4 February 2021

Kasper Møller Hansen secures a one million DKK grant for the department


Professor Kasper Møller Hansen has recently secured overall grant funding of DKK 5.4 million to continue the longitudinal research project The Danish Election Survey. The project has mapped Danish attitudes to elections for over 50 years, and offers a vital insight into Danish democracy and changes in voter behaviour.

Kasper Møller Hansen
Kasper Møller Hansen

The Danish Election Survey will be delivered by an academic partnership which also includes colleagues from SDU, AAU and AU. It is supported by funding from the Danish Ministry of Education and Research's infrastructure for research program. 

The survey has been conducted at every Danish parliamentary election since 1971, and is the nation’s longest running attitude survey. The survey provides insight into questions including: How much trust do Danes have in politicians? What are the issues which influence Danish voting behaviour? How has Danish democracy developed over time?  

The current funding tranche will support the survey’s work up to and including the next general election, due at latest in June 2023.

Our work is a kind of litmus test of how Danish democracy works. The Danish Election Survey gives us a deep understanding of the ways in which voters' attitudes reflect, influence and drive policies pursued by their elected representatives. The 50 year history of the survey is unique, and its data uniquely rich and deep. It’s hugely gratifying that we have secured this renewed mandate to continue the work, and naturally we aim to deliver to the same high standard as all the previous years.

commented overall project manager of DNES, professor Kasper Møller Hansen, Department of Political Science at the University of Copenhagen

I’m delighted that the department can unite all the Danish political science research communities to continue The Danish Election Survey. The longitudinal perspective offered by the Survey is an unparalleled tool to help Danish and international researchers map developments in democracy, in a period when democracy is coming under pressure in some parts of Europe.

says Professor Nina Græger, Head of Department at the Department of Political Science

Voting behaviour and democracy across 50 years

The Danish Election Survey is based on a comprehensive questionnaire survey answered by over 2,000 Danes, chosen to constitute a representative voter sample. The data collected provide an in-depth understanding of evolving Danish values, and how modern voting behaviour and democracy have developed over the past 50 years. A deep dive into the aggregated data delivers rich insights into the connections between voter characteristics like education level, age, or gender – and how these influence voting patterns.

It’s hugely valuable that the survey delivers knowledge of Danish politics and voter behaviour sourced from empirical data - the experiences we record using a high-quality questionnaire. As a result, we have robust datasets that we can compare directly with political rhetoric.

says Kasper Møller Hansen