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CSPP Barometer Surveys , CSPP

    For details on all aspects of this database, see CSPP

1. General description

    The CSPP Barometer Surveys are part of a large-scale, European cross-national and longitudinal survey research programme on changes in attitudes, beliefs and values with regard to economic, political and social issues in post-Communist countries. The surveys monitor the response of citizens of post-Communist societies to their new regimes since 1991. These surveys have been conducted by the Centre for the Study of Public Policy at the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, Scotland) independently of government. 

2. Survey type

  • Cross-national
  • Cross-sectional and longitudinal, years covered differ per survey:
  • New Russia Barometer (Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova): annual waves from 1992-2014
  • New Europe Barometer (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Romania): 1991, 1992, 1993/1994, 1995, 1998, 2001, 2004/2005
  • New Baltic Barometer (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania): 1993, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2004
  • Yugoslav Successor States Barometer (Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina): 1991, 1992/1993, 1993/1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005
  • Turkey: 2007
  • Korea: 1997, 1998, 1999, 1997/2004
  • Representative national samples, ≥ 18 years of age
  • Single core questionnaire, with varying modules

3. Participating countries

  • 17 post-Communist European countries, Turkey and Korea
  • All countries: Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine, Turkey and Korea.
  • For detailed information on participating countries per wave, please see CSPP

4. Topics

a. Socio-demographics

  • Respondent: age, sex, education, income, community size, nationality, religion, employment, language, trade union membership, social class, marital status, occupation
  • Partner:
  • Parents:
  • Children: age
  • Household: household composition, number of children, household income

b. General

    Trust in institutions and politics, political behaviour, politic evaluations and orientations, health, national identity

c. Regarding work and welfare

  • General topics for all surveys: economic and political behaviour, attitudes towards economic system, attitudes towards government, satisfaction with government and economic situation, trust in institutions and trust in politics, confidence in the future
  • The surveys also contain the following topics:
  • New Russia Barometer: opinions about market reforms, knowledge of national programmes, expenditure on national programmes, power of elections, freedom of voting and media, perceived gap between rich and poor, preference of governmental system, proud of country, level of corruption, evaluation of president, national security, consumption and savings
  • New Europe Barometer: financial support, identification with country, health status, party preference, employment situation, best media source, support for the European Union, solidarity with immigrants, support of the army, social capital networks, life satisfaction
  • New Baltic Barometer: chances for improving living standard, interests in politics, support of referendums, opinions on state responsibility, physical and emotional health, language use, impact of Russian actions on population of the Baltic states, future of the old Soviet system
  • Yugoslav Successor States Barometer: likelihood of increase in taxes, decrease of unemployment, cut back on social benefits, loss of cultural values, increase of crime and national tensions, improvement of infrastructure, support for the European Union, preference of political system, respect of government for human rights, health status, level of corruption in a country, respect for democracy
  • Turkey: Quality of life in Turkey in comparison with Bulgaria, Romania and other old and new EU member states in terms of population, individual education, economic resources, social tensions, women's participation in society, and life satisfaction. 
  • Korea: change from authoritarian to democratic regime, items used in the New Europe Barometer surveys, economic crisis, re-unification and questions about commitment to democratic ideals

5. Questionnaires available

    Questionnaires accessible online at CSPP

6. Keyword search in questionnaires


7. Data available

  • Data is available via CSPP Publications; at CSPP
  • No registration required, available after payment 

8. Online data analysis