Definition: Eurobarometer surveys
Eurobarometer surveys cover the population aged 15 years and over, resident in each of the Member States. The basic sample design is a multi-stage, random (probability) one at level II of the geographical classification, NUTS. Surveys are designed to be representative in terms of metropolitan, urban and rural areas. All interviews are conducted face-to-face. The results of Eurobarometer surveys are analysed and made available through Unit B1, "Opinion polls, press reviews, Europe direct", of the European Commission Directorate-General of the European Commission for Press and Communication.
Eurobarometer surveys are not official statistics; therefore, as a general rule, the attainment of the same level of methodological quality of the latter cannot be guaranteed. However they have the advantage of focusing on the latest information about topics with high political interest at European level. For this reason they constitute an essential source of information for analysts and policy makers which complements available official data.
Eurobarometer surveys relating to consumer issues are available on the web-site of the European Commission Directorate-General for Health and Consumer Protection (See address below).
Eurostat, "Consumers in Europe, Facts and Figures – Data 1999 – 2004", Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, Luxembourg, 2005