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The National SOM Survey 1997

SND-ID: SND 0635

This study is part of the collection The National SOM survey

Alternative title

Riks-SOM 1997

Creator/Principal investigator(s)

University of Gothenburg, SOM Institute


Since 1986 the research project ´Samhälle Opinion Massmedia´ (SOM) has been carrying out an annual nation-wide survey of Swedish opinions. This is accordingly the twelfth survey in this series. The questionnaire was divided into six subject fields: mass media; politics and society; Sweden´s relations to the rest of the world; energy, nuclear power and environment; leisure, media and public issues; and background. Most of the questions are replications of questions asked in one or several previous SOM-surveys. New media questions dealt with newspaper reading on the internet. The respondents also had to state if they agreed or not with a number of statements concerning morning paper usage. Respondents were also asked about the Swedish EU-membership and the effect of the membership on different areas. A number of questions dealt with the respondent´s willingness to pay more taxes if the money was used for environmental issues. New questions on media habits included: how often the respondent watched different programs on television; the reliability of different programs; reasons to watch different

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Research principal, contributors, and funding

Research principal

University of Gothenburg

Responsible department/unit

SOM Institute

Protection and ethical review

Data contains personal data


Method and time period

Unit of analysis


Individuals aged 15-80 years and residing in Sweden

Sampling procedure

Probability: Simple random

Time period(s) investigated


Geographic coverage

Geographic spread

Geographic location: Sweden

Lowest geographic unit

County (NUTS3)

Highest geographic unit


Topic and keywords

Research area

Media, Environment and conservation, Energy and natural resources, Political behaviour and attitudes, International politics and organisations, Leisure, tourism and sport (CESSDA Topic Classification)
Social Sciences, Political Science, Media Studies (The Swedish standard of fields of research 2011)


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Holmberg, Sören & Weibull, Lennart (eds.) (1998) Opinionssamhället : SOM-undersökningen 1997. SOM report no 20. Göteborg: SOM Institute : Univ. ISBN 91-972694-8-4.
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ISBN: 91-972694-8-4

Holmberg, Sören & Weibull, Lennart (eds.) (2004) Swedish Trends 1986-2004. Göteborg: SOM Institute.

Oscarsson, Henrik (ed.) (2003) Demokratitrender. SOM report no. 32. Göteborg: SOM Institute. ISBN 91-89673-02-6.
Libris | SOM Institute publications
ISSN: 0284-4788
ISBN: 91-89673-02-6

Berg O. (2008) Attityder kring kärnkraft i Sverige : en studie av förändringar i attityder från folkomröstningen 1980 fram till år 2006. C-uppsats, Kulturgeografiska institutionen, Uppsala universitet

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The National SOM Survey 1997

Associated documentation

Version 2.0

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University of Gothenburg, SOM Institute (2011). The National SOM Survey 1997. Swedish National Data Service. Version 2.0.

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Data format / data structure


Creator/Principal investigator(s)

University of Gothenburg, SOM Institute

Data collection

  • Mode of collection: Self-administered questionnaire: paper
  • Time period(s) for data collection: 1997-10-06–1998-01-28
  • Data collector: Gallup
  • Instrument: Questionnaire (Questionnaire)
  • Sample size: 2800
  • Number of responses: 1754
  • Non response size: 1046
  • Source of the data: Population group



Number of individuals/objects


Published: 1999-01-01
Last updated: 2019-10-18