Study title
European Social Survey 2002 (Round 1)
Ref study 7773
Study language German
Contributing institutions
  • Immigration
  • Democracy
  • Citizenship
  • Social change
  • General social survey
every 2 years since 2002
Round 1 (2002): 09.09.02 - 08.02.03
Geographical space
whole Switzerland
  • Switzerland
The "European Social Survey" (ESS, is an international survey with the aim of measuring the opinions and attitudes of the European population and explaining reactions to changes of the institutions in Europe. On the one hand, it is about tackling problems that are at the heart of current social science research. For example: What does citizenship mean and involve today or how do the various European countries deal with migration issues? In 2002, the exchangeable modules will deal with the following topics: Attitudes towards immigration, citizenship and democracy.

This survey aims at a very high standard of quality and sets out many strict methodological conditions to ensure that the data are truly comparable between countries. The ESS surveys take place every two years. The first edition, which was carried out in autumn 2002, was conducted in more than 20 countries, and today there are over 30 countries. At least 1500 people take part in each survey in Switzerland. The survey in Switzerland is currently carried out by the MIS Trend Institute on behalf of FORS.
Beaucoup de chercheurs travaillent quotidiennement sur les données de l’ESS. Les publications sont donc extrêmement nombreuses. Une liste des travaux utilisant les données de l’ESS est continuellement tenue à jour à l'adresse L’enquête ESS est aussi utilisée pour la formation dans les universités et hautes écoles.
Les effets sociaux et politiques d’une enquête en sciences sociales comme l’ESS sont plus difficiles à mesurer. L’ESS est, dans son domaine, une des enquêtes les plus importantes. De nombreux articles scientifiques utilisent les données de l’ESS. En dehors du monde de la recherche scientifique, les administrations publiques et les instances politiques fondent certaines décisions sur les résultats de l’ESS. La publication de certaines analyses dans les médias peut également avoir des répercussions, donnant un éclairage précis sur des thèmes d’actualité qui nous concernent tous.
Methods (description)
Data collection mode: Standardized face to face Interviews, CAPI (Computer Aided Personal Interviewing)
Sample: Swiss resident population aged 15 and over, living in private households, who speak one of the main national languages (German, French or Italian). No upper age limit.
Sampling: Single stage equal probability systematic sample (no clustering); the sampling is done by the Swiss Federal Statistical Office out of the register sample frame
- Gross sample size 6637
- Net sample size (without ineligibles): 6097
- Interviews: 2040 (Response rate=33.46%)
- cross-sectional, repeteaded every 2 years, part of the questionnaire being identical
- Fieldwork period: 09.09.02 - 08.02.03
Fieldwork institute: M.I.S. Trend SA, Lausanne
No weighting, all weight=1, according to the sample design (all respondents have the same probability to be selected)
Methods (instruments)
Replicated study No
Secondary analyses
  • Griga, Dorit; Mühleck, Kai. 2011. Der Einfluss des Migrationshintergrundes auf die Teilhabe an höherer Bildung im europäischen Vergleich. In: Leszczensky, Michael; Barthelmes, Tanja (Hrsg.). Herausforderung Internationalisierung. Die Hochschulen auf dem Weg zum Europäischen Hochschulraum. Stand und Perspektiven. Hannover: HIS Forum Hochschule, S. 63-78. Online:
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Ethical approval No
Study type
Data availability
Source (Updates) Web
Date created 04.05.2018
Date modified 28.03.2019
Start - End date 01.01.2002 - 31.12.2003