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Study Report

Study Number: LA-527-030-2-1-United States-ICPSR-1989

Subject Area: Public Opinion on Political Matters, Political Participation

Bibliographic Citation: Euro-barometer 31: European elections, 1989: pre-election survey, March-April 1989.  [machine-readable data file] / Reif, Karlheinz  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 9322

Date Accessioned: 2/15/1994

Comments: This edition of the data uses the 1st edition codebook, but data that were embargoed in the 1st edition have now been restored.

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Date Ordered: 2/15/1994

Documentation: 1 volume hard copy; machine-readable SPSS data definition statements.

Abstract: This round of Euro-Barometer surveys had for its major focus issues surrounding the European elections. Questions on political party preferences asked respondents which party they felt the closest to, how they voted in their country's last general election, how they would vote if a general election were held tomorrow, which party they would vote for within their countries, how they planned to vote in the June 1989 elections for the European Parliament, how they viewed the importance of certain national problems, and what they thought about democracy and individual liberties. Respondents were asked about their usage of the media for news, their opinions of an ''All Europe'' television channel and what it should offer, and how the single European market planned for in 1992 would affect their lives. The survey also gauged respondents' perceptions of the general attitude of their countries' political parties toward the most important problems facing their nations. Other items included life satisfaction, union membership, smoking habits, views on environmental issues such as nuclear accidents and radioactivity, views regarding cancer, and knowledge of and attitudes toward European Community institutions and policies, including the Common Agricultural Policy. Respondents also were asked to name current topics and events most important for them and to state whether or not certain causes such as the promotion of world peace were worth taking risks and making sacrifices for. The section on cancer queried respondents about their knowledge of the causes of cancer and medical recommendations for its early detection and prevention, and asked respondents if they followed or intended to follow those recommendations. Women were questioned about specific kinds of cancer detection examinations as well. Additional information was gathered on family income, number of persons and children under 15 residing in the home, size of locality, region of residence, occupation of the head of household, and the respondent's age, sex, occupation, education, religion, religiosity, subjective social class standing, 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, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom, and West Germany (including West Berlin).

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

EXTENT OF COLLECTION: 1 data file + machine-readable documentation (text) + SPSS Control Cards.

DATA TYPE: survey data

DATA FORMAT: OSIRIS and Card Image, with SPSS Control Cards for each

TIME PERIOD: March 2-April 19, 1989

DATE OF COLLECTION: March 2-April 19, 1989

FUNDING AGENCY: National Science Foundation.

GRANT NUMBER: SES 85-12100 and SES 88-09098

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

RELATED PUBLICATIONS:

Inglehart, Ronald. CULTURE SHIFT IN ADVANCED INDUSTRIAL SOCIETY. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1990. Inglehart, Ronald, and Karlheinz Reif (eds.). EURO-BAROMETER: THE DYNAMICS OF EUROPEAN OPINION. London: MacMillan, 1991.

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