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Eurobarometer 65.2 (Mar-May 2006)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Europäische Kommission
Other Title
  • Standard Eurobarometer 65 (Alternative Title)
  • The European Constitution, Social and Economic Quality of Life, Avian Influenza, and Energy Issues (Subtitle)
Publication Date
  • European Commission, Brussels; DG Communication Public Opinion Analysis Sector (Researcher)
  • TNS Dimarso, Brussels, Belgium (Data Collector)
  • TNS Aisa, Prague, Czech Republic (Data Collector)
  • TNS GALLUP DK, Copenhagen, Denmark (Data Collector)
  • TNS Infratest, Munich, Germany (Data Collector)
  • Emor, Tallinn, Estonia (Data Collector)
  • TNS ICAP, Athens, Greece (Data Collector)
  • TNS Demoscopia, Madrid, Spain (Data Collector)
  • TNS Sofres, Montrouge, France (Data Collector)
  • TNS MRBI, Dublin, Ireland (Data Collector)
  • TNS Abacus, Milan, Italy (Data Collector)
  • Synovate, Nicosia, Rep. of Cyprus (Data Collector)
  • KADEM, Nikosia, Turkish Cypriot Comm. (Data Collector)
  • TNS Latvia, Riga, Latvia (Data Collector)
  • TNS GALLUP Lithuania, Vilnius, Lithuania (Data Collector)
  • TNS ILReS, Luxembourg, Luxembourg (Data Collector)
  • TNS Hungary, Budapest, Hungary (Data Collector)
  • MISCO, Valletta, Malta (Data Collector)
  • TNS NIPO, Amsterdam, Netherlands (Data Collector)
  • Österreichisches GALLUP, Vienna, Austria (Data Collector)
  • TNS OBOP, Warsaw, Poland (Data Collector)
  • TNS EUROTESTE, Lisbon, Portugal (Data Collector)
  • RM PLUS, Maribor, Slovenia (Data Collector)
  • TNS AISA SK, Bratislava, Slovakia (Data Collector)
  • TNS GALLUP Oy, Espoo, Finland (Data Collector)
  • TNS GALLUP, Stockholm, Sweden (Data Collector)
  • TNS UK, London, United Kingdom (Data Collector)
  • TNS BBSS, Sofia, Bulgaria (Data Collector)
  • TNS CSOP, Bucharest, Romania (Data Collector)
  • Puls, Zagreb, Croatia (Data Collector)
  • TNS PIAR, Istanbul, Turkey (Data Collector)
  • TNS Opinion, Brussels (international co-ordination) (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • International Institutions, Relations, Conditions
    • Political Issues
    • Medicine
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Health care and medical treatment
    • Specific diseases and medical conditions
    • International politics and organisation
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
    • Government, political systems and organisation
    • Natural resources and energy
    • Economic systems and development
  • Abstract

    Attitude towards the European Union. Knowledge and evaluation of EU institutions. Common EU policy. EU enlargement. Avian influenza. Energy issues. Topics: 1. Frequency of political discussions with friends; personal opinion leadership; general life satisfaction; expected change in the next 12 months in relation to life in general, the economic situation in the own country, the financial situation of the own household, the employment situation in the own country as well as the personal job situation; comparison of the present situation with five years ago, and expectations for the future; awareness of the European flag and its meaning, attitude towards the flag (good symbol for Europe, stands for something good, identification with the flag, flag should be seen on all public buildings next to the national flag); trust in institutions (national legal system, political parties, national government, national parliament, EU, UN); EU membership of the own country as a good thing; assessment of the benefits of the EU membership for the own country; image of the EU; meaning of the EU to the respondent; attitude towards the EU (scale: positive impact of the EU membership on security, economic and political stability, own voice counts in the EU, understanding how the EU works, consideration of the own country’s interests in the EU, influence and power of the member states in the EU); expected and desired significance of the EU for the daily life of respondent in five years; fears regarding the EU (loss of power for smaller member states, increase in drug trafficking and organized crime, rising household expenses of the own country to the EU, loss of social benefits, loss of national identity and culture, economic crisis, transfer of jobs to other member states, more difficulties for national farmers); preferred source of information for news; self-rated knowledge about the EU; preferred sources of information about the EU; media use: regularly used television channels, radio stations, and newspapers; satisfaction with the coverage of topics concerning the EU in the media; assessment of the objectivity with which EU affairs are presented by the national television, radio, and print media; knowledge of European institutions (European Parliament, European Commission, Council of the European Union, European Court of Justice, European Central Bank); importance of and trust in these institutions; knowledge test (number of member states, direct elections of the members of the European parliament, amount of the share of the EU budget that is spent on personnel and administrative costs); most important issues facing the own country; positive role of the EU in the areas of: fighting crime and terrorism, public transport, economic situation, rising prices and inflation, taxation and fighting unemployment, defence and foreign affairs, housing, immigration, healthcare system, educational system, pensions, and environmental protection; attitude towards a European monetary union, a common foreign policy among the EU member states, a common defence and security policy, further enlargement of the EU, a constitution for the EU, different speed of building Europe in the member states; most important political actions of the EU; attitude towards the further development of the EU´s Common Foreign and Security Policy (own foreign minister, independence from the US foreign policy, common immigration policy); assessment of the EU´s international role compared to five years ago; satisfaction with democracy in the own country and in the