Observa Political Index Polls, 1982

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#Observa opinion polls: #---------------------- # #From 1967 and onwards Observa has carried out a number of opinion polls, i.e. surveys of attitudes and habits of life, partly through so-called political index polls (postal panel surveys) and partly through more extensive attitudinal surveys based on interviews. The political index polls have been carried out regularly in the period (approx. 10 times a year), whereas the attitudinal surveys have been carried out quarterly in the period 1969 to 1972. The current data collection of similar data material over a long period of time makes it possible to carry out various kinds of time series analyses, especially as regards party preference. #Other subjects are usually treated more superficially owing to the conditions under which the surveys are carried out (they are designed for publication in daily papers so the main emphasis has been put on topical issues, and only subjects which may be dealt with by means of a limited number of questions are included). Until 1971 the political index polls were carried out for the daily paper Aktuelt; from 1972 for the daily paper Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten. The attitudinal surveys have been carried out exclusively for Jyllands-Posten. # #Observa Political Index Polls, 1982: #----------------------------------- #In 1982 Observa carried out 10 political index polls. All the questions from these surveys, togehter with a fixed set of recurring background variables, are found in DDA-1029: Observa Political Index Polls, 1982. In addition, the individual political index polls, which contain various questions on topical issues, are found in DDA-1030 to DDA-1039. # #The individual political index polls deal with the following topical issues: # #Observa Political Index Polls 1982: February (DDA-1030): #The proposal of LO (the Danish Trades Union Congress) concerning profit sharing; Radio Denmark's monopoly concerning the broadcasting of radio and TV programmes; the financing of a TV Channel 2 and commercials on a TV Channel 2; youth unemployment; the proposed clearing of Christiania; public snow clearing and traffic accidents on slippery roads; size of household; car in household; and magazines and weeklies. # #Observa Political Index Polls 1982: March (DDA-1031): #The occupation of empty houses by young people, i.e. squatting (sympathy for the police or for the young people); abolition of the joint rule of Greenland and Denmark; abolition of the prime minister's right to dissolve parliament and issue writs for a general election before the termination of an electoral period; informing the authorities of moonlighting; the Danish North Sea gas project, information on this project from public authorities and administration of the project; party co-operation; smoking habits; household waste; for or against nuclear power stations in Denmark at a hypothetical referendum today and the nuclear waste disposal problems; and magazines and weeklies. # #Observa Political Index Polls 1982: April (DDA-1032): #The conflict concerning the Falkland Islands, sympathy for Great Britain or for Argentina; trust in the UN as a peacekeeping and conflict solving factor in the Falkland conflict; Saturday TV programmes, assessment of the programmes from the various TV departments; weekend drinking habits; supper habits; eating supper while watching TV; and corporal punishment of children by parents. # #Observa Political Index Polls 1982: May (DDA-1033): #Party co-operation (combinations of parties) concerning the economic policy; the introduction of Socialism in Denmark; the optional state-controlled leaving examination in primary school and the abolition of marks and examinations in primary school; state subsidies to farmers in connection with the foot-and-mouth disease; assessment of the members of the Government; summer holidays; assessment of other countries as regards politics and culture, economy and technology; and a bridge over the Great Belt. # #Observa Political Index Polls 1982: June (DDA-1034): #MP fees; assessment of the Government's performance; assessment of the performance of the opposition; transportation to place of work; car(s) in household; interest in political issues (e.g. the employment situation, environmental matters, welfare matters, law and order); co-operation between the Social Democratic Government and the Socialist People's Party; for or against Danish membership of the EC at a hypothetical referendum today; and book reading habits. # #Observa Political Index Polls 1982: August (DDA-1035): #The proposal of LO (the Danish Trades Union Congress) concerning profit sharing; spare time activities in the winter; gainful employment; reduction of working hours and the influence of this on employment; the contribution of the USA, the USSR and China to world peace; motor vehicle in household and purchase of a car; and summer holidays. # #Observa Political Index Polls 1982: September (DDA-1036): #The change of government and the influence of this on economy and employment; assesssment of the duration and the composition of the new Government; assessment of Anker Jørgensen as prime minister; assessment of the retired Social Democratic Government; the economic situation; the TV serial 'Dallas'; the conflict in the Middle East; for or against nuclear power stations in Denmark at a hypothetical referendum today and the nuclear waste disposal problems; the speed limits; and assessment of various statements on tax-free incomes. # #Observa Political Index Polls 1982: October (DDA-1037): #Assessment of the Government's proposals concerning an improvement of the economic situation and the influence of the proposals on various groups in society and on personal daily expenditures; possession of credit cards; the influence of the change of government on the economic situation and on employment; and membership of a trade union. # #Observa Political Index Polls 1982: November (DDA-1038): #The abolition of the Lord's Day Observance Act (Helligdagslovgivningen); investments in joint share companies and investment companies; the conflict in the Middle East; winter holidays; weekend TV programmes (assessment of various weekend programmes); pets or animals in household; and location of dwelling. # #Observa Political Index Polls 1982: December (DDA-1039): #Danish membership of NATO; Denmark's obligations towards NATO; the defence settlement; assessment of Poul Schlüter as prime minister; future conditions of Danish trade and industry; Christmas Eve; attitude to various statements on insurances and insurance companies; children in household; pocket money for children (amount and method); and expectations of 1983 (personal financial situation, the country's economic situation, the world situation). # #Each of the political index polls contain a fixed set of back- ground variables which in this survey has been included for each index poll. In adddition, the DDA has compiled each of these background variables for each of the panel members for the year as a whole. The recurring background variables are: # #The respondent's sex, year of birth, marital status and position in the household. Geographical location of place of residence (part of the country and county) and degree of urbanization, as well as type and ownership of the dwelling. The respondent's e- ducation, employment status, designation of occupation and trade union membership. Finally, information on which party the respon- dent voted for at the last two general elections (1979 and 1981) or reasons why the respondent did not vote


