Eurobarometer 85.2: Attitudes towards the EU, Europe 2020, European economy, European citizenship (2016)

European Commission


Changelog (Archive version):

2.0 - 2020-07-03
* data and metadata updated to the latest release (2.0.0)

1.0 - 2017-11-16
* first import routine of the study



Changelog (Source release):

2.0.0 - 2020-03-09
* First archive edition

1.1.0 - 2017-06-01
* Archive pre-release



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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 85.2 are as follows:

  •  Attitudes towards the EU: life satisfaction; frequency of political discussions about local, national, and European matters with friends and relatives; assessment of the current situation meaning of the EU for the respondent; attitudes towards EU and EU unification; knowledges of EU;
  • Europe 2020: likelihood to reach the following objectives by 2020 (political priorities)
  • Economic crisis:  impact of the economic crisis on the job market
  • European Citizenship: feeling of being a citizen of the EU, knowledge of the rights of EU citizens, desire for more information on the rights of EU citizens; feeling of national and / or European identity
  • Media: information on European issues, social networks
  • Political participation: political participation and political attitude

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Topic Classification:

  • ECONOMICS - economic policy
  • POLITICS - international politics and organisations
  • POLITICS - mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
  • SOCIETY AND CULTURE - cultural activities and participation
  • SOCIETY AND CULTURE - social change
  • 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: resident in the respective country aged 15 and over

    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 dataset in Stata format; 1 SPSS syntax file concerning missing value; 2 questionnaires in PDF format (ita, eng); 1 methodological notes and codebook file 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 . (2016) Eurobarometer 85.2: Attitudes towards the EU, Europe 2020, European economy, European citizenship. TNS Opinion & Social [Producer]. GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences [Producer]. UniData - Bicocca Data Archive, Milan. Study Number SI362. Data file version 2.0

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    All question modules in the standard Eurobarometer context and largely replicating questions asked in the context of Eurobarometer 84.3 or 83.3.

    Data for protocol variables p1 (interview date ), p8 (postal code), p9 (sample point number) and p10 (interviewer number) as well as ms1 to ms3 (social media usage) have not been made available. Data for d2 (Party attachment) and d3 (Last vote in national parliamentary elections) had not been part of the Eurobarometer, data are not available.

    No data are available for SIZE OF COMMUNITY for Macedonia (p6mk).

    In the course of a new dataset delivery from TNS/KANTAR the SIZE OF COMMUNITY variable p6al for Albania has been corrected for a deviant frequency distribution in version v2-0-0. As a consequence of this data correction weights referring to Albania 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.

    Due to the new dataset delivery a modified country specific TNS case id has been provided with discrepancies for a large part of the respondents in dataset version v2-0-0. As a consequence variables “caseid” and “uniqid” (composed of the TNS country code and the TNS case id) in dataset version v2-0-0 are not identical with former versions of Eurobarometer 85.2. The dataset still includes an original unique serial id across all countries (variable “serialid“), which is identical with former versions of Eurobarometer 85.2.