By Marita Carballo, Ulf Hjelmar

Understanding public opinion is fundamental to trendy democracies. It shapes public regulations; it is helping politicians to hook up with their audiences; it unearths underlying concerns which are of maximum significance for political decision-makers.

Social examine and opinion polls supply humans the chance to specific their perspectives frequently on diverse issues and supply an effective solution to degree public opinion. the aim of this publication is to demonstrate how public opinion polling issues in politics, within the public sphere and extra typically in our globalized economies.

The booklet presents a global and recent perspecive on public opinion polling. it truly is in response to stories from greater than 50 nations internationally and in-depth case stories from the U.S.; Canada, Germany, nice Britain, France, Norway, the Western Balkans, India, Indonesia, New Zealand and the Philippines.

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6. View on Immigrants agree that immigrants contribute a lot to their country, whereas only 12% express the same opinion in Slovakia. These differences should however be interpreted bearing in mind the number of immigrants living in each of the countries surveyed – with these a less significant presence in many of the new Member States. The results of this particular Eurobarometer survey also illustrate how political factors sometimes have an important bearing on values. On the immigration question, respondents who place themselves on the left of the political spectrum are more inclined to agree with the ‘high contribution’ proposal than those who selfposition on the political right (50% versus 36% respectively agree with the proposal).

At the same time, a similar proportion believe that the state intervenes too much in their lives (62%), indicating the desire for moving yet further in the direction of reducing government intervention. 9 In political matters people talk of „the left” and „the right”. How would you place your views on this scale? Show card scale from 1(left) to 10 (right). 56 Pascal Chelala For each of the following propositions, tell me if you…? % Total disagree Free competition is the best guarantee for economic prosperity The State intervenes too much in our lives % Total agree 24 33 64 62 Fig.

The greatest decline was in Germany, from 68% positive to 43% between 2002 and 2006. Only three European countries considered US leadership more positively than negatively: the Netherlands (51 vs. 44%), Romania (47 vs. 35%) and the United Kingdom (48 vs. 45%). The European public, however, distinguished between their opinion about US leadership in world affairs and their evaluation of President Bush, whose rating dropped markedly – there was a 19 percentage-point gap between the positive views regarding the US and Bush, where perceptions’ of the administration’s handling of international affairs has fallen from 38% positive in 2002 to 18% in 2006 (as against 37% positive for US leadership).

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