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Funded jointly by the European Commission, the European Science Foundation and academic funding bodies in each participating country, the ESS is a biennial multi-country survey. Objectives include measuring and explaining trends in attitudes, beliefs and values across countries in Europe by interviewing a random sample of 2,500 people over 15 years of age (1,500 minimum) in each participating country. Now entering its third round (the first and second rounds were fielded in 2002/2003 and 2004/2005 respectively), 25 countries have so far been confirmed. The questionnaire includes two main sections: a 'core' module which aims to monitor change and continuity in a wide range of social variables, and two or more 'rotating' modules which have focused upon issues such as immigration and asylum, and economic morality.
For further information, and instructions as to how to down load the data visit the ESS website: