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1st Edition

Comparative Public Opinion

ISBN 9780367640606
Published July 22, 2022 by Routledge
386 Pages 87 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book presents a comprehensive examination of public opinion in the democratic world.

Built around chapters that highlight key explanatory frameworks used in understanding public opinion, the book presents a coherent study of the subject in a comparative perspective, emphasizing and interrogating immigration as a key issue of high concern to most mass publics in the democratic world.

Key features of the book include:

  • Covers several theoretical issues and determinants of opinion such as the effects of personality, age and life cycle, ideology, social class, partisanship, gender, religion, ethnicity, language, and media, highlighting over time the effects of political, social, and economic contexts.
  •  Each chapter explores the theoretical rationale, mechanisms of effect, and use in the scholarly literature on public opinion before applying these to the issue of immigration comparatively and in specific places or regions.
  • Widely comparative using a nine-country sample (Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America) in the analysis of individual-level determinants of public opinion about immigration and extending to other countries like Belgium, Brazil, and Japan when evaluating contextual factors.

This edited volume will be essential reading for students, scholars, and practitioners interested in public opinion, political behaviour, voting behaviour, politics of the media, immigration, political communication, and, more generally, democracy and comparative politics.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Public opinion in a comparative perspective  1. Introduction  2. Defining and Measuring Public Opinion  Part 2: The Individual-Level Determinants of Public Opinion  3. Public Opinion about Immigration and Immigrants  4. Age and Public Opinion  5. Gender and Public Opinion  6. Immigration Status and Public Opinion  7. Class and Public Opinion  8. Religion and Public Opinion  9. Personality and Public Opinion  10. Ideology and Public Opinion  11. Partisanship and Public Opinion  Part 3: The contextual-level determinants of public opinion  12. Immigration and Public Opinion in Brazil: Taking Stock of New Waves of Migration and Polarization  13. The Inflow of Immigrants and Natives’ Attitudes toward Immigration in Japan  14. The Impact of Labour Market Vulnerability: Explaining Attitudes toward Immigration in Europe  15. Linguistic Cleavages in Public Opinion  16. News Media Organizations and Public Opinion on Political Issues  17. Racial Attitudes and Opposition to Immigration  18. Conclusion

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Cameron D. Anderson is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Western Ontario, Canada.

Mathieu Turgeon is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Western Ontario, Canada.


"Comparative Public Opinion provides a comprehensive and modern coverage of one of the major areas of political science research. It brings together leading authors in the field and takes a very broad and rigorous view of public opinion. The textbook provides a priceless insight into the field."
Ignacio Lago, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain.