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Norwegian Election Study, 1965 (ICPSR 7256)

Principal Investigator(s): Valen, Henry


This study, conducted both before and after the 1965 election in Norway, focused on the electorate's political attitudes and perceptions of the Norwegian political parties, leaders, and campaign activities. The pre-election interviews probed the respondents' opinions on pressing tasks for the government, religious instruction in schools, social pensions, tax laws, the Norwegian language question, district development, and NATO membership. In addition, the respondents' perceptions of party positions on each of these issues were tapped. Information was also obtained on the respondents' political party affiliations, past voting patterns, and party preferences. The post-election interviews examined respondents' satisfaction with the election results, their use of mass media as a source of information on politics and the election, the extent to which respondents discussed politics with their family and friends, distribution of party campaign literature, visits by party workers in the respondents' communes, and the respondents' attention to and involvement in the election campaign. Demographic data cover age, sex, marital status, educational level, annual income, occupation, union affiliation, religious participation, and hobbies. The study also includes aggregate data on the respondent's commune and primary sampling unit, such as population statistics, vocational composition, boundary changes, use of the new Norwegian language, average income, and election information.

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Study Description


Valen, Henry. NORWEGIAN ELECTION STUDY, 1965. Conducted by Institute for Social Research, Oslo, Norway. ICPSR ed. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [producer and distributor], 1976. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07256.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07256.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    elections, party membership, political affiliation, political attitudes, political campaigns, political interest, political parties, voter history, voting behavior

Geographic Coverage:    Europe, Norway, Global

Time Period:   

  • 1965

Universe:    Voting-age population of Norway listed in the electoral registers.

Data Type(s):    survey data, and aggregate data

Data Collection Notes:

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Sample:    Stratified probability sample. The country was divided into sampling areas classified acording to region, density of population, and occupational composition. Primary sampling units (PSU) were drawn by probability methods from the universe of sampling areas. From each PSU, respondents were selected by probability methods from the public electoral registers, in a number proportional to the size of the substratum to which the PSU belonged.

Data Source:

personal interviews and public records

Extent of Processing:   ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Standardized missing values.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-06-19

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