Eurobarometer 86.3: Humanitarian Aid, Civil Protection, EU Citizens’ views on development, cooperation and aid and Chemical safety (2016)

European Commission


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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 86.3 are as follows:

  • Humanitarian aid: awareness and importance of the EU funding humanitarian aid activities; importance of EU humanitarian aid to fund education for children in crises; approval of the EU initiative to sending volunteers to carry out humanitarian aid actions all over the world; humanitarian aid provided by each member state separately is more efficient than provided by the EU as a whole; image of the EU.
  • Civil protection: awareness and importance of the EU helping to coordinate disaster response within the EU; approval of the following statements: coordinated EU action in dealing with disasters is more effective than actions by individual countries, own country has sufficient means to deal with major disasters on its own, EU needs civil protection policy as major disasters may have cross-border effects, EU should help countries worldwide in case of disasters; preferred information sources on EU civil protection policy; sufficiency of measures to prevent or prepare for disasters in: own region, own country, EU.
  • EU Citizens’ views on development, cooperation and aid: importance to help people in developing countries; most important challenges in development countries; attitude towards increasing development aid; attitude towards statements regarding tackling poverty in development countries; personal engagement in helping developing countries; assessment of the efficacy of the following actions with regard to reducing poverty in developing countries: individual actions, EU and member states actions; awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals agreed by the international community; main obstacles in preventing successful development in developing countries.
  • Chemical safety: concern about exposure to hazardous chemicals in daily life; self-rated knowledge about potential dangers of chemicals in products of daily life; assessment of products containing chemicals in the own country with regard to health and environmental safety; sufficient regulation of hazardous chemicals within the EU; preferred sources of information on potential dangers of chemicals in everyday products; obligation of sellers in the own country to provide information on hazardous chemicals in products.

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Topic Classification:

  • ECONOMICS - economic systems and development
  • HEALTH - health policy
  • POLITICS - conflict, security and peace
  • POLITICS - international politics and organisations
  • POLITICS - mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
  • SOCIAL STRATIFICATION AND GROUPINGS - equality and inequality
  • Nations: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom

    Geographical Unit: size community

    Analysis Unit: individual

    Universe: residents in the respective country aged 15 and over

    Sample Procedure: about 1000 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 in PDF format (eng) (6 file)


    Methodological Notes and codebook (pdf):
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    DDI Documentation

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    European Commission . (2016) Eurobarometer 86.3: Humanitarian Aid, Civil Protection, EU Citizens’ views on development, cooperation and aid and Chemical safety. TNS Opinion & Social [Producer]. GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences [Producer]. UniData - Bicocca Data Archive, Milan. Study Number SI360. Data file version 2.0

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    Question module QA ‘Humanitarian Aid’ is partly based on questions asked in the context of the corresponding module surveyed in the framework of Eurobarometer 83.2.

    Question module QB ‘Civil Protection’ is partly based on questions asked in the context of the corresponding module surveyed in the framework of Eurobarometer 83.2.

    Question module QC ‘EU Citizens’ views on Development, Cooperation and Aid’ is partly based on questions asked in the context of the corresponding module surveyed in the framework of Eurobarometer 84.4.

    Question module QD ‘Chemical Safety’ is partly based on questions asked in the context of Flash Eurobarometer 361. Module QD had been made available starting with dataset version v2-0-0 (embargo update).

    Starting with Eurobarometer 81.3 (with 84.1 for Germany), the category scheme for country specific protocol variables P6 (SIZE OF COMMUNITY) 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).

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

    Variable uniqid was corrected in dataset version v3-0-0 for the erroneous coding of Belgium.

    Please note that three respondents from Northern Ireland give substantial answers in qc5_1 to qc5_5 (‘HELPING DEVELOPING COUNTRIES’) and at the same time are coded 1 (‘You are not involved in helping developing countries’) in qc5_6.

    Questionnaire item D62_3 (Internet use on mobile device) was not actually presented to the respondents. D62_4 in the questionnaires is displayed as D62_3 in the data set.

    The end-of-fieldwork dates implied by the values in protocol variable p1 (date of interview) differ slightly from those indicated in the technical specifications provided by TNS for Germany and Poland.

    Language of interview variable p13lu for Luxembourg has been corrected in dataset version v3-0-0 (categories 2 and 3 had been exchanged in former versions).

    No data are available for protocol items p8 (postal code), p9 (sample point number), p10 (interviewer number) and p11.