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From Maastricht to Brexit by Richard Bellamy and Dario Castiglione

Measurement Challenges in Public Opinion Surveys

Political Methodology
Public Opinion
Survey Research
Panel Number
Panel Chairs
Kathrin Thomas
Princeton University
Johan A. Elkink
University College Dublin
Panel Discussants
Kathrin Thomas
Princeton University
Johan A. Elkink
University College Dublin

25/08/2018 16:00 - 17:40
Building: VMP 5 Floor: 2 Room: 2085
Political research often measures complex public attitudes towards political issues, actors or phenomena using surveys. However, measurement issues due to poorly phrased questions and/or answering categories, to respondent and/or interviewer error are prevalent in all kinds of survey data. Often political surveys aim to measure potentially sensitive attitudes, e.g., attitudes about radical right parties, ideologies, LGTBQ rights or abortion. Social desirability pressures make it difficult to measure these attitudes. We invite papers that evaluate different kinds of political attitudes or aim to improve the measurement of political attitudes in surveys.
In relation, we are interested in contributions presenting new measures, e.g., using survey experiments. Survey experiments are commonly used to study political phenomena in a controlled environment, but on larger population samples to also enhance external validity. Yet, many of the results derived on their basis require validation and replication in order to ensure the experimental design estimates the behaviour in question (see e.g., Krumpal et al. 2015). We particularly encourage contributions that critically investigate and/or validate findings based on survey experiments (conjoint designs, framing experiments, or novel question designs, such as list experiments or crosswise designs, as well as implicit measures). We also welcome papers discussing the virtues and vices of survey experiments.

Paper List

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Clash of Values in the Middle East and North Africa: Islamic Fundamentalism Versus Liberal Nationalism View Paper Details
Immigration as a Thermostat? The Interaction Between Public Opinion Towards Immigration and Policy Across 17 European Countries (1980-2017) View Paper Details
Measuring Citizen Support for Fundamentally Different Political Regimes View Paper Details
Policy Responsiveness and Multiculturalism: Dynamic Representation in the Netherlands View Paper Details
The Comparative Macropolity: Public Opinion, Government Policy and Responsiveness View Paper Details
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