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Share of people interested in politics in Sweden 2009-2019, by education

From 2009 to 2019, people's interest in Swedish politics fluctuated, regardless of their educational level. Overall, respondents with a high education level were more interested in politics than the respondents with lower levels of education. In detail, the lowest interest for the respondents with a high education occurred in 2009, with a share of 67 percent of respondents being interested in politics. While the share was highest in 2014 for higher educated people, amounting to 75 percent, it declined slightly the following years, but reached 73 percent as of 2019. During that same year, 53 percent of the respondents with a low educational level were very or rather interested in Swedish politics.

Share of people that are very/rather interested in politics in Sweden from 2009 to 2019, by education

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Source

Release date

September 2020

Region

Sweden

Survey time period

2009 to 2019

Number of respondents

3,500 respondents*

Age group

16-85 years

Special properties

residents of Sweden

Supplementary notes

The original question was phrased by the source as follows: "Hur intresserad är du i allmänhet av politik?"

The different educational levels refer to the following:
Low education: no completion of compulsory school; primary school or equivalent;
Average education: gymnasium/high school completed but no university studies or graduation from university;
High education: university studies or graduation from university.

The percentage refers to the combined share of respondents stating to be "very interested (1)" and "rather interested (2)". The share answering to be "not very interested (3)" and "not interested at all (4)" is not included in this statistic.

* The number of respondents in each year was as follows:
2018: 10,637
2017: 10,699
2016: 9,639
2015: 8,132
2014: 6,807
2013: 6,447
2012: 6,185
2011: 4,606
2010: 4,929
2009: 4,867
2008: 3,197.

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