European Parliament Election Study 2009, Voter Study

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Egmond, Marcel van (Department of Political Science, University of Amsterdam)
  • Brug, Wouter van der (Amsterdam School for Social Science Research (ASSR))
  • Hobolt, Sara (University of Oxford)
  • Franklin, Mark (Department of Political and Social Sciences, European University Institute, San Domenico di Fiesole)
  • Sapir, Eliyahu V. (University of Nottingham)
Other Title
  • European Election Voter Study 2009 (Alternative Title)
  • EES 2009 Voter Study (Alternative Title)
  • European Election Study 2009 (Alternative Title)
Publication Date
  • SPECTRA Marktforschungs GmbH, Linz, Austria Gallup Europe, Bruxelles, Belgium Vitosha Research, Sofia, Bulgaria Cymar Market Research Ltd., Nicosian Cyprus FOCUS Marketing & Social Research, Brno, Czech Republic Norstat Denmark S/A, Copenhagen, Den (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • International Institutions, Relations, Conditions
    • Political Attitudes and Behavior
    • Political Parties, Organizations
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Elections
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
    • International politics and organisation
    • Government, political systems and organisation
    • Information and communication
  • Abstract

    European Election Study 2009: Electoral behaviour. General political attitudes and behaviour. Political parties. Media usage. EU integration. Value orientations. 1. Voting: Party choice and turnout: participation in the European Parliament elections; party preference; if you had voted in the European Parliament elections, which party would you have voted for; party voted for at the (General Election); if there was a general election tomorrow, which party would be voted for; how probable voting for selected parties. 2. Party ID: Closeness to any particular party. 3. Engagement and mobilization: Watch a program about the election on television, read about the election in a newspaper, talk to friends or family about the election, attend a public meeting or rally about the election, look into a website concerned with the election; contacted by a candidate or party organisation during the election campaign; visit website; interest in campaign; interest in politics. 4. Media Usage: How many days following the news; days watching news programs; which channel; days per week; newspaper read and frequency of reading. 5. Institutions: European Parliament takes into consideration the concerns of European citizens; trust in the EU institutions; important which candidates win seats and become MEPs in the European Parliament elections; important which political party gained the most seats in the European Parliament elections; the national Parliament takes into consideration the concerns of citizens. 6. EU integration: Country’s membership of EU is a good or bad thing; respondent´s attitude to European unification; perception of party regarding EU unification; self-identification as nationality or European; attitudes towards enlargement of the European Union; confidence that EU decisions will be in the interest of country. 7. Value orientations: self placement and placement of parties on left-right continuum; immigrants should adapt to the customs of the hosting country; private enterprise the best to solve economic problems; same-sex marriages should be prohibited; major public services and industries ought to be in state ownership; free decision on abortion; politics abstain from intervening in economy; harsher sentences for people who break the law; redistribution of income and wealth towards ordinary people; schools must teach to obey authority; EU treaty changes decided by referendum; woman cut down her paid work for the sake of family; immigration should be decreased. 8. Domestic and European issues: Most important problems; issue competence of parties; level problem mainly dealt with; most appropriate level to deal with problem; economy of the country is better compared to 12 months ago; general economic situation in the country over the next 12 months; assessment of the developement of health care; interest rates and climate change in the country. 9. Representation: Satisfaction with the democracy in the country and in the EU; asessement of government’s records. 10. Identity: Both parents born in country; country mother born; country father born; country respondent born and national identification of the respondent. 11. Knowledge-test and experience: Switzerland is a member of EU; the number of 25 member states in the European Union; every country in EU elects the same number of representatives to the European Parliament; every six months, a different member state becomes president of the Council of the European Union; correct name of national Minister of Education; individuals must be 25 or older to stand as candidates in national parliament. 12. Attribution of responsibility and evaluation of performance: How responsible are national government or EU for economic conditions, for the standard of health care, for levels of immigration, for setting interest rates, dealing with climate change; national government policies or European Union policies have had a positive influence on economic conditions in the country, on the standard of health care, on levels of immigration, on interest rates, on climate change. 13. Demographics: Member of trade union; age at completion of full-time education; highest level of education (ISCED); gender; age; current marital status; current work situation; occupational sector; main occupation; current job; social class; degree of urbanisation; residence (number of years); religious denomination; attendance of religious services; religiousness; income (family’s status of living). Additionally coded: Respondent id; country; date and length of interview; interview language; household size, interview mode; interviewer id; gender; year of birth; nationality; native language. Weightingfactors: Sample weight per country; political weight; political weight actual EP voters only.
Temporal Coverage
  • 2009-06-08 / 2009-06-30
  • 2009-06-08 / 2009-06-25
  • 2009-06-08 / 2009-06-27
  • 2009-06-09 / 2009-07-06
  • 2009-06-07 / 2009-06-27
    Czech Republic
  • 2009-06-08 / 2009-06-28
  • 2009-06-07 / 2009-06-25
  • 2009-06-08 / 2009-06-29
  • 2009-06-08 / 2009-07-08
  • 2009-06-08 / 2009-06-28
  • 2009-06-09 / 2009-07-03
  • 2009-06-08 / 2009-07-01
  • 2009-06-06 / 2009-06-27
  • 2009-06-08 / 2009-06-27
  • 2009-06-10 / 2009-06-28
  • 2009-06-08 / 2009-06-26
  • 2009-06-08 / 2009-07-09
  • 2009-06-08 / 2009-06-23
  • 2009-06-05 / 2009-07-03
  • 2009-06-10 / 2009-07-04
  • 2009-06-08 / 2009-06-24
  • 2009-06-10 / 2009-07-04
  • 2009-06-08 / 2009-06-26
    Slovak Republic
  • 2009-06-08 / 2009-07-02
  • 2009-06-08 / 2009-06-24
  • 2009-06-09 / 2009-07-02
  • 2009-06-08 / 2009-06-27
    United Kingdom
Geographic Coverage
  • Austria (AT)
  • Belgium (BE)
  • Bulgaria (BG)
  • Cyprus (CY)
  • Czech Republic (CZ)
  • Denmark (DK)
  • Estonia (EE)
  • Finland (FI)
  • France (FR)
  • Germany (DE)
  • Greece (GR)
  • Hungary (HU)
  • Ireland (IE)
  • Italy (IT)
  • Latvia (LV)
  • Lithuania (LT)
  • Luxembourg (LU)
  • Malta (MT)
  • Netherlands (NL)
  • Poland (PL)
  • Portugal (PT)
  • Romania (RO)
  • Slovakia (SK)
  • Slovenia (SI)
  • Spain (ES)
  • Sweden (SE)
  • United Kingdom (GB)
Sampled Universe
General population, aged 18 and over.
Sampling Procedure Comment: Selection of households: random digit dial (RDD) Selection of respondents: last-birthday-method.
Collection Mode
  • Telephone interviews (partly CATI) and face-to-face interviews with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 27069
    Number of Variables: 275
Data collection among voters was done by CATI phone interview. In nine countries (Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Slovakia) representative phone sampling was not feasible. In these countries, 70 percent of interviews were achieved by face-to-face mode, while the remaining 30 percent was achieved by phone. The net sample size (in the sense of completed interviews) is 1000 successful interviews in each EU member state. For country-specific information, see country`s technical report.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA5055 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Internationale Umfrageprogramme (Type: FDZ)
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.4232/1.11760
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.4232/1.10202
  • van Egmond, Marcel H.; Sapir, Eliyahu V.; van der Brug, Wouter; Hobolt, Sara B.; Franklin, Mark N.: EES 2009 Voter Study: Advance Release Notes. Amsterdam: University of Amsterdam 2010
  • Publications using EES data can be found in the EES Bibliography available at

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 15 | Registration Date: 2017-01-19