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Die Eurobarometermacher auf der Zauberinsel : Konstruktion einer europäischen öffentlichen Meinung durch Umfrageforschung

Eurobarometer makers on a magic island: on the construction of a European public opinion by survey research
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Abstract 'Eurobarometer ist das Umfrageinstrument der Europäischen Kommission. Zweimal jährlich werden in allen Mitgliedstaaten Face-to-Face-Befragungen mit jeweils ca. 1.000 Personen durchgeführt. Dabei werden verschiedene Fragen zu unterschiedlichen, die EU betreffenden Themen gestellt - von der Zufriedenheit mit der Demokratie bis hin zu den Zukunftsvorstellungen der EuropäerInnen. Dieser Artikel wirft einen kritischen Blick auf die Eurobarometermacher und deren Umfragen, denn sowohl demokratiepolitisch als auch methodologisch sind Zweifel an der Wissenschaftlichkeit und Objektivität angebracht.' (Autorenreferat)

'Space, time and mood play a role in structuring a questioning situation and may strongly influence the response behaviour. Physical spaces serve as a filter for selecting samples of respondents and the influencing of their mood due to specific atmospheres. Furthermore, the scheduling of questioning (perceived as favourable vs. unfavourable) and the time period of the survey exercise an effect on the mood and the patterning of the opinions of the respondents. These findings about the influence of space, time and the general mood conditions should be taken into account with regard to the conception of survey designs, the procedures during fieldwork and data analysis. Continued neglect of these issues in survey research may lead to massive response biases in the future. In such a situation, stereotypes of a 'lying interviewee' and of 'false statistics' will rightly remain relevant.' (author's abstract)|
Keywords satisfaction; attitude; interpretation; democracy; citizen; survey research; EU; criticism; construction; legitimation; public opinion; opinion research; future; political actor; ESDP
Classification Research Design; Methods and Techniques of Data Collection and Data Analysis, Statistical Methods, Computer Methods; European Politics
Method applied research; basic research; development of methods
Document language German
Publication Year 2008
Page/Pages p. 356-361
Journal SWS-Rundschau, 48 (2008) 3
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications
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