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Swedish National Election Study, 1960 (ICPSR 7366)

Principal Investigator(s): Saerlvik, Bo


The Swedish Election Study, 1960, was conducted by the Institute of Political Science, the University of Goteborg, Sweden, as part of a political behavior research program that studied Riksdag (parliamentary) elections in the period 1956-1970. This study carried out an electorate survey in two stages with two different subsamples. Respondents in Subsample A were interviewed before the election, and were asked to complete a short mail-in questionnaire after the election. Subsample B was only interviewed in the weeks immediately following the election. Information was gathered about the respondents' communities, their position and mobility within those communities, and their exposure to the information media (television, local and national newspapers, radio, magazines, and political pamphlets). Respondents were also asked to rate their interest in various topics such as crime, political news, international news, sports, editorials, and economics, and to relate their opinions on the media and these topics to the 1960 election. Questions also probed respondents' reactions to existing political issues and to the government's related policies. Demographic data include sex, marital status, year of marriage, year of birth, income, spouse's income, and family income.

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Study Description


Saerlvik, Bo. Swedish National Election Study, 1960. ICPSR07366-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 197?. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07366.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07366.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • University of Goteborg. Institute of Political Science
  • Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    communities, international affairs, media influence, national economy, news media, newspapers, parliamentary elections, political affiliation, political attitudes, political history, political interest, political issues, public opinion, social issues, social mobility, social policy, social status, sports, television news, voter attitudes, voting behavior

Geographic Coverage:    Global, Sweden

Time Period:   

  • 1960

Date of Collection:   

  • 1960 (fall)

Universe:    Swedish citizens born during the period 1880-1938 and eligible to vote.

Data Type(s):    survey data


Sample:    Two-stage probability sample drawn from the Swedish Central Bureau of Statistics' sampling framework, consisting of a nationwide net of primary sampling units. Within 70 primary sampling units, names were drawn from population registers using a procedure that excluded persons not eligible to vote. For the purposes of this study, the resulting sample was split into two subsamples of equal size.

Data Source:

personal interviews and mailback questionnaires


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-06-19

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