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About the Citizen Panel

The Citizen Panel is the largest and longest running panel administrated by LORE.

The first large scale recruitment to the Citizen Panel was initiated during the election campaign for the Swedish general election in 2010, mainly through advertising on social media platforms. In 2012 the Citizen Panel begun to complement its self-recruited sample with participants recruited by random probability sampling, first through telephone interviews, but since then mainly through postal invitations. The random probability sample in the Citizen Panel now consists of approximately 9,000 individuals. To date, the Citizen Panel has over 60,000 active respondents in Sweden and serves as an important complement to the conventional nation-wide representative surveys that are conducted at University of Gothenburg, such as the surveys carried out by the SOM-institute (www.som.gu.se).

Topics and structure
Participants in the Citizen Panel are required to answer an initial profile survey where questions about the respondent's background, such as gender, education, age, and labor market position are asked. A small number of general political attitude variables are included in these fundamental profile data: ideological self-placement on a left-right scale, political trust and interest in politics.

Within the Citizen Panel there are a number of panel questions that are asked twice a year to a subsample of the Citizen Panel. Among these panel questions are questions about institutional trust, political interest, concerns for various problems, interpersonal trust, as well as attitudes towards political parties and political issues.

Collaboration and participation

During the last couple of years the Citizen Panel has collected data for Swedish scholars in a range of disciplines at a number of different universities. Outside of Sweden the Citizen Panel has contributed to research at Stanford University, London School of Economics, McGill University, Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona and European University Institute in Florence.

The participation in the Citizen Panel is always voluntary and respondents are free to leave the panel at any time. The participants do not receive payment for their participation. For more details about information to panel members, see medborgarpanelen.gu.se.

Page Manager: Daniel Jansson|Last update: 11/30/2018

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