European Media Systems Survey

Data Download

How to obtain the data

We make publicly available all country- and media outlet-level data stemming from the study in a variety of formats. Summaries of findings through reproducible visual displays and tables are available through our results page. Users who wish to undertake their own statistical analyses of the data can download the complete country- and media outlet-level data sets in SPSS and STATA format packed in a single zip file with study documentation. We make these data freely available in any work on condition of the proper acknowledgement of the source (see the How to cite section below).

The SPSS and STATA data files provide the number of valid responses and their mean value and estimated population standard deviation for each question and composite measure in each of the 34 national contexts. Users can obtain the standard error of the mean values by dividing the estimated population standard deviation of a variable by the square root of the number of valid responses. We provide separate data files about (A) the questions that asked the respondents to assess the entire national media system of a particular country; and (B) those that asked the respondents to assess particular media outlets like, say, BBC1 or The Sun. The study documentation includes the 2010 EMSS questionnaire and a methodological report, which are also available separately through our overview page.

How to cite

Users of the SPSS, STATA or Excel files downloadable from our website are kindly requested to identify their source as:

Marina Popescu, Tania Gosselin and Jose Santana Pereira. 2010. “European Media Systems Survey 2010.” Data set. Colchester, UK: Department of Government, University of Essex. URL: