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Eurobarometer 21 (Apr 1984)

Resource Type
  • Kommission der Europäischen Gemeinschaften
Other Title
  • Political Cleavages in the European Community (Subtitle)
Publication Date
  • Commission of the European Communities, Brussels (Researcher)
  • DIMARSO, Bruessel (Data Collector)
  • EMNID, Bielefeld (Data Collector)
  • Gallup Markedsanalyse, Hellerup (Data Collector)
  • Institut de Sondages Lavialle, Issy-Les-Moulineaux (Data Collector)
  • ICAP Hellas, Athen (Data Collector)
  • Irish Marketing Surveys, Dublin (Data Collector)
  • DOXA, Mailand (Data Collector)
  • ILRES, Luxemburg (Data Collector)
  • NIPO, Amsterdam (Data Collector)
  • Social Surveys (Gallup Poll), London (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • International Institutions, Relations, Conditions
  • Abstract

    The main survey focus of this Eurobarometer is: 1. The personal situation in life of the respondent; 2. Attitudes to the EC and political questions; 3. Regionally different: further main survey focus areas. Topics: 1. Personal situation in life of the respondent: recorded in election register; general contentment with life and satisfaction with the functioning of democracy in the country; personal opinion leadership; postmaterialism; frequency of political discussions with friends; satisfaction in selected areas of life; inclination to save or consume; development of job situation in the last year; personal participation in demonstrations; most important fears for the future; effects of European unification on situation in life of today´s children; peace movement and national security; assessment of the effectiveness of ecological ideas. 2. Attitude to the EC and political questions: self-classification on a left-right continuum; attitude to social change; party allegiance; noticing media information about the European Parliament; memory of news content; general attitude to unification of Western Europe; preferred name for the EC; areas on which EC work should concentrate; countries that should not join the EC; balance of advantages and disadvantages of EC membership for the country; attitudes to a European passport, European currency, a European Olympics team, a European court system, European Embassies in foreign countries, freedom to move within the European job market, uniform social services in the EC and unlimited freedom of trade; actual and desired influence of the European Parliament; reasons for and against participation in the next European Election; preference for national or European practices by the European parliamentarians; willingness to elect selected political and ideological directions; religiousness. 3. The following questions were posed only in the Federal Republic, France, Italy and Great Britain: evaluation of general and personal economic development in the last year; development of the cost of living; fear of loss of job; development of unemployment in residential surroundings; development of financial conditions of comparable persons; evaluation of influence of government policies on the economic situation, the employment situation, prices and financial situation of personal household; general judgement on the economic policy of the government; most able party to deal with economic problems. The following questions were posed only in the Federal Republic, France, Italy, Great Britain and Netherlands: willingness to accept foreign products and services; national pride; work orientation; inclination to consumption and pleasure in buying (scale); reasons for foregoing a purchase. The following questions were posed only in Denmark, Federal Republic of Germany, France, Italy and Great Britain: expected economic situation after one´s own retirement; ideas about the level of pension payments; expected securing of purchasing power through public pension and additional personal insurance. The following questions were posed only in Belgium, Federal Republic of Germany, France, Italy, Netherlands and Great Britain: attitudes to violence, co-determination, family, science and research, willingness to make sacrifices for one´s own country, book censorship, work reluctance, students, trade unions, judiciary, nuclear power plants, solar energy, unemployment, influence of the government, homosexuality, defense expenditures, energy crisis, income distribution, television station, abortion, peace and freedom, danger of war, existence of God, proportion of emigrants, peace movement and substition of electricity for coal, gas and oil in households (scale). The following questions were posed only in the Federal Republic of Germany, France, Italy, Netherlands and Great Britain: willingness to support and to participate in selected citizen initiatives. Demography: age; sex; marital status; religious denomination; school education and age at conclusion of school; occupation; employment; company size; household income; household size; household composition; respondent is head of household; characteristics of head of household; party preference; degree of urbanization.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1984-03-17 / 1984-04-09
  • 1984-03-14 / 1984-03-30
  • 1984-03-24 / 1984-03-31
  • 1984-03-17 / 1984-04-09
  • 1984-03-19 / 1984-04-05
  • 1984-03-22 / 1984-04-13
  • 1984-03-24 / 1984-04-01
  • 1984-03-21 / 1984-04-06
    Ireland (Republic)
  • 1984-03-19 / 1984-04-05
    Great Britain
  • 1984-03-19 / 1984-04-05
    Northern Ireland
  • 1984-03-16 / 1984-03-27
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)
Sampled Universe
Persons 15 years old and older.
Various sampling procedures (quota sample and multi-stage random sample) depending on country.
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire. Some questions were only posed in certain countries.
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 9746
    Number of Variables: 264
The 9746 cases of the data set are distributed among the individual countries as follows: Belgium 1018 cases, Federal Republic of Germany 992 cases, Denmark 996 cases, France 1009 cases, Greece 1000 cases, Ireland 1000 cases, Italy 1060 cases, Luxembourg 300 cases, Netherlands 1015 cases, United Kingdom 1356 cases. Data provider: ICPSR (study no. 8263). Earlier Eurobarometers (2-20) are archived under ZA Study Nos. 0986-0995 as well as 1036-1039 and 1206-1209 and 1318-1319.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA1320 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • doi:10.3886/ICPSR08263.v1 (Type: DOI)
  • Internationale Umfrageprogramme (Type: FDZ)
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.4232/1.1320
  • Kommission der Europäischen Gemeinschaften (Hrsg.): Eurobarometer 21: Die öffentliche Meinung in der Gemeinschaft und die Wahlen zum Europäischen Parlament. Brüssel: Selbstverlag 1984.
  • Commission of the European Communities: Euro-Barometer 21. Brussels, May 1984 (also available in German).

Update Metadata: 2017-12-28 | Issue Number: 226 | Registration Date: 2012-08-08

Kommission der Europäischen Gemeinschaften (2012): Eurobarometer 21 (Apr 1984). Political Cleavages in the European Community. Version: 1.0.1. GESIS Data Archive. Dataset.