This FAQ is compiled in order to provide guidance with regard to several recurring questions concerning the Eurobarometer surveys and the Eurobarometer website at GESIS. If your question is not answered here, please contact us via eurobarometer-dataservice(at)gesis(dot)org
1. How can I access Eurobarometer microdata?
2. Where can I find Eurobarometer XY.Z/Flash Eurobarometer XYZ?
3. I have found a recently published report on the topic of X, but I could not find the microdata. When will these data become available?
There is no definite time schedule for the delivery of Eurobarometer micro data to the archive and for their release to the public. Usually this is the case about 6 to 12 months after fieldwork. New archive Eurobarometer data releases or updates are regularly announced through the Eurobarometer mailing list.
4. When was topic X fielded?
5. When was question X last asked?
6. Is there a trend file/cumulation of recent Eurobarometers?
7. Is the Eurobarometer a longitudinal/panel survey?
The Eurobarometer is a series of cross-sectional surveys. For each round a completely new and independent sample is drawn. As a consequence, panel analyses in the strict sense are possible only for aggregated data. An overview of selected trends questions can be found here.
8. I only need aggregate figures. What are my options if I do not wish to use microdata?
- The ZACAT data portal at GESIS
- Variable reports (=codebooks, not available for pre-releases) with frequency counts by country (sample) for each survey are available on the respective study profile pages
- Reports of the European Commission
- The EC Open Data Portal provides access to Excel files containing results differentiated by country and sociodemographic variables
- The EC "Eurobarometer Interactive" portal provides results for selected trends over time and across countries