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This study employed a four-fold typology of opinion groups depicting the relationships between minority–majority status and accurate–inaccurate perception of the climate of opinion about the 1990 prediction of a destructive earthquake for the mid-United States New Madrid Seismic Zone. Data were...
This article presents the methodological toolkit for data collection (particularly questionnaire) design and development in use at Statistics Netherlands (NCBS). The (re-)design of a continuous survey of living conditions is used to illustrate five development steps: (1) project preparation and...
Bishop (1987) observed that being unable to answer a political knowledge question decreased self-reported interest in public affairs. This effect was unaffected by the introduction of up to 101 unrelated buffer items. In contrast, a single buffer item that provided respondents with an external...
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About 1,450 voters in the 1993 mayorial election in Jerusalem made predictions about election outcomes and stated their preference for one of the two candidates. Strong wishful thinking effects were found, predictions varying in a linear trend as a function of the direction and intensity of...
For some time now, theorists and investigators in the field of public opinion have discussed how opinion, public and the combination of the two into a single term should be conceptualized. With regard to the first concept mentioned, the difference between attitude and opinion has been a central...
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