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The ESS Questionnaire contains around 400 questions focused on various areas, which were developed by leading European specialists in international cooperation. The ESS questionnaire combines continuity and change in the way that it consists of primary (stable) and rotating (changing) modules. Questionnaire also contains additional sections: Schwarz Scale of human values, testing questions and questions filled by interviewer.

Stable module in ESS questionnaire:
• Credibility of government, political and other institutions
• Socio-political orientations
• Government/public administration and its effectivity on national and international level
• Moral, political and social values
• Social inclusion and marginalization     
• National, ethnic and religious identity
• Subjective well-being, health and safety
• Demographic characteristics – age, gender etc.
• Education and employment
• Material and financial security
• Accommodation
Rotating modules

Teams of specialist are competing in order to incorporate their thematic modules into currently undergoing rounds of ESS. Decision about incorporating specific thematic module is responsibility of SAB.

ESS Round 1. – rotating modules:
• immigration, asylum
• public involvement – participation in organizations, family and friends, citizen values and work environment

ESS Round 2. – rotating modules:
• work, family and satisfaction, work – family balance
• health and healthcare, medicine and relationship doctor – patient
• agricultural ethics – trust and relations between producers and consumers

ESS Round 3. – rotating modules:
• time plans in life, life path, planning of key life milestones, attitudes towards ideal age, the lowest and highest age for life milestones, retirement plans
• personal and social subjective well-being, help to others, feeling from last week, life satisfaction, satisfaction with work

ESS Round 4. – rotating modules:
• social security – attitudes towards social benefits, attitudes towards taxation, attitudes towards future dependence on social benefits
• ageism, attitudes and experiences with ageism, status associates with age, stereotypes, experiences with discrimination of other age categories 

ESS Round 5. – rotating modules:
• belief in justice – trust in police and courts, cooperation with police and courts, contact with police and attitudes towards punishments
• work, family and subjective well-being – impact of recession on households and work, job security, household chores, well-being, experiences with unemployment, work – life balance

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