386 Pages 87 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    386 Pages 87 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    Part 1: Public opinion in a comparative perspective

    1. Introduction

    Cameron D. Anderson and Mathieu Turgeon

    2. Defining and Measuring Public Opinion

    Cameron D. Anderson and Mathieu Turgeon

    Part 2: The Individual-Level Determinants of Public Opinion

    3. Public Opinion about Immigration and Immigrants

    Cameron D. Anderson and Mathieu Turgeon

    4. Age and Public Opinion

    Stephen White

    5. Gender and Public Opinion

    Ana Espírito-Santo and João Carvalho

    6. Immigration Status and Public Opinion

    Katrine Beauregard

    7. Class and Public Opinion

    Tyler Romualdi, John Kennedy, and Cameron D. Anderson

    8. Religion and Public Opinion

    Paul A. Djupe

    9. Personality and Public Opinion

    Kathrin Ackermann and Jan Eckardt

    10. Ideology and Public Opinion

    Philippe Chassé and Éric Bélanger

    11. Partisanship and Public Opinion

    Laura Stephenson

    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

    Ryan Lloyd and Amâncio Jorge de Oliveira

    13. The Inflow of Immigrants and Natives’ Attitudes toward Immigration in Japan

    Tetsuya Matsubayashi and Masateru Yamatani

    14. The Impact of Labour Market Vulnerability: Explaining Attitudes toward Immigration in Europe

    Anthony Kevins 

    15. Linguistic Cleavages in Public Opinion

    Ruth Dassonneville, Nadjim Fréchet and Baowen Liang

    16. News Media Organizations and Public Opinion on Political Issues

    Frédérick Bastien

    17. Racial Attitudes and Opposition to Immigration

    Allison Harell and Robert Hinckley

    18. Conclusion

    Cameron D. Anderson and Mathieu Turgeon


    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.