Eurobarometer 64.3 (Nov-Dec 2005)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Europäische Kommission
Other Title
  • Foreign Languages, Biotechnology, Organized Crime, and Health Items (Subtitle)
Publication Date
  • European Commission, Brussels; DG Communication Public Opinion Analysis Sector (Researcher)
  • TNS Dimarso, Brussels, Belgium TNS Aisa, Prague, Czech Republic TNS GALLUP DK, Copenhagen, Denmark TNS Infratest, Munich, Germany Emor, Tallinn, Estonia TNS ICAP, Athens, Greece TNS Demoscopia, Madrid, Spain TNS Sofres, Montrouge, France TNS MRBI, (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • International Institutions, Relations, Conditions
    • Political Issues
    • Legal system, Legislation, Law
    • Patterns of Consumption
    • Medicine
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Crime
    • Nutrition
    • Physical fitness and exercise
    • Specific diseases and medical conditions
    • Language and linguistics
    • Science and technology
    • Biotechnology
  • Abstract

    Foreign language learning. Modern biotechnology and genetic engineering. Crime. Health consciousness, nutrition, physical activity, and sport. Only in BG, RO, HR, TR, and CY (tcc): Smoking habits and passive smoking. AIDS prevention. Awareness of medical errors. Consumer rights (Poland only). Topics: 1. Foreign languages: assessment of foreign language skills as useful; most useful languages for personal development and career; languages children should learn; best age to start learning the first and the second foreign language; reasons for learning foreign languages at school and at university; main personal reasons for learning a new language; acquisition or improvement of language skills during the last two years; used methods of learning; most effective method in general and in relation to the personal situation; intention to start learning a new language or to improve one´s language skills; reasons that discourage from learning a foreign language; reasons which would motivate to learn a foreign language; attitudes towards: common language in the EU, necessity for European citizens to know a foreign language, assessment of the foreign language skills in the own country, availability of language courses in the own residential area, use of a language centre, preference of subtitles in foreign films compared to dubbed films, equal treatment of all European languages, teaching of languages as a political priority, sufficient diversity of the languages taught in schools, support of dialects and minority languages; mother tongue; first, second, and third foreign language; self-assessment of language skills; frequency and situations of foreign language use; ways of learning. 2. Biotechnology and genetic engineering: expected long term improvement of the living conditions by solar energy, computers and information technology, biotechnology (Split: genetic engineering), space exploration, nuclear energy, nanotechnology, mobile phones, wind energy; interest in politics and science and technology; attitude towards selected issues regarding nutrition (scale: personal competence in the selection of high-quality foods, rather eat well than watch favourite television show, low fat foods, enjoy eating most with friends and family, health consequences of nutrition, self-assessment as a healthy eater, predisposition to heart disease due to personal diet); knowledge test in the areas of: genes in humans, animals, and plants, properties and effects of genetically modified organisms or embryonic stem cells; heritability of cancer, criminal tendencies, and obesity; knowledge of gene therapy, pharmacogenetic, genetically modified foods, nanotechnology, stem cell research and attitudes towards (scales) these (trust, effectiveness, and risks); attitude towards stem cell research (scale: cure and treatment of diseases, scientific viewpoints should prevail ethical ones, stem cell research must be allowed as it might lead to new treatment, morally reprehensible, embryo is a human being); own decision in case of a referendum on embryonic stem cell research; willingness to buy petrol with added ethanol or biodiesel as a substitute for petrol (scale); attitude towards bio-plastics (scale): willingness to pay additional costs, research funding by the government, tax incentives for bio-plastic industry; approval of genetically modified plants for the production of drugs; most trustworthy sources of information about modern biotechnology; willingness to buy genetically modified food if healthier, cheaper, more environmentally friendly, less pesticide residues, or approved by the relevant authorities; willingness to carry out a genetic test to predict potential diseases; attitude towards access to people’s genetic information for police, private insurance companies, research, and for social security authorities; willingness to participate in public discussions or demonstrations, to read articles or to watch television programmes or to sign a petition about biotechnology; tackled with biotechnology (talked with other people, done internet research, attended public meetings, listened to radio or television programmes, read newspaper stories); decisions about new technologies should consider primarily scientific or ethical issues; decisions about new technologies should consider rather the view of experts than the view of the public; prioritization of economic development or protection of the environment for the next ten years; priority to protecting the freedom of speech and human rights or to fighting crime and terrorism; preference for strong European companies or for reducing economic inequalities among people in Europe; reception of media reports about biotechnology; importance of the topic of biotechnology for the respondent. 3. Crime: more effective fight against cross-border crime at EU level; attitude towards the exchange of personal data at EU level to counter terrorism and crime; approval of direct access to private sector databases in the context of counter-terrorism and crime fighting for the relevant authorities; perceived corruption in the own country and in the EU (scale); assumed spreading of corruption in different occupational groups; own experience with bribery; connection between corruption and organized crime; responsible institutions for fighting corruption. 