The ESS is a piece of international comparative research, which has as its goal the monitoring of the countries of Europe in the dimensions of sociology and political science. TÁRKI, in collaboration with the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, has been responsible for the national survey in Hungary since 2002.
The ESS questionnaire includes two main sections; a 'core' module which remains relatively constant from round to round, plus two or more 'rotating' modules.
The core questions aim to monitor trends in a wide range of social variables, including trust in social and political institutions, media use, political inengagment and participation; socio-political orientations, governance and efficacy; moral, political and social values; social exclusion, national, ethnic and religious identification; well-being, health and security; socio-demographic background information.
- The 2002 rotating modules focused upon immigration and asylum, and active citizenship.
- The 2004 rotating modules focused upon attitudes to health and medicine, the balance between work and family, and economic morality.