Referendum study 1980

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Is part of collection at SND: Swedish Election Studies - Referendums


Alternative title


Creator/Principal investigator(s)

Sören Holmberg - University of Gothenburg, Department of Political Science

Statistics Sweden

Research principal

University of Gothenburg - Department of Political Science rorId


In March 1980 a referendum on nuclear power took place. People entitled to vote in local elections were also entitled to vote in the referendum. The respondents were questioned three times; firstly by a telephone interview during the period January 21-February 10, secondly by an interview during the period February 25 to March 16 and finally a mail survey were sent to the respondent after the referendum. The main part of the questions were about nuclear power and other types of supply of energy, but there are also a number of questions similar to those held in an ordinary election study.


Explain why people vote as they do and why an election ends in a particular way. Track and follow trends in the Swedish electoral democracy and make comparisons with other countries.

Data contains personal data



Method and outcome

Unit of analysis


Individuals aged 18-80 years, residing in Sweden and eligible to vote in the referendum 1980

Sampling procedure

Time period(s) investigated

1980-01-21 – Ongoing



Number of individuals/objects


Data format / data structure

Data collection
  • Mode of collection: Face-to-face interview
  • Time period(s) for data collection: 1980-01-21
  • Data collector: Statistics Sweden
  • Source of the data: Registers/Records/Accounts: Administrative, Population group, Registers/Records/Accounts
Geographic coverage

Geographic spread

Geographic location: Sweden

Lowest geographic unit

County (NUTS3)

Administrative information

Responsible department/unit

Department of Political Science


Kent Asp - University of Gothenburg, Department of Journalism Media and Communication

Hans Nordlöf - University of Gothenburg, Department of Political Science

Mikael Gilljam - University of Gothenburg, Department of Political Science


  • Funding agency: The parliament
Topic and keywords

Research area

Energy and natural resources (CESSDA Topic Classification)

Environment and conservation (CESSDA Topic Classification)

Elections (CESSDA Topic Classification)

Government, political systems and organisations (CESSDA Topic Classification)

Political behaviour and attitudes (CESSDA Topic Classification)

Political science (Standard för svensk indelning av forskningsämnen 2011)


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Holmberg, S., & Asp, K. (1984) Kampen om kärnkraften : en bok om väljare, massmedier och folkomröstningen 1980. Stockholm: Liber. ISBN: 91-38-90483-7.
Libris | Google Books
ISBN: 91-38-90483-7
ISSN: 0347-9366

Holmberg, S., & Asp, K. (1984) Kampen om kärnkraften : några resultat från väljar- och mediestudier i samband med 1980 års folkomröstning. Stockholm: Statistics Sweden.
Google Books

Holmberg, S., Nordlöf, H., & Gilljam, M. (1985) Folkomröstningsundersökningen 1980 : teknisk rapport. Stockholm: Statistics Sweden. ISSN 0347-9366 ; 7.
ISSN: 0347-9366

Oscarsson, H. (1998) Den svenska partirymden : Väljarnas uppfattningar av konfliktstrukturen i partisystemet 1956-1996. Göteborg : Department of Political Science. ISBN: 91-628-3000-7.
ISBN: 91-628-3000-7
ISSN: 0346-5942

Holmberg, Sören & Asp, Kent (1984) Kampen om kärnkraften : några resultat från väljar- och mediestudier i samband med 1980 års folkomröstning. Göteborg: Dept. of Political Science

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Published: 1987-11-04
Last updated: 2019-09-11