4. Health consciousness, nutrition, physical activity, and sport: only women: own children and duration of breastfeeding; again all: diet over the last 12 months; body size and weight of the respondent; assessment of the own weight compared to the ideal weight; characteristics of a healthy diet; assessment of the own diet as healthy; changes in eating and drinking habits within the last year; main reason for these changes; difficulties eating a healthy diet; reasons for these difficulties; frequency of vigorous and moderate physical activity in the last 7 days; time spent at vigorous and moderate physical activity; frequency of walking within the last week; time spent on walking; time spent on sitting on a usual day; frequency of physical activity at work, when moving around, in other activities, in sports, and in leisure-time; opportunities for physical activities in the residential area and use of these opportunities, perceived obesity of the population in the own country and duty of the government to encourage people to lead a healthy life (scale); most important instances to influence children´s eating habits; assessment of the most appropriate measures to improve children´s diets and reduce obesity in children; assessment of the influence of food advertising on children´s eating habits; self-assessment of personal health status; chronic diseases; limitation in daily activities due to health problems. Only in Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia, Turkey, and in the Turkish Cypriot Community was asked: Smoking habits and passive smoking: respondent smokes packed cigarettes, roll-up cigarettes, cigars or a pipe, chews tobacco or takes snuff, used to smoke but has stopped, has never smoked; smoking regularly or occasionally; number of smoked cigarettes per day; feeling of harassment due to smokers; assessment of the danger of passive smoking; respondent smokes at home; respondent smokes alone in his car, in the company of non-smokers, or in the company of children; attitude towards smoking bans in restaurants, bars or pubs, offices and other indoor workplaces, any indoor public space (metro, airports, shops, etc.); reasons why tobacco bothers; frequency of combining tobacco with alcohol, medicines, cannabis or any other drug; medical knowledge about the dangerous influence of tobacco smoke and alcohol during pregnancy; perception of campaigns encouraging people to quit smoking; intention to quit smoking due to these campaigns. AIDS prevention: knowledge about the ways of infection; personal precautionary measures (e.g. seek more stability in the choice of partners, take precautions in sexual intercourse); effectiveness of selected measures (information campaign on the types of behaviour which expose people to infection by the AIDS virus, try harder to identify HIV positives or people who have AIDS, treating those who are HIV positive to delay the onset of AIDS, treating those who have AIDS and looking after them, funding research to find an AIDS vaccine); usefulness of the cooperation and harmonization of these measures at EU level. Awareness of medical errors: frequency of having read or heard of medical errors in the country; medical errors as an important problem in the country; trust in doctors, medical staff and dentists with regard to the avoidance of medical errors; own experience with medical errors (serious medical error in a local hospital or from a medicine that was prescribed by a doctor); probability to suffer a serious medical error in a national hospital; probability that a hospital patient could avoid a serious medical error; fear about a medical error; estimation how worried hospital patients should be about serious medical errors. Only in Poland was asked: Consumer rights: overall media attention on consumer rights has increased; awareness of consumer rights in the media and kind of media (TV advertising, a TV programme, the radio, a magazine, newspapers, brochures or leaflets, the Internet); source of the information about consumer rights (European Union, the Polish government, Urzad Ochrony Konkurencji I Konsumentow, Federacja Konsumentow, or other); heard the message ‘Sprawde, jakie masz prawa’; knowledge about what kind of rights this message refers to; evaluation of the message; having more, less or the same consumer rights as citizens of other EU countries; efficiency of the Polish justice in punishing people who cheat consumers; knowledge of the rights as a consumer in selected situations; personal attention on consumer rights has increased; preferred source for information about consumer rights; most trusted source for correct information and advice on consumer rights (the government, a consumer association, the European Union information office in Poland, shopkeepers, friends and relatives, lawyers); awareness of institutions and organisations dealing with protection of consumer’s rights; heard of Urzad Ochrony Konkurencji I Konsumentow, Federacja Konsumentow, and Stowarzyszenie Konsumentow Polskich; heard about Federacja Konsumentow in selected media or from friends or relatives; asked Federacja Konsumentow for information or advice; evaluation of the service received from Federacja Konsumentow (helpful people, useful advice, effective handling of the request); willingness to recommend Federacja Konsumentow to friends or relatives; willingness to support an independent consumer association by paying an annual membership fee of 10 zloty, by using the opportunity to give this association a percentage of the own taxes instead of paying them to the government; recommendation of Federacja Konsumentow to friends or relatives; awareness of the campaign regarding consumer rights (selected spots on TV, selected pages in a magazine); evaluation of the message regarding its relevance to Polish consumers, attractiveness, understanding, the sender of the message etc.; rating of this message. Demography: nationality; age; left-right self-placement; marital status; age at end of education; sex; occupation; type of community; household composition and household size; national provenance of the respondent and his parents (migratory background); own a mobile phone and fixed (landline) phone; denomination; frequency of church attendance. Also encoded was: date of interview; time of the beginning of the interview; duration of the interview; number of persons present during the interview; respondent cooperation; size of locality; region; interviewer ID; weighting factor; language of interview (only in LU, BE, ES, FI, EE, LV and MT).
