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Eurobarometer 75.2: Economic Crisis, Volunteer Work, the Environment, Audiovisual Interests, and Helplines for Social Services, April-May 2011

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • European Commission
Other Title
  • Version 2 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Eurobarometer Survey Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
attitudes; budgets; disaster relief; economic crises; economic growth; economic integration; economic policy; emergencies; emergency services; emotional support; environment; environmental attitudes; environmental education; environmental policy; environmental protection; euro; European Parliament; European unification; European Union; financial industry; financial policy; food shortages; information sources; intergenerational relations; national economy; product information; public opinion; social services; suicide prevention; tax policy; taxes; volunteers
  • Abstract

    The Eurobarometer series is a unique cross-national and cross-temporal survey program conducted on behalf of the European Commission. These surveys regularly monitor public opinion in the European Union (EU) member countries and consist of standard modules and special topic modules. The standard modules address attitudes towards European unification, institutions and policies, measurements for general socio-political orientations, as well as respondent and household demographics. The special topic modules address such topics as agriculture, education, natural environment and resources, public health, public safety and crime, and science and technology. This round of Eurobarometer surveys covers the following special topics: (1) the economic crisis, (2) volunteer work, (3) the environment, (4) interests and access to audiovisuals, and (5) helplines for social services. Questions in this survey pertain to the effect of the euro on the economic crisis, proper country and EU response to the economy's problems, appropriate response to food shortages and rising food prices, and European Parliament policy priorities. Respondents were asked for their opinions concerning volunteering and how often they volunteered, the importance of environmental protection, environmental issues that worried them and the best way to address these issues, and personal efforts to protect the environment. Other questions address the type, source and frequency of audiovisual content consumed. Lastly, respondents were queried on knowledge and opinions of telephone hotlines and helplines for services of social value. Demographic and other background information collected includes age, gender, nationality, marital status and parental relations, left-right political self-placement, occupation, age when stopped full-time education, household composition, ownership of a fixed or a mobile telephone and other durable goods, difficulties in paying bills, level in society, and Internet use. In addition, country-specific data includes type and size of locality, region of residence, and language of interview (select countries).
  • Methods

    For each country, a comparison between the sample and the universe was carried out. The Universe description was derived from Eurostat population data or from national statistics offices. For all countries surveyed, a national weighting procedure, using marginal and intercellular weighting, was carried out based on this Universe description. In all countries, gender, age, region and size of locality were introduced in the iteration procedure. For international weighting (i.e. EU averages), TNS Opinion and Social applies the official population figures as provided by EUROSTAT or national statistic offices. Please refer to the GESIS Documentation and Technical Specifications section within the ICPSR Codebook for additional weighting information.
  • 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


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: GESIS
    • DS2: ICPSR
Temporal Coverage
  • 2011-04-13 / 2011-05-04
    Time period: 2011-04-13--2011-05-04
  • 2011-04-13 / 2011-05-04
    Collection date: 2011-04-13--2011-05-04
Geographic Coverage
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Europe
  • European Union
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Global
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom
Sampled Universe
In all, Eurobarometer 75.2 interviewed 26,825 citizens in the 27 countries of the European Union after the 2004/2007 enlargement. All respondents were residents in their respective country, nationals and non-nationals but EU-citizens, and aged 15 and over. Respondents were expected to have sufficient command of one of the respective national language(s) to answer the questionnaire. Smallest Geographic Unit: Region, Country
The basic sample design applied in all states is a multi-stage, random (probability) one. In each country, a number of sampling points was drawn with the probability proportional to population size (for a total coverage of the country) and to population density. In order to do so, the sampling points were drawn systematically from each of the "administrative regional units", after stratification by individual unit and type of area. They thus represent the whole territory of the countries surveyed according to the EUROSTAT NUTS II (or equivalent) and according to the distribution of the resident population of the respective nationalities in terms of metropolitan, urban and rural areas. In each of the selected sampling points, a starting address was drawn, at random (following the "closest birthday rule"). All interviews were conducted face-to-face in the people's homes and in the appropriate national language. CAPI (Computer Assisted Personal Interview) was used in those countries where this technique was available. Please refer to the GESIS Documentation and Technical Specifications section within the ICPSR Codebook for additional sampling information.
Collection Mode
  • face-to-face interview

    The original data collection was carried out by TNS Opinion and Social on request of the European Commission between April 13 and May 4, 2011.

    This collection is being released in two parts: Part 1 contains the original files provided by GESIS; Part 2 contains the ICPSR-processed files.

    Module (QB) replicates many questions asked in the context of Eurobarometer 68.2 (QF) (ICPSR 25162).

    The documentation and/or setup files may contain references to Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Turkey, and the Turkish Cypriot Community however these countries were not participants in this wave of Eurobarometer surveys. This collection contains no data for Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Turkey, and the Turkish Cypriot Community.

    The field work dates in the data are not consistent with those found in the "Technical Specifications" section of the ICPSR codebook. The data indicate that all surveys were completed by May 4th, 2011.

2015-09-16 Updated data, documentation and codebooks
This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 34265 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR34265.v1
  • TNS Opinion & Social. Attitudes of European Citizens Towards the Environment. Special Eurobarometer 365, Wave EB75.2.Brussels: European Commission. 2011.
    • ID: (URL)
  • TNS Opinion & Social. Building the Digital Single Market--Cross Border Demand for Content Services. Special Eurobarometer 366, Wave EB75.2.Brussels: European Commission. 2011.
    • ID: (URL)
  • TNS Opinion & Social. Crisis and Food Security. European Parliament Special Eurobarometer 75.2.Brussels: European Commission. 2011.
    • ID: (URL)
  • TNS Opinion & Social. Harmonised Numbers for Services of Social Value-116 . Special Eurobarometer 367, Wave 75.2.Brussels: European Commission. 2011.
    • ID: (URL)
  • TNS Opinion & Social. Volunteering and Intergenerational Solidarity. European Parliament Special Eurobarometer 75.2.Brussels: European Parliament. 2011.
    • ID: (URL)

Update Metadata: 2015-09-16 | Issue Number: 1 | Registration Date: 2015-09-16

European Commission (2013): Eurobarometer 75.2: Economic Crisis, Volunteer Work, the Environment, Audiovisual Interests, and Helplines for Social Services, April-May 2011. Version 2. Eurobarometer Survey Series. Version: v2. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.