Swedish election study 1968

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

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Creator/Principal investigator(s)

Bo Särlvik - University of Gothenburg, Department of Political Science

Statistics Sweden


The 1968 election study is almost twice as big as the earlier election studies, largely because of the goal of the survey, which was to cover the system of representation. A separate study, addressed to the Members of Parliament, included similar questions put in this study of the electorate. In this way a comparison of the opinions of the electorate and the opinions of the MP´s is possible. Except the questions repeated in all election studies, this study includes questions on employment, public representation on bank boards, agricultural policy, income tax, privately-owned TV-companies, religion, aid to developing countries, defence expenditures, and the Common Market. There are also a number of questions about how different groups are treated by the authorities. It also includes questions about the respondent´s sympathies for different groups in society. This study also introduces the left-right scale, a ten degree scale on which the respondent positions the political parties according to the respondent´s opinion of the party as a left-wing, centre or right-wing party. The 1968 study is the

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Research principal, contributors, and funding

Research principal

University of Gothenburg

Responsible department/unit

Department of Political Science

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Unit of analysis


Individuals born 1884-1947, residing in Sweden and eligible to vote in the parliamentary election 1968

Sampling procedure

The sample was drawn from Statistics Sweden Survey Research Centre's 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.

Time period(s) investigated

1968-08-01 – 1968-10-31

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Geographic spread

Geographic location: Sweden

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Research area

Media, Political behaviour and attitudes, Elections, Political ideology, Government, political systems and organisations (CESSDA Topic Classification)
Social Sciences, Political Science (The Swedish standard of fields of research 2011)


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

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

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) Intervjuundersökning rörande valet till andra kammaren 1968. In Riksdagsmannavalen 1965-1968. Del 2 (SOS). Stockholm: Statistics Sweden.

Elinder, M. (2008) Essays on Economic Voting, Cognitive Dissonance and Trust. Uppsala : Department of Economics, Univ. ISBN: 978-91-85519-20-0.
ISBN: 978-91-85519-20-0
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Särlvik, B. (1970) Electoral Behavior in the Swedish Multiparty System, Göteborg: Department of Political Science.
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Swedish election study 1968

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Bo Särlvik, Statistics Sweden. University of Gothenburg (1986). Swedish election study 1968. Swedish National Data Service. Version 1.0. https://doi.org/10.5878/002502

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Creator/Principal investigator(s)

Bo Särlvik - University of Gothenburg, Department of Political Science

Statistics Sweden

Data collection

  • Mode of collection: Face-to-face interview
  • Time period(s) for data collection: 1968-08-01–1968-10-31
  • Data collector: Statistics Sweden
  • Source of the data: Registers/Records/Accounts: Administrative, Registers/Records/Accounts: Voting results, Population group



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Published: 1982-01-01
Last updated: 2021-03-16