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Eurobarometer 59.0 (Jan-Feb 2003)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Europäische Kommission
Other Title
  • Lifelong Learning, Health, and Partners and Fertility (Subtitle)
Publication Date
  • European Commission, Brussels Directorate-General for Communication, Public Opinion Analysis Sector (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 GFK, Lissabon (Data Collector)
  • MDC MARKETING RESEARCH, Espoo, Finnland (Data Collector)
  • GfK SVERIGE, Lund, Schweden (Data Collector)
  • MARTIN HAMBLIN, London, Großbritannien (Data Collector)
  • ULSTER Marketing Surveys, Nordirland (Data Collector)
  • IBM BUSINESS CONSULT. SERV., Reykjavik, Island (Data Collector)
  • MMI AS, Oslo, Norwegen (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
  • Abstract

    This Eurobarometer survey queried respondents on standard Eurobarometer measures as well as lifelong learning, health, and partners and fertility. To start the interview, standard trend questions were asked regarding the euro and European Union (EU) policies. New questions were asked about EU expansion and priorities for local and national authorities. Topics: Questions were asked regarding lifelong learning situations within and outside of one´s private life. Respondents were queried about places where learning occurred (e.g., school, work, social situations, and home), whether the study/training was for work or personal reasons, whether it was mandatory, what the benefits were, reasons for future study/training, best ways to improve job skills, obstacles to study/training, most useful information sources for study/training, and how much respondents would be willing to pay toward study/training. Respondents were also asked whether they possessed certain skills and could prove it, whether these skills were important within and outside of their private lives, and which study/training opportunities in the past five years they considered most important. The third portion of the interview collected information on respondent health problems and health-related issues. Questions were asked pertaining to current illnesses, visitation of various medical professionals, long-term treatment of a variety of conditions (e.g., diabetes, cancer, and AIDS/HIV), dental issues, health tests, and check-ups (e.g., X-rays, blood pressure, and hearing), diet, alcohol consumption, and opinions of and things done to ensure child safety. Women in the study were asked about their knowledge and use of hormone replacement therapy, gynecological and other female-specific types of exams, and breastfeeding of children. The fourth portion of the survey dealt with issues of family and partners. Respondents were asked about the importance of having a spouse/partner and children, whether the father or mother should carry out certain childcare and household tasks, if they had children and if so who was responsible for various household and childcare tasks, and with which of these task divisions they were most dissatisfied. They were also queried on plans for more children and desire for and timing of the births of current children. Demography: Age, gender, nationality, marital status, left-right political self-placement, occupation, age at completion of education, type and size of locality, and household income.
Temporal Coverage
  • 2003-01-15 / 2003-02-19
  • 2003-01-19 / 2003-02-19
  • 2003-01-21 / 2003-02-08
  • 2003-01-21 / 2003-02-18
  • 2003-01-28 / 2003-02-17
  • 2003-01-18 / 2003-02-17
  • 2003-01-22 / 2003-02-14
    Ireland (Republic)
  • 2003-01-27 / 2003-02-17
  • 2003-01-18 / 2003-02-18
  • 2003-01-21 / 2003-02-19
  • 2003-01-24 / 2003-02-13
  • 2003-01-16 / 2003-02-19
    Great Britain
  • 2003-01-22 / 2003-02-11
    Northern Ireland
  • 2003-01-21 / 2003-02-06
  • 2003-01-22 / 2003-02-19
  • 2003-01-20 / 2003-02-18
  • 2003-02-06 / 2003-03-11
  • 2003-01-22 / 2003-02-28
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)
  • Norway (NO)
  • Iceland (IS)
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: 18005
    Number of Variables: 603
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 and Iceland (600) and Germany with separate samples for the Eastern and the Western part (1000 each). Effective number of realised interviews in this round: France 1039, Belgium 1073, Netherlands 1002, Germany-West 1062, Germany-East 1109, Italy 1006, Luxembourg 615, Denmark 1000, Ireland 1007, Great Britain 1109, Northern Ireland 307, Greece 1001, Spain 1000, Portugal 1000, Finland 1018, Sweden 1000, Austria 1022, Norway 1009, Iceland 626. Respondents in Norway and Iceland have only been asked questions on ´Lifelong Learning´ plus relevant demographics and protocol variables. Swiss data available on the ´Family and Partnership´ module in the framework of EBCH 2003 (online access to integrated datasets EU+Switzerland via FORS online data catalogue)
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA3903 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • doi:10.3886/ICPSR03766.v1 (Type: DOI)
  • Internationale Umfrageprogramme (Type: FDZ)
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.4232/1.3903
  • European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop): Lifelong learning: citizens´ view. Luxembourg: 2003.
  • THE EUROPEAN OPINION RESEARCH GROUP (EORG): Special Eurobarometer Wave 59.0. Health, Food, and Alcohol, and Safety. Requested by Directorate General Health and Consumer Protection and coordinated by Directorate General Press and Communication. Brussels: December 2003.

Update Metadata: 2020-10-21 | Issue Number: 93 | Registration Date: 2012-05-16

Europäische Kommission (2012): Eurobarometer 59.0 (Jan-Feb 2003). Lifelong Learning, Health, and Partners and Fertility. Version: 1.0.1. GESIS Data Archive. Dataset.