Eurobarometer 56.2: Radioactive Waste, Demographic Issues, the Euro, and European Union Enlargement, October-November 2001

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Christensen, Thomas (European Commission. Directorate-General Press and Communication. Opinion Polls Sector)
Other Title
  • Version 2 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Eurobarometer Survey Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
attitudes; demographic characteristics; economic integration; euro; European Economic Community; European unification; European Union; family planning; government; information sources; Internet; mass media; life satisfaction; national interests; political attitudes; political influence; public opinion; quality of life; radioactive waste disposal; social attitudes; social change
  • Abstract

    This round of Eurobarometer surveys queried respondents on standard Eurobarometer measures, such as how satisfied they were with their present life, whether they attempted to persuade others close to them to share their views on subjects they held strong opinions about, whether they discussed political matters, and how they viewed the need for societal change. Additional questions focused on the respondents' knowledge of and opinions about 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. In relation to politics, respondents were asked whether the process of decision-making about select issues should be done by their country alone, the EU or jointly, and whether the EU should develop a constitution and common foreign, defense and security policies. A major focus of the survey included the euro, EU enlargement, radioactive waste, family planning, and Internet usage. A battery of questions was posed to respondents regarding how well-informed they were about the euro, whether replacing national currencies with the euro was a good idea, how comfortable they felt using the euro, and the future effects of the introduction of the euro. Another set of questions sought respondents' opinions on EU enlargement including which countries they favored become EU members and associated criteria for membership, the future effects of enlargement, how well-informed they were about EU enlargement and what sources they sought to obtain information regarding this subject. For the next topic, respondents were asked about how well- informed they were about radioactive waste, what institutions they would trust in their country or in other EU countries to provide information about this subject, production of radioactive waste, waste disposal and the costs for the construction of an underground disposal site, and their knowledge and concerns regarding radioactive waste management in their home countries, the EU, and in countries wishing to join the EU. Family planning was also addressed by the surveys, as respondents were queried about their ideal family size, the number of children they had, how old they were when they had their first child, and how many children they wanted to have. In addition, the survey asked respondents whether they used the Internet, and if so, how often and from what location. Other demographic and background information provided includes age, gender, nationality, marital status, left-right political self-placement, occupation, age when stopped full-time education, household composition, household income, type and size of locality, and region of residence.
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    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 2001-10-13 / 2001-11-19
    Time period: 2001-10-13--2001-11-19
  • 2001-10-13 / 2001-11-19
    Collection date: 2001-10-13--2001-11-19
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
  • (1) Although the setup files contain references to Norway, Norway was not a participant in this wave of Eurobarometer surveys and this collection contains no data for Norway. (2) The documentation (codebook and SAS, SPSS and Stata setup files) for this collection contains characters with diacritical marks used in many European languages. (3) Q65/V382-V383 (FAMILY PLANNING - AGE WHEN 1ST CHILD): One case coded '6' (6 years) was recoded "0" (NA) in V382 and V383. (4) D8/V389-V390: For 2 respondents the indicated AGE "WHEN STOPPED FULL-TIME EDUCATION" was too high for the ACTUAL AGE (D11/V362). The cases were recoded to NA (code 0) in V389 and V390. There are 65 MISSING CASES that are coded '2' (STUDENT) in D15A/V393, which have been recoded to '98' in V389, and to '10' in V390 (STILL STUDYING). (5) P6/V423: Value labels seem to indicate that value 4 would be "100.001 and more inhabitants", but it is not clear from the documentation. Caution should be taken when using this variable. (6) P7_GB/V448, V461: Please notice erroneous coding for basic British regions in P7 and accordingly in all derived variables. At least GREATER LONDON ('16') and KENT ('18') seemed to be exchanged and therefore have been corrected in the present data set edition. These variables should only be used with caution.

2006-11-17 The data have been further processed by the ZA, the SPSS setup file and the codebook have been updated, SAS and Stata setup files, an SPSS portable file, a SAS transport file, and a Stata system file have been added.2004-02-27 All embargoes have been lifted and previously embargoed data are now available
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Alternative Identifiers
  • 3476 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
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