European Communities Study 1971

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Commission of the European Communities
Publication Date
  • Commission of the European Communities, Brussels (Researcher)
  • IRS, Bruessel (Data Collector)
  • GfM, Hamburg (Data Collector)
  • IFOP, Paris (Data Collector)
  • DOXA, Mailand (Data Collector)
  • NIPO, Amsterdam (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • International Institutions, Relations, Conditions
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • International politics and organisation
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
    • Rural economics
  • Abstract

    Attitude to political unification of Europe. Topics: Feeling of belonging to a geographical region; regional origins and local residency; changes in region; mobility readiness; influence of the European Community on the development of the region in general and on special economic areas; attitude to jurisdictions about distributions between the country and European authorities; judgement on the economic difficulties of agriculture; attitude to the farmers demonstrations and use of force at such demonstrations; prospects for the future of agriculture; occupational prospects of farmers; the significance of the Common Market for agriculture as well as for industry; assumed influences of the Common Market on modernization, sales and the competition situation for agricultural products; assumed influences of further countries joining the European Community on agriculture, industry and one´s own country in general; familiarity and judgement on the Mansholt Plan; postmaterialism (scale); most important political goals; danger of an economic crisis and danger of war (scale); attitude to political unification of Europe; personal willingness to make sacrifices for a unification; self-assessment of extent to which informed about European economic problems, problems of national agriculture and of regional economic development; judgement on media reporting about these problems; assessment of the chances of a political unification of Europe; personal opinion leadership; receptiveness regarding new things; party preference (Sunday question); religiousness; self-classification as conservative or progressive; union member. Demography: age (classified); sex; number of children in household; religious denomination; school education; vocational training; occupation; household income; head of household; political discussion; social origins; state; regional origins; membership.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1971-07
Geographic Coverage
  • Belgium (BE)
  • Germany (DE)
  • France (FR)
  • Italy (IT)
  • Netherlands (NL)
Sampled Universe
Sample of persons 16 years old and older.
Sampling Procedure Comment: Various sampling procedures (quota sample and multi-stage random sample) depending on country.
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 9241
    Number of Variables: 92
The total of cases of the data set is distributed among the individual countries as follows: Belgium 1296 cases, Federal Republic of Germany 2014 cases, France 2046 cases, Italy 1806 cases, Netherlands 1405 cases. Data provider: ICPSR (Study No. 7275). The EC studies can be viewed as precursors of the Eurobarometers, archived under ZA Study Nos. 0986-0995 as well as 1036-1039 and 1206-1209 and 1318 ff. A split questionnaire was used. With the question on jurisdiction distribution for part of the respondents regional preference was addressed instead of national.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA0627 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Internationale Umfrageprogramme (Type: FDZ)
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.4232/1.0627
  • Inglehart, Ronald: The Silent Revolution: Changing Values and Political Styles among Western Publics. Princeton: University Press 1977.
  • Commission des Communautes Europeennes: L´Opinion des Europeens sur les Aspects Regionaux et Agricoles du marche commun, L´Unification Politique de L´Europe et L´Information du Public, Bruxelles, Decembre 1971.

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 58 | Registration Date: 2012-10-17