Welfare state survey 1997

SND-ID: SND 0792

This study is part of the collection Welfare surveys

Alternative title

Åsikter om den offentliga sektorn och skatterna 1997

Creator/Principal investigator(s)

Jonas Edlund - Umeå University, Department of Sociology

Stefan Svallfors - Umeå University, Department of Sociology


This survey, inquiring the Swedish people's attitudes towards the public sector and the taxes, is a follow-up of two earlier surveys conducted in 1986 and 1992. A number of questions are also similar to those put in the 1996 ISSP-survey. In the survey respondents had to give their opinion on public expences and social services: if they wanted the amount of tax money spent on a number of different areas to increase, decrease or to be kept unchanged; how to finance education, medical service, child care and care of the elderly; and best suited to take care of education, medical service, child care, care of elderly, and social welfare. Furthermore, the respondents had to state how to distribute the responsibility for financing social insurances between the individual and the public sector; how common they believe it to be that social security benefits and social care services are misused; and how well the public sector manage to maintain different services. Respondents also had to report their own as well as their family´s and friends´ experiences of social services during the last three years. O

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Research principal, contributors, and funding

Research principal

Umeå University

Responsible department/unit

Department of Sociology

Protection and ethical review

Data contains personal data


Method and time period

Unit of analysis


Individuals aged 18-76 years and residing in Sweden

Sampling procedure

Probability: Simple random

Time period(s) investigated

1997-09-01 – 1997-11-03

Geographic coverage

Geographic spread

Geographic location: Sweden

Lowest geographic unit

County (NUTS3)

Topic and keywords

Research area

Economic policy, public expenditure and revenue, Social welfare policy, Social welfare systems/structures, Specific social services: use and availability, Social behaviour and attitudes (CESSDA Topic Classification)
Social Sciences, Sociology (The Swedish standard of fields of research 2011)


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Grape, L. (2009) En sjukförsäkring som ger trygghet? Om tilltro till försäkringen och åsikter om den. Arbetslivsenheten, Landsorganisationen i Sverige
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ISBN: 9789156625596

Eger, M A. Even in Sweden: The effect of immigration on support for welfare state spending. Studentarbete vid Department of Sociology, University of Washington

Hjerm, M., & Svallfors, S. (1998) Åsikter om skatter och offentliga sektorn 1997 : kodbok for maskinläsbar datafil. Umeå: Department of Sociology.

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Welfare state survey 1997

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Version 1.0


Jonas Edlund, Stefan Svallfors. Umeå University (2007). Welfare state survey 1997. Swedish National Data Service. Version 1.0. https://doi.org/10.5878/002650

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Data format / data structure


Creator/Principal investigator(s)

Jonas Edlund - Umeå University, Department of Sociology

Stefan Svallfors - Umeå University, Department of Sociology

Data collection

  • Mode of collection: Self-administered questionnaire: paper
  • Time period(s) for data collection: 1997-09-01–1997-11-03
  • Instrument: Semi-structured questionnaire
  • Source of the data: Population group



Number of individuals/objects


Response rate/participation rate

66,8 (viktad)

Published: 2003-01-01
Last updated: 2020-02-03