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Eurobarometer surveys are managed by the Public Opinion Analysis Sector of the European Commission, Directorate General Communication:
Standard Eurobarometer surveys, launched in
1973, have been designed to provide a regular monitoring of the social and
political attitudes of the European citizens. The methodology used is
face-to-face interviews (approximately 1000 per country). These surveys include
a number of standard questions testing citizens’ attitudes to and perceptions of
the EU and its institutions. The surveys are conducted in spring and
autumn of each year.
Special Eurobarometer surveys are carried out
at the request of the different Directorate-Generals of the European Commission.
The same methodology as for Standard Eurobarometer is used.
Flash Eurobarometer surveys are carried out
via telephone interviews and exclusively contain a survey with one topic or by a
single DG and scheduled ad hoc or by request. The surveys are conducted through
telephone interviews in all EU member states, candidate countries, EFTA
countries and the USA. The results are available quickly and the instrument
makes it possible to conduct researches among special target groups as well as a
Qualitative studies are a special tool for
in-depth opinion research. The qualitative studies investigate in-depth the
attitudes, motivations, feelings, reactions of the general public or of selected
social groups towards given subjects or concepts. Data is collected through
using focus groups or by way of individual interviews