Eurobarometer 55.0 (Mar-Apr 2001)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Europäische Kommission
Other Title
  • European Union Enlargement, the Euro, and Dialogue on Europe (Subtitle)
Publication Date
  • European Commission, Brussels DG Press and Communication Opinion Polls (Researcher)
  • INRA BELGIUM, Bruessel (Data Collector)
  • GfK Danmark, Frederiksberg (Data Collector)
  • INRA DEUTSCHLAND, Moelln (Data Collector)
  • MARKET ANALYSIS, Athen (Data Collector)
  • INRA ESPANA, Madrid (Data Collector)
  • CSA-TMO, Paris (Data Collector)
  • LANSDOWNE Market Research, Dublin (Data Collector)
  • INRA Demoskopea, Rom (Data Collector)
  • ILReS, Luxemburg (Data Collector)
  • INTOMART, Hilversum, Niederlande (Data Collector)
  • METRIS, Lissabon (Data Collector)
  • INRA UK, London (Data Collector)
  • GfK SVERIGE, Lund, Schweden (Data Collector)
  • MDC MARKETING RESEARCH Ltd, Espoo, Finnland (Data Collector)
  • SPECTRA, Linz, OEsterreich (Data Collector)
  • European Opinion Research Group (EORG), Bruessel (internationaleKooperation, Consortium made out of INRA and GfK Worldwide) (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • International Institutions, Relations, Conditions
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • International politics and organisation
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
    • Government, political systems and organisation
    • Economic systems and development
  • Abstract

    The major topics are: 1. Euro, 2. EU enlargement, 3. Dialog in Europe. Topics: 1. Euro: estimated extent to which informed about the Euro; personally used sources of information on Euro; preferred source of information of public institutions on the Euro; knowledge test of the membership of EU countries in the Euro zone; assessment of acceptance of the Euro as means of payment in the EU countries; attitude to the Euro and personal expectations of the consequences the introduction of the Euro will have for society (scale). 2. EU enlargement: knowledge and earlier as well as future planned trips to Non-EU European countries; existence of personal contacts to these countries (family, business, sport); knowledge about willingness of these countries to join; preferred candidates for joining and countries that should not be accepted; estimated extent to which informed about the EU enlargement; personal wishes for more information about candidates to join and their social parameters (tourism, business, culture, politics, environment, agriculture); personal interest in the political dialog on the EU enlargement; knowledge of the European summit meeting in Nice in December 2000 and source of this knowledge; perceived objectives of the summit meeting in Nice; personal opinion on EU enlargement; assessment which member country and which region will most profit from EU enlargement; reasons for the estimated effects of EU enlargement on the country and expected personal improvements; estimated importance of a concrete point in time for acceptance of EU candidates to join; estimated speed of development of the EU (scale); attitude to acceleration of the acceptance process for new countries in the EU; expected development speed of the EU after expansion (scale); importance of selected acceptance criteria for candidates to join; attitude to EU enlargement (scale); personal concerns and fears regarding the EU; expected migrations from the candidates to join from Central and Eastern Europe and most important concerns or positive expectations. 3. Dialog in Europe: personal interest in dialog with political institutions; reasons for or against this dialog; attitude to an EU-wide discussion about certain social topics; personal interest in participation in these discussions and reasons for or against this interest; readiness for discussion with European politicians and preferred times to talk and meeting places; preferred discussion conditions, discussion media and initiators of the discussion; preferred information about the EU and EU politicians in the Internet; self-assessment of adequate level of information in order to participate in political dialog; topics about which more information is desired; preferred manner of conveying information; interest in the opinions of EU citizens outside of one´s own country and preferred manner of conveying this information; interest in the opinions of citizens in countries joining the EU; opinion on more media presence of EU politicians with European problems; assessment whether knowledge about one´s national constitution and the EU treaties is useful; personal interest in the contents of the EU