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Eurobarometer 59.1 (Mar-Apr 2003)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Europäische Kommission
Other Title
  • Standard Eurobarometer 59 (Alternative Title)
  • The Euro and Parental Leave (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)
  • 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
    • Specific social services: use and provision
    • 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 European Union´s priorities should be. Additional questions focused on the respondents´ knowledge of and opinions about the European Union (EU), including sources of information about the EU and whether their country had benefited from being an EU member. Topics: Respondents were also asked how informed they were about EU enlargement, their preferred option for the immediate future of the EU as it concerned the enlargement (i.e., whether the EU should include all, some, or none of the countries wishing to join), and whether they agreed or disagreed with statements regarding the EU enlargement (e.g., whether having more countries in the EU would mean more guaranteed peace and security in Europe, whether the EU should financially help future member countries before they join, and whether the EU should reform the way its institutions work before welcoming new members). In addition to the selected standard trend variables (which included additional questions about the perception of and attitudes toward the European Parliament, the European Convention, and the United States of America), the survey also elicited respondents´ opinions about the euro and its introduction as the common European currency. Respondents were asked a series of questions about dual pricing (prices in both the euro and their own respective national currency), its usefulness and necessity, whether they felt handling eight coins was complicated, the usefulness of 1- and 2-cent coins, and whether some of the coins should be replaced by notes. General attitudes regarding the euro replacing their national currency and whether the euro made the respondent feel more European were also assessed. Finally, respondents were asked questions about parental leave, more specifically about the attitudes of men toward taking time off from the workforce for parental leave. Questions addressed the main reasons that would encourage or discourage fathers from taking parental leave. Demography: Gender, age, marital status, occupation, and household income.
Temporal Coverage
  • 2003-03-18 / 2003-04-28
  • 2003-03-18 / 2003-04-29
  • 2003-03-21 / 2003-04-09
  • 2003-03-21 / 2003-04-20
  • 2003-03-20 / 2003-04-26
  • 2003-03-18 / 2003-04-24
  • 2003-03-22 / 2003-04-18
    Ireland (Republic)
  • 2003-03-20 / 2003-04-15
  • 2003-03-21 / 2003-04-27
  • 2003-03-22 / 2003-04-22
  • 2003-03-29 / 2003-04-22
  • 2003-03-18 / 2003-04-29
    Great Britain
  • 2003-03-23 / 2003-04-17
    Northern Ireland
  • 2003-03-20 / 2003-04-07
  • 2003-03-18 / 2003-04-30
  • 2003-03-23 / 2003-04-20
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: 16307
    Number of Variables: 591
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 1075, Belgium 1112, Netherlands 1008, Germany-West 1050, Germany-East 1021, Italy 1027, Luxembourg 600, Denmark 1000, Ireland 1024, Great Britain 1011, Northern Ireland 308, Greece 1003, Spain 1000, Portugal 1001, Finland 1046, Sweden 1000, Austria 1021. Comparable data on EU items are available in the context of Candidate Countries Eurobarometer 2003.3 (ZA3984)
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA3904 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • doi:10.3886/ICPSR03930.v3 (Type: DOI)
  • Internationale Umfrageprogramme (Type: FDZ)
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.4232/1.3904
  • European Commission: Eurobarometer 59. Public Opinion in the European Union. Brussels: July 2003.
  • THE EUROPEAN OPINION RESEARCH GROUP (EORG): Special Eurobarometer 189 / Wave 59.1. Europeans´ attitudes to parental leave. Requested by Directorate General Employment and Social Affairs and coordinated by Directorate General Press and Communication. Brussels: May 2004.

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

Europäische Kommission (2012): Eurobarometer 59.1 (Mar-Apr 2003). The Euro and Parental Leave. Version: 1.0.1. GESIS Data Archive. Dataset.