Eurobarometer Survey Series
The Eurobarometer (EB) survey series is a programme of cross-national and cross-temporal
comparative social research conducted on behalf of the European Commission and is designed to monitor
social and political attitudes. Since the early seventies nationally representative samples in all European Union
(European Community) member countries are interviewed in each spring and each autumn.
Since autumn 1990 (EB 34.1) separate supplementary surveys on special issues have been
conducted in nearly every EB.
EB data files and documentation are stored at the
Central Archive for Empirical Social Research (ZA) in Germany
and at the Inter-university
Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) in Michigan, USA.
UK residents registered with ESDS (see Registration help) and requiring data
for not-for-profit purposes can order via Eurobarometer Survey Series datasets.
Non-UK users should access the data through their own national archive, or direct from ZA. UK commercial users should
Some of the Eurobarometers are available to analyse and download online at
ZA Online Study Catalogue (ZACAT). Data analysis and downloading require online
registration with ZACAT and there is no restriction upon who can register.
Data supply: Data can be ordered on CD or via ftp/web download. One EB is approximately 10 Mb in size.
Data format: The data are obtained from ZA, and supplied to users, in SPSS format. A range of formats are available via ZACAT.
Embargoed data: Available editions of particular EB datasets
may vary over time as the international organisations involved with
the series complete work on them. Some variables may also be placed under embargo for a
significant period of time. Details, including the expected date the
embargo may be lifted, can
be found on the ZA
Eurobarometer embargo provisions web page.
User guides/questionnaires: All user guides are freely downloadable
from the ZA
Eurobarometer Study Profiles
ZA web pages also provide the facility to
Search in codebooks and
Cost: If data are requested on portable media
e.g. CD, handling and postage and packaging fees will apply.
Up-to-date information can be found on the ZA
Eurobarometer Survey Series page
providing information on survey contents, reports, news (including recent dataset releases), and the facility to search
the codebooks and questionnaires. The order and downloads section provides a list of currently available datasets and
embargo provisions and access to user guides. Information can also be found on enlargements to the EB survey series,
including the Central and Eastern Eurobarometer Surveys,
recently replaced by the Candidate Countries Eurobarometer Surveys, and the
Flash Eurobarometer Surveys. Users may also
be interested in the web site for the
Public Opinion Analysis sector of
the European Commission.