The mass survey data are available as part of the regular Eurobarometer surveys of Spring and Fall 1979 (EBs 11 and 12). Eurobarometer 11 and 12 were conducted by Jacques-Rene Rabier, special adviser to the Commission of the European Communities, and by Ronald Inglehart of the University of Michigan. Funded by the Volkswagen-Stiftung, a number of questions were added on behalf of the international research group. These studies were part of a program of public opinion research sponsored by the European Community. The fieldwork was carried out by the consortium of European polling organizations “Faits et Opinions” in all nine nations of the European Community. Respondents for Eurobarometer 11 were interviewed in May 1979 while the respondents of Eurobarometer 12 were interviewed in October 1979.
Eurobarometer 11 repeats many of the questions on European integration that have been asked throughout the earlier Eurobarometer series. Attitudes regarding EC membership and the relation of the respondent’s country with the EC, as well as relations with non-EC countries, are explored. Attitudes toward the forthcoming European parliamentary elections are also assessed. The study also contains an expanded section on the political and social problems which respondents feel should be given priority in the coming years.
Eurobarometer 12 study focuses exclusively on attitudes toward the institutions of the European Community in the wake of the European Parliamentary elections on June 10-12, 1979. Expectations of the elected parliament and of the future of the Common Market as a whole are explored. This is done primarily through an extension of the series of questions on European integration that has been used in past Eurobarometers.
In both studies, the personal data section of the interview obtained information about the education, occupation, marital status, age and sex of the respondent. This section also ascertains the occupation of the head of the household and composition of the household.
How to cite this data: Commission of the European Communities (2012): Eurobarometer 11 (Apr 1979). GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA1036 Data file Version 1.0.1, doi:10.4232/1.10866
Commission of the European Communities (2012): Eurobarometer 12 (Oct 1979). GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA1037 Data file Version 1.0.1, doi:10.4232/1.10867