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The National SOM Survey 2006

SND-ID: SND 0853

This study is part of the collection The National SOM survey

Alternative title

Riks-SOM 2006

Creator/Principal investigator(s)

University of Gothenburg, SOM Institute


Since 1986 the SOM-institute has been carrying out an annual nation-wide survey of Swedish opinions. This is accordingly the twentyfirst survey in this series. The SOM-institute is a collaboration between three departments at Göteborg University: the Institute for Journalism and Mass Communication, the Department of Political Science, and the School of Public Administration. Since 1998 the survey includes two nation representative samples and uses two different mail questionnaires. One of the questionnaires mainly deals with questions on politics, economy and working life, while the other mainly deals with media, culture and health.

In 2006 approximately one fourth of the questions asked in the two questionnaires are common for both samples, for example questions about media habits, political attitudes, leisure activities, and social background. The questionnaire on politics include ten different subject fields: news and media; politics, society and democracy; Sweden's relations to the surrounding world; possession of technical equipment and internet; society and public service; environment a

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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 15-85 years and residing in Sweden

Sampling procedure

Probability: Simple random

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Geographic location: Sweden

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Holmberg, Sören & Weibull, Lennart (eds.) (2007) Det nya Sverige : trettiosju kapitel om politik, medier och samhälle : SOM-undersökningen 2006. SOM report 41. Göteborg: SOM institute. ISBN: 978-91-89673-11-3.
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ISSN: 0284-4788
ISBN: 978-91-89673-11-3

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The National SOM Survey 2006

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University of Gothenburg, SOM Institute (2011). The National SOM Survey 2006. Swedish National Data Service. Version 1.0.

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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: 2006-09-08–2007-02-15
  • Data collector: ScandInfo Marketing Research
  • Instrument: Merged questionnaire (1-2) (Questionnaire)
  • Instrument: Questionnaire 1 (politics) (Questionnaire)
  • Instrument: Questionnaire 2 (mass media) (Questionnaire)
  • Sample size: 6050
  • Number of responses: 3336
  • Non response size: 2714
  • Cause of non response - No contact/refusal: 2221
  • Cause of non response - Respondent unable to participate: 493
  • Source of the data: Population group



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Published: 2008-04-01
Last updated: 2020-01-23