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Public opinion theory and research are becoming increasingly significant in modern societies as people’s attitudes and behaviors become ever more volatile and opinion poll data becomes ever more readily available. This major new Handbook is the first to bring together into one volume the whole field of public opinion theory, research methodology, and the political and social embeddedness of polls in modern societies. It comprehensively maps out the state-of-the-art in contemporary scholarship on these topics.

The Legal Status of Public Opinion Research in the World
The legal status of public opinion research in the world

The freedom to conduct opinion surveys among the people and to publish the results is derived from international or national legal provisions granting rights to people. Restrictions of this freedom, if grounded in law at all, can be found in national laws, such as those on due electoral processes. The liberties from which this freedom is derived include the freedom of speech and expression, the freedom to hold and voice opinions and inform oneself, the freedom of scientific endeavor, and the freedom to conduct businesses. Internationally, these liberties are guaranteed in such bills as the United Nation's Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Declaration of Principles ...

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