Flash Eurobarometer 420 (Attitudes of Citizens towards Shale Gas in Selected European Regions)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • European Commission, Brussels
Publication Date
  • European Commission, Brussels DG Communication COMM A1 ´Strategy, Corporate Communication Actions and Eurobarometer´ Unit (Researcher)
  • TNS GALLUP A/S, Copenhagen, Denmark (Data Collector)
  • TNS Demoscopia S.A., Madrid, Spain (Data Collector)
  • TNS NIPO, Amsterdam, Netherlands (Data Collector)
  • TNS OBOP, Warsaw, Poland (Data Collector)
  • TNS CSOP, Bucharest, Romania (Data Collector)
  • TNS UK, London, United Kingdom (Data Collector)
  • TNS Political & Social, Brussels (international co-ordination) (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • International Institutions, Relations, Conditions
    • Technology, Energy
    • Natural Environment, Nature
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • International politics and organisation
    • Natural environment
    • Natural resources and energy
  • Abstract

    Attitude towards shale gas exploration and production in selected European regions. Topics: awareness of shale gas projects in the own region using hydraulic fracturing or fracking technique; own region benefits from these projects; most important benefits: local jobs, acquisition of skills, better transport infrastructure, domestic source of energy, revenues for local community, source of attraction for other businesses and services; projects raise new challenges for own region and for respondent; kind of challenges: health risks, water and air pollution, earth tremors, drop in property values, negative impact on other sectors, traffic hazards; self-rated knowledge on shale gas projects in own region; confidence in the ability to express own views effectively before decisions are made on these projects; preferred statement: member states themselves should decide on the way how shale gas exploration and production is undertaken, EU should provide recommendations only without adopting new legislation, EU should adopt new legislation to regulate shale gas exploration and production, EU should consider banning the aforementioned techniques. Demography: age; sex; nationality; age at end of education; occupation; professional position; region; type of community; own a mobile phone and fixed (landline) phone; household composition and household size. Additionally coded was: respondent ID; country; weighting factor.
Temporal Coverage
  • 2015-06-01 / 2015-06-16
Geographic Coverage
  • Denmark (DK)
  • Spain (ES)
  • Netherlands (NL)
  • United Kingdom (GB)
  • Poland (PL)
  • Romania (RO)
Sampled Universe
Population of the respective nationalities of the European Union Member States resident in specific regions where shale gas projects have been permitted, are underway or may be planned: Nordjylland and Hovedstaden in Denmark, North Brabant and Flevoland in the Netherlands, Lubelski and Pomorskie in Poland, the North East and South East regions in Romania, the Basque Community, Cantabria and Castilla-León in Spain, and Lancashire in the UK. Respondents aged 15 years and over; with sufficient command of the national language(s) to answer the questionnaire.
Collection Mode
  • Telephone interview: CATI
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 6017
    Number of Variables: 188
Variables for questions Q2 to Q5, Q7 and Q8 have been provided in two additional versions (Y and N), applying Q1 as filter variable (code 1 or code 2).
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA6584 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Internationale Umfrageprogramme (Type: FDZ)
  • European Commission: Flash Eurobarometer 420. Attitudes of citizens towards shale gas in selected European regions. Conducted by TNS Political & Social at the request of the European Commission, Directorate-General for Environment (DG ENV). Survey co-ordinated by the European Commission, Directorate-General for Communication (DG COMM “Strategy, Corporate Communication Actions and Eurobarometer” Unit). Brussels, September 2015. DOI: 10.2779/802305.

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 18 | Registration Date: 2015-11-12