Temporal Coverage
  • 2005-11-08 / 2005-12-05
  • 2005-11-08 / 2005-12-06
  • 2005-11-12 / 2005-12-05
  • 2005-11-08 / 2005-11-29
  • 2005-11-07 / 2005-12-05
  • 2005-11-07 / 2005-12-06
  • 2005-11-08 / 2005-12-07
  • 2005-11-09 / 2005-12-04
    Ireland (Republic)
  • 2005-11-05 / 2005-12-04
    United Kingdom
  • 2005-11-09 / 2005-12-04
  • 2005-11-05 / 2005-12-04
  • 2005-11-22 / 2005-12-06
  • 2005-11-08 / 2005-12-07
  • 2005-11-08 / 2005-11-29
  • 2005-11-10 / 2005-12-02
  • 2005-11-11 / 2005-12-05
    Cyprus (Republic)
  • 2005-11-11 / 2005-12-04
    Czech Republic
  • 2005-11-11 / 2005-12-06
  • 2005-11-11 / 2005-11-28
  • 2005-11-08 / 2005-12-04
  • 2005-11-13 / 2005-12-04
  • 2005-11-08 / 2005-12-04
  • 2005-11-10 / 2005-12-06
  • 2005-11-11 / 2005-11-29
  • 2005-11-11 / 2005-12-06
  • 2005-11-07 / 2005-11-21
  • 2005-11-12 / 2005-12-04
  • 2005-11-07 / 2005-12-05
  • 2005-11-08 / 2005-12-05
  • 2005-11-09 / 2005-11-26
    Turkish Cypriot Community
Geographic Coverage
  • France (FR)
  • Belgium (BE)
  • Netherlands (NL)
  • Germany (DE)
  • Italy (IT)
  • Luxembourg (LU)
  • Denmark (DK)
  • Ireland (IE)
  • United Kingdom (GB)
  • Greece (GR)
  • Spain (ES)
  • Portugal (PT)
  • Finland (FI)
  • Sweden (SE)
  • Austria (AT)
  • Cyprus (CY)
  • Czech Republic (CZ)
  • Estonia (EE)
  • Hungary (HU)
  • Latvia (LV)
  • Lithuania (LT)
  • Malta (MT)
  • Poland (PL)
  • Slovakia (SK)
  • Slovenia (SI)
  • Bulgaria (BG)
  • Romania (RO)
  • Turkey (TR)
  • Croatia (HR)
Sampled Universe
Population of the respective nationalities of the European Union Member States, resident in each of the Member States and aged 15 years and over. In the two acceding countries (Bulgaria and Romania) and in the two candidate countries (Croatia and Turkey), the survey covers the national population of citizens of the respective nationalities and the population of citizens of all the European Union Member States that are residents in those countries and have a sufficient command of one of the respective national language(s) to answer the questionnaire.
Sampling Procedure Comment: Probability Sample: Proportionate Stratified Multistage Sample
Collection Mode
  • Face-to-face interview
  • Face-to-face interview: CAPI/CAMI
  • CAPI (Computer Assisted Personal Interview) was used in those countries where this technique was available
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 29193
    Number of Variables: 1173
Including remaining candidate countries after the 2004 enlargement and the Turkish Cypriot Community (TCC). The topical module ´Foreign languages´(QA1 to QASD5b) was not surveyed in Northern Cyprus (TCC). The topical modules ´Science& Technology: Biotechnology´(QB1 to QB24) and ´Fight against crime and corruption´(QC1 to QC8) were not surveyed in Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Croatia, and Northern Cyprus (TCC). The topical modules on ´Smoking habits´(QE1 to QE14), ´Aids prevention´(QF1 to QF4), and ´Medical errors´(QG1 to QG8) were only asked in Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Croatia, and Northern Cyprus (TCC). In the EU member countries these questions were surveyed in the framework of Eurobarometer 64.1 (ZA4413). The topical module on ´Consumer rights´(QH1-QH21) was also surveyed the framework of Eurobarometer 63.5 (ZA4412), in both studies only in Poland.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA4415 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • doi:10.3886/ICPSR04590.v3 (Type: DOI)
  • Internationale Umfrageprogramme (Type: FDZ)
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.4232/1.4415
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