EU; attachment of the respondent to his village or his city, his country, as well as to Europe (split: European Union); positive or negative image of selected items (company, competitiveness, social security, free trade, protectionism, globalisation, trade union, reforms, public administration); knowledge of the European constitution; potential impact of a common European constitution (EU becomes more democratic, more efficient, more transparent, more economically competitive, more socially-minded); attitude towards further actions of the EU regarding the European constitution after the rejection by the Netherlands and France; assessment of the current situation and comparison of the own country with the average of the EU member states regarding the economic situation, the employment situation, the situation of the environment, the social welfare situation, the educational system, the quality of life, and the own financial situation; expected change in the next five years regarding: national and European economic situation, national employment situation, situation of the environment in the own country, national social welfare situation, and personal quality of life; assessment of the performance of the European economy in comparison to the American, Japanese, Chinese, and Indian economy; preferred measures to improve the performance of the European economy. 2. Knowledge of the respondent about the EU enlargement; self-rated knowledge about the benefits or problems (for the EU and the new member states) of the EU enlargement; need for more information on the consequences of the EU enlargement; preferred information sources and primarily responsible distributors of information on the EU enlargement; assessment of the development of imports and exports between the old and the new member states since 2004; assessment of the migration flows between the old and the new member states; approval of selected political and economic aspects of the EU enlargement (good way to reunite the European continent, strengthens the EU, promotes the expression of solidarity to candidate countries, consolidates common European interests and values, peacekeeping, reduces the chance for a common EU voice in the world, promotes democracy, worsens the situation of human and minority rights, facilitates progress towards a political unification in Europe, increases political instability, strengthens the EU´s role in the world, weakens the democratic decision-making processes, increases the protection of human rights and minorities, hinders projects of political integration, makes the EU the biggest trade player in the world, increases jobs transferring to low-wage countries, increases the support for the development of candidate countries, increases labour migration, decreases economic development opportunities, increases prosperity, decreases budgetary resources for the own country, ensures better integration of the population from future member states in the EU, reinforces the power to combat crime, lowers life standards, enriches Europe’s cultural diversity, facilitates mobility within Europe, increases risks of criminal activities, facilitates the expansion of life standards and norms on the European territory, leads to disappearance of cultural identities and traditions, increases illegal immigration); most important prerequisites for the success of a further EU enlargement; main challenges for the Western Balkan countries and Turkey on their way to the EU; country or group of countries with the most interest in the accession of the Western Balkan countries and Turkey to the EU; attitude towards the accession of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro, Turkey, and Croatia to the EU; attitude towards the financial assistance of the candidate and potential candidate countries to reach EU standards before accession. 3. Avian influenza: knowledge test regarding the risk of infection with avian influenza; change in the frequency of consumption of poultry products within the last six months; intention to reduce the consumption of poultry products permanently or temporarily; reasons to reduce the consumption of poultry products; knowledge test: existence of European legislation for protection measures to be taken by national governments in the event of an avian influenza epidemic, existence of an EU veterinary experts committee, financial compensation to affected farmers, EU controls on poultry imports, successful containment of the avian influenza epidemic in 2003; knowledge of the measures already taken by the EU (confinement of poultry within high-risk areas, banning imports of live poultry and poultry meat from countries outside the EU where the presence of avian influenza has been confirmed, banning events with live bird in high-risk areas, creating safety areas, reinforcing disinfection measures in high-risk areas, systematic culling of all poultry on affected farms); attitude towards the actions taken by the European authorities, and towards the reporting on the avian influenza in the media. 4. Energy issues: preferred measures to reduce energy consumption; willingness to pay more for energy from renewable sources (Split: willingness to pay more for energy consumption in general); preferred level of decision-making for addressing the challenges in the energy sector (European, national, or local level). Demography: nationality; age; left-right self-placement; family situation; age at end of education; sex; occupation; professional position; type of community; household composition and household size; own a mobile phone and fixed (landline) phone; possession of durable goods (entertainment electronics, Internet connection, possession of a car, a flat / a house have finished paying for or still paying for; national provenance of respondent and parents (migratory background); religious denomination; church attendance. Also encoded was: date of interview; beginning of interview; duration of interview; persons present during the interview; city size; region; language of interview (only in LU, BE, ES, FI, EE, LV, MT und TR); weighting factor.
