Eurobarometer 56.2 (Oct-Nov 2001)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Europäische Kommission
Other Title
  • Standard Eurobarometer 56 (Alternative Title)
  • Radioactive Waste, Demographic Issues, the Euro, and European Union Enlargement (Subtitle)
Publication Date
  • European Commission, Brussels DG Press and Communication Opinion Polls (Researcher)
  • INRA BELGIUM, Bruessel (Data Collector)
  • GfK Danmark, Frederiksberg (Data Collector)
  • INRA DEUTSCHLAND, Moelln (Data Collector)
  • MARKET ANALYSIS, Athen (Data Collector)
  • INRA ESPANA, Madrid (Data Collector)
  • CSA-TMO, Paris (Data Collector)
  • LANSDOWNE Market Research, Dublin (Data Collector)
  • INRA Demoskopea, Rom (Data Collector)
  • ILReS, Luxemburg (Data Collector)
  • INTOMART, Hilversum, Niederlande (Data Collector)
  • SPECTRA, Linz, OEsterreich (Data Collector)
  • METRIS, Lissabon (Data Collector)
  • MDC MARKETING RESEARCH Ltd, Espoo, Finnland (Data Collector)
  • GfK SVERIGE, Lund, Schweden (Data Collector)
  • MARTIN HAMBLIN LTD, London, Grossbritannien (Data Collector)
  • ULSTER Marketing Surveys, Nordirland (Data Collector)
  • European Opinion Research Group (EORG),Bruessel (internationale Kooperation, Consortium made out of INRA and GfK Worldwide) (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • International Institutions, Relations, Conditions
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • International politics and organisation
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
    • Government, political systems and organisation
    • Family life and marriage
    • Natural resources and energy
    • Environmental degradation/pollution and protection
    • Economic systems and development
  • Abstract

    The major topics are: 1. Political attitudes and questions on the European Union, 2. The Euro, 3. EU enlargement, 4. Internet use, 5. Radioactive waste, 6. Family and social situation. Topics: 1. Political attitudes and questions on the European Union: frequency of political discussions in one´s circle of friends; personal opinion leadership on political questions; contentment with life; expected deterioration or improvement next year regarding life in general, the economic situation of one´s country, the financial situation of one´s household, the situation in the job market of one´s country and one´s occupational situation; national identity or identity as a European; national pride and perceived pride in Europe; satisfaction with democracy in the country and in Europe; media usage; satisfaction with reporting about European topics on national television, on the radio and in newspapers; self-assessment of extent to which informed about the EU, its policies and its institutions (scale); knowledge about the biggest expenditure budget in the EU; sources of information used and preferred, channels of information and information resources regarding the EU, its policies and its institutions; judgement on membership of the country in the EU; advantageousness of membership of the country in the EU; assessment of current pace of integration of Europe and desired pace of integration; expected and desired significance of the EU for daily life of respondent in five years; knowledge about European institutions and judgement on the importance of the European Parliament, European Commission, Council of Ministers of the European Union, European Court of Justice, European Ombudsmann, European Central Bank, European Accounting Office, Committee of Regions of the European Union and Business and Social Committee of the European Union; trust in these European institutions; attitude to a common European constitution; preference for national or European decision-making power in selected political areas; attitude to a common currency, common foreign policy and security policy, EU enlargement, school education about European institutions and strengthening of knowledge about Europe and the office of the president; desired priorities in EU policies, such as e.g. acceptance of new member countries, populism of the EU, successful introduction of the Euro, fight against poverty, unemployment, organized crime and drug trade, environmental protection, consumer protection, reform of EU institutions, securing of peace and protection of the right to privacy, democratic principles in Europe as well as increasing the political and diplomatic significance of the EU in the world; preference for national, European or NATO decision-making power for European defense policy; trust in institutions (politics, church, large concerns, the judiciary, the education system, media, parties, authorities, trade unions, army, United Nations, charitable organizations, non-governmental organizations); perceived fear of a world war, a nuclear conflict in Europe, a conventional war in Europe, the unintentional activation of a nuclear missile, an accident in a nuclear power plant, dissemination of nuclear, bacteriological or chemical weapons of mass destruction, ethnic conflicts in Europe, terrorism, organized crime or an epidemic. 