International surveys

The CIS regularly takes part in research projects of an international nature, such as the surveys of the ISSP (International Social Survey Program), the Latinobarómetro, as well as other one-off projects.

The European Social Survey is a comparative study that is carried out every two years, and in which around 30 European countries participate. Its main aim is to analyse change and continuity in the social and political attitudes, attributes and behaviours of European citizens. It is backed by the European Commission, through the European Research Infrastructure (ESS-ERIC), and in Spain it forms part of the National Statistical Plan.

The European Social Survey has been carried out in Spain since its first edition (2002). Mariano Torcal (Professor of Political Science, Universitat Pompeu Fabra) was the national coordinator for the first six editions ( Since the seventh edition, carried out in 2015, CIS has been responsible for the funding, national coordination and field work for the European Social Survey in Spain.

To see more information and access the data from the European Social Survey, click here:

The ISSP is an ongoing collaboration programme between over forty countries world-wide, to carry out an annual monographic survey on one topic, with the same questionnaire and a methodology agreed by all the participant countries. Spain is represented in this programme by the CIS and ASEP, which alternate yearly in taking the ISSP survey in Spain and they are active participants in a range of internal working committees (

To access the data of the annual surveys of the other participating countries, click here ISSP

The Latinobarómetro is a study designed and directed by Corporación Latinobarómetro, which is carried out in 18 countries in Latin America. Since 1996 it has also been carried out in Spain