European Communities Study 1970

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Commission of the European Communities
Publication Date
  • Commission of the European Communities, Brussels (Researcher)
  • IRS, Bruessel (Data Collector)
  • Institut fuer Demoskopie, Allensbach (Data Collector)
  • IFOP, Paris (Data Collector)
  • DOXA, Mailand (Data Collector)
  • NIPO, Amsterdam (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • International Institutions, Relations, Conditions
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • International politics and organisation
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
  • Abstract

    Attitudes to political unification of Europe. Topics: Knowledge about the member countries of the EEC; attitude to joining by Great Britain and further development of the EEC into a political community; attitude to the election of a European Parliament, a European Government and an EEC president coming from another country; attitude to European currency, a European Olympics team and a European flag; desire for Denmark, Spain, the GDR, Poland, the USSR and Switzerland to join the EEC; ideas about the form of a united Europe; personal willingness to make sacrifices for the EC Union and expected consequences on personal standard of living; satisfaction with current living conditions and expected development of the economic situation; national pride; judgement on selected aspects of a European unification, such as e.g. economic development, loss of personal traditions and development of a political power by the EEC; attitude to guest workers; desire for strengthening of the military in one´s country and prevention of a world war; desire for financial independence, freedom of speech, travel freedom and a significant role for one´s own country in world politics and science; attitude to student demonstrations and social change; postmaterialism (scale); trust in Americans, Russians, Italians, Germans, French, Chinese, British and Swiss; most important political goals; political interest and knowledge of leading politicians of the country; intensity of absorbing political information; frequency of trips abroad; party preference and party allegiance of respondent as well as of his parents; the significance of the European question for the eligibility of one´s preferred party; membership as well as sympathy and solidarity with the trade unions; religiousness; self-classification on a poverty scale. Demography: age (classified); sex; religious denomination; school education; vocational training; occupation; household income; head of household; interest in politics; party inclination; party identification; state; media usage.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1970-02 / 1970-03
Geographic Coverage
  • Belgium (BE)
  • Germany (DE)
  • France (FR)
  • Italy (IT)
  • Netherlands (NL)
Sampled Universe
Sample of persons 16 years old and older.
Sampling Procedure Comment: Various sampling procedures (quota sample and multi-stage random sample) according to country.
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 8567
    Number of Variables: 120
The total of cases of the data set is distributed among the individual countries as follows: Belgium 1296 cases, Federal Republic of Germany 2014 cases, France 2046 cases, Italy 1806 cases, Netherlands 1405 cases. The separate release of European Communities Study 1970 - Part 2: Great Britain (GESIS study ZA3651, doi:10.4232/1.10976) is based on an additional British omnibus survey conducted in February 1970 with a subset of questions and trying for comparable key items in Great Britain. (*) The variables in the updated data set (January 29, 2008) have been shifted and renamed accordingly compared to the ICPSR codebook for the baseline edition (October 11, 2002).
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA0626 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Internationale Umfrageprogramme (Type: FDZ)
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.4232/1.0626
  • Inglehart, Ronald: The Silent Revolution: Changing Values and Political Styles among Western Publics. Princeton: University Press 1977.
  • Inglehart, Ronald: The Silent Revolution in Europe. In: Di Palma, Guiseppe (Hrsg.): &Mass Politics in Industrial Societies. Chicago: Markham Publishing Company 1972, S. 280-334.
  • Commission of the European Communities (Press and Information Bureau): Europeans and the Unification of Europe, Brussels, July 20, 1970
  • Commission of the European Communities (DG Press and Information): Europeans and European Unification. The results of a survey study conducted in February-March 1970 in six countries of the European Community. Brussels, June, 1972.

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 23 | Registration Date: 2012-10-17