Access to Eurobarometer primary data

Eurobarometer primary data and related documentation (questionnaires, codebooks, etc.) are made available by GESIS, ICPSR and through the Social Science Data Archive networks. Adequate use of these data presupposes at least basic knowledge in data analysis methodology and experience in the use of statistical software packages (information on Eurobarometer weighting variables  should also be noticed).

Single topical modules may be subject to temporary embargo provisions and may not be part of the dataset distributed by the archive(s) at any one time.

How to access Eurobarometer primary data at GESIS

DBK-Download - free of charge download of microdata analysis files (SPSS or STATA) and questionnaires via the data catalogue entry (study description). All Eurobarometer data catalogue entries are also listed by groups:

ZACAT Online Portal - free of charge data retrieval, data browsing and data analysis (microdata download is re-directed to DBK-Download):

  • Standard and Special Eurobarometer (no online analysis for pre-release editions)
  • Mannheim Eurobarometer Trend File 1970-2002
  • Candidate Countries Eurobarometer
  • Central and Eastern Eurobarometer
  • Central and Eastern Eurobarometer Trend File 1990-1997

DBK-Ordering - complete Eurobarometer collections on DVD-R can be ordered via shopping cart and subject to handling charges of 25 € per DVD-R product: 

  • Standard & Special Eurobarometer 1970-2014
  • Candidate Countries Eurobarometer 2000-2004
  • Central & Eastern Eurobarometer 1990-1997

Registration - For both systems, DBK and ZACAT, you need to sign in with user name (your e-mail address) and password. New users have to register first. Your DBK account is valid for ZACAT sign in and vice versa. 

Bibliographic citation of Eurobarometer data

Bibliographic citation of Eurobarometer primary data is required, whenever analysis results are used for publications. All necessary information can be looked up in the respective GESIS data catalogue entry (study description).

  • European Commission:
    Eurobarometer 69.1, February-March 2008.
    TNS OPINION & SOCIAL, Brussels [Producer];
    GESIS Data Archive: ZA4743, dataset version 3.0.0 (2010),

Alternatively the YEAR OF PUBLICATION of the respective dataset version can be inserted after the author statement. The YEAR OF FIELDWORK should always be part of the Eurobarometer title statement

The correct citation using digital object identifiers helps to track datasets and their usage. This is important for quality control and efficiency in the research process as well as for giving credits to the author (principal investigator).

Please notice that users are requested to provide bibliographic information on each completed publication involving the use of archive resources, in particular the analysis of primary data.