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M.A. Sociology - European Societies

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3rd exercise: European Social Survey

The European Social Survey (ESS) is a comparative survey of over 20 European nations that has been grounded in 2001. It interviews individuals from the participating countries on various political and social issues.

The aim of the ESS is to collect data of high methodological quality for empirical studies on countries comparisons.


  • Please go to the official website of the European Social Surveys: http://www.europeansocialsurvey.org/
  • Read the information under the tap 'Methodology' and choose for each statement below whether they are true or false.
  • One or more than one answers are possibly correct.

The true statements about the ESS are:

Feedback to the statements:

  1. The statement is false. The ESS data are collected in personal interviews.
  2. The statement is false. The ESS does not provide panel data, as every two year a new representative sample for each country is selected. Trend analyses are possible, though.
  3. The statement is true.
  4. The statement is false. The respondents of the ESS have to be at least 15 at the time of the survey. There is no upper age limit.
  5. The statement is true.
  6. The statement is false. There is a basic questionnaire in English that is translated into national languages under a multi-step strictly regulated procedure.
  7. The statement is true.

You will receive feedback to each answer when you click on the icon .