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Study Report

Study Number: LA-532-002-1-1-Europe-ICPSR-1992

Subject Area: Public Opinion on Political Matters, Political Participation

Bibliographic Citation: Central and eastern euro-barometer 3: political disintegration, October-November 1992.  [machine-readable data file] / Reif, Karlheinz  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 6106

Date Accessioned: 3/22/1995

Number of Files Received: 5

Comments: Data was first received via ftp, then on tape.

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Date Ordered: 2/22/1995

Documentation: Machine-readable data dictionary; SAS and SPSS control cards; SPSS export file.

Abstract: This round of Central and Eastern Euro-Barometer Surveys focused on public support for the European Community (EC) and on attitudes toward political and economic reforms and other issues facing Europe. Respondents were asked whether they felt their country was going in the right direction in general, how well their country's economy and their own finances had fared over the past year, whether they thought the establishment of a free market economy was right or wrong, and whether economic reforms and privatization were occurring too fast or too slowly. Satisfaction with the development of democracy and with their own place in their political system was assessed, as was intention to vote in the next general election. A series of questions elicited opinions on the respect for human rights in one's own country and on the situation for minority rights. Several items concerned respondents' trust in various forms of information media, including broadcasts from the West. Respondents were asked how frequently they think of themselves as European. They were also asked to indicate how aware they were of, and how interested in, the European Community and its activities and institutions, and to rate how positively they regarded the European Community and the prospect of their country's membership in the Community. Country-specific questions were asked regarding sources of information about the European Community. Participants were also asked about how the economy, government, and private citizens might be advantaged or disadvantaged by the country's increasing ties with the European Community. The survey explored the prospect of future alignments with the United States, the European Community, other East European countries, other (non-EC) European countries, Russia, Turkey, Japan, and South Korea. Opinions were sought on the fairness of European Community and other countries' trade and assistance policies. Respondents' views were obtained on the break-up of European nations and on their personal likelihood of emigration to other European countries, and on the effectiveness of the United Nations and other international organizations' intervention in the former Yugoslavia. A few of these questions were asked of a small sample of persons in Serbia and Croatia. Demographic data collected on each participant include age, education, occupation, religion, ethnic background, mother tongue, citizenship, union membership, left/right political placement, sex, and income.

SOURCE: personal interviews

UNIVERSE: Persons aged 15 and over residing in 18 nations in Central and Eastern Europe: Albania, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, and the five nations of the Commonwealth of Independent States (Armenia, Belarus, Moldova, Russia west of the Urals, and the Ukraine).

SAMPLE: Multistage national probability samples and national stratified quota samples. In Armenia, Georgia, and Moldova, some areas could not be covered by the survey due to hostilities. The Northeast, Vaik, and Zangezur were not surveyed in Armenia, resulting in a 90 percent coverage of that country. In Georgia, 90 percent of the area was surveyed, including 68 percent of Abkhazia. The Transnistria area of Moldova was also omitted from the survey due to fighting, resulting in just 82 percent of that country being covered. In each of these cases, the final sample was representative of that portion of the country that could be covered.

NOTE: Data processing for this collection was done at the Zentralarchiv fuer empirische Sozialforschung in Koeln, Germany. Supplementary documentation consisting of introductory and sampling information is available only in hardcopy form upon request from ICPSR.

EXTENT OF COLLECTION: 1 data file + machine-readable documentation (text) + SAS data definition statements + SPSS data definition statements.

DATA TYPE: survey data

DATA FORMAT: LRECL with SAS and SPSS data definition statements and SPSS Export File

TIME PERIOD: autumn 1992

DATE OF COLLECTION: October-November 1992


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