European Social Survey – Round 6 (2012-2013)

European Social Survey Central Co-ordinating Team


Changelog (Source release):

1.2 - 2014/01/03
* 3rd release

Changes from edition 1.1

Due to extensive errors in the Hungarian data, all data records for Hungary have been removed. Corrected data for Hungary will be published in the next ESS6 release.

An error in the categories in the regional variable for the Russian Federation has been corrected:
Values RU15, RU16, RU17 and RU18 have been recoded as follows: RU15=RU16, RU16=RU17, RU17=RU18 and RU18=RU15.
In addition there has been a switch in category labels between categories RU11 and RU12. The correct categories and labels are:
RU11 Central FO
RU12 North-Western FO
RU13 Volga FO
RU14 South FO
RU15 North Caucasian FO
RU16 Urals FO
RU17 Siberian FO
RU18 Far East FO

1.1 - 2013/11/29
* 2nd release

Changes from edition 1.0

B26 (GINCDIF), B27 (FREEHMS): Due to errors found, data have been removed for Hungary for these variables awaiting possible corrections.
D2 (OPTFTR), D3 (PSTVMS), D4 (FLRMS), D6 (FLTEEFF), D8 (WRHPP), D10 (ENJLF), D11 (FLTSD), D16 ( DCLVLF), D17 (LCHSHCP), D18 (ACCDNG), D19 (WRBKNRM), D23 (DNGVAL), D24 (NHPFTR), D25 (LOTSGOT), D26 (LFWRS) and D27 (FLCLPLA) : Due to errors found, the data for Hungary have been removed for these variables awaiting possible corrections.

1.0 - 2013/10/30
* 1st release



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Round 6

Series Name:
ESS - European Social Survey

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The European Social Survey (ESS) is a European survey covering 24 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 Round 6 questionnaire is divided into different sections:

  • 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
  • Personal and social well-being, helping others, feelings in the last week, life satisfaction, satisfaction with work
  • 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
  • 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: Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Kosovo, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom

    Geographical Unit: region

    Analysis Unit: individual

    Universe: whole national population of 15 years and older

    Sample Procedure: about 2.000 for each country (46.000 individuals overall). 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 datasets in SPSS format; 1 questionnaire in PDF format (main and supplementary questionnaire); 14 PDF files documentation; 26 other specific datasets in SPSS or portable format. (42 file)


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


    Data: ESS Round 6: European Social Survey Round 6 Data (2012). Data file edition 1.2. Norwegian Social Science Data Services, Norway – Data Archive and distributor of ESS data.

    Documentation: ESS Round 6: European Social Survey (2012): ESS-6 2010 Documentation Report. Edition 1.2. Bergen, European Social Survey Data Archive, Norwegian Social Science Data Services.

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