Eurobarometer 58.0 (Sep-Oct 2002)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Europäische Kommission
Other Title
  • Services of General Interest, New Technologies, ICT, Health, Environment, and Public Safety (Subtitle)
Publication Date
  • European Commission, Brussels DG Press and Communication Opinion Polls (Researcher)
  • INRA BELGIUM, Brüssel (Data Collector)
  • GfK Danmark, Frederiksberg (Data Collector)
  • INRA DEUTSCHLAND, Mölln (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)
  • SPECTRA, Linz, Österreich (Data Collector)
  • METRIS, Lissabon (Data Collector)
  • MDC MARKETING RESEARCH Ltd, Espoo, Finnland (Data Collector)
  • GfK SVERIGE, Lund, Schweden (Data Collector)
  • MARTIN HAMBLIN LTD, London (Data Collector)
  • ULSTER MARKETING SURVEYS, Northern Ireland (Data Collector)
  • European Opinion Research Group (EORG),Brüssel (internationale Kooperation, Consortium made out of INRA and GfK Worldwide) (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • International Institutions, Relations, Conditions
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Religion and values
    • Crime
    • General health
    • Environmental degradation/pollution and protection
    • Consumption/consumer behaviour
    • Biotechnology
    • Information technology
  • Abstract

    This Eurobarometer survey queried respondents on standard Eurobarometer measures, such as how satisfied they were with their present life, whether they attempted to persuade others close to them to share their views on subjects they held strong opinions about, whether they discussed political matters, and what the European Union´s priorities should be. Topics: Additional questions focused on the respondents´ knowledge of and opinions about the European Union (EU), including sources of information about the EU and whether their country had benefited from being an EU member. This round included six general topics: services of general interest, new technologies, ICT (information communication technologies), health, environment, and public safety. In addition, demographic information was obtained. (1) The services of general interest topic included questions assessing accessibility, fairness in pricing, quality of service, clarity of information received, fairness in terms/conditions of contracts, complaints made, and customer service quality for the following services: mobile phone, fixed telephone, electricity supply, gas supply, water supply, postal services, transport services within towns/cities, and rail services between towns/cities. (2) The new technologies topic included questions about developing technologies, and whether they would improve the quality of life in the next 20 years. New technologies listed included solar energy, computers and information technology, biotechnology, genetic engineering, telecommunications, space exploration, the Internet, nuclear energy, nanotechnology, and mobile phones. Respondents were asked to what degree they were interested in, felt informed about, or found difficult to follow or understand politics, science and technology, and health. Further questions focused on biotechnology (broadly including genetic engineering and genetically modified foods). Respondents were asked to assess as either true or false statements such as the following: bacteria exist that live on waste water, genetically modified animals are larger than ordinary ones, and criminal tendencies are genetically inherited. With regard to applications of biotechnology (for food production or therapeutic cloning), respondents were asked whether they had heard of them, to what extent they had found them useful, and to what extent they believed they were a risk, morally acceptable, or encouraged them. Respondents also rated the most important and second most important issue with regard to new technologies. Respondents were then asked whether they tended to agree or disagree with statements regarding the utility, safety, and accuracy of judgment on genetically modified foods or cloning cells. All respondents were asked whether they agreed or disagreed with the statements that they would eat, buy, discuss, or support genetically modified foods, and whether they supported cloning research. Other questions probed whether different groups, such as newspapers, university scientists, government, and the European Commission, were doing a good job with regard to biotechnology. Respondents´ level of trust in various groups was also gauged, and respondents also indicated whether they had discussed or read anything regarding biotechnology. Respondents indicated whether they agreed with various statements having to do with the ethical and philosophical aspects of new technology. (3) The ICT (information communication technologies) topic included questions regarding the use of a computer and other media devices (mobile phone, personal organizers, cable/satellite/digital TV). Respondents assessed their use of computers and the Internet to find or keep a job, communicate with family or friends, and to buy products or services. Questions related to computer training, such as the extent of training/qualifications, self-assessment of skill, and use of the Internet in daily life, were also asked. (4) Questions about the topic of health sought to identify sources of health information, use of the Internet as a health information source, and trust in various sources such as consumer organizations, trade unions, government, and media. (5) Questions about the environment included the extent to which respondents worried about aspects of the environment such as the ozone layer, acid rain, pollution of rivers and lakes, and waste management, and the extent to which they felt informed about these issues. Questions regarding personal efficacy, sources of information, trust in various groups, level of government involvement, and solutions to environmental problems were also posed. (6) Questions about the topic of public safety probed respondents´ perceived level of safety, belief in the risk of theft or burglary within the next year, and agreement or disagreement on statements relating to public safety (such as burglar alarms can reduce crime, poverty leads to crime, and organized crime has infiltrated the economy). Demography: Age, gender, nationality, marital status, left-right political self-placement, occupation, age at completion of education, household income, region, and subjective size of community.
