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How did the view of Continental Europe on Brexit change between the 2016 Referendum and today?

There are plenty of polls asking the British population what they think about Brexit, but there are hardly any polls regarding Continental Europe's view on it; especially no recent ones. Judging from ...
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Are there other US presidential elections in which the majority of supporters of the losing side said the election was stolen from them?

According to Reuters: About half of Republicans polled by Reuters/Ipsos said Trump “rightfully won” the election but had it stolen from him in systemic fraud favoring Biden, according to a survey ...
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Is taking medication enough to lose the presidency? [closed]

The following question is inspired by the events of Season 2 of House of Cards. While the original inspiration is a television show, the question is firmly about real-world politics. Apologies if ...
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Do voice assistants such as Alexa commonly have political opinions and do people believe them unthinkingly? [closed]

If we ask Alexa about a subject such as religion, e.g. "Do you believe in God?" we get a neutral reply "People all have their own views on religion." If we ask about party politics,...
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How has the support for integration within the EU changed during the COVID-19 pandemic?

I'm interested in any surveys studying the popular support for EU and EU integration done in the EU memberstates within the period of the coronavirus. How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected the EU's ...
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Do people in countries besides the US react negatively to “militarized police”?

A 2018 PNAS study concludes that militarized “special weapons and tactics” (SWAT) teams are more often deployed in communities of color, and—contrary to claims by police administrators—provide no ...
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Why did Putin allow Alexey Navalny to be transferred from Russia to Germany? [closed]

Alexey Navalny, Russia's (Putin's) opposition leader, was transferred yesterday from Siberia to Berlin for emergency treatment (for a suspected poisoning). Russian doctors permitted him to be ...
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Have any polls surveyed the opinion of Brexit supporters on the recent decision on Hong Kong BN(O) passport holders?

On July 1st, the UK Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, & Home Secretary, Priti Patel, announced that a 'path to full British citizenship' would be opened to Hong Kong British National (Overseas) ...
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How does polling work in the United States?

As we approach the presidential election, polling statistics seem to be referenced more than ever. I've never had the opportunity to be included in polls. This leads me to wonder; Who is polled? How ...
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Why do some incidents become cause célèbre?

Why do some incidents, like the recent killing of George Floyd or the death of Alan Kurdi become cause célèbres? Of course the lives of both matter. But so do the lives of other 100 Afro-Americans ...
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What percentage of Frenchmen still think [hydroxy]chloroquine is an effective remedy against Covid-19?

News from almost two months ago: A survey released by French polling institute IFOP on 6 April revealed that 59% of the French population believes chloroquine is effective against the new ...
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Why has trust in the written press fallen so dramatically in the UK?

According to the new 'Trust in Media' report (requires free registration to view) published at the end of April by the European Broadcasting Union, the UK has the lowest level of net trust in the ...
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Have any polls been conducted measuring support for the WHO?

In the past few weeks, we have seen some countries criticize the World Health Organization, particularly from Japan, and more recently the US President's withdrawal of WHO funding subject to a review. ...
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How has public opinion of the European Union changed as a result of the COVID-19 crisis?

The response of the EU to the COVID-19 pandemic has not exactly been unified. Despite finally reaching agreement on a €500bn rescue package on Thursday, this came after weeks of argument, particularly ...
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Why do Catholics support European integration more than Protestants?

In their paper Does Religion Matter?: Christianity and Public Support for the European Union, Nelsen et. al explore the effect of religious denomination, and the strength of that religious conviction ...
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Are there any surveys in the US on whether “preserving the American way” is worth the risk of sacrificing their elderly to COVID-19?

CNBC reported that: [Dan] Patrick, the Texas lieutenant governor, said Monday on Fox News, “As a senior citizen, are you willing to take a chance on your survival in exchange for keeping the America ...
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Has the increased ability of Chinese citizens to travel led to an increased demand for political reform?

