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Why did Vladimir Putin’s approval rating increase substantially after the annexation of Crimea?

Was it mainly because of the decision to annex Crimea? If so, why did that have major backing among Russian people? Here's a link to a snapshot of the Levada Center's English-language page from ...
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Why did Austria's nationalist party (Freedom Party) got so many votes as compared to other nationalist parties?

In 2017 there were elections in several European developed countries: Austria, Germany, France and Nederlands. The popular vote for main nationalist party in each of them was as below: Austria - ...
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Is the Czech president (negatively) known in other neighbouring countries?

In the Czech Republic lots of people don't like the Czech president Milos Zeman because of numerous cases in which he did things that seem to be very shameful. I wonder if it's true that he is a ...
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Were there any significant political events that led to the popularity of Rodrigo Duterte amongst Filipinos?

With an approval rating of 83% in the Philippines and dubbed "The Trump of the east". Were there any significant political events that led to the popularity of Rodrigo Duterte amongst Filipinos thus ...
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How often do politicians pay extras to act the part of cheering crowds?

The Hollywood Reporter (6/17/15) noted that a politician's campaign paid a crowd of extras $50 a head to cheer him during a campaign event. How often are acting extras employed by politicians in such ...
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Social media impact on Trump's presidency

It is difficult for me to realise really how much social media content approves or rejects some political party or person. The content is automatically generated and will always fit what the reader ...
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Can a president win the electoral college and lose the popular vote

Let me preface this by saying I'm not American (I'm British). Last chance I got to look at the figures Hillary is amazingly close (<100k votes) behind Trump. But I realise that irrespective of how ...
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Why was Jörg Haider so disliked by European leaders?

According to this NY Times article from 2000, many European nations and even America put various sanctions on Austria to prevent Jörg Haider from gaining power there. The only reason the NY Times gave ...
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Does commentary on interviews have more effect on voters than interviews themselves?

I was watching the following reaction video from The Thick of It. Which got me thinking: has there been any research (probably meta-research involving other studies) on whether commentary is more ...
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Does the “average American” know that the embargo on Cuba is unpopular around the world?

I know that "average American" is a loose expression, but I did not find a better way to mean an American citizen that in this case is not interested in international relations, that is not Cuban-...
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Why can public employees unionize?

I once asked a teacher (NY city public school) whether teacher unions were a good idea. He said: "they are bad for you and good for me". A trade union increases the power of the employees by allowing ...
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What inhibits a winning candidate from doing exactly the opposite of what he promised?

In theory the citizens vote for candidate X because they share his/her electoral offers or promises, but sometimes those candidates don't do what they said. So my question is: What prevents a winning ...