Dataset: Local Elections in Norway 2003

Abstract

The data set is derived from Statistic Norway's election survey for municipal and county council elections in 2003, commissioned by Institute of Social Research. The purpose of the survey was to enlighten different sides of the locaø democracy; elections and election campaigns, political interest and participation.  

The survey deals with the following subjects:
-Political interest
-Voting in municipal, county council and national elections.
-Assessment of the significance of elections
-Assessment of the local democracy and local services
-Municipal challenges
-Municipal organisation
-Information about politics
-Voting for persons in municipal elections
-Political participation

The survey is conducted as telephone interview and self-completion forms. The variables from the telephone interview have names beginning with 'spm', whilst variables from the self-completion questionnaire have variable names starting with 'po'.

To obtain knowledge about changes in the electorate, a part of the sample is derived from the gross sample of the Local Election Survey in 1999. This panel consists of people in the ages of 22 - 83 years. For the panel to have cross-sectional features, the real panel had to be supplied with persons from cohorts that recently had become eligible to vote during the four intermittent years. The supplementary sample is often characterized as a "false" panel. Variables that started with 'l' are derived from the Local Election Survey of 1999.

For access to the dataset, use the NSD application form:

http://www.nsd.uib.no/nsd/english/orderform.html

Variable Groups

Full Title

Local Elections in Norway 2003

Identification Number

NSD0692

Authoring Entity

Name Affiliation
Statistics Norway SSB

Producer

Name Affiliation Abbreviation Role
Buskoven, Nina Statistics Norway Project manager
Sægre, Aina Helen Statistics Norway Project manager
Fodnesbergene, Gunnar Statistics Norway Preparation, file establishment
Wangen, Glenn-Erik Statistics Norway Preparation, file establishment
Jernberg, Anne-Kathrine Statistics Norway Preparation, file establishment
Vågane, Liva Statistics Norway Preparation, file establishment
Flekke, Lillian Statistics Norway Interview contact
Korsvoll, Grete Statistics Norway Interview contact
Kleven, Øyvin Statistics Norway Councellor
Normann, Tor Morten Statistics Norway Councellor

Copyright

Copyright (C) 2004 Statistics Norway, Oslo

Funding Agency/Sponsor

Name Abbreviation Role Grant
Institute for Social Research ISF Funding
Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development Funding

Data Distributor

Name Affiliation Abbreviation
Norwegian Social Science Data Services NSD

Series Name

Norwegian Election Studies

Series Information

The Local Elections surveys are conducted three times, in 1995, 1999 and 2003. The objective of the surveys is to elucidate different aspects of the local democracy; the election and election campaign, political interest and participation.

Version

Date: 2008-12-03

Notes

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

Bibliographic Citation

"Local Elections in Norway 2003". Data collected by Statistics Norway. Second NSD edition, Bergen 2008.

List of Keywords

Topic Classification

Election

Time Period Covered

Start End Cycle
1999 2003

Date of Collection

Start End Cycle
2003-09-17 2003-11-13 Telephone interview
2003-10-01 2004-02-13 Postal form

Country

Norway  (NO)

Geographic Coverage

Municipality

Geographic Unit

Norwegian municipalities

Unit of Analysis

Individual

Universe

The universe for the survey consists of people in the ages of 18 to 83 years as of 31.12.2003 that reside an are eligible to vote in Norway. In addition to Norwegian citizens, that includes Nordic citizens residing in Norway since the 31st of May 2003, and citizens from countries outside of the Nordic countries residing in Norway since the 15th of September 2000.

Kind of Data

Survey data

Time Method

Cross-sectional survey/panel

Data Collector

Statistics Norway  (SSB)

Sampling Procedure

A sample of 4.005 persons was drawn.  

A part of the sample is derived from the gross sample of the Local Election Survey in 1999. This panel consists of people in the ages of 22 - 83 years. For the panel to have cross-sectional features, the real panel had to be supplied with persons from cohorts that recently had become eligible to vote during the four intermittent years.  

Gross sample (excluding non-eligible): 3.963 personer.
Nett sample: 2.737 (telephone interview), 2.001 (postal form)
Respons rate: 69,1% (telephone interview), 50% (postal form)

The deciations between the gross and net samples are relatively small, and will in most cases have little or no effect on the results. The deviations are small in terms of gender, part of country, stratum and partial sample, whilst greater in terms of age, education and electoral participation. In the postal interviews, the age group of 45-66 years are slightly overrepresented.

Mode of Data Collection

Telephone interview

Weighting

When using the survey, weighting should be considered used in regard to:

Disproportionate selection design
Skewness as a result of non-response
Respondents (in the panel) moving  

See documentation report for more information on the usage of weights.

Location

Availability Status

Data from "Local Elections in Norway 2003" are made available for research purposes given a written application.

Extent of Collection

One datafile; different formats can be made.

Restrictions

Data from "Local Elections in Norway 2003" 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 "Local Elections in Norway 2003". The survey was financed by Institute for Social Research (ISF) and the Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development. The data are provided by Statistics Norway (SSB), and prepared and made available by the Norwegian Social Science Data Services (NSD). Neither ISF, Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development, Statistics Norway (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.

Conditions

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.

Disclaimer

Neither ISF, Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development, Statistics Norway (SSB) nor NSD are responsible for the analyses/interpretation of the data presented here

Related Studies

Local Elections in Norway 1999

Local elections in Norway 1995

Related Publications

Lokalvalgsundersøkelsen 2003. Dokumentasjonsrapport

Sætre, Aina Helen og Nina Buskoven (2004) "Lokalvalgsundersøkelsen 2003. Dokumentasjonsrapport" NOT 2004/63 Statistisk sentralbyrå

Lokalvalgundersøkelsene 1995-2007

Otterbekk, S. R., L. Rose, J. Saglie (2010) Lokalvalgundersøkelsene 1995-2007, Dokumentasjonsrapport, ISF 2010:008, Institutt for samfunnsforskning

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