Standard and Special Topic Eurobarometer

The European Commissions's Eurobarometer Reports
Eurobarometer Reports

The longest running regular cross-national
and cross-temporal opinion poll program

Since the early seventies the European Commission's Standard Eurobarometer are regularly monitoring the public opinion in the European Union member countries at times. Interviews are conducted face-to-face, in each spring and each autumn, at all times based on new samples ("repeated cross-section" design).

The standard modules ask for attitudes towards European unification, institutions and policies, complemented by measurements for general socio-political orientations, as well as by respondent and household demographics. Some trends already count more than 50 measurement points. Intermittently Eurobarometer extensively address special topics, such as environment, technology, health or family issues, social or ethnic exclusion etc. To some extent topical questions are also replicated.

  • The survey results are regularly published by the European Commission in official reports and through the EU Open Data Portal.
Online Data Portal ZACAT
ZACAT online data portal

The archive data service products

The analysis data sets are checked, formatted and comprehensively documented in accordance with archival standards for data set formatting and documentation (DDI). Initially this was accomplished by the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), until GESIS started sharing the archive activities in the early 90s.

Data access online and on CD-ROM
Data access guide
  • Edited data and documentation are successively published for online retrieval, browsing and elementary analysis via ZACAT and for download through the data catalogue DBK. The complete data documentation is also provided in the form of archive variable reports in pdf (formerly codebooks). The complete collection can be obtained on CD-ROM.
  • The Eurobarometer trend File integrates selected standard trends and demographics across space and time. It is produced and maintained in cooperation with the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES). 
  • Each datset (version) is persistently identified and registered with a unique digital object identifier (doi). The corresponding URL ( will always lead you  to the dataset location in the GESIS data catalogue.