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Eurobarometer 60.2: Employment and Social Policies, Financial Services, Harmful Internet Content, and Product Safety, November-December 2003

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Papacostas, Antonis (European Commission)
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Eurobarometer Survey Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
attitudes; computer use; employment practices; European Union; Internet; personal finances; product safety; public opinion; public policy; social change
  • Abstract

    This round of Eurobarometer surveys diverged from the standard Eurobarometer measures and queried respondents on their opinions regarding employment and social policies of the European Union (EU), financial services and practices, illegal and harmful Internet content, and product safety instructions. The first topic focused on the respondents' knowledge of and opinions about the EU in the areas of employment and social policies, including current and future sources of information about the EU in these areas. Respondents were asked questions concerning their awareness of rules and guidelines set by the EU pertaining to employment. They were also questioned as to whether the EU has a positive or negative image with regard to employment and social policies. Another topic covered was financial services. Respondents were asked about their top financial priorities, the type of bank accounts they personally had, and if they had a checkbook, credit card, pension, stocks, bonds, mortgage, and loans. Respondents were also asked if they use the phone or Internet to conduct financial transactions. A third topic was about protecting children from illegal and harmful Internet content. Respondents answered questions concerning Internet rules in their house, Internet safety, and procedures for reporting harmful content. The final topic about product safety instructions included questions about household products, beauty products, and paints/varnishes. 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
  • 2003-11-02 / 2003-12-12
    Time period: 2003-11-02--2003-12-12
  • 2003-11-02 / 2003-12-12
    Collection date: 2003-11-02--2003-12-12
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 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 fieldwork dates in the data file for the United Kingdom are not consistent with the field work dates in the "Technical Specifications" section of the ICPSR codebook.

    The total number of interviews is 16,059. The table in the "Technical Specifications" section of the ICPSR codebook shows the total number of interviews as 16,082.

    A split ballot was used for one or more questions in this survey. The variable V586 defines the separate groups.

    Forty-five non-unique original respondent ID numbers (V587 = Country + Respondent_ID) have been identified; 18 of these are real duplicates, i.e. the complete respondent record is identical. For further information please see the "Processing Notes" section of the ICPSR codebook.

2010-06-15 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.
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
  • 3992 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR03992.v2

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

Papacostas, Antonis (2006): Eurobarometer 60.2: Employment and Social Policies, Financial Services, Harmful Internet Content, and Product Safety, November-December 2003. Version 1. Eurobarometer Survey Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.