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Study Report

Study Number: LA-527-034-1-1-Europe-ICPSR-1990

Subject Area: Public Opinion on Political Matters, Political Participation

Bibliographic Citation: Euro-barometer 34.0: perceptions of the European community, and employment patters and child rearing, October-November 1990.  [machine-readable data file] / Reif, Karlheinz  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 9576

Date Accessioned: 1/6/1994

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Date Ordered: 12/1/1993

Documentation: 1 volume hard copy.

Abstract: This round of Euro-Barometer surveys focused on how current social and cultural conditions affected the lives of individuals and households. Respondents were asked to assess general economic conditions and the current and future financial situations of their own households. They were also asked to comment on the degree of satisfaction they perceived in their lives and to describe personal interests and the types of voluntary associations to which they belonged. Related queries investigated knowledge of European Community policies and perceptions of how such policies might affect the lives of respondents. Assessments were sought on the pace of European unification, the prospective establishment of a Single European Market in 1992, the possible formation of a European Community police force for combating terrorism and drug trafficking, which areas of policy should be decided by national governments and which by the Community, the rights of noncitizens in Community countries, the role of the Community in cultural matters, and the position that the Community should assume in reacting to upheavals in Central and Eastern Europe and in the Persian Gulf. An additional set of questions focused on major problems facing European youth, the qualities parents should try to encourage in their children, knowledge and use of different languages in the home, and the importance of foreign languages in general. Another section of the survey probed individual employment patterns. Respondents were asked to describe their employment histories, how changes in their family lives affected their working lives, times of unemployment, reasons other than money for starting work again after a period of unemployment, and occupation. The role of child-rearing in family employment patterns was also probed: respondents were asked to describe their experiences with child care, the distribution of household duties within the family, and their attitudes toward raising children in general. As in previous Euro-Barometers, questions on political party preference queried respondents about which party they felt closest to, how they voted in their country's last general election, and how they would vote if a general election were held tomorrow. Additional information was gathered on family income, number of people residing in the home, size of locality, home ownership, trade union membership, region of residence, occupation of the head of household, and the respondent's age, sex, education, religion, religiosity, subjective social class standing, socio-professional status, and left-right political self-placement.

SOURCE: personal interviews

UNIVERSE: Persons aged 15 and over residing in the 12 member nations of the European Community: Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

SAMPLE: Multistage national probability samples and national stratified quota samples.

NOTE: Data processing for this collection was done at the Zentralarchiv fuer empirische Sozialforschung in Koeln, Germany.

EXTENT OF COLLECTION: 1 data file + SPSS Control Cards + data collection instrument.

DATA TYPE: survey data

DATA FORMAT: LRECL with SPSS Control Cards

TIME PERIOD: October 10-November 2, 1990

DATE OF COLLECTION: October 10-November 2, 1990

EXTENT OF PROCESSING BY ICPSR: BLANKS/ MDATA/ CONCHK.PR/ UNDOCCHK.PR/ RECODE.PR

RELATED PUBLICATIONS:

Reif, Karlheinz, and Ronald Inglehart (eds.). EURO-BAROMETER: THE DYNAMICS OF EUROPEAN OPINION. London: MacMillan, 1991.

Media/File Reports:

7143 (CD-ROM)