Observa Political Index Polls 1971: June

Principal Investigator


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



See abstract


#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 re- gularly in the period (approx. 10 times a year), whereas the at- titudinal surveys have been carried out quarterly in the period 1969 to 1972. The current data collection of similar data mate- rial 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, 1971: #------------------------------------ #In 1971 Observa carried out 9 political index polls. All the questions from these surveys are found in DDA-0899: Observa Political Index Polls, 1971. In addition, the individual political index polls, which contain questions on topical issues, are found in DDA-0900 to DDA-0908. # #This survey (DDA-0904 Observa Political Index Polls 1971: June) deals with the following topical issues: # #Assessment of the Government's performance; assessment of the performance of the opposition; government formation after the next general election; and assessment of whether firms and companies should be under public control, under combined public/private control or under private control (e.g. P&T, the telephone service, banks/savings banks, and oil and gas extraction companies). # #In addition, the material contains a fixed set 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


Greenland, Public company, Opposition, Party preferences, Private company, Cooperation with the government


Education, Labour and employment: Employment, Housing and land use planning: Housing, Social stratification and groupings: Family life and marriage (including household composition and generations), Trade, industry and markets (including branches of the economy): Business/industrial management and organisation, Social stratification and groupings: Gender and gender roles, Social stratification and groupings: Social and occupational mobility, Society and culture: Social conditions and indicators, Politics: Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion, Politics: Domestic political issues, Politics: Elections


Age limits,

Geographic Coverage

National, DK

Data set

Order data

Variables: 39
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: 1239
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: 37

Data Collector: NA

Temporal coverage

Start: 1971-06-19
End: 1971-06-19


Observa, Observa Political Index Polls 1971: June, Dansk Data Arkiv Danish Data Archive, 1992. 1 data file: DDA-904, version: 1.0.0, http://dx.doi.org/10.5279/DK-SA-DDA-904

Persistent identifier:

DOI: 10.5279/DK-SA-DDA-904

Archive information

Received: 1992-07-01


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 1967-1977, København, Observa, 806 pp., 1977