European Social Survey – Round 1-5 (cumulative file)

European Social Survey Central Co-ordinating Team



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Time Dimensions:
longitudinal (trend repeated cross-section)

Round 1-5

Series Name:
ESS - European Social Survey

Methodological Notes:
Methodological Notes

The European Social Survey (ESS) is a European survey covering over 20 nations. Its twin aims are: first, it wants to monitor and interpret the changes in attitudes and values of European citizens and investigate how they interact with the constantly evolving European institutions; second, the survey aims to improve and consolidate methods for cross-national surveys in Europe and beyond. The project is funded by the European Commission (inside the 5th Framework Programme), the European Science Foundation and academic funding bodies in each participating country, and it is designed and carried out to exceptionally high standards.

The cumulative dataset contains all the variables fielded in the five rounds (ESS1, ESS2, ESS3, ESS4 and ESS5), covering the time period from 2002 to 2010. In particular, it concerns:

  • Use of mass media (television, radio, press and Internet, use of the media to be informed about politics and current affairs) and trust in the neighbour
  • Politics, including: interest in politics, trust in politicians and institutions, participation to electoral vote, political participation, opinions on government and public services provided by the State, socio-political assessments/attitudes; Immigration and political asylum, including: attitudes, perceptions, preferences and knowledge of policies on immigration
  • Subjective well-being (including personal safety and health) and social exclusion; religion (religious affiliation, attendance at religious services); perceived discrimination, national and ethnic identity
  • Socio-demographic profile, including: composition of the family; sex, age, place of residence, education and employment of the respondent, partner and parents; household situation and income, civil status
  • Questions about human values (Shalom Schwarz scale)

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Topic Classification:

  • ECONOMICS - income, property and investment/saving
  • HEALTH - general health
  • LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT - working conditions
  • POLITICS - mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
  • SOCIAL STRATIFICATION AND GROUPINGS - equality and inequality
  • SOCIETY AND CULTURE - cultural and national identity
  • SOCIETY AND CULTURE - religion and values
  • SOCIETY AND CULTURE - social behaviour and attitudes
  • Nations: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom

    Geographical Unit: region

    Analysis Unit: individual

    Universe: whole national population of 15 years and older

    Sample Procedure: Sample size different for each country. Multi-stage stratified random sample (see the documentation)

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

    Collection Mode: various methods of data collection for each country (please see the documentation)

    Collection Size: UniData supplies: 1 dataset in SPSS format, 1 methodological notes in PDF format, 1 variables list in PDF format and 1 weight documentation in PDF format (4 file)


    DDI Documentation:
    DDI Documentation

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    Source Contact: ESS Data archive - Norwegian Social Science Data Services (NSD)

    European Social Survey Central Co-ordinating Team. (2002-2010) European Social Survey – Round 1-5. Roger Jowell [Producer]. European Social Survey Central Co-ordinating Team and the National Coordinator from each participating country [Producer]. UniData - Bicocca Data Archive, Milan. Study Number SI313. Data file release 1.1

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