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Eurobarometer 58.1 (Oct-Nov 2002)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Europäische Kommission
Other Title
  • Standard Eurobarometer 58 (Alternative Title)
  • The Euro, European Enlargement, and Financial Services (Subtitle)
Publication Date
  • European Commission, Brussels DG Press and Communication Opinion Polls (Researcher)
  • INRA BELGIUM, Brüssel (Data Collector)
  • GfK Danmark, Frederiksberg (Data Collector)
  • INRA DEUTSCHLAND, Mölln (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, Österreich (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), Brüssel (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
    • Income, property and investment/saving
    • Economic systems and development
  • Abstract

    This Eurobarometer survey 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 what the priorities of the European Union (EU) should be. Topics: Additional questions focused on the respondents´ knowledge of and opinions about the European Union, 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. Other variables included respondents´ expectations regarding employment, and their present and future economic and financial situation. Opinions regarding various European institutions, such as the European Parliament, the European Central Bank, and the Economic and Social Committee of the European Union were elicited. Respondents were asked whether issues such as defense, currency, and cultural policy should be handled by the nation´s government or jointly with the EU, and whether issues such as welcoming new member countries, protecting the environment, or fighting terrorism were priorities the EU should undertake. Respondents were asked whether it was a good thing that the euro replaced their national currency, how comfortable they felt using the euro, to what degree they were attached to the single currency, whether they still felt a personal attachment to their previous currency, whether they felt that in the conversion to the euro, prices had generally been rounded down, rounded up, or not rounded at all, and whether they felt this was the case in all areas or only in certain areas. Respondents were further queried on their views regarding the EU enlargement. Specifically, respondents were asked how informed they were about the EU enlargement, whether they had read, seen, or been told about the enlargement via various media such as radio, newspapers, television, the Internet, books, brochures, or national or regional government offices, whether they were in favor of or opposed to particular countries joining the EU, their preferred option for the immediate future of the EU with regard to the enlargement (i.e., whether the EU should include all, some, or none of the countries wishing to join), whether certain groups (small or large businesses, the elderly, and ethnic minorities) would benefit or lose out as a result of enlargement, and whether they agreed or disagreed with statements regarding the EU enlargement (e.g., having more countries in the EU will mean more guaranteed peace and security in Europe, the EU should financially help future member countries before they join, and the EU should reform the way its institutions work before welcoming new members). Questions regarding financial services probed for respondents´ opinions on whether consumer protection standards should be harmonized within the EU, obstacles preventing consumers from using financial services in the EU, and what sort of feelings the respondent had when thinking about their finances and financial services (e.g., comforted or intimidated). Respondents were asked to identify their top three financial priorities, choosing from the following: paying bills, paying off debt, buying a house, providing financial security for family in the event of unemployment, and saving for emergencies or retirement. Respondents were also asked to provide information on whether they had a checkbook, credit cards, life insurance policy, car and other loans, mortgage, or stocks/shares, and whether they would consider obtaining any of these items from another country. The survey also collected information on respondents´ preferred method of paying for significant purchases (e.g., with cash, check, credit card, or bank transfer) inside and outside of their own country, and the reasons for this payment preference. Finally, respondents indicated whether or not they agreed with a series of statements regarding financial institutions, such as (1) having a bank account is too expensive, (2) buying on credit is more useful than dangerous, (3) the marketing techniques of financial institutions are aggressive, (4) financial transactions are generally secure, and (5) transactions on the Internet are generally secure. Demography: Age, gender, nationality, marital status, left-right political self-placement, occupation, age at completion of education, household income, type and size of locality, and region.
Temporal Coverage
  • 2002-10-04 / 2002-10-31
  • 2002-10-03 / 2002-11-05
  • 2002-10-01 / 2002-10-20
  • 2002-10-04 / 2002-11-01
  • 2002-10-01 / 2002-10-28
  • 2002-10-01 / 2002-11-05
  • 2002-10-01 / 2002-10-29
    Ireland (Republic)
  • 2002-10-01 / 2002-10-31
  • 2002-10-01 / 2002-10-31
  • 2002-10-01 / 2002-10-28
  • 2002-10-03 / 2002-10-24
  • 2002-10-01 / 2002-11-03
    Great Britain
  • 2002-10-03 / 2002-11-05
    Northern Ireland
  • 2002-10-01 / 2002-10-23
  • 2002-10-01 / 2002-11-05
  • 2002-10-03 / 2002-11-05
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
All respondents were aged 15 and over.
Sampling Procedure Comment: A multi-stage sampling design was used for this Eurobarometer. In the first stage, primary sampling units (PSU) were selected from each of the administrative regions in every country (i.e., Statistical Office of the European Community, EUROSTAT regions). PSU selection was systematic with probability proportional to population size, from sampling frames stratified by the degree of urbanization. In the next stage, a cluster of addresses was selected from each sampled PSU. Addresses were chosen systematically using standard random route procedures, beginning with an initial address selected at random. In each household, a respondent was selected, by a random procedure. Up to three recalls were made to obtain an interview with the selected respondent. No more than one interview was conducted in each household. Separate samples were drawn for Northern Ireland and East Germany.
Collection Mode
  • Face-to-face interviews with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 16074
    Number of Variables: 509
The regular sample size (in the sense of completed interviews) is 1000 respondents per country, except the United Kingdom with separate samples for Great Britain (1000) and Northern Ireland (300), Luxembourg (600) and Germany with separate samples for the Eastern and the Western part (1000 each). Effective number of realised interviews in this round: France 1004, Belgium 1037, Netherlands 1000, Germany-West 1018, Germany-East 1016, Italy 1043, Luxembourg 600, Denmark 1000, Ireland 1016, Great Britain 1014, Northern Ireland 300, Greece 1003, Spain 1000, Portugal 1000, Finland 1013, Sweden 1000, Austria 1010. Comparable data for the standard module are available in the context of Candidate Countries Eurobarometer 2003.1 (ZA4159) and 2003.2 (ZA3983).
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA3693 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • doi:10.3886/ICPSR03731.v2 (Type: DOI)
  • Internationale Umfrageprogramme (Type: FDZ)
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.4232/1.3693
  • European Commission: Eurobarometer 58. Public Opinion in the European Union. Brussels: March 2003.
  • European Opinion Research Group (EORG): Eurobarometer 58.1. Public Opinion in Europe: Views on financial services. Report B. Prepared for the Health and Consumer Protection Directorate General (European Commission). Brussels: February 2003.

Update Metadata: 2020-10-21 | Issue Number: 92 | Registration Date: 2012-05-16

Europäische Kommission (2012): Eurobarometer 58.1 (Oct-Nov 2002). The Euro, European Enlargement, and Financial Services. Version: 1.0.1. GESIS Data Archive. Dataset.