Observa Political Index Polls 1982: March

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Codebook: Variables, universes, concepts, survey design and frequency distribution



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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 inter- views. 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 de- signed 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 are found in DDA-1029: Observa Political Index Polls, 1982. In addition, the individual political index polls, which contain questions on topical issues, are found in DDA-1030 to DDA-1039. # #This survey (DDA-1031 Observa Political Index Polls 1982: March) deals with the following topical issues: # #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. # #In addition, the material includes a number of recurring back- ground variables: # #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, Activist, Nuclear power, Squatter, General election, Greenland, Refuse, The introduction of nuclear power, Natural gas, Party preferences, Party cooperation, Smoking habits, Smoking, Moonlighting, Weekly magazine


Housing and land use planning: Housing, Social stratification and groupings: Family life and marriage (including household composition and generations), Social stratification and groupings: Gender and gender roles, Politics: Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion, Social stratification and groupings: Social and occupational mobility, Society and culture: Social conditions and indicators, Politics: Elections, Social stratification and groupings: Youth, Politics: Domestic political issues, Natural environment: Environmental degradation/pollution and environmental protection, Natural environment: Natural resources and energy, Health: Drug abuse, alcohol and smoking, Society and culture: Social behaviour and attitudes, Social stratification and groupings: Social exclusion, Education, Labour and employment: Employment


Age limits,

Geographic Coverage

National, DK

Data set

Order data

Variables: 103
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: 1313
Original sample: NA


Kind of data: Survey data

Time dimension: Panel study, (See the item 'Sampling Procedures' for a more detailed descrip- tion 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: 101

Data Collector: NA

Temporal coverage

Start: 1982-03-15
End: 1982-03-15


Observa, Observa Political Index Polls 1982: March, Dansk Data Arkiv Danish Data Archive, 1988. 1 data file: DDA-1031, version: 1.0.0, http://dx.doi.org/10.5279/DK-SA-DDA-1031

Persistent identifier:

DOI: 10.5279/DK-SA-DDA-1031

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