2. The Euro: self-assessment of extent to which informed about the Euro; resources used for information about the Euro; judgement on the introduction of the Euro and sense of well-being in using the Euro; attitude to the introduction of the Euro regarding e.g. economic growth, employment situation, easier price comparison, social polarization, national identity, European integration, price increase (scale). 3. EU enlargement: preferred extent of EU enlargement; candidates to join and countries that should not be accepted; importance of selected acceptance criteria for candidates to join; attitude to the pace of EU enlargement; preference for unamimous or majority vote after EU enlargement; most important concerns or positive expectations regarding EU enlargement (securing of peace, costs, loss of significance of one´s country, unemployment development, decision-making, cultural enrichment, EU reforms); self-assessment of extent to which informed and sources of information about EU enlargement. 4. Internet use: place and frequency of personal Internet use. 5. Radioactive waste: self-assessment of extent to which informed about the topic of radioactive waste; trust in scientists, media, EU and nuclear industry as well as national and international sources of information on the topic; knowledge test on the topic of radioactive waste; preference for a permanent nuclear waste disposal site in the producing country or only in a few European countries; assumed reasons for disposal of the most dangerous nuclear waste category not having taken place in Europe; concerns in case of a permanent nuclear waste disposal site in the immediate neighborhood of the respondent; knowledge about how normal radioactive waste is disposed of; concern about the handling of radioactive waste in one´s country, in the EU and among the candidates to join the EU; attitudes to radioactive waste regarding the information policies of the media, the nuclear industry, the advantages of nuclear power and the responsibility of this generation for the waste. 6. Family and social situation: ideal number of children and personally preferred number of children; age of respondent; desired number of children at the age of 20 and fulfillment of the desire for children; current number of children; age at birth of first child; desire for further children. In Belgium the following additional questions were posed: knowledge and importance of the Belgian presidency of the Council of Ministers of the European Union. Demography: nationality; self-assessment on a left-right continuum; marital status; age at end of education; sex; age; occupation; position in household; occupation of head of household; degree of urbanization; monthly household income. Also encoded was: date of interview and time of interview; length of interview; number of persons present during interview; willingness of respondent to cooperate; city size; region; interviewer number; weighting factor; possession of a telephone. In Luxembourg, Belgium and Finland: interview language.
Temporal Coverage
  • 2001-10-19 / 2001-11-14
  • 2001-10-17 / 2001-11-16
  • 2001-10-17 / 2001-11-07
  • 2001-10-17 / 2001-11-16
  • 2001-10-18 / 2001-11-14
  • 2001-10-13 / 2001-11-16
  • 2001-10-18 / 2001-11-15
    Ireland (Republic)
  • 2001-10-18 / 2001-11-12
  • 2001-10-15 / 2001-11-16
  • 2001-10-17 / 2001-11-16
  • 2001-10-16 / 2001-11-14
  • 2001-10-28 / 2001-11-19
    Great Britain
  • 2001-10-22 / 2001-11-06
    Northern Ireland
  • 2001-10-18 / 2001-11-15
  • 2001-10-15 / 2001-11-16
  • 2001-10-15 / 2001-11-16
Geographic Coverage
  • Belgium (BE)
  • Denmark (DK)
  • Germany (DE)
  • Greece (GR)
  • Spain (ES)
  • France (FR)
  • Ireland (IE)
  • Italy (IT)
  • Luxembourg (LU)
  • Netherlands (NL)
  • Portugal (PT)
  • Great Britain (GB-GBN)
  • Northern Ireland (GB-NIR)
  • Austria (AT)
  • Sweden (SE)
  • Finland (FI)
Sampled Universe
Persons 15 years old and older.
Sampling Procedure Comment: Multi-stage stratified random sample or quota sample
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 15939
    Number of Variables: 478
Per country approx. 1000 interviews were conducted except in Northern Ireland (approx. 300) and Luxembourg (approx. 600). In the Federal Republic of Germany there are separate samples for East and West with approx. 1000 respondents each. On the basis of Candidate Countries Eurobarometer 2002.1, a set of relevant variables from Eurobarometer 50.1 has been used for the production of a harmonized dataset on “Quality of Life” issues, together with relevant variables from Eurobarometer surveys 51.0, 52.1, 54.2, 56.1 and 56.2. The harmonized dataset ´Quality of Life in the European Union and the Candidate Countries´ is made available through the GESIS ´Datorium´ service (doi:10.7802/1209).
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA3627 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • doi.10.3886/ICPSR03476.v3 (Type: DOI)
  • Internationale Umfrageprogramme (Type: FDZ)
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.4232/1.3627
  • INRA (EUROPE), European Coordination Office sa. For DG Energy and Transport: Eurobarometer 56.2: Europeans and radioactive waste. Brussels: April 2002.
  • European Commission: Eurobarometer. Public Opinion in the European Union: Report Number 56. Brussels: April 2002.

Update Metadata: 2020-10-21 | Issue Number: 246 | Registration Date: 2012-05-16