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Is anyone listening? Mass and elite opinion cueing in the EU

Sanders, D and Toka, G (2013) 'Is anyone listening? Mass and elite opinion cueing in the EU.' Electoral Studies, 32 (1). 13 - 25. ISSN 0261-3794

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Abstract

The paper analyses the connections between elite and mass opinion in the European Union. It considers both the ways in which mass publics use heuristics supplied by political elites to form their EU opinions, and the ways in which political elites respond to the opinions of the mass publics they represent. The