Swedish election study 1956

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

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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Creator/Principal investigator(s):

Jörgen Westerståhl - University of Gothenburg, Department of Political Science

Bo Särlvik - University of Gothenburg, Department of Political Science

Identifiers:

SND-ID: SND 0020

Alternative title:

VU56

Purpose:

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.

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

Time period(s) investigated:

1956-08-28 — 1956-09-30

Instrument:

Geographic spread:

Geographic location: Sweden

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.

Funding:

Swedish Social Science and Legal Research Council

University of Gothenburg, The foundation för sociological research at University of Gothenburg

Swedish Broadcasting Service

Conservative Party

Liberal Party

Agrarian Party

Social Democratic Party

Publications

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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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Särlvik, B. (1970) Electoral Behavior in the Swedish Multiparty System, Göteborg: Department of Political Science.
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Westerståhl, J., & Särlvik, B. (1957) Svensk valrörelse 1956 : arbetsrapport I : intervjuundersökningen. Göteborg: Department of Political Science.

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

Elinder, M. (2008) Essays on Economic Voting, Cognitive Dissonance and Trust. Uppsala : Department of Economics, Univ. ISBN: 978-91-85519-20-0.

Särlvik, B. (1964) Politisk rörlighet och stabilitet i valmanskåren. Särtryck ur Statsvetenskaplig Tidskrift 1964:4
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Särlvik, B. (1968) Partibyten som mått på avstånd och dimensioner i partisystemet. Särtryck ur Sociologisk Forskning, no. 1, 1968

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

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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Version 2.0:

1984-10-01 doi:10.5878/002507

Version 1.0:

1982-10-01 doi:10.5878/002506

Available documentation:

Swedish election study 1956

Citation:

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

Data format / data structure:

Numeric

Data collection:

Mode of collection: Face-to-face interview

Time period(s) for data collection: 1956-08-28 — 1956-09-14

Data collector: Statistics Sweden

Source of the data: Registers/Records/Accounts: Administrative, Registers/Records/Accounts: Voting results, Population group

Mode of collection: Face-to-face interview

Time period(s) for data collection: 1956-09-18 — 1956-09-30

Data collector: Statistics Sweden

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%