European Social Survey
Major goals of the European Social Survey (ESS) is 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.
After intensive preparations and pretesting, fieldwork for the sixth wave started in September 2012 and is expected to be finished by early January 2013 (net 3,000 cases). Nomos Verlag has published a volume presenting analyses of the first four waves in 2012. For the first time, these analyses combined longitudinal approaches and comparisons with western- and eastern European neighbours of Germany.