Danish Local Election Study, 1978

Principal Investigator


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



See abstract


The survey examines the local election in 1978 with special reference to the conditions of local democracy. The survey deals with the attitudes of the Danish population to their local municipality and to municipal authorities as well as their participation and interest in local elections. #The survey also attempts to compare attitudes to national politics (i.e. the Government and the Folketing) with attitudes to local politics (local councils, etc.). But throughout the survey the main emphasis has been on local politics. # #The survey deals with the following issues: # # 1) The local election in 1978. # 2) The respondent's knowledge of the political composition of # local councils/city councils. # 3) Political interest. # 4) Political information in various media, printed and elec- # tronic. # 5) Participation in meetings concerning, and interest in, speci- # fic political issues. # 6) Contact with municipal authorities in connection with various # cases and an assessment of this contact regarding tax return, # building cases, economic activities, children's institutions, # care of elderly people and public assistance. # 7) Assessment of municipal services (expenditure) regarding # schools, children's institutions, care of elderly people, # public assistance, sports facilities, libraries, road # safety, public transport and slum clearance. # 8) Various statements concerning local and national politics, # e.g. an assessment of the politicians, the situation of the # voters, approval of the 'administration' and an assessment # of 'public thriftlessness'. # 9) Various statements concerning local politics, e.g. appoint- # ment of teachers, books at the libraries, participant de- # mocracy, decentralization and so-called illegal actions. #10) Political attitudes: # Placing on a right-left scale, party preference, vote at the # local elections in 1974 and 1978 and vote at the general # election in 1977. #11) Membership of and active involvement in political parties and # associations: nomination and election for political orga- # nizations and membership of and active involvement # in political parties, trade unions, trade organizations, # spare time organizations and other organizations and move- # ments. #12) Attempts at influencing public opinion or the local poli- # ticians, the means used in such cases and an assessment of # the reaction of the municipal authorities to the views # presented as well as interest in the following local poli- # tical issues: schools, children's institutions, spare time # activities, cultural activities, traffic conditions, care # of elderly people and town planning. #13) Background variables: # Education and occupation of the respondent, the respondent's # spouse/cohabitant or previous bread-winner; the # respondent's income; and a detailed description of the re- # spondent's nearest relations


Attitude towards local authorities, Attitude towrds the municipality, Municipal election, Local politics, Politics


Politics: Elections, Politics: Domestic political issues, Politics: Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion, Politics: Government, political systems and organisations, Social welfare policy and systems: Social welfare policy, Social welfare policy and systems: Specific social services: use and provision, Social stratification and groupings: Family life and marriage (including household composition and generations), Education, Labour and employment: Employment, Economics: Income, property and investment/saving



Geographic Coverage

National, DK

Data set

Order data

Variables: 448
Analysis unit: Individuals, Persons who were entitled to vote at the local election on 7 March, 1978.


In data set: 1856
Original sample: NA


Kind of data: Survey data

Time dimension: Cross-sectional study,

Sampling procedure: Other

Action to minimize loos: 1) The respondents received written instructions before the # data collection started. #2) 2 re-visits were the prescribed minimum if the respondent was # not at home. #3) Extension of the data collection period. #4) Follow-up efforts concerning non-obtained interviews.

Data collection

Mode of collection: Face-to-face interview

Test type: Structured questionnaire

Number of questions: 446

Data Collector: SFI - Det Nationale Forskningscenter for Velfærd

Temporal coverage

Start: 1978-03-08
End: 1978-03-31


Ole Borre, Hans Jørgen Nielsen, Steen Sauerberg, Carsten Ulstrup Johansen, Karl-Henrik Bentzon, Danish Local Election Study, 1978, Dansk Data Arkiv Danish Data Archive, 1986. 1 data file: DDA-199, version: 1.0.0, http://dx.doi.org/10.5279/DK-SA-DDA-199

Persistent identifier:

DOI: 10.5279/DK-SA-DDA-199

Archive information

Received: 1986-07-01


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


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Primary publications

  • Bentzon, Karl-Henrik, Hvilke faktorer er bestemmende for vælgernes interesse for kommunalpolitik, Danske Kommmuner, nr. 5, 1979
  • Bentzon, Karl-Henrik, Flertal af vælgerne er tilfredse med den kommunale service, Danske Kommuner, nr. 7, 1979
  • Bentzon, Karl-Henrik, Kommunalpolitikerne, Samfundsvidenskabeligt Forlag, 360 pp., 1981
  • Nielsen, Hans Jørgen, The Parochial Voter. Alienation and Level of Government in Denmark, 1978, Institute of Political Studies, University of Copenhagen, Working paper 1979/8, 37 pp., 1979
  • Nielsen, Hans Jørgen, Kommunalpolitikere går ikke fri af kritik, Danske Kommuner, nr. 6, 1979