Transatlantic Trends 2003

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Kennedy, Craig (German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), Washington)
  • Isernia, Pierangelo (University of Siena, Italy)
  • Everts, Philip (University of Leiden, the Netherlands)
Publication Date
  • TNS Sofres, Montrouge, France (international coordination) (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • International Institutions, Relations, Conditions
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • International politics and organisation
    • Conflict, security and peace
  • Abstract

    Foreign relations. Relations of country to the USA, military interventions, military alliances, Arab/Israeli conflict, combating international terrorism. Topics: support for an active role of own country in international politics; attitude towards strong leadership in world affairs by the USA; assessment of the George W. Bush administration´s handling of foreign policy; attitude towards the amount of government expenditure for education, defense, and social welfare and health; personal preference of superpower status for the European Union and/or the USA; preferred role for the European Union in international politics; against superpower status for the European Union because of higher military spending; reasons for the European Union to become a superpower: competition with the USA, more effective cooperation with the USA in solving international problems or forming a counterweight to the USA; willingness to accept increase in military expenditures for European superpower status; assessment of potential international threats to Europe/the USA: economic competition from Europe/the USA, Islamic fundamentalism, international terrorism, large numbers of immigrants and refugees, the military conflict between Israel and its Arab neighbors, the development of weapons of mass destruction by North Korea (split A) or by Iran (split B), US unilateralism; 100-point sympathy temperature scale for the USA, Russia, Germany, Israel, Great Britain, France, the European Union, the Palestinians, and split A: Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, North Korea, and Syria / split B: Turkey, China, Portugal, Iran, and Saudi Arabia; attitude towards strengthening the United Nations (split A), attitude towards the United Nations in general (split B); assessment of the development of transatlantic relations in recent years; European Union or the USA more important for vital interests of own country; assessment of costs in lives and money for Iraq war; support for involvement of own country´s troops in military action against a nuclear-armed North Korea and Iran respectively, supported by only the US, by NATO, by the United Nations Security Council, the USA and its allies (8 split groups); preference for military action or economic sanctions against countries harboring terrorists depending on whether measures are supported by the European Union and/or the USA (split groups 1-4) / preference for military action or economic sanctions against countries threatening nuclear action depending on whether measures are supported by the European Union and/or the USA (split groups 5-8); support for various proposals to help solve the Arab/Israeli (split A), the Israeli/Palestinian (split B) conflict; distribution of political roles between the USA and Europe; support for Israel because it is a democracy; economic strength more important than military strength in world affairs; attitude towards the necessity of war to fight injustice; attitude towards ignoring the United Nations if vital interests of country are concerned; opinion on presumed European unwillingness to take responsibility in international affairs; opinion on cultural and social difference between the USA and Europe; knowledge of permanent members of the United Nations Security Council; self-placement on a left-right continuum. Demography: sex, age, highest level of education received, occupation, party preference, number of persons older than 17 in household (reduced size of household); only in US: ethnic background. Additional variables: country, region, interviewer ID, date of interview. Weights: weight Europe (for analyses focusing on European data, weight factor 0 for American data), weight for gender-age-education (redressment), US-weight for race (redressment for ethnic background), US-weight gender-age-education and race (redressment).
Temporal Coverage
  • 2003-06-10 / 2003-06-25
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
  • France (FR)
  • Poland (PL)
  • United Kingdom (GB)
  • Netherlands (NL)
  • Italy (IT)
  • Portugal (PT)
  • United States (US)
Sampled Universe
Men and women aged 18 and over
Sampling Procedure Comment: Random-digit dialing sample
Collection Mode
  • Computer assisted telephone interviews using a standardized questionnaire (personal interviews in Poland, due to low telephone penetration).
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 8013
    Number of Variables: 151
In Europe a total of around 7,000 interviews were conducted, approximately 1,000 interviews per country. A further 1,000 interviews were conducted in the USA. In Europe the survey was generally conducted by computer assisted telephone interviewing (CATI), only the Polish survey used computer assisted personal interviewing (CAPI). This data collection corresponds to ICPSR-Study No. 3972. funding agency: German Marshall Fund of the United States; Compagnia di San Paolo, Turin, Italy; Luso-American Development Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA4219 (Type: ZA-No.)

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 242 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22