The European Commission's Eurobarometer - Access to Primary Data 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 in addition the Central & Eastern and Candidate Countries Eurobarometer. The 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 many publications.

Survey results are regularly published in official reports by the Eurobarometer unit of the European Commission. The surveys are realized by internationally recognized survey research institutes.



Primary data from the Eurobarometer (EB) on individual level and related documentation are placed at the disposal of the scientific community by the European Commission for research and training since the 1970s. They are stored at the GESIS data archive department (formerly Central Archive for Empirical Social Research) and at the ICPSR. They are made available European- and worldwide through the networks of the Social Science Data Archives for re-use in statistical analysis.

Online access to the the Standard and Special Eurobarometer, the Candidate Countries and Eastern Eurobarometer is provided via the GESIS ZACAT data portal, including question or variable retrieval, tabulations and basic data analyses. All Eurobarometer primary data are available through the data  catalogue DBK download funtionality. These data services are free of charge.