The European Commission's Eurobarometer - Access to microdata and documentation


Monitoring the public opinion in the European Union is the mission of the Eurobarometer programme, consisting of four survey series (instruments): the Standard and Special Eurobarometer, the Flash Eurobarometer, and the former Central & Eastern and Candidate Countries Eurobarometer. All surveys are conducted on behalf of the European Commission and the responsible Directorate-General(s) as the principal investigator(s). The history of the Eurobarometer and its "hybrid design" between politics and Social Sciences is outlined and debatted in numerous publications.

The survey results are regularly published by the European Commission in official reports. Comprehensive table volumes, including breakdown by countries and demographic variables, are made available through the EU Open Data Portal. The surveys are realized by approved survey research institutes.




The primary data on microdata level and the related documentation are placed at the disposal of the scientific community for research and training since the 1970s. They are curated at the GESIS data archive department (formerly Central Archive for Empirical Social Research) and at the ICPSR. They are made available in the long term and worldwide for re-use in statistical analysis, i.a. in the context of the European social science data archive network (CESSDA).

Microdata access is provided through the GESIS data  catalogue (DBK download). In addition the Standard and Special Eurobarometer, the Candidate Countries and Eastern Eurobarometer are available through the GESIS ZACAT data portal, including question or variable retrieval, tabulations and basic data analyses. These online data services are free of charge.