European Social Survey
Major goals of the European Social Survey (ESS) are to study changing attitudes, beliefs, and behaviour of citizens in Europe and to offer empirical information for comparative research of the highest quality. The ESS is part of the European social science infrastructure. The study employs the most rigorous survey methodologies in terms of sample design, fieldwork, and development of equivalent instruments. Beside a core module of socio-demographic and substantive indicators, each wave consists of two rotating modules covering an academic or policy concern within Europe. Data are available without any costs.
A first release of the data of the sixth wave was published in 2014. Preparations for the seventh wave were carried out (sampling, questionnaire, fieldwork). Data collection for this wave took place in the last three months of 2014. Extensive meetings with the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) to secure future funding could not be concluded yet.