waste, problems with disposal of nuclear waste, Cancel the use of marking, Cancel the use of tests, Activist, Alcohol, Drinking habits, Share, Arabic country, Work and occupation, Unemployment, Working hours walk-out, Nuclear power, Squatter, Car, Inconveniences in the residence, Christiania, Foreing relations of Denmark, Animals, EU referendum, Trade, Business community, The Falkland Islands, Family size, Holiday, Center-right government 1982-1987, Primary and lower secondary education, Members of the danish parliament salaries, General election, Consumption, Defence expenses, Leisure activity, Greenland, Speed restriction, Attitude towards insurance, Refuse, Household, The introduction of nuclear power, Investment, Israel, Christmas eve, Christmas present, Marking (grading), Pet, Physical punishment, Pocket money, Legislation, The Middle East, Motor vehicle, Foot-and-mouth disease, Natural gas, Opposition, Profit sharing, Palestinian conditions, Party preferences, Party cooperation, Political interest, Radio monopoly, Government, Cooperation with the government, Change of government, Risk, accident and crash, Smoking habits, Smoking, Tax-free income, School holiday, Socialism, Moonlighting, Spirits, Position, Great Belt, Transportation work, TV, TV series, TV entertainment, Weekly magazine, World peace, Economic politics, Economic growth, Economic conditions, Consumption of beer


Economics: Economic conditions and indicators, Economics: Economic policy (including budget and fiscal policy, public expenditure and public revenue), Economics: Income, property and investment/saving, Trade, industry and markets (including branches of the economy): Business/industrial management and organisation, Trade, industry and markets (including branches of the economy): Agricultural, forestry and rural industry, Labour and employment: Employment, Labour and employment: Unemployment, Labour and employment: Labour relations/conflict, Politics: Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion, Politics: Elections, Politics: Domestic political issues, Politics: International politics and organisations, Politics: Conflict, security and peace, Law, crime and legal systems: Legislation, Education: Educational policy, Information and communication: Mass media, Health: Drug abuse, alcohol and smoking, Natural environment: Environmental degradation/pollution and environmental protection, Transport, travel (and mobility): Transport, travel (and mobility), Social stratification and groupings: Children (see also child development and child rearing), Social stratification and groupings: Elites and leadership, Society and culture: Social behaviour and attitudes, Society and culture: Leisure, tourism and sport, Society and culture: Social conditions and indicators, Social stratification and groupings: Family life and marriage (including household composition and generations), Social stratification and groupings: Youth, Society and culture: Cultural activities and participation, Education, Housing and land use planning: Housing, Social stratification and groupings: Social and occupational mobility, Social stratification and groupings: Gender and gender roles


Age limits,

Geographic Coverage

National, DK

Data set

Order data

Variables: 938
Analysis unit: Individuals, The universe is Danish citizens with the right to vote. However, a number of younger respondents are included in the material. The reason is that Observa also includes panel members who are close to the electoral age (18 years).


In data set: 1550
Original sample: NA


Kind of data: Survey data

Time dimension: Panel study, (See the item 'Sampling Procedures' for a more detailed description of the composition of the panel).

Sampling procedure: Other

Action to minimize loos: If a panel member has not completed a questionnaire twice in succession, a reminder is sent out; if a panel member has not completed a questionnaire three times in succession, the member is excluded from the panel without further notice from Observa. In connection with each political index poll a competition (for small cash prizes) is arranged among the respondents who have sent in the questionnaires in due time.

Data collection

Mode of collection: Mail survey

Test type: Structured questionnaire

Number of questions: 936

Data Collector: NA

Temporal coverage

Start: 1982-02-15
End: 1982-12-06


Observa, Observa Political Index Polls, 1982, Dansk Data Arkiv Danish Data Archive, 1988. 1 data file: DDA-1029, version: 1.0.0, http://dx.doi.org/10.5279/DK-SA-DDA-1029

Persistent identifier:

DOI: 10.5279/DK-SA-DDA-1029

Archive information

Received: 1988-07-01


Study state: The Danish Data Archive has fully documented and preserved the data in a long-term preservation format.
Access conditions: Science and Statistics


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Primary publications

  • Observa, Danskerne. Meninger - holdninger - vaner. The Danes. Opinions - attitudes - habits. Observa 1981-1984., København, Observa, 653 sider, 1985