Temporal Coverage
  • 2006-03-30 / 2006-04-24
  • 2006-03-28 / 2006-04-26
  • 2006-04-04 / 2006-04-25
  • 2006-03-28 / 2006-04-23
  • 2006-03-30 / 2006-04-29
  • 2006-03-27 / 2006-04-24
  • 2006-03-29 / 2006-05-01
  • 2006-03-30 / 2006-04-26
    Ireland (Republic)
  • 2006-03-27 / 2006-04-26
    Great Britain
  • 2006-03-27 / 2006-04-24
    Northern Ireland
  • 2006-03-28 / 2006-04-24
  • 2006-03-28 / 2006-04-24
  • 2006-03-31 / 2006-04-24
  • 2006-03-27 / 2006-04-26
  • 2006-03-28 / 2006-04-24
  • 2006-03-31 / 2006-04-20
  • 2006-03-31 / 2006-04-24
    Cyprus (Republic)
  • 2006-03-29 / 2006-04-14
    Czech Republic
  • 2006-03-31 / 2006-04-24
  • 2006-04-04 / 2006-04-25
  • 2006-03-28 / 2006-04-23
  • 2006-03-31 / 2006-04-23
  • 2006-03-28 / 2006-04-21
  • 2006-03-30 / 2006-04-26
  • 2006-03-31 / 2006-04-19
  • 2006-03-30 / 2006-04-26
  • 2006-03-27 / 2006-04-10
  • 2006-03-27 / 2006-04-27
  • 2006-03-29 / 2006-04-26
  • 2006-03-29 / 2006-04-25
  • 2006-03-29 / 2006-04-15
    Turkish Cypriot Community
Geographic Coverage
  • France (FR)
  • Belgium (BE)
  • Netherlands (NL)
  • Germany (DE)
  • Italy (IT)
  • Luxembourg (LU)
  • Denmark (DK)
  • Ireland (IE)
  • Great Britain (GB-GBN)
  • Northern Ireland (GB-NIR)
  • 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) and in the Turkish Cypriot Community, the survey covers the national population of citizens of the respective nationalities and the population of citizens of all the European 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 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: 29170
    Number of Variables: 3438
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA4506 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • doi:10.3886/ICPSR20322.v2 (Type: DOI)
  • Internationale Umfrageprogramme (Type: FDZ)
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.4232/1.4506
  • TNS Opinion & Social: Special Eurobarometer 255 / Wave 65.2: Attitudes towards European Union enlargement. Survey requested by Directorate General Enlargement and coordinated by Directorate General Press and Communication (European Commission). Brussels, July 2006.
  • TNS Opinion & Social: Standard Eurobarometer 65. Public Opinion in the European Union. Survey requested and coordinated by the Directorate General Press and Communication (European Commission). Brussels, July 2006.
  • TNS Opinion & Social: Special Eurobarometer 257 / Wave 65.2: Avian Influenza. Survey requested by Directorate General Health and Consumer Protection and coordinated by Directorate General Press and Communication (European Commission). Brussels, June 2006.
  • TNS Opinion & Social: Special Eurobarometer 258 / Wave 65.2: Energy Issues. Survey requested and coordinated by Directorate General Press and Communication (European Commission). Brussels, November 2006.

Update Metadata: 2020-10-21 | Issue Number: 96 | Registration Date: 2012-05-22

Europäische Kommission (2012): Eurobarometer 65.2 (Mar-May 2006). The European Constitution, Social and Economic Quality of Life, Avian Influenza, and Energy Issues. Version: 1.0.1. GESIS Data Archive. Dataset.