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The Effects of Published Polls on Citizens
The effects of published polls on citizens

Modern political opinion polls are accompanied by two constants: the debate about their quality on the one hand (→ The Methodological Strengths and Weaknesses of Survey Research), and the debate about their alleged effects in the run-up to elections and voting behavior on the other. The latter includes numerous political efforts (some of which have been implemented) to prohibit publications of opinion polls prior to voting (Foundation for Information, 2003; → The Legal Status of Public Opinion Research in the World). Furthermore, this alleged effect goes hand in hand with the strong assumptions of journalists concerning the impact of publishing poll results (Donsbach & Antoine, 1990; Hardmeier, 2000; → Attitudes of Journalists ...

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