FSD2673 Finnish National Election Study 2011: Telephone Interviews among Finnish-speaking Votersshortcuts: data collection | citation | publications
Grönlund, Kimmo (Åbo Akademi University. Social Science Research Institute)
This survey charted the political views of eligible voters in the 2011 Finnish parliamentary elections. The data were collected in both Finnish and Swedish. This dataset contains the interviews in Finnish (see FSD2726 for the data on Swedish-speaking population). Questions in the interview are for the most part the same in both datasets; the questions about language policy differ somewhat and there were added questions about language for Swedish-speakers. The data are also available in Swedish.
The respondents' interest in politics and frequency of discussing political and societal matters were first investigated. Views were probed on whether they felt closer to one political party than the others. The respondents were asked to what extent they agreed with several statements relating to Finnish politics and society (e.g. whether important national issues should be decided in a referendum more often and whether the second official language should be an obligatory subject at school).
Perceptions on the performance of the government and trust in different institutions and persons (e.g. the president, politicians, police) were examined. The final set of questions focused on the respondents' voting habits in the latest parliamentary elections. They were asked whether they had voted, when they had voted, to which party their candidate belonged, whether the party or candidate was more important when voting and how much certain reasons affected party choice.
Background variables included, among others, the respondent's gender, year of birth, highest level of education, religiosity, economic activity and occupational status, household composition, employment status, financial circumstances of family, language spoken at home, proficiency in Swedish, languages used in the neighbourhood, language spoken at work or studies, and region of residence (NUTS3).
constituencies; language policy; parliamentary candidates; parliamentary elections; political attitudes; political participation; political support; voting
political studies (FSD Topics Classification)
elections; mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion (CESSDA Topics Classification)
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Åbo Akademi University
April 2011 - May 2011
Finnish citizens who had the right to vote in the 2011 parliamentary elections (excluding the Åland Islands)
A random sample drawn from the Finnish Population Register. Sample size was five times the target number of interviews, both for the Finnish-speaking (FSD2673) and the Swedish-speaking (FSD2726) population. At the interview stage, gender, age and region of residence quotas were formed to achieve a representative sample.
Data: SPSS portable file. Data available also in other file formats.
Number of cases and variables
1001 cases and 68 variables
See downloadable files at the top of the page
FSD2726 Finnish National Election Study 2011: Telephone Interviews among Swedish-speaking Voters
Data Appraisal and Notes
FSD has no further information on the weight variable in the data.
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Grönlund, Kimmo: Finnish National Election Study 2011: Telephone Interviews among Finnish-speaking Voters [computer file]. FSD2673, version 1.0 (2012-02-01). Turku: Åbo Akademi University [producer], 2011. Tampere: Finnish Social Science Data Archive [distributor], 2012.
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