treaties; assessment of the EU treaties regarding their accessibility for the citizens. Except in Great Britain, Sweden and Denmark the following questions were posed: knowledge about the time of introduction of the Euro as well as point in time of possibly paying in Euro with check or EC card in one´s own and other EU countries; knowledge when the old national currency becomes invalid; extent to which informed about the possibilities to exchange currency after the Euro conversion phase; extent to which informed about the exchange rate of one´s own currency in Euro; estimated general and personal difficulties in transition in the introduction of the Euro (scale); intent to use the Euro oneself in electronic funds transfers. The following additional questions were posed in Great Britain, Sweden and Denmark: attitude to the introduction of the Euro in one´s own country and assessment of benefit or disadvantage for one´s own country; general attitude to the Euro; assessment of the benefit of a common currency in the twelve countries of the Euro zone. The following additional questions were posed in Great Britain and Sweden: estimated influence of the Danish rejection of the Euro on the attitude in one´s country; possible personal consequences from the weak course of the Euro in comparison to the Dollar. The following additional questions were posed only in Denmark: attitude to a reduction in the political weight of Denmark in Europe; attitude to a later introduction of the Euro. The following additional questions were posed only in France: personal opinion on conversion of Francs to Euro and estimated necessity of this conversion. The following additional questions were posed in Finland, Sweden, Germany, Austria and Italy: assessment and justified evaluation of a possible development of commuters from Southern and Central Europe from the EU enlargement. The following additional questions were posed only in Finland: assessment of the influence on Finland of Estonia´s joining the EU. The following additional questions were posed only in Great Britain: stating preferred source of information of public institutions on the EU enlargement. Demography: nationality; self-assessment on a left-right continuum; marital status; age at end of education; sex; age; occupation; position in household; occupation of head of household; degree of urbanization; monthly household income. Also encoded was: date of interview and interview time; length of interview; number of persons present during interview; willingness of respondent to cooperate; city size; region; interviewer number; weighting factor; possession of a telephone. in Luxembourg, Belgium and Finland: interview language.
Temporal Coverage
  • 2001-03-08 / 2001-03-30
  • 2001-03-09 / 2001-04-24
  • 2001-03-06 / 2001-03-24
  • 2001-03-07 / 2001-04-05
  • 2001-03-07 / 2001-03-29
  • 2001-03-05 / 2001-04-19
  • 2001-03-13 / 2001-04-04
    Ireland (Republic)
  • 2001-03-05 / 2001-04-19
  • 2001-03-05 / 2001-04-04
  • 2001-03-05 / 2001-04-19
  • 2001-03-09 / 2001-04-01
  • 2001-03-05 / 2001-04-04
    Great Britain
  • 2001-03-05 / 2001-04-04
    Northern Ireland
  • 2001-03-09 / 2001-03-26
  • 2001-03-05 / 2001-04-16
  • 2001-03-05 / 2001-04-24
Geographic Coverage
  • Belgium (BE)
  • Denmark (DK)
  • Germany (DE)
  • Greece (GR)
  • Spain (ES)
  • France (FR)
  • Ireland (IE)
  • Italy (IT)
  • Luxembourg (LU)
  • Netherlands (NL)
  • Portugal (PT)
  • Great Britain (GB-GBN)
  • Northern Ireland (GB-NIR)
  • Austria (AT)
  • Sweden (SE)
  • Finland (FI)
Sampled Universe
Persons 15 years old and older.
Sampling Procedure Comment: Multi-stage stratified random sample or quota sample
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 16099
    Number of Variables: 912
In each country approx. 1000 interviews were conducted except in Northern Ireland (approx. 300) and Luxembourg (approx. 600). In the Federal Republic of Germany there are separate samples for East and West with approx. 1000 respondents each. No standard trend questions, reduced demographics
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA3506 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • doi:10.3886/ICPSR03340.v3 (Type: DOI)
  • Internationale Umfrageprogramme (Type: FDZ)
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.4232/1.3506
  • European Opinion Research Group (EORG): EUROBAROMETER 2001 - SPECIAL EDITION. Survey carried out for the European Commission's Representations in the Member States. National Highlights. Brussels: June 2001 (also available in French).

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 93 | Registration Date: 2012-05-16