Swedish election study 1956

SND-ID: SND 0020

This study is part of the collection Swedish Election Studies - Parliamentary elections

Description Data and documentation

Alternative title

VU56

Creator/Principal investigator(s)

Jörgen Westerståhl - University of Gothenburg, Department of Political Science

Bo Särlvik - University of Gothenburg, Department of Political Science

Description

In the first Swedish election study the respondents were interviewed twice, once before and once after the parliamentary election in September 1956. The pre-election schedule contained questions regarding interest in the election and attention to election programs in radio, and also about the respondent´s newspaper reading habits. The respondent had to point out possible retrenchment sectors and to indicate the sectors in which cuts should not be made in public expenditure, and also point out other areas for political change. Questions about trade union affiliation, union activity and opinion of the union, membership in temperance societies, free churches and church attendance were asked. The respondent had to give a prediction for the election outcome and the respondent´s political knowledge was measured through photography identification. Other questions dealt with direction and strength of party identification and political history of respondent and the respondent´s father, respondent´s interest in politics and especially the interest in the election 1956, opinion on the political parties,

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Language

English

Swedish

Research principal, contributors, and funding

Research principal

University of Gothenburg

Funding 1

  • Funding agency: Swedish Social Science and Legal Research Council

Funding 2

  • Funding agency: University of Gothenburg, The foundation för sociological research at University of Gothenburg

Funding 3

  • Funding agency: Swedish Broadcasting Service

Funding 4

  • Funding agency: Conservative Party

Funding 5

  • Funding agency: Liberal Party
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Protection and ethical review

Data contains personal data

No

Method

Unit of analysis

Population

Individuals aged 21-80 years, residing in Sweden and eligible to vote in the parliamentary election 1956

Sampling procedure

The sample was drawn from Statistics Sweden Survey Research Centres sampling framework. The framework consisted of a nation-wide set of primary sampling units which provide the framework for a ´general purpose´ two-stage population sample. Respondents not included in the target population because of ineligibility to vote are excluded from the sample. The target population even includes Swedes resident abroad, but these are not included in the sample. People above 80 years of age at the time of the study are excluded in order to avoid the difficulties encountered in interviewing very old people.

Time period(s) investigated

1956-08-28–1956-09-30

Geographic coverage

Geographic spread

Geographic location: Sweden

Publications

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Westerståhl, J., & Särlvik, B. (1957) Svensk valrörelse 1956 : arbetsrapport I : intervjuundersökningen. Göteborg: Department of Political Science.

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

Petersson, O. (1975) Change in Swedish political behavior. Göteborg studies in politics, 5. Göteborg: Department of Political Science. ISBN: 91-40-04067-4.
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ISBN: 9789140040671

Särlvik, B. (1970) Electoral Behavior in the Swedish Multiparty System, Göteborg: Department of Political Science.
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Särlvik, B. (1964) Politisk rörlighet och stabilitet i valmanskåren. Särtryck ur Statsvetenskaplig Tidskrift 1964:4
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Elinder, M. (2008) Essays on Economic Voting, Cognitive Dissonance and Trust. Uppsala : Department of Economics, Univ. ISBN: 978-91-85519-20-0.
ISSN: 0283-7668
ISBN: 978-91-85519-20-0

Holmberg, Sören (2000) Partidemokrati : en sammanfattning av några resultat från valundersökningarna 1956-1998. Stockholm: Statistics Sweden.

Särlvik, B. (1968) Partibyten som mått på avstånd och dimensioner i partisystemet. Särtryck ur Sociologisk Forskning, no. 1, 1968

Petersson, O. (1975) Social class and electorial change : Sweden 1956-1973. Uppsala: Department of Political Science.

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Dataset
Swedish election study 1956

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Citation

Jörgen Westerståhl, Bo Särlvik. University of Gothenburg, Department of Political Science (1984). <em>Swedish election study 1956</em>. Swedish National Data Service. Version 2.0. <a href="https://doi.org/10.5878/002507">https://doi.org/10.5878/002507</a>

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Data format / data structure

Numeric

Creator/Principal investigator(s)

Jörgen Westerståhl - University of Gothenburg, Department of Political Science

Bo Särlvik - University of Gothenburg, Department of Political Science

Data collection 1

  • Mode of collection: Face-to-face interview
  • Time period(s) for data collection: 1956-08-28–1956-09-14
  • Data collector: Statistics Sweden
  • Instrument: Questionnaire
  • Instrument: Semi-structured questionnaire
  • Source of the data: Registers/Records/Accounts: Administrative, Registers/Records/Accounts: Voting results, Population group

Data collection 2

  • Mode of collection: Face-to-face interview
  • Time period(s) for data collection: 1956-09-18–1956-09-30
  • Data collector: Statistics Sweden
  • Instrument: Semi-structured questionnaire
  • Instrument: Questionnaire
  • Source of the data: Registers/Records/Accounts: Administrative, Registers/Records/Accounts: Voting results, Population group

Variables

220

Number of individuals/objects

1131

Response rate/participation rate

95

Published: 1982-01-01
Last updated: 2019-02-19