According to this article, which presents data from the China Outbound Tourism Research Institute & the United Nations World Tourism Organisation, annual Chinese overseas visits have increased by ...
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Do Polish citizens support law that allows judges to be disciplined for criticizing the system?

Polish President Duda has adopted on October, 2nd 2020 a divisive law that allows judges to be disciplined for criticizing the system. The legislation, which has drawn condemnation from the European ...
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Was the impeachment of Donald Trump supported or opposed by the general public outside the United States?

If you look at polls within the United States it's quite clear that impeachment views run straight down party lines. The very few independents we have left seem to be more pro impeachment then against ...
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How high is sympathy for Israel among Bolsonaro's supporters and/or Brazilian Evangelicals?

An article in Le Monde Diplomatique claims that: Like Trump, Bolsonaro is highly dependent on his nation’s politically powerful Evangelical community, and they are Israel one-hundred percenters. [.....
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Has there been a significant difference in sympathy for Israel between the public in Ireland and in the UK?

There's fairly lengthy article in Foreign Policy that attempts to explain why the Irish have been supportive of the Palestinian cause, actually its champions in Europe according to that article. The ...
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Is the French public opinion more favorable to Muslims than to Jews?

It's been suggested in an answer to a related question that the French public opinion is more favorable to Muslims than to Jews (due in part to the larger presence of Muslims in France). I for one ...
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Is there a sustained difference in public views on the Israel-Palestine issue between Europe and the US, and if so why?

I found an interesting YouGov poll from 2014: Is this a sustained trend over a longer period of time, echoed in other polls? If, so what explains the difference? (I would prefer if the latter issue ...
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Does the year 2000 observation that issue alignment mainly affected the US political parties, but not the public at large still hold?

In a 2002 paper that is quite cited, Layman and Carsey conclude that In recent decades, Democratic and Republican party elites have grown increasingly polarized on all three of the major domestic ...
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Are there any polls explicitly measuring “impeachment fatigue”?

There are at least a couple of articles (NYT, The Hill) that talk of "impeachment fatigue" among the US public already. In one PBS piece/interview it was it even claimed explicitly that this fatigue ...
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Is there any polling on the Democratic primaries that includes Bloomberg?

Michael Bloomberg has announced yesterday that he officially joins the Democratic primaries race. This seems a bit late in the game, so to speak, but maybe he knows something we don't. So, is there ...
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Are there polls on US public support for a wealth tax?

Various Democratic candidates, including Warren and Sanders have proposed a wealth tax. Details differ between these plans, of course, but are there any polls on US public acceptance of a wealth tax ...
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Is there a longitudinal survey of US public attitudes toward the perceived “dual loyalty” of immigrants?

A 2003 survey on a US nationally representative sample found that 71.3% of respondents agreed that “It’s OK for immigrants to be loyal to both their home country and the U.S.” [statement that] was ...
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Have supporters of “right-wing populist” parties in Europe explained why they trust Trump?

According to a Pew survey/study, supporters of "right-wing populist" parties (by which they mean e.g. UKIP, FN of France, Northern League in Italy, or AfD in Germany) have more confidence in Trump to "...
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Are there some (more) polls on the public approval (or lack thereof) for US presidents playing golf?

An article in a golf magazine (pointed out to me by divibisan) says Bill Clinton had a pollster figure out how Americans would react if he played golf on vacation (the game didn't poll as well as ...
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Are there any pre-Brexit-referendum polls on UK electorate preference for a strongman leader?

An article in The Economist this summer says: The gridlock in Parliament, where mps have been caught between loyalty to their constituents, their party and the instruction of the referendum, has ...
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Are there any public opinion polls in the US on them starting military action against Iran?

Give the recent international events rising tensions between the US and Iran, have there any public opinion polls been conducted in the US asking whether the US should do more militarily against Iran? ...
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Is the Trump-Zelensky phone call expected to erode support for Trump among his (hardcore) supporters? [closed]

Clearly one can give various high-minded reasons why what Trump did in relation to Ukraine/Zelensky is unforgivable, under the worst interpretation, i.e. assuming Trump pressured Zelensky by ...
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How is the US-China trade war viewed in Australia?

