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Study Report

Study Number: LA-526-002-1-1-Europe-ICPSR-1971

Subject Area: Public Opinion on Political Matters, Political Participation

Bibliographic Citation: European communities study, 1971.  [machine-readable data file] / Inglehart, Ronald  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 7275

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Documentation: 1 volume hard copy.

Abstract: The study contained four major sections: a measure of the respondents' feelings of regional belonging, their awareness of and ideas about agricultural problems, their opinions of the Common Market and European unification, and a measure of the amount and source of their knowledge in these areas. The section dealing with regional sentiments probed the degree of regional nationalism felt by the respondents. The extent of past and anticipated future inter-regional mobility within each country and within Europe was also investigated. The section on agricultural problems explored existing problems, their causes, and the future of agriculture in the respondents' countries. The emphasis of the study was on the Common Market section. Respondents' opinions about the effects of the Market on agriculture, industry, and the region as a whole were obtained as were reactions to the possibility of expansion in order to include more countries. In addition, some questions examined attitudes toward the desirability and feasibility of the evolution of a United States of Europe. The last section of the study ascertained how well-informed the respondents were about problems in agriculture and economic development in their region, and probed their knowledge of the Common Market. Their opinions concerning the adequacy of television coverage of these areas were also elicited. Other questions investigated the respondents' opinions on appropriate government priorities as well as their estimates of the probability of a third world war or a serious economic crisis. Personal data questions investigating occupation, union affiliations, income, and religion were also asked. The study includes samples from five European countries. There are 9,277 respondents: 1,459 from Belgium, 2,095 from France, 1,997 from Germany, 2,017 from Italy, and 1,673 from The Netherlands. There are two decks of data per respondent and 84 variables. The samples consist of national cross-sections of the population of each country with all respondents aged 16 or older. The same questionnaire was used in all five countries. The data are available in both card image and OSIRIS formats.

SUBJECT TERMS: agriculture. communities. economic attitudes and behavior. economic development. nationalism. political attitudes and behavior. regional interaction. television. unification. Belgium. Common Market. Europe. European integration. European unification. European Community. Federal Republic of Germany. France. Italy. Netherlands. United States of Europe. United States of Europe.


Inglehard, Ronald. The Silent Revolution: Changing Values and Political Styles Among Western Publics. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1977.

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