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The European Social Survey


The European Social Survey (the ESS) is an academically-driven social survey designed to chart and explain the interaction between Europe's changing institutions and the attitudes, beliefs and behaviour patterns of its diverse populations. Currently in its fifth round and preparing for a sixth, the survey covers more than 30 nations and employs the most rigorous methodologies. A repeat cross-sectional survey, it has been funded through the European Commission’s Framework Programmes, the European Science Foundation and national funding bodies in each country.  The website for the ESS is

We will be focusing on the first round of data collection (2002-2003).  Extensive information is available here.  A .zip file with the data and useful material for analyzing it is here.