Eurobarometer 52.0: European Parliament Elections, the Single European Currency, and Financial Services, October-November 1999 Archival Version


This round of Eurobarometer surveys 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, how important the role of the European Union (EU) will be in their daily life over the next five years, and how they viewed the need for societal change. Additional questions focused on the respondents' knowledge of and opinions on the EU, including how well-informed they felt about the EU, what sources of information about the EU they used, whether their country had benefited from being an EU member, and the extent of their personal interest in EU matters. Other major areas of focus in the surveys included European Parliament elections, the single European currency (the euro), and respondents' experiences with financial services. Respondents were asked which television news programs they watched, which newspaper(s) they read, and how much attention they gave to politics, social issues, the European Union, the economy, sports, the environment, foreign policy, and culture. They were also asked whether they voted in the most recent European Parliament elections, what their reasons were for voting or not voting, and how they viewed the importance and power of the European Parliament in the European Union. A number of questions probed for respondents' knowledge and use of the euro, whether they worried about changing to the euro, and what they thought about the timing of the change to the euro and about legislation surrounding the euro. Another set of questions queried respondents about financial services and obstacles to using those services, means of payment for important purchases, bank accounts, post office accounts, loans, and mortgages. Standard demographic information was collected on left-right political self-placement, marital status, age at completion of education, current age, sex, number of people in the household, number of children in the household, current occupation, previous occupation, household income,size of locality, and region of residence.

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Citizens of the European Union aged 15 and over residing in the 15 EU member countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. Smallest Geographic Unit: country

Multistage national probability samples.

2010-04-22 The data have been further processed by GESIS, and the SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files, Stata system file, and codebook have been updated. Also, the SAS transport (XPORT) file has been replaced with a SAS transport (CPORT) file, the SPSS portable file has been replaced with an SPSS system file, and a tab-delimited ASCII data file and data collection instrument have been added.2007-02-12 The data for this study have undergone further processing completed by the Zentralarchiv (ZA). This study has been updated to include the full ICPSR product suite including SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files in addition to SAS transport (XPORT), SPSS portable, and Stata system files.2002-02-14 The data producer has updated the data and SPSS data definition statements to include Variables D8 and D11 and to exclude Variables D8_B and D11_B. Also, data for all previously-embargoed variables are now available.

face-to-face interviewThe original data collection was carried out by INRA (Europe), European Coordination Office, on request of the European Commission.The codebook and setup files for this collection contain characters with diacritical marks used in many European languages.The documentation and/or setup files may contain references to Norway, but Norway was not a participant in this wave of Eurobarometer surveys. This collection contains no data for Norway.V893 (ORIGINAL RESPONDENT ID): For technical reasons two original respondent IDs have been recoded, in one case for Sweden (10380 to 3500) and one for Denmark (10685 to 3500).

Metadata Access
Creator Melich, Anna
Publisher ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research
Publication Year 2000
Rights Delivery; This version of the study is no longer available on the web. If you need to acquire this version of the data, you have to contact ICPSR User Support (
OpenAccess true
Contact ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research
Language English
Resource Type Dataset; survey data
Discipline Economics