Eurobarometer 84.3: Life in European Union, Europe 2020, economic crisis, European citizenship, media use, and political participation (2015)

European Commission


Changelog (Archive version):

4.0 - 2019-03-21
* data and documentation update to the latest release (4.0.0)

3.0 - 2017-12-19
* data and documentation update to the latest release (3.1.0)

2.0 - 2017-02-13
* data and documentation update to the latest release (3.0.0)

1.0 - 2016-05-13
* data import



Changelog (Source release):

4.0.0 - 2019-06-01
**Archive edition
-Corrected variable from q1.29 to q1.34
-Corrected variable qe4t

3.1.0 - 2017-06-01
* Archive pre-release (update)
- Corrected variable w85

3.0.0 - 2016-11-25
* Archive pre-release (update)
- Corrected Romanian region variables p7ro/p7ro_r and the corresponding weights
- Added variable q1 (NATIONALITY)
- Added nuts and nutslvl variables

2.0.0 - 2016-05-02
* Archive pre-release
p1 to p5: No data are made available for protocol items p1 (date of interview), p2 (time of interview begin), p3 duration of interview), p4 (n of persons present during the interview) and p5 (respondent cooperation). -> Protocol variables p1 (date of interview), p2 (time of interview begin), p3 duration of interview), p4 (n of persons present during the interview) and p5 (respondent cooperation) have subsequently been delivered by TNS and merged into the dataset by the archive.

1.0.0 - Archive pre-release



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individual data

Time Dimensions:
longitudinal (trend repeated cross-section)

Series Name:
EB - Eurobarometer

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The Eurobarometer survey is designed to provide regular monitoring of public social and political attitudes in the EU through specific trend questions. Therefore, the general aim of EB is to know the attitudes and evaluations of European citizens about large general themes. The questions concern to the European integration issues, but sometimes they regard also specific problem about single country or common problems of economic, political or social nature.

The arguments of Eurobarometer 84.3 are as follows:

  • Life in European Union: standard trend questions on living conditions, important political issues, trust in institutions, democracy satisfaction, perception of and attitudes towards the European Union and European Unification, European Union knowledge;
  • Europe 2020: the Europe 2020 strategy (policy priorities);
  • Economic crisis: impact of the economic crisis on the job market, policy measures against the financial and economic crisis;
  • European citizenship: citizen rights and identification;
  • Media use: press, radio, television, internet, online social media and political information on national and European matters;
  • Political participation: political participation and general political attitudes.

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Topic Classification:

  • ECONOMICS - economic conditions and indicators
  • LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT - employment
  • POLITICS - international politics and organisations
  • POLITICS - mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
  • Nations: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Montenegro, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Turkish Cypriot Community

    Geographical Unit: size community

    Analysis Unit: individual

    Universe: whole national population of 15 years and older

    Sample Procedure: about 1.000 individuals for each country. Multi-stage stratified random sample

    Weight: Weight used. Please read the documentation for any details

    Collection Mode: face to face interview, Computer-Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI)

    Collection Size: UniData supplies: 1 dataset in SPSS format; 1 syntax file related to missing cases; 1 dataset in STATA format; 2 questionnaire in PDF format (eng, ita); 1 methodological notes and codebook in PDF format (eng) (6 file)


    Methodological Notes and codebook (pdf):
    DDI Documentation:
    DDI Documentation

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    Source Contact: Eurobarometer Data Service - GESIS

    European Commission. (2015) Eurobarometer 84.3: Life in European Union, Europe 2020, economic crisis, European citizenship, media use, and political participation. TNS Opinion & Social [Producer]. GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences [Producer]. UniData - Bicocca Data Archive, Milan. Study Number SI353. Data file version 4.0

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    All question modules in the standard Eurobarometer context and largely replicating questions asked in the context of Eurobarometer 83.3 or 82.3 for QE.

    Starting with Eurobarometer 81.3 (with 84.1 for Germany), the category scheme for country specific protocol variables P6 has changed considerably. Categories for all countries have been harmonized among each other to three values (Rural area – Towns and suburbs/small urban area – Cities/large urban areas). For TURKEY the data provided by TNS do not match with the new scheme, but appear to match with the former 5-point scheme.

    Variable p6tr has been reconstructed by the Archive for dataset version v1-0-0 using SIZE OF COMMUNITY data for Turkey included in a former integrated variable P6 with the “old” 5-point category scheme.

    Starting with Eurobarometer 81.3 the category scheme for country specific protocol variables P7 has changed for some countries, in particular introducing NUTS categories for Ireland, Estonia, and Croatia.

    In the course of a new dataset delivery from TNS the REGION variable for Romania has been corrected for an abnormal frequency distribution in version v3-0-0. Please note that the number of cases changed  in variables p7ro and p7ro_r. As a consequence of this data correction weights referring to Romania have been modified. Please note that official reports and tables may be based on former weights and slight deviations to the current dataset results can exist.

    No data are available for p6 for Macedonia.

    Data for protocol variables p1, p2, p3, p4 and p5  have been delivered subsequently by TNS and been merged into the archive release dataset version v2.0.0.

    The fieldwork dates implied by the values in protocol variable p1 differ slightly from those indicated in the technical specifications provided by TNS for several countries.

    Extrapolated population figures as calculated by WEXTRA differ for almost all countries (except AL and CY-TCC).

    One duplicate case (doublet) in terms of identical coding of all substantial variables and demographics (with the only exception of d46.5) has been identified for TURKEY. The corresponding case id variables are not identical. UNIQID is coded ´430000546´ and ´430000550´; SERIALID is coded ´27177´ and ´27181´.

    Data for protocol variables P8 (postal code), P9 (sample point number) and P10 (interviewer number) have not been made available.