2.6 Sweden

The Citizen Panel in Sweden is an online panel survey run by the Laboratory of Opinion Research (LORE), established in 2010 by the Multidiciplinary Opinion and Democracy (MOD) research group at the faculty of social science, University of Gothenburg. 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.

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.

The 2017 EIPS survey was part of the twenty-eigth Citizen Panel, and was only fielded to respondents that had been recruited through random sampling. All in all, there were 11 studies included in Citizen Panel 28 in addition to 36 general questions.

Net participation rate: 69%
Gross subsample size: 3800
Net subsample size: 3700