Dataset: Election Survey 1997


The Norwegian Election Study in 1997 is included in the Election Reserach Program at Institute of Social Research - ISF - (1957-2005). The objective of the study is partly to extend the analyses of earlier elections and partly to study contemporary tendencies in Norwegian politics. Bernt Aardal and Henry Valen have been responsible at IFS for the study. Statistics Norway conducted the the data collection

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Variable Groups

Full Title

Election Survey 1997

Identification Number


Authoring Entity

Name Affiliation
Statistics Norway SSB


Name Affiliation Abbreviation Role
Statistics Norway/Opheim, Ingunn SSB
Institute of Social Research/Aardal, Bernt ISF
Institute of Social Research/Valen, Henry ISF


Copyright (C) 1999 Statistics Norway

Funding Agency/Sponsor

Name Abbreviation Role Grant
Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development
The Research Council of Norway

Data Distributor

Name Affiliation Abbreviation
Norwegian Social Science Data Services NSD

Series Name

Norwegian Election Studies

Series Information

The Norwegian Election Research Programme was launched in the middle of the 1950's, under the direction of The Institute for Social Research. Henry Valen and Stein Rokkan were responsible for the programme. The programme co-operated with Norsk Gallup Institute A/S for sample survey data collection in the election studies covering the Storting elections in 1957, 1965, 1969 and 1973. Since 1977 the programme has co-operated with Statistics Norway (SSB) for the data collection for these studies. The election studies are intended to give statistical data for research covering elections and political processes in Norway. Since the start of the Norwegian Election Programme Professor Henry Valen has been the key administrator, but in 1985 Bernt Aardal took over as executive manager.


Date: 2009-02-13


Data from Statistics Norway are documented and prepared, third NSD edition.

Bibliographic Citation

"Election Survey 1997". Data are collected by Statistics Norway, Oslo. Third NSD edition, Bergen 2009.

List of Keywords

Topic Classification

Time Period Covered

Start End Cycle
1997-09 1997-11

Date of Collection

Start End Cycle
1997-09-16 1997-11-30


Norway  (NO)

Geographic Coverage


Geographic Unit

Part of country

Unit of Analysis



Persons between the ages of 18-79 years.

Kind of Data

Survey data

Time Method

Cross-sectional survey/panel

Data Collector

Statistics Norway  (SSB)

Sampling Procedure

The sample for the Election Survey 1997 consists of 3000 Norwegian citizens between the ages of 18-79 years (age as of 31st of December 1997).
To obtain knowledge of attitudinal change in the electorate, a part of the gross sample is derived from the Election Survey 1993. This panel consists of persons in the ages of 22-79 years that participated in the survey of 1993 for the first time, excluding non-eligibles.

Gross sample: 2958
Net sample: 2055
Response rate: 69,5%

Mode of Data Collection

Face-to-face interview


Availability Status

Data from "Norwegian Election Study 1997" are made available for research purposes given a written application.

Extent of Collection

One data file; different formats can be made.


Data from "Norwegian Election Study 1997" are made available for research purposes given a written application.

Citation Requirement

Users are obliged to refer to producer and distributor of the data by writing the following in forewords or footnotes in eventual publications:
"(Some of) the data applied in the analysis in this publication are based on "Norwegian Election Study, 1997". Data are anonymized and made available through Norwegian Social Data Services (NSD). Prof. Bernt Aardal and the Institute of Social Reserach was responsible for the original study and Statistics Norway collected the data. Neither the Bernt Aardal, ISF, SSB nor NSD are responsible for the analyses/interpretation of the data presented here."

Deposit Requirement

Access to data is given on the condition that NSD gets three copies, alternatively a PDF-file, of eventual reports that are written on the basis of the data. This to ensure best possible information of the use of data we distribute. A copy of all reports will be sent to Statistics Norway.


Application for access to the data has to include name, institutional affiliation, project title, information about sources of financing, postal address. A declaration of secrecy has to be signed before delivery of data.


Neither the Bernt Aardal, ISF, SSB nor NSD are responsible for the analyses/interpretation of the data presented here.

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Election Survey 1977

Election Survey 1973

Election Survey 1969

Election Survey 1965

Election Survey 1957

Related Publications

Valgunders√łkelsen 1997 Dokumentasjonsrapport

Aardal, Bernt; Valen, Henry; Oppheim, Ingunn (1999) Valgunders√łkelsen 1997 Dokumentasjonsrapport. Rapport 99/16. Statistisk sentralbyr√•


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