EU-Profiler: User Profiles in the 2009 European Elections - Respondent-level Data for France

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Trechsel, Alexander (European University Institute (EUI), Florence)
Publication Date
  • Principal investigator (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Political Attitudes and Behavior
    • Political Parties, Organizations
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
    • Elections
  • Abstract

    The EU Profiler is a Voting Advice Application (VAA) running during the European Elections of 2009. Respondents are situated in a political spectrum, according to their positioning with regard to 30 statements on: (a) Welfare, family and health: welfare programmes maintained even if taxes increase, privatization of healthcare services, increase in subsidies for childcare; (b) Migration and immigration: encourage immigration of skilled workers, restrict immigration; (c) Society, religion and culture: legalisation of same sex marriages, greater respect for religious values in politics, decriminalisation of soft drugs, legalisation of euthanasia; (d) Finances and taxes: reduction of government spending, tax-raising powers for EU, bail out failing banks with public money; (e) Economy and work: reduction of workers´ protection regulation, reduction of EU subsidies to farmers; (f) Environment, transport and energy: support for renewable sources of energy, promotion of public transport, fighting global warming; (g) Law and order: restrictions of civil liberties, more severe punishment for criminals; (h) Foreign policy: EU should speak with one voice, EU should strengthen security and defence policy; (i) European integration; EU integration is good, France is better off in the EU, accession of Turkey, more power to EP, less veto power for individual member states, referendum on treaty in France; (j) Country specific items: affirmative action policies for minorities, effects of economic globalisation. Respondents could rate subjective salience for all issues. An additional questionnaire asks about: quality of results from EU-Profiler; help to decide about vote; change of vote decision; increase interest in EP election; increase interest in politics; increase motivation to participate in EP election; refrains from participating in EP election; no change of intention to vote; left indifferent; compass useful; previous use of profiler; media use for political information; political information before EP election; political efficacy; political interest; vote intention EP elections; vote at last election EP; vote intention national parliament; importance for democracy: equal chances to access courts, free and fair elections, referenda, governments do what is right, new technologies for participation; satisfaction with national democracy; satisfaction with european democracy; attitude towards further integration of EU; trust in: national parliament, European parliament, national Government, European Commission, political parties; national government of experts; european government of experts; approval of national government´s record; participation to elections; self-placement on a left-right continuum. Demography: gender; place of birth; nationality; country of residence; marital status; highest level of education; occupational status; sector of employment; place of residence; duration of residence; denomination; church attendance; self-assessment of religiousness; number of children; number of people in household; household income. Also encoded was: language user selected; spectrum position x-axis; spectrum position y-axis; nearest party in country spectrum; furthest party in country spectrum; nearest party in EU spectrum; furthest party in EU spectrum; scores on liberal society, expanded welfare axis, economic liberalisation axis, restrictive financial policy axis, law and order axis, immigration policy axis, environmental protection axis.
Temporal Coverage
  • 2009-04-23 / 2009-06-10
Geographic Coverage
  • France (FR)
Sampled Universe
Not defined
Sampling Procedure Comment: Convenience sample (self-selected)
Collection Mode
  • Computer Assisted Web Interview (CAWI)
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 48853
    Number of Variables: 241
The EU Profiler is the first Europe-wide voting advice application (VAA). The EU Profiler consortium consists of the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, the Amsterdam-based company Kieskompas and the NCCR Democracy (University of Zurich/Zentrum für Demokratie Aarau)/Politools network. The three partner institutions jointly finance the project with the acknowledged support of the Max Weber Fellow Programme at the EUI.
A - Data and documents are released for academic research and teaching.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA5811 (Type: ZA-No.)

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 21 | Registration Date: 2013-06-18