Eurobarometer 56.0: Information and Communication Technologies, Financial Services, and Cultural Activities, August-September 2001

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Christensen, Thomas (European Commission)
Other Title
  • Version 3 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Eurobarometer Survey Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
arts participation; banking; citizen attitudes; computer literacy; computer use; computers; consumer attitudes; credit; economic integration; electronic mail systems; entertainment; European unification; European Union; finance; information technology; Internet; leisure; loans; public opinion; recreation; social change; telecommunications; telecommuting
  • Abstract

    This round of Eurobarometer surveys diverged from standard trend questions, instead focusing on information and communication technologies, financial services, and cultural activities. Respondents were questioned about how important it was to use a computer in their daily lives, whether and where they used a computer, for which uses a computer or the Internet was important, and which other communication products they used, such as cable TV and mobile phones. They were asked what type of computer training they had received, whether they worked remotely (telecommuted), whether communication technologies had been introduced at their workplace, if so, what the outcome had been, and how using a computer, e-mail, or the Internet had changed the way they worked. Respondents were further queried on financial services, governmental legislation of financial services, whether consumer protection standards should be harmonized within the European Union (EU), and what obstacles were preventing consumers from using financial services in the EU. They were asked about their preferred method of paying for significant purchases and the reasons for that preference, whether they used cards with a confidential code, and the types of financial accounts or loans they had. A final section focused on cultural activities and asked respondents which type of television programs they watched, whether they watched videos or DVDs, listened to the radio, or owned a computer, how often they used the Internet and for what purpose, how many books they had read in the past year, whether they read newspapers or magazines, and what types of music they listened to. They were asked to describe cultural activities they engaged in, types of media they had access to at home (such as a television set, records, CDs, video game player, books), and how many television sets, encyclopedias, and books they owned. 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
  • 2001-08-22 / 2001-09-27
    Time period: 2001-08-22--2001-09-27
  • 2001-08-22 / 2001-09-27
    Collection date: 2001-08-22--2001-09-27
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 Commission.

    The codebook and setup files for this data collection contain 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.

    The total number of interviews is 16,200. The table in the "Technical Specifications" section of the ICPSR codebook shows the total number of interviews as 16,162.

    Data for questions 29, 30, 31, 32, and 33 have not been provided by the data producer.

2010-06-30 The data have been further processed by GESIS, and the SPSS, SAS, and Stata setup files, Stata system file, and codebook have been updated. Also, the SPSS portable file has been replaced with an SPSS system file, the SAS transport (XPORT) file has been replaced with a SAS transport (CPORT) file, and a tab-delimited ASCII data file, and data collection instrument have been added.2006-08-17 This study has been updated to include SAS and Stata setup files as well as SAS transport, SPSS portable, and Stata system files. The errata has also been modified to reflect the latest updates from the ZA.2003-02-13 Data for previously-embargoed variables are now available, and more related publications have been added.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • 3363 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
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  • Spadaro, Rosario, European Opinion Research Group. Europeans' Participation in Cultural Activities: A Eurobarometer Survey Carried Out at the Request of the European Commission, Eurostat, Executive Summary. Brussels: European Commission. 2002.
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  • Duflos, Christophe, European Opinion Research Group. Eurobarometer 56.0: Public Opinion in Europe: Views on Financial Services. Brussels: European Commission, Directorate-General for Health and Consumer Protection, Directorate A, Consumer Affairs. 2001.
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Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 3 | Registration Date: 2015-06-30