Temporal Coverage
  • 2002-09-02 / 2002-10-04
  • 2002-09-01 / 2002-10-04
  • 2002-09-01 / 2002-09-19
  • 2002-09-02 / 2002-10-02
  • 2002-09-03 / 2002-10-04
  • 2002-09-02 / 2002-09-24
  • 2002-09-03 / 2002-09-30
    Ireland (Republic)
  • 2002-09-05 / 2002-09-30
  • 2002-09-04 / 2002-09-30
  • 2002-09-01 / 2002-10-02
  • 2002-09-03 / 2002-09-29
  • 2002-09-02 / 2002-10-04
    Great Britain
  • 2002-09-04 / 2002-09-23
    Northern Ireland
  • 2002-09-03 / 2002-09-25
  • 2002-09-01 / 2002-10-07
  • 2002-09-02 / 2002-10-01
  • 2002-09-01 / 2002-10-16
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)
  • Norway (NO)
Sampled Universe
All respondents were aged 15 and over.
Sampling Procedure Comment: A multi-stage sampling design was used for this Eurobarometer. In the first stage, primary sampling units (PSU) were selected from each of the administrative regions in every country (i.e., Statistical Office of the European Community, EUROSTAT regions). PSU selection was systematic with probability proportional to population size, from sampling frames stratified by the degree of urbanization. In the next stage, a cluster of addresses was selected from each sampled PSU. Addresses were chosen systematically using standard random route procedures, beginning with an initial address selected at random. In each household, a respondent was selected, by a random procedure. Up to three recalls were made to obtain an interview with the selected respondent. No more than one interview was conducted in each household. Separate samples were drawn for Northern Ireland and East-Germany.
Collection Mode
  • Face-to-face interviews with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 16040
    Number of Variables: 790
The regular sample size (in the sense of completed interviews) is 1000 respondents per country, except the United Kingdom with separate samples for Great Britain (1000) and Northern Ireland (300), Luxembourg (600) and Germany with separate samples for the Eastern and the Western part (1000 each). Effective number of realised interviews in this round: France 1004, Belgium 1074, Netherlands 998, Germany-West 1036, Germany-East 1009, Italy 992, Luxembourg 599, Denmark 1000, Ireland 999, Great Britain 1014, Northern Ireland 306, Greece 1001, Spain 1000, Portugal 1000, Finland 1000, Sweden 1000, Austria 1008, Norway 1001. No standard trend questions. Swiss data on the module ´Biotechnology´ are available in the framework of EBCH 2002 (online access to integrated datasets EU+Switzerland via FORS online data catalogue). Candidate Countries data on the module ´Services of general interest´ are available in the context of Candidate Countries Eurobarometer 2003.3 (ZA3984).
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA3692 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • doi:10.3886/ICPSR03661.v2 (Type: DOI)
  • Internationale Umfrageprogramme (Type: FDZ)
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.4232/1.3692

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