A pretty good question on econ.SE has highlighted the close relationship between the Australian and Chinese economies. So, I wonder, how is the US-China trade war viewed in Australia, at a political ...
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Why haven't the British protested Brexit as ardently as the Hong Kong protesters?

Subreddits like r/unitedkingdom, r/ukpolitics have many Remainers who loathe Brexit, and there're unquestionably more who aren't on Reddit! English cities have had protests, but why haven't there been ...
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Is the variability hypothesis somehow acknowledged in discussions over the gender gap in certain professions?

The variability hypothesis states that while men and women have the same median intelligence, they display a greater variability in their performance than females. This could explain both the ...
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Are farmers in the Great Plains aware of the Dust Bowl? [closed]

I'm curious if farmers in the Great Plains are aware today of the history of the Dust Bowl, including its causes. Are there any surveys or polls on the matter among farmers, like there are (also among ...
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If climate change impact can be observed in nature, has that had any effect on rural, i.e. farming community, perception of the scientific consensus?

Simply put, rural US districts tend to be more conservative so tend to vote Republican. And the rejection of climate change theory has been a bedrock of Republican politics for years by now. If one ...
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How confused is the UK public about the meaning of a no-deal Brexit?

I found this on a forum posted in January this year: Sky poll Sample size 7834 Do you know what No Deal Brexit means? Exit EU without agreement 63% We stay in the EU 26% No idea 4% Nobody knows 7% ...
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Is there a name for sanctioned populations turning against their own governments rather than turning against the sanctioning power?

For a long time I have been wondering whether there is a specific concept given to the phenomenon that occurs when a fraction of local populations who are at the receiving end of sanctions or any ...
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What was the main factor behind the Democratic gains in the 2018 Midterm Elections?

What was the main cause behind the Democratic pickups in House seats? Was it that they were doing something right, either in rhetoric or policy, that the American people liked or was it Republicans ...
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What motivates the seemingly widespread animosity towards Clarence Thomas? [closed]

Why does this Supreme Court Justice in particular seem so reviled?
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Has there been an increase in cynical (or realpolitik-y) US public opinion of politicians since Trump took power?

The BBC ran a piece with some anecdotal evidence among Trump's supporters endorsing or at least acknowleding statements about unethical behavior for all politicians. Is the US public now more widely ...
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Is the public generally aware of lagged effects of economic policies?

New governments attributing to themselves economic success without paying any respect to lagged effects of economic policies of previous governments are probably as old as politics. (Exactly the same ...
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Vote strategy: Is best looking candidate first better than chance? [closed]

In a comment UserLTK makes a passing reference to an easy and expedient voting strategy: My grandmother on my mothers side always voted for the better looking candidate. Suppose a voter is ...
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Why do people have strong opinions on issues they know they are ignorant of? [closed]

One common theme whenever the voting public are asked about the on-going Brexit process is that they were mislead during the campaign and are now desperate for basic information. They seem fully aware ...
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International opinion on the fall of the USSR

I am familiar with the American narrative that president Reagan (or perhaps the Hoff) was personally responsible for the collapse of the USSR. However, I am less familiar with international opinions ...
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Should Version Control Systems be used for legislation? [closed]

Should future democratic political systems effectively use publicly accessible version control systems, such as, (or similar to), git/Github? Legislation, laws, etc., would exist in a public ...
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Reaction to uncommon combinations of viewpoints in the US political culture [closed]

Triggered by this question which bluntly states what is to be expected from left and right: I noticed that in fact opinions about different political topics seems to be very uniform in both Democratic ...
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Why is communism considered as evil (like fascism and nazism) in the United States?

In this question, a person asks why it's so easy to ban Nazi symbols and so hard to ban communist symbols: Why is banning communism symbols so hard to achieve as opposed to banning of Nazi symbols? ...