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The National SOM Survey 2008

SND-ID: SND 0878

This study is part of the collection The National SOM survey

Alternative title

Riks-SOM 2008

Creator/Principal investigator(s)

University of Gothenburg, SOM Institute


Since 1986 the SOM-institute has been carrying out an annual nation-wide survey - the National SOM - in order to identify the Swedish public's habits and attitudes on the topics of society, politics and media. National SOM 2008 is accordingly the twenty-third survey in this series.
The SOM-institute is a collaboration between three departments/institutes at Göteborg University: the Institute for Journalism and Mass Communication, the Department of Political Science, and the Center for Public Sector Research (CEFOS). A number of research projects are involved in the National SOM - most from one of these three institutions, but also external projects are involved.
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 life style. The data collection is carried out in parallel and under identical conditions.
In 2008 one fourth of the questions asked in the two questionnaires are common for both sam

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University of Gothenburg

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SOM Institute

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Unit of analysis


Individuals aged 15-85 years and residing in Sweden

Sampling procedure

Probability: Simple random
Two parallel nationally representative sub-surveys based on a sample of 3000 individuals each

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Geographic location: Sweden

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Holmberg, Sören & Weibull, Lennart (eds.) (2009) Svensk höst : Trettiofyra kapitel om politik, medier och samhälle : SOM-undersökningen 2008. SOM report no. 46. Göteborg: SOM Institute. ISBN 978-91-89673-16-8.
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ISBN: 978-91-89673-16-8
ISSN: 0284-4788

Waern, T. (2012) Fallande förtroende. En studie om allmänhetens förtroende för grundskolelärare.Studentuppsats vid Statsvetenskapliga institutionen, Göteborgs universitet

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The National SOM Survey 2008

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University of Gothenburg, SOM Institute (2011). The National SOM Survey 2008. Swedish National Data Service. Version 3.1.

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Creator/Principal investigator(s)

University of Gothenburg, SOM Institute

Data collection

  • Mode of collection: Self-administered questionnaire: paper
  • Time period(s) for data collection: 2008-09-12–2009-02-10
  • Data collector: Kinnmark
  • Instrument: Semi-structured questionnaire
  • Sample size: 6000
  • Number of responses: 3259
  • Non response size: 2761
  • Cause of non response - No contact/refusal: 2318
  • Cause of non response - Respondent unable to participate: 423
  • Source of the data: Population group



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Published: 2010-04-01
Last updated: 2020-01-22