fax machines, fax modems, portable telephones, the Internet, pagers, and cable television, either at home for leisure or at work, and if they planned on purchasing such items. In addition, respondents were given several examples of services accessible through communication networks such as the Internet and television and asked if they would be interested in using these services. Examples included taking part in political debates with a politician, getting a doctor's advice on a health problem, planning a complete trip, reading newspapers, conducting job searches, and managing bank accounts. Food quality questions in this survey asked respondents how often their households purchased food items such as cheese, cooked meat, fruit, vegetables, honey, meat or poultry, pre-cooked meals, and beer. They were asked which was most important to take into account when buying the aforementioned products: the brand label, the quality label, the look of the product, the type of outlet where it was purchased, date stamps, or the product's traditional character. Respondents also defined their ideal for a quality food product. Other questions on this topic probed for respondent opinions on various product labels such as "designation of origin," "protected designation of origin," and "protected geographical indication" labels. Respondents were asked if they had ever seen or heard of any of these labels, where they had seen them, and what the labels meant to them. The survey also addressed the topic of the family in detail. Respondents were asked to list factors that influenced the number of children that people might wish to have, and to comment on the main roles of family in society and whether they were in favor of or against marriage and why. Those queried were also asked what the government's top priority should be in order to improve family life. In addition, respondents were asked whether marriage or having children changed their lives at all, and which areas, such as child care, health care, education, and the environment, should be taken care of by the government, by private companies, or by associations. Another topic in the survey addressed aid to developing countries. Respondents answered questions on whether it was important to help the people in poor countries and which nation was in the best position to aid poor countries. They were asked if this aid should increase or decrease and whether development aid provided by the European Community contributed to solving problems such as drugs, overpopulation, immigration, environment and pollution, and trade development. Respondents in Italy were asked to rate Italy's economic efficiency, and to comment on Italy's commitment to the European Union, the reliability of Italy in business, and the main political and economic obstacles for Italy in taking a stronger role in the European Union. Demographic and other background information provided includes respondents' age, sex, nationality, marital status, and left-right political self-placement, as well as household income, number of people residing in the home, occupation, size of locality, and region of residence.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 1998-11 / 1998-12
    Time period: 1998-11--1998-12
  • 1998-10 / 1998-12
    Collection date: 1998-10--1998-12
Geographic Coverage
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • Europe
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Luxembourg
  • Netherlands
  • Portugal
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom
  • Global
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.
Multistage national probability samples.
Collection Mode
  • face-to-face interview

    (1) The files included with this release of the collection derive from the data producer, INRA (International Research Associates) (Europe), and have been further processed by the Zentralarchiv (ZA). (2) The fieldwork dates in the study title (November-December 1998) are not consistent with the fieldwork dates provided by the data producer in the technical specifications attached to the questionnaire and with the fieldwork dates in the data file. Both these sources indicate that the study was done between October 29 and December 10, 1998. (3) One respondent (interview number 70177) who answered "other countries" to the question about nationality (Q.1) was permitted to complete interviews. If desired, this case can be excluded from analysis. (4) D8/V685-V686: For 18 respondents, the indicated age "when stopped full-time education" was too high for their actual age (D11/V688). These cases were recoded to '0' (NA) in V685 and V686. (5) The fieldwork dates in the data file for Sweden and Northern Ireland are not consistent with fieldwork dates provided by the International Research Associates (Europe) in the technical specification attached to the questionnaire. (6) The setup files contain references to Norway, but Norway was not a participant in this wave of Eurobarometer surveys and this collection contains no data for Norway. (7) Starting with Eurobarometer 34 and up to survey 61, NUTS 1 level data (REGION II) for the NETHERLANDS are not (re-)coded in accordance with the official EUROSTAT nomenclature of territorial unit statistics. The NUTS 2 level province ZEELAND should be coded as belonging to NUTS 1 region (landsdel) WEST instead of SOUTH Netherlands. (ZA editions will be corrected from EB 53 onwards, November 11, 2005) (8) The SPSS, SAS, and setup files for this collection contain characters with diacritical marks used in many European languages. (9) C4/V771: System missing cases which indicate a current profession in D21A (V697) have been recoded accordingly. (10) D13/V692 (N OF CHILDREN UNDER 15 IN HH): For Sweden cases with system missing were recoded to '0' (NONE) since no other code was provided for this category, it should be read "NONE/NA" for Sweden. (11) D29/V714 (INCOME HH - SWEDEN): System missing (1 case) was recoded to '97' (REFUSAL). (12) D29 INCOME HH QUARTILES: Please notice that the income quartiles are produced for comparison purposes and are retained as provided by the principal investigator. They are based on the country specific categorized income question.

2007-01-10 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.2003-02-08 Data for question Q.2b (variables Q2B1 to Q2B13) were resupplied by the data producer. Because of that the number of variables and LRECL have changed. Also, related publications have been added.2001-01-25 Data for all previously embargoed variables are now available.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • 2831 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR02831.v4
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR02831.v2
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    • ID: 10.1016/j.ejpoleco.2012.05.001 (DOI)
  • INRA (Europe), European Coordination Office. Europeans and Development Aid. Brussels: European Commission, Development Directorate-General. 1999.
    • ID: (URL)
  • INRA (Europe), European Coordination Office. Measuring Information Society. Brussels: European Commission, Information Society Directorate-General. 1999.
  • INRA (International Research Associates. Les europeens et la societe de l'information. XIII, Direction Generelle. 1999.

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