Questions tagged [public-opinion]

Questions asking how the public views certain issues, for example, based on opinion poll results. Questions about TECHNICAL ASPECTS of opinion polling should use [polling] instead.

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Are late-night network talk show hosts and comedy shows mostly if not uniformly strongly anti-Trump and generally anti-Republican Party these days? [closed]

Note: I'm looking for fact-based answers based on sources, not opinions here. In the recent Stephen Colbert YouTube clip Prominent Republicans Speak Up About Vaccines As Delta Infections Soar the talk-...
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Are there any surveys on how citizens of Afghanistan outside of Kabul perceive the concept of government?

As an example, in the Middle Ages the concept of "government" in Europe was fuzzy at best. Most people worked the fields and primarily cared about who's the local landowner, rather than ...
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Why hasn't Biden gotten a "rally round the flag" effect after Afghanistan?

One thing that surprised me about Biden's approval is the lack of a rally round the flag effect so far. It hovered around 50% on poll averaging sites which is where it was before. (In case you don't ...
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Are there any reliable indications on popular sentiment in Afghanistan for/against the Taliban?

(Note: this question was asked in the context of the rapid military takeover of Afghanistan in July/August 2021 and the period leading up to it. How Afghans will come to view Taliban rule in the ...
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Are there any opinion polls in the US on [not] "letting" the Taliban win in Afghanistan (and the price Americans are willing to pay for that)?

Apparently withdrawing all US forces from Afghanistan has basically been the bipartisan vision at POTUS level since 2016 or so, albeit we only see the conclusion now (with the Taliban seemingly ...
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Average presidential approval since 2000? [closed]

What is the average approval of the past 4 US presidents, from George W Bush to Joe Biden so far? I want the approval weighted by how many days the approval poll was taken.
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Do Kamala Harris's demographic characteristics hurt her approval? [closed]

Kamala Harris has consistently received lower favorabilities than Joe Biden. In a poll, a plurality of 52% approves of Biden with a net approval rating of 7 points while another plurality of 47% ...
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Are there any statistics on political beliefs/party by profession other than from the US? [closed]

I'm generally interested in some kind of statistics that are broken down into groups that are based on a type of work or education rather than just the level of education. I'm curious about ...
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What is the opinion of Irish nationalists on COVID-related border checks?

In Why is having border controls in Ireland so problematic for Irish nationalists? and What is the evidence that customs checks in Northern Ireland are going to result in violence? it was explained ...
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What is the opinion of Israeli Arabs on the Palestinian question?

According to Wikipedia, somewhere around 21% of Israels population is of Arab roots. Are there any polls available on what their opinion is on what should be done in regards to Palestine? I.e. do they ...
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Do Democrats and Republicans still agree on what kinds of immigrants should be admitted?

In a highly cited 2015 paper, Hainmueller and Hopkins find that "beneath partisan divisions over immigration lies a broad consensus about who should be admitted to the country." For example, ...
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Why was American support for increased immigration higher in 2017 (under Trump) than 1993 (under Clinton)?

According to Gallup, American support for increased immigration was 6% in 1993 and 24% in 2017. What were some of the main drivers for this difference? I'm honestly quite surprised as Bill Clinton was ...
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Why isn't Biden more popular? [closed]

In the past more moderate leaders get very high approvals. Joe Biden ran as a moderate and seems to be governing like one. Even today you have this effect happen at the local level. Charlie Baker the ...
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NYC general election mayor polls: have any been released in 2021?

I have been wondering about the NYC mayor election. I payed a lot of attention to this primary, which had one of the highest turnouts out of any NYC Democratic primary. However, now that the ...
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Are voters in the US generally aware of how and when their congressional representatives are being whipped?

I'm aware that in each house of the US congress there is a majority and minority whip tasked with, as far as I can tell from Wikipedia, voting as they are told rather than how they would choose to ...
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Why doesn't Biden have a super-high approval rating like past presidents and some governors do?

Joe Biden seems like sort of a "Goldilocks candidate" in the sense that he is not too far to the left, and not really on the right, at least not anymore. There is a phenomenon called the &...
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Have Republican voters indicated that the party's behaviour after the 2020 election will change their voting intentions?

I've seen quite of lot of reporting about the number of republicans who agree with Trump that the election was rigged or stolen. Politico Reuters Vox (Jan) In this question the most popular answer ...
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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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Why do Democrats and Republicans ignore public opinion polls on major issues? [closed]

When polled, the majority of Americans consistently believe in (1) a national health care plan; (2) increased taxes, not fewer taxes, on the wealthy; (3) and more, not less, environmental regulation, ...
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Why has Narendra Modi's approval rating remained high despite massive protests by Indian farmers?

I read a news article today about large protests in multiple cities by Indian farmers. The protesters are responding to a recent law that they view as providing handouts to large agricultural ...
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During Trump's presidency, did White Americans (on average, still) believe there was more anti-White than anti-Black bias in the US?

An interesting, perhaps, survey on perceptions of racial inequality in the US, conducted some 10 years ago, as (somewhat better) summarized in another paper (of the same authors): Norton and Sommers (...
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Are there any polls on the acceptance of the "Irish Sea border" in the UK?

I'm venturing a guess that a symbol that may constitute a rallying cry for hardcore Brexiteers is going to be the "Irish Sea border" which is already making its (still subdued) appearance as ...
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Time to reconsider the secret ballot methodology?

Question: Has there ever been any surveys asking people if they think the secret ballot methodology currently used today is still a good idea in modern times? I'd love to ask why we have not explored ...
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Did Biden underperform the polls because some voters changed their minds after being polled?

Polls leading up to the election showed Biden with a commanding lead, averaged between 7 and 9 points depending on your source. But the result was Biden by 4.5. I have a theory that some Republicans ...
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What was the relative importance of EU regulations as a reason for Brexit?

In the National Review article, Only the Supreme Court Can Effectively Restrain the Administrative State, December 1, 2020, there is a sentence, emboldened below, If the administrative state ...
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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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What projections are there, if any, of the final margin of the election?

At this point, Biden is the president-elect, with every major network including Fox having called the election in his favor, and with a probable end result of 306 electoral votes to 232 for Trump. ...
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Why is Donald Trump positively rated in Africa?

From a report, I gained knowledge that Donald Trump is mostly liked in the African Continent in opposition to other regions like the European Continent! I know under Trump that there is a foreign ...
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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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Was Trump such an underdog 4 years ago according to polls?

I keep reading that almost every single poll known to man shows that Biden is leading Trump. The only exceptions are polls from a few Republican states (like Kansas) where Trump easily won in 2016 but ...
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What was the point of Trump trying to get dirt on Hunter Biden's dealings with Ukraine?

When Trump was impeached, the big issue was that he wanted to get dirt on his political opponent. He wanted dirt on Joe Biden's son and how he worked with an oil company and wanted to accuse Biden of ...
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Where did this figure showing shifts in support between 2016 and 2020 come from?

This article has an image showing shifts in support between 2016 and 2020. Where does this figure come from? While it says Pew Research Center, I can't find this figure on their site.
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Why has Trump's approval slowly risen starting in August?

According to 538, Trump's approval has risen a little less than 3 percentage points since August 1st and is currently at 43.8%. It has not affected head to head polling. Why has this happened?
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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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Is Donald Trump experiencing a rally 'round the flag event? [closed]

According to FiveThirtyEight, Trump's approval is up from 40% to 43%, or 3 percentage points. (His disapproval of course, is down by a similar margin.) I believe that the president could be ...
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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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Partisan identification in the US, polls only weakly correlated to voter registration

This article by Nate Cohn says: Among those characterized as Democrats based on party registration or primary vote history, 69 percent identified as Democrats in the poll; similarly, 65 percent of ...
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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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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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Does a database of historic US Presidential election polling data exist?

I want to do some research concerning the historic accuracy of presidential election polling. Is there anywhere I can find a database containing historic polling data from multiple pollsters? ...
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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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How has the apportionment of blame for COVID-19 by party changed over time in the US?

In a (recent) Morning Consult poll we find this question on whom Americans blame the most for the spread of Covid-19 in the US: As you can see, at least now, Democrats chiefly blame president Trump, ...
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How did Republicans get a majority of governorships and lose the popular vote by almost 3 million votes in 2018?

In 2016, Republicans won the White House and lost the popular vote by 2.1 points, or almost 3 million votes. In 2018, a similar story happened: Democratic candidates won the national gubernatorial ...
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Why did Trump's "rally 'round the flag" effect evaporate so quickly?

When the WHO declared COVID-19 a pandemic, alarm bells went off in the public and Trump's approval started rising. On 538's polling average, his approval rating rose from 42.5% to 45.8%. But, as of ...
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Why is there such a partisan divide on confidence in science in the US?

A study conducted by the Pew Research Center and published in February presents eight key findings on Americans’ confidence in science and their views on scientists’ role in society, drawn from a ...
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What other EU countries' population (besides Italy) see China and/or Russia as their best friend(s) and Germany as their worst enemy?

An Euractiv article, points to SWG a poll among Italians that finds China and Russia being considered friendly countries now in Italy while Germany and France are seen as enemies: (One can't help but ...
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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. ...