VALU 2006 - SVT exit poll survey parliamentary election 2006

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Creator/Principal investigator(s)

Sören Holmberg - University of Gothenburg, Department of Political Science

Hans Hernborn - Sveriges Television

Per Näsman - Royal Institute of Technology, Division of Safety Research

Research principal

Sveriges Television rorId


This exit poll survey was carried out in connection with the parliamentary election on September 17, 2006.

In VALU - Swedish exit poll surveys - voters leaving polling stations are asked by public service broadcaster Sveriges Television (SVT) to fill in a questionnaire and put it anonymously in a sealed box. After collecting and processing the responses, Sveriges Television is able to present an election forecast and an analysis of the reasons underlying the outcome of the election in it´s Election Night broadcast. The surveys are referred to as VALU, an abbreviation for vallokalsundersökning, Swedish for exit poll survey. The first exit poll survey in Sweden was carried out at the parliamentary election in 1991. Since then similar studies have been carried out in connection with all Parliamentary elections, referendums and elections to the European Parliament.


Provide analytical support for the election night broadcast on Swedish television during the election night, and for other post-election analysis.

Data contains personal data



Method and outcome

Unit of analysis


Swedish electorate

Sampling procedure

Mixed probability and non-probability
In VALU a selection is made of a number of electoral districts and in this way their respective polling station. The number of electoral districts to be selected for VALU is allocated among the different regions according to the size of the electorate. Within each region, the electoral districts are then selected to be included in VALU. This selection is based on the size and geographical location of the electoral district.

Time period(s) investigated

2006-09-04 – 2006-09-17



Number of individuals/objects


Data format / data structure

Data collection
  • Mode of collection: Self-administered questionnaire: paper
  • Time period(s) for data collection: 2006-09-04 – 2006-09-17
  • Instrument: VALU 2006 (Questionnaire)
  • Source of the data: Population group
Geographic coverage

Geographic spread

Geographic location: Sweden

Highest geographic unit


Administrative information
Topic and keywords

Research area

Elections (CESSDA Topic Classification)

Political behaviour and attitudes (CESSDA Topic Classification)

Social sciences (Standard för svensk indelning av forskningsämnen 2011)

Political science (Standard för svensk indelning av forskningsämnen 2011)


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Hernborn, Hans (2002). Valu : Swedish exit polls. Stockholm: Sveriges television (SVT)

Hernborn, Hans, Holmberg, Sören & Näsman, Per (2006). Valu i allmänhetens tjänst. Stockholm: Sveriges television (SVT)
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Grundström, E. (2009) The influence of party leaders and ideological beliefs on voters selection of party bloc in the Swedish Parliament Election 2006. A study of the VALU exit poll survey. Studentarbete vid Umeå universitet

Jussila Hammes, J., Political economics or Keynesian demand-side policies: What determines transport
infrastructure investment in Swedish municipalities?, Research in Transportation Economics (2015),
ISSN: 0739-8859

Arndt, C. (2013). The Electoral Consequences of Third Way Welfare State Reforms: Social Democracy's Transformation and its Political Costs. Amsterdam University Press.
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ISBN: 978-90-8964-450-3

Hernborn, Hans, Holmberg, Sören, Näsman, Per, & Thedéen, Torbjörn (2003) Valu : Sveriges Televisions vallokalsundersökningar. Stockholm: SVT.

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Version 2.0. 2014-09-05

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Harmonization of missing data codes: NA=999

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Published: 2014-09-05
Last updated: 2022-11-22