European Parliament COVID-19 Survey – Round 3

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • European Parliament, Directorate-General for Communication, Public Opinion Monitoring Unit
Publication Date
  • ZA:
    • Political Attitudes and Behavior
    • Economic Policy, National Economic Situation
    • Medicine
    • Public expenditures
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Health policy
    • International politics and organisation
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
    • Economic conditions and indicators
  • Abstract

    Attitudes towards the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Topics: satisfaction with the national government in general; satisfaction with the measures of the national government to fight the Coronavirus pandemic; preferred statement with regard to the consequences of the restriction measures in the own country: health benefits are greater than economic damage, economic damage is greater than health benefits; satisfaction with solidarity between EU member states in fighting the Coronavirus pandemic; awareness of measures taken by the EU to respond to the Coronavirus pandemic; satisfaction with these measures; EU should have more competences to deal with crises such as the Coronavirus pandemic; preferred EU measures to respond to the Corona crisis; preferred statement: EU should have greater financial means to be able to overcome the consequences of the Coronavirus pandemic, EU has sufficient financial means to be able to overcome the consequences of the Coronavirus pandemic; preferred fields on which to spend most of the EU budget on; EU should only provide funds to Member States conditional upon their government’s implementation of the rule of law and of democratic principles; attitude towards the appropriateness of EU measures to make its economy climate neutral by 2050; importance to put EU core values as a priority in its relations with major international actors; preferred statement: fight against the Coronavirus pandemic fully justifies recent limitations to individual freedom, fully opposed to any limitation of individual freedom regardless of the pandemic; current emotional status; personally experienced effects of the Coronavirus pandemic in the own country: loss of income, difficulties paying rent or bills or bank loans, use of personal savings sooner than planned, unemployment, bankruptcy, difficulties having proper and decent-quality meals, asked for financial help to family or friends, other financial issues; impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on personal income; use of selected online social networks in the last week; attitude towards the European Union; EU image; impact of the pandemic on EU image; participation in the last elections to the European Parliament. Demography: sex; age; age at end of education; head of household; occupation; professional position; employment status; marital status; household composition and household size; region.
Temporal Coverage
  • 2020-09-25 / 2020-10-07
Geographic Coverage
  • Austria (AT)
  • Belgium (BE)
  • Bulgaria (BG)
  • Cyprus (CY)
  • Czech Republic (CZ)
  • Germany (DE)
  • Denmark (DK)
  • Estonia (EE)
  • Spain (ES)
  • Finland (FI)
  • France (FR)
  • Greece (GR)
  • Croatia (HR)
  • Hungary (HU)
  • Ireland (IE)
  • Italy (IT)
  • Lithuania (LT)
  • Luxembourg (LU)
  • Latvia (LV)
  • Malta (MT)
  • Netherlands (NL)
  • Poland (PL)
  • Portugal (PT)
  • Romania (RO)
  • Sweden (SE)
  • Slovenia (SI)
  • Slovakia (SK)
Sampled Universe
Population of 27 EU Member States aged: 16-64 in Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Germany, Denmark, Estonia, Spain, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Sweden 16-54 in Bulgaria, Czechia, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia
Non-probability: Quota; Sampling Procedure Comment: Kantar Online Access Panel
Collection Mode
  • Telephone interview: CATI
  • Web-based interview
Data and File Information
  • Number of Variables: 134
This dataset [ZA7738] represents the third round of a survey among European citizens about their views on the coronavirus crisis (COVID-19 pandemic). Round 1 [ZA7736] was surveyed in April and May 2020, round 2 [ZA7737] was surveyed in June 2020. The excel file ‘EP Covid_variable_correspondence.xlsx’ gives a detailed overview of the corresponding variables across the three rounds. In contrast to round 2, newly introduced questions in round 3 are not marked with “new” in the variable name. Please note the country-specific upper age limits of the samples (16-54, 16-64, or 16+) described in the methodology section of the basic questionnaire. Please note the divergent information on the data collection mode for Cyprus. In the basic questionnaire the telephone survey method is given for Cyprus, but the technical specifications specify an online access panel. Please note that two respondents are coded answer category “Other” in variable q10_2 (‘EU BUDGET - SPENT ON 2ND’) but at the same time are coded a substantial answer in variable q10_3 (‘EU BUDGET - SPENT ON 3RD’). Another respondent is coded answer category “Other” in variable q10_3 (‘EU BUDGET - SPENT ON 3RD’) but at the same time is coded a substantial answer in variable q10_4 (‘EU BUDGET - SPENT ON 4TH’). Please note that a small number of respondents indicate an age category when stopped full-time education (tae ‘SD3 TERMINAL AGE OF END OF EDUCATION’) which is higher than the actual age of the respondent in actualage (‘SD2 AGE EXACT’). Similarly, some respondents state that they are “Still studying” (tae ‘SD3 TERMINAL AGE OF END OF EDUCATION’) but at the same time are coded other categories in work_stat (‘SD6 EMPLOYMENT STATUS – RESPONDENT’). Data for the answer category ‘Somebody else in the household takes care of all/most of the grocery shopping’ in question SD4 (‘Household head’, msg1_1 to msg1_4) have not been made available in the original data delivery. Variables mgs1_3 and mgs1_4 represent recoded versions of mgs1_1 and mgs1_2. Some answer categories in the dataset differ from the information in the basic questionnaire. For example, variable child_hh only consists of answer categories yes/no, whereas respondents are asked about the number of children living in their household in the questionnaire. Please note that fieldwork coordination reasons resulted in slight differences in the DATE OF INTERVIEW between the dataset (yyyymmdd) and the official technical specifications. For CY, EE, LU, LT, LV, and MT no data were provided. Please note that the region information was removed by the archive for several cases because of potential de-anonymization issues. For Denmark a detailed region variable is excluded because of potential de-anonymization issues. Variable region_grp_dk_2 (REGION GROUPING - DENMARK (NUTS 3 - CONSTRUCTED BY THE ARCHIVE)) has been constructed by the archive in accordance with the categories published by Statistics Denmark. The occurrence of identical detailed and grouped region variables for Greece and Portugal is intentional. Please note that the Polish region variables region_pl (DETAILED REGION - POLAND (NUTS 2)) and region_grp_pl (REGION GROUPING - POLAND (NUTS 1 MODIFIED)) correspond to the NUTS 2013 classification. The supplied versions of variables region_lv (REGION - LATVIA (NUTS 3)) and region_lt (REGION - LITHUANIA (NUTS 3)) had a different region order compared to round 2 and have been recoded by the archive to make consistent with the former round. It has been confirmed by Kantar that the supplied categories correctly match the respondents’ regions. Please note for variable region_mt (REGION - MALTA (NON-NUTS)) that the supplied codes of the original data delivery are stated in brackets. The regions have been recoded by the archive to make the codes consistent with round 2, the order of the regions has not been changed. Checks for duplicate case identification numbers and cases have been performed. The dataset has been checked for duplicate cases on the base of 64 selected non-technical (substantial) variables without evidence for any duplicate.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA7738 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • European Parliament: Public opinion in times of COVID-19 - Third round . Conducted by Kantar Belgium at the request of the European Parliament, Directorate-General for Communication. Brussels, November 2020.

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 2 | Registration Date: 2021-03-31