Danish Election Study 1979

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The Danish Election Study 1979 was carried out in October and November 1979. #The data were collected by the Danish Gallup Institute in two omnibuses; one of the omnibus surveys was carried out in October 1979, immediately after the general election on 23 October, whereas the other one was carried out in November. #The background information consists of the respondent's reading habits as regards dailies and Sunday papers, vote at the general election on 23 October, 1979, voting intention at a hypothetical general election on the day after the interview, occupation of spouse and head of household, as well as party affiliation. #In addition, the study deals with the respondent's opinion of what are the most important political problems, the process of deciding which party or what candidate to vote for, the respondent's political interest before the election campaign - especially interest in political broadcasts on the radio and on TV - and the respondent's party political and governmental preferences. The respondent is also asked to place the political parties and a number of organizations on a 'feeling thermometer', and is finally asked about her/his attitude to a number of political viewpoints. #The data material also includes some questions from the Eurobarometer series dealing with the European Parliament and attitudes to Danish membership of the EC


Nuclear power, Election for the European Parliament, General election, Attitude towards EU, Church attendance, Mass media, Party preferences, Religion, Smoking habits, Economic democracy


Politics: Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion, Politics: Elections, Society and culture: Social behaviour and attitudes, Labour and employment: Employment, Politics: International politics and organisations, Politics: Domestic political issues, Politics: Political ideology


Geographic Coverage

National, As many re-visits as possible were made within the time limits set for field work. The survey includes information as to which visit resulted in an interview.

Data set

Order data

Variables: 401
Analysis unit: Individuals, Danish citizens aged 15 or more, living in private households.


In data set: 1989
Original sample: NA


Kind of data: Survey data

Time dimension: Cross-sectional study,

Sampling procedure: Other

Action to minimize loos: As many re-visits as possible were made within the time limits set for field work. The survey includes information as to which visit resulted in an interview.

Data collection

Mode of collection: Face-to-face interview

Test type: Structured questionnaire

Number of questions: 399

Data Collector: TNS Gallup

Temporal coverage

Start: 1979-10-01
End: 1979-11-30


Ole Borre, Ingemar Glans, Hans Jørgen Nielsen, Steen Sauerberg, Torben Worre, Jørgen Goul Andersen, Danish Election Study 1979, Dansk Data Arkiv Danish Data Archive, 1981. 1 data file: DDA-287, version: 1.0.0, http://dx.doi.org/10.5279/DK-SA-DDA-287

Persistent identifier:

DOI: 10.5279/DK-SA-DDA-287

Archive information

Received: 1981-04-01


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


DDI-L-3.1 XML Study metadata

Latest version: 1.0.0

Other metadata formats

DDA XML Study description


Primary publications

  • Borre, Ole, Den ustadige ligevægt - forskydninger i de danske partiers vælgerstyrke, Politica, Årg. 13, pp. 46-86, 1981
  • Borre, Ole et al., Efter vælgerskredet. Analyser af folketingsvalget 1979, Politica, Aarhus, 190 pp., 1983
  • Borre, Ole, Ideologi og partivalg i Danmark 1979, I Anckar, Dag; Damgaard, Erik og Valen, Henry (eds.): Partier, Ideologier, Väljare, Åbo Akademi, 1982
  • Nielsen, Hans Jørgen, Electoral Politics and the Corporate System, Scandinavian Political Studies, no. 1, 1982
  • Nielsen, Hans Jørgen, Danskerne og EF, Økonomi og Politik, nr. 3, 1982
  • Andersen, Jørgen Goul, Partierne og klasserne - forskydninger i 1970'erne, Økonomi & Politik, nr. 4, 1983
  • Worre, Torben, Vælgeradfærd 1971-1981, Økonomi og Politik, nr. 4, pp. 263-273, 1983
  • Andersen, Jørgen Goul, Kvinder og Politik, Politica, 312 pp., 1984

Secondary publications

  • Herz, Thomas, Attitudes to the Welfare State, Siegen, 1985
  • Nannestad, Peter, Reactive Voting in Danish General Elections 1971-1979. A Revisionist Interpretation, Århus: Aarhus University Press, 207 pp., 1989
  • Togeby, Lise, Fra tilskuere til deltagere. Den kollektive mobilisering af kvinder i Danmark i 1970'erne og 1980'erne, Århus: Politica, 64 pp., 1994