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Eurobarometer 55.1: Globalization and Humanitarian Aid, April-May 2001

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Christensen, Thomas (European Commission)
Other Title
  • Version 2 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Eurobarometer Survey Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
attitudes; defense policy; economic integration; euro; European unification; European Union; foreign policy; free trade; humanitarian aid; international assistance; international trade; life satisfaction; national interests; political influence; public opinion; quality of life; social change; sources of information; trade agreements; trade policy; World Trade Organization
  • Abstract

    This round of Eurobarometer surveys queried respondents on standard Eurobarometer measures, such as how satisfied they were with their present lives, whether they attempted to persuade others close to them to share their views on subjects they held strong opinions about, and whether they discussed political matters. Additional questions focused on respondents' knowledge of and opinions on the European Union (EU), including how well informed they felt about the EU, what sources of information about the EU they used, and whether their country had benefited from being an EU member. Another major focus of the surveys was globalization. Respondents were asked about the effects of globalization and trade liberalization, whether the EU was in favor of international free trade, and which institution should take the effects of globalization under control. Those polled presented their knowledge of the World Trade Organization, gave their opinions about who was the largest exporter of products and services in the world, specified the aspects of trade negotiations that should be considered by the EU, and commented on whether it was good that the EU negotiated international trade issues on behalf of all EU member states. Humanitarian aid was another major topic of the surveys. Respondents were queried as to which institutions funding humanitarian aid they knew about, how well informed they felt about the Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO), which sources of information about ECHO they used, whether European citizens should be informed about aid activities funded by the EU, and, if so, what sorts of information should be available. Questions were also posed regarding whether it was important to fund humanitarian aid activities outside the EU, whether humanitarian aid was more effective when provided by each government separately or by the EU collectively, and whether the EU should increase its spending on humanitarian aid activities. Those polled were also asked about the single European currency, effects of the EU enlargement, common EU foreign policy and defense and security policy, whether the EU should have a constitution, what languages they spoke, and how often they watched news on TV, read news in papers, and listened to news on the radio. Demographic and other background information provided includes respondent's age, gender, nationality, marital status, left-right political self-placement, occupation, age at completion of education, household income, region of residence, and subjective size of community.
  • 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
  • 2001-04-12 / 2001-05-23
    Time period: 2001-04-12--2001-05-23
  • 2001-04-12 / 2001-05-23
    Collection date: 2001-04-12--2001-05-23
Geographic Coverage
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • Europe
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Global
  • Greece
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Luxembourg
  • Netherlands
  • Portugal
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom
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. 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 Comission.

    The codebook and setup files for this data collection contains 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.

    One respondent (INTERVIEW NUMBER 141026) with non-EU nationality was permitted to complete interviews. If desired, this case can be excluded from analysis.

2010-06-29 The data have been further processed by GESIS. The SPSS setup file and codebook have been updated. SAS and Stata setup files, SPSS and Stata system files, SAS transport (CPORT) file, a tab-delimited ASCII data file, and data collection instrument have been added.2003-12-02 All embargoes have been lifted and the complete dataset is 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
  • 3361 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR03361.v3
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR03361.v1
  • Cullis, John, Hudson, John, Jones, Philip. A different rationale for redistribution: Pursuit of happiness in the European Union. Journal of Happiness Studies.12, (2), 323-341.2011.
    • ID: 10.1007/s10902-010-9190-1 (DOI)
  • Hudson, John. Institutional trust and subjective well-being across the EU. Kyklos.59, (1), 43 -2006.
    • ID: 10.1111/j.1467-6435.2006.00319.x (DOI)

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

Christensen, Thomas (2002): Eurobarometer 55.1: Globalization and Humanitarian Aid, April-May 2001. Version 2. Eurobarometer Survey Series. Version: v2. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.