European Social Survey

Research question/goal: 

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.

Current stage: 

Field work for the seventh wave of the European Social Survey ended in January 2015. In April 2015, data cleaning was completed and the methodological report presented by the survey institute was accepted. Data were submitted to the Norwegian Social Science Data Services for harmonization. The first release of the integrated dataset was officially made available in October 2015. In addition to the work on the seventh wave, the German team developed an extensive proposal for the eighth wave and submitted it to the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in June 2015.

Fact sheet

2002 to 2017
Data Sources: 
survey of representative population samples
Geographic Space: 
33 European countries (including Israel and Turkey)



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