Satisfaction with policy


Survey - Socio-cultural shifts in Flanders (SCV), Statistics Flanders


Satisfaction with policy is monitored in the SCV survey via the following question:

“To what degree are you satisfied or dissatisfied with the policy of ...?”
Followed by: “the mayor and his aldermen”, “the Flemish Minister-President and his Government”, “the first minister and his Belgian Government” and “the European Commission”.
The answer options were:
1: very dissatisfied
2: dissatisfied
3: neither satisfied nor dissatisfied
4: satisfied
5: very satisfied
7: no opinion
8: no response
For this question, only the first five answers are included in the calculations, in which the categories 1 and 2 and the categories 4 and 5 are combined.

The population of the SCV survey has changed over the years. The first survey was carried out in 1996. Up to 2008, only Belgians were interviewed (selected by the National Register); from 2009 onwards, non-Belgians were also surveyed. There are also age differences. Up to 2000, 16 and 17 year-olds were included in the sample; the lower age limit has been set at 18 since 2001. Up to 1999, 75 was the upper age limit. The upper limit was set at 85 in the year 2000. No upper limit applies since 2009.

The question on satisfaction with the policy was asked for the first time in 2007. The population of that year was used as a basis for comparison. For this question, we therefore only refer to Belgians aged 18 to 85 for each year.

The data can be broken down, for example, by gender, age, household type and level of education. For education level, the following groups are used:

Low education: persons without an education qualification or a lower-secondary education qualification at the maximum;

Medium-education: persons with an upper-secondary educational qualification or a post-secondary non-higher education qualification at the maximum;

High education: persons with a higher education qualification or university degree.

The data can be broken down by degree of urbanisation based on the place of residence of the respondents. 6 groups of municipalities are distinguished: metropolitan cities, central cities, urban periphery, smaller cities, transitional areas and rural areas. These categories are based on the Spatial Structure Plan for Flanders, which on the one hand combines a number of categories into 'smaller cities' and on the other hand divides the rural area into 'transitional areas' and 'rural areas' on the basis of the Strategic Spatial Economy Plan. The 19 municipalities of Brussels are counted as major cities. 

Remarks on quality

The SCV survey ‘Sociaal-culturele Verschuivingen in Vlaanderen’ (Socio-Cultural Shifts in Flanders) is an annual face-to-face survey conducted by way of a random sample survey among Dutch-speaking residents living in the Flemish Region and the Brussels-Capital Region. The survey gauges the opinions, convictions and behaviour of Flemish citizens with regard to socially and policy-relevant themes. Each year, some 1,500 usable interviews are conducted. The response rate is approximately 60%, but in the survey years 2017 and 2018 this dropped to 55% and 50% respectively.

Much attention is paid to the respect of quality guidelines both for the development of the questionnaire, sampling and data weighting and for the training of interviewers. However, the user should be aware that the percentages based on survey data are an estimate of the corresponding population percentages within an interval. The size of that interval depends on the obtained percentage and on the sample size. For a sample size of 1,500 respondents, the reliability interval for a reported percentage of 50% is approximately 5 percentage points, i.e. 47.5% to 52.5%. For reported percentages of 20% or 80% the interval is smaller, but for smaller groups (e.g. one educational level or one family type) the interval is larger. 

All percentages and averages are weighted. The weights used in this respect are meant to compensate the over- or under-representation of certain categories. This over- or under-representation may be the result of sampling errors or differences in non-response, among other things.


Statistics Flanders: SCV survey


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