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Study Report

Study Number: LA-527-045-1-1-Europe-ICPSR-1991

Subject Area: Public Opinion on Political Matters, Political Participation

Bibliographic Citation: Euro-barometer 35.1: public transportation and biotechnology, Spring 1991.  [machine-readable data file] / Reif, Karlheinz  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 9698

Date Accessioned: 5/20/1997

Number of Files Received: 2

Access Status: Restricted to UW-Madison

Date Ordered: 5/20/1997

Documentation: Hard copy codebook; SPSS setup file.

Abstract: This round of Euro-Barometer surveys investigated two environmental topics: transportation and biotechnology (genetic engineering). With respect to transportation issues, the survey assessed how residents of urban areas perceived the growth of car traffic and how they felt about its consequences, including effects on air quality and the risk of accidents. Ratings were sought on the effectiveness of various proposals for solving traffic congestion. Respondents were asked to indicate how well political decision-makers judge the feelings of the public on transportation issues, and which types of transport should be preferred in policy decisions: cars versus public transportation, cars versus cyclists, and cars versus pedestrians. They were asked to indicate how frequently they used various types of transportation and their reasons for using and for not using public transportation. Biotechnology was described as the recent efforts of scientists to change human cells, micro-organisms like yeast, crops, and farm animals. Respondents were asked whether such science and technology in general is likely to improve life in the next 20 years. They were also asked for their views on the morality of applying biotechnology to animals and the value of specific areas of research like plant and animal breeding and the development of hardier micro-organisms for food and waste processing. A series of questions tested respondents' objective knowledge of biotechnology, asking them to state whether particular domains such as cancer research or the treatment of hereditary human diseases were linked to biotechnology. In addition, self-ratings of competency on these questions were obtained, and respondents indicated and evaluated their sources of information on technology and development. As in previous Euro-Barometers, respondents were queried on their opinions about their country's membership in the European Community (EC). This survey also introduced a new set of questions on individuals' personal experience with the Common Market through the purchase of goods or services from other member states of the EC. Respondents were asked to provide objective information on the particular kinds of products or services bought or sold, and methods of payment used. They evaluated their satisfaction with such transactions, and assessed the levels of quality and standards expected from each of the EC member countries with which they had dealt. Continuing Euro-Barometer items included questions on political party preference, how respondents voted in their country's last general election, and how they would vote if a general election were held tomorrow. Information was gathered on family income, number of people residing in the home, size of locality, home ownership, region of residence, occupation of the head of household, and the respondent's age, sex, education, religion, religiosity, subject social class standing, socio-professional status, and left-right political self-placement.

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