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Election Panel Survey 2017

Reporting periodevery four years


  • About the survey

Purpose of the survey

Statistics Norway is now conducting a survey where we want to take a closer look at which issues that interest people in the election campaign and Parliamentary Election, and in which ways people acquire information about this.

Furthermore, we will examine to what extent the party elections and turnout varies with background. We would like you to answer regardless of whether you are interested in politics or not, or if you intend to vote or not.

In order to compile statistics of good quality, we would like you to answer questions about:

- Issues that are important to you in the Election Campaign and the Parliamentary Election.

- Which information channels that are important to you throughout the Election Campaign.


You are one of 10,000 people sampled for the survey. The selected will receive an email and an SMS from SSB with an invitation to participate and a link to the web survey. It is very important that everyone selected participates. If we get too few answers, we will get less reliable information.

 SSB conducts the survey in collaboration with Institute for Social Research (ISF), by Bernt Aardal.

How to respond?

The survey is a short web-form to fill out on internet, where you can respond with a PC, Mac, or smartphone. To answer, you can use the link you receive by e-mail or SMS. You can also use the button 'Electronic reporting' at the top of this page and login with a username and password that you'll find in the e-mail or SMS. It takes just under five minutes to answer the questions.

You will be contacted three times in advance of the Parliamentary Election, and once after the Election to answer this panel survey.

Why should I answer this?

To get an accurate picture, it is very important that as many people as possible participate. We cannot replace you with someone else, if you do not participate in the survey. The sample is drawn to represent the Norwegian population. You are important to us!

We protect your privacy

All Statistics Norway employees are bound by confidentiality, and we will never disclose information about who has participated or how individuals have responded. The survey is conducted in accordance with the Statistics Act and the Personal Data Act, and Statistics Norway has appointed its own data protection officer approved by the Norwegian Data Protection Authority. To make the survey as short as possible, we collect some information about you and your household directly from registers that Statistics Norway has access to. This regards information from the Population Register, information on voter turnout from the municipality census, education of school owners and Lånekassen (the Norwegian state education loan fund) and information on income, wealth, employment, social security and social benefits derived from the tax authorities and NAV. Within 31.12.2019, all characteristics that could identify individuals will be removed from the data.