Eurobarometer 68.1 (Sep-Nov 2007)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Europäische Kommission
Other Title
  • Standard Eurobarometer 68 (Alternative Title)
  • The European Parliament and Media Usage (Subtitle)
Publication Date
  • European Commission, Brussels DG Communication, Public Opinion Analysis Sector (Researcher)
  • TNS Dimarso, Brussels, Belgium (Data Collector)
  • TNS BBSS, Sofia, Bulgaria (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, Cyprus (Data Collector)
  • KADEM, 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, Lissabon, Portugal (Data Collector)
  • TNS CSOP, Bucharest, Romania (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)
  • Puls, Zagreb, Croatia (Data Collector)
  • TNS PIAR, Istanbul, Turkey (Data Collector)
  • TNS Brima, Skopje, Macedonia (Data Collector)
  • TNS Opinion, Brussels (fieldwork co-ordination) (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Political Institutions
    • International Institutions, Relations, Conditions
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • International politics and organisation
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
    • Government, political systems and organisation
  • Abstract

    Attitudes towards the EU. Attitudes and knowledge regarding the European Parliament. Media usage. Topics: 1. Attitudes towards the EU (only in EU27, TR, HR, CY(tcc), FYROM): frequency of discussions about political matters; opinion leadership; life satisfaction; assessment of the current situation in the following areas: national economy, European economy, national employment situation, situation of the environment in the own country, social welfare situation in the own country; expectations for the next twelve months regarding: personal life in general, national economic situation, financial situation of the own household, national employment situation, personal job situation, economic situation in the EU; most important problems in the own country; general direction things are going in the own country and in the EU; trust in selected institutions: press, radio, television, internet, national legal system (not in CY), police, army (not in CY), religious institutions, trade unions, political parties, national government (not in CY), national parliament (not in CY), European Union, United Nations, consumer associations; approval of the following statements: own voice counts in the EU, own country´s voice counts in the EU (only in EU27), feeling of being involved in European affairs (only in EU27), recognition of the own country’s interests in the EU, biggest countries have the most power in the EU, respondent understands how the EU works, growing influence of the own country in the EU; feeling of attachment towards: own city, own country, European Union; satisfaction with democracy in the own country (not in CY) and in the EU (not in CY); assessment of the own country’s (assumed) membership in the EU as a good thing (not in CY); benefit and expected benefit from the EU membership (not in CY); assessment of the full application of EU legislation for the Turkish Cypriot Community (TCC) as a good thing; expectations of benefit from the full application of EU legislation for the Turkish Cypriot Community (TCC); image of the EU; knowledge of and trust in selected institutions: European Parliament, European Commission, Council of the European Union, Court of Justice of the European Union, European Ombudsman, European Central Bank, European Court of Auditors, Committee of the Regions of the European Union, Economic and Social Committee of the European Union; knowledge test on the EU: number of member states, change in the presidency of the Council of the European Union every six months, number of member states in the euro area; recent reception of media reports on the presidency of Portugal in the Council of the European Union (only in PT); importance of the presidency of Portugal in the Council of the European Union (only in PT); recent reception of media reports on the upcoming presidency of Slovenia in the Council of the European Union (only in SI); importance of the presidency of Slovenia in the Council of the European Union (only in SI); assessment of the informedness of the people in the own country about European matters; preference for decision making regarding selected fields by the national government or jointly within the EU; attitude towards the role of the EU in selected fields in the own country; attitude towards the following issues: European monetary union with one single currency, common foreign policy, common defence and security policy, further enlargement, two speed Europe; attitude towards the following statements: EU foreign policy should be independent of United States foreign policy, EU should have a common immigration policy towards people from outside the EU; optimism about the future of the EU; most important issues to strengthen the EU. 2. Attitudes and knowledge regarding the European Parliament (only in EU27): institution with greatest decision-making power in the EU; preferred institution to have greatest decision-making power in the EU; recent reception of media reports on the European Parliament; self-rated knowledge about the activities of the European Parliament; self-rated knowledge about: role of the European Parliament within the European Union, members of the European Parliament; knowledge test on the EU: direct election of European Parliament members by the citizens of each member state, creation of the European Parliament 50 years ago, enlargement issues prior to approval of European Parliament, EU budget is determined jointly by the European Parliament and the member states; knowledge of the date of the next European elections in the own country; seat allocation of the members of the European Parliament (MEPs) according to nationality or to political affinities; number of MEPs for the own country; most positive and most negative qualities of the European Parliament; most suitable attributes for describing the European Parliament: dynamic, democratic, listening to European citizens, not well known, inefficient, technocratic; image of the European Parliament; current and desired importance of the role of the European Parliament within the EU; development in the last ten years; adoption of the European Parliament’s decisions according to: interests of the member states from which the MEPs are coming, political affinities of the MEPs, both; importance of the role of the European Parliament in the following areas: reducing the costs of mobile phone calls when abroad, establishing a blacklist of airline companies, tightening controls on chemical products, banning the use of cancer-producing substances in toys and nursery products, introducing quality criteria for swimming water; preferred policies at EU level to be promoted by the European Parliament; prioritized values to be defended by the European Parliament. 3. Media usage (only in EU27, TR, HR, CY(tcc), FYROM): assessment of the appropriateness of coverage with European Union issues in the following media: TV, radio, press, websites; assessment of the presentation of the EU in the national media as positive. Demography: nationality; left-right self-placement; marital status; age at end of education; sex; age; occupation; professional position; type of community; household composition and household size; country of birth; parents’ country of birth; 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); regularly used TV channels, radio stations, daily newspapers, websites. Additionally coded was: nation group; country; questionnaire split; 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; language of the interview (only in LU, BE, ES, FI, EE, LV, MT, TR, FYROM); weighting factor.
Temporal Coverage
  • 2007-09-25 / 2007-10-21
  • 2007-09-30 / 2007-11-03
  • 2007-09-24 / 2007-10-17
  • 2007-09-24 / 2007-10-17
  • 2007-09-25 / 2007-10-21
  • 2007-09-23 / 2007-10-21
  • 2007-09-22 / 2007-10-20
  • 2007-09-24 / 2007-10-21
    Ireland (Republic)
  • 2007-09-26 / 2007-10-17
  • 2007-09-24 / 2007-10-22
  • 2007-09-24 / 2007-10-22
  • 2007-09-24 / 2007-10-15
  • 2007-09-24 / 2007-10-21
  • 2007-09-28 / 2007-10-21
  • 2007-09-24 / 2007-10-21
    Great Britain
  • 2007-09-24 / 2007-10-20
    Northern Ireland
  • 2007-09-24 / 2007-10-22
    Cyprus (Republic)
  • 2007-09-24 / 2007-10-15
    Czech Republic
  • 2007-09-27 / 2007-10-22
  • 2007-09-27 / 2007-10-24
  • 2007-09-25 / 2007-10-22
  • 2007-09-24 / 2007-10-15
  • 2007-09-24 / 2007-10-18
  • 2007-09-26 / 2007-10-17
  • 2007-09-26 / 2007-10-11
  • 2007-09-25 / 2007-10-21
  • 2007-09-25 / 2007-10-10
  • 2007-09-24 / 2007-10-18
  • 2007-09-24 / 2007-10-21
  • 2007-09-25 / 2007-10-21
  • 2007-09-25 / 2007-10-16
    Turkish Cypriot Community
  • 2007-09-22 / 2007-10-03
    Macedonia (FYROM)
Geographic Coverage
  • Belgium (BE)
  • Denmark (DK)
  • Germany (DE)
  • Greece (GR)
  • Spain (ES)
  • Finland (FI)
  • France (FR)
  • Ireland (IE)
  • Italy (IT)
  • Luxembourg (LU)
  • Netherlands (NL)
  • Austria (AT)
  • Portugal (PT)
  • Sweden (SE)
  • Great Britain (GB-GBN)
  • Northern Ireland (GB-NIR)
  • 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)
  • Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (Turkish Cypriot Community)
  • Macedonia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of (MK)
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. The survey has also been conducted in the two candidate countries (Croatia and Turkey), in the Turkish Cypriot Community and in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. In these countries, the survey covers the national population of citizens and the population of citizens of all the European Union Member States that are residents in these countries and have a sufficient command of the national languages to answer the questionnaire.
Sampling Procedure Comment: Probability Sample: Multistage Sample
Collection Mode
  • Face-to-face interview Face-to-face interview: CAPI (Computer Assisted Personal Interview)
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 30281
    Number of Variables: 4063
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA4565 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • doi:10.3886/ICPSR23368.v3 (Type: DOI)
  • Internationale Umfrageprogramme (Type: FDZ)
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.4232/1.10126
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.4232/1.10125
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.4232/1.10119
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.4232/1.10071
  • TNS Opinion & Social: Standard Eurobarometer 68. Public Opinion in the European Union. Survey requested and coordinated by the Directorate General Press and Communication (European Commission). Brussels, May 2008 (full report).
  • TNS Opinion & Social: Special Eurobarometer 288 / Wave 68.1: The European Parliament. Survey commissioned by the Directorate-General Communication of the European Commission on behalf of the European Parliament. Brussels, March 2008.

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 94 | Registration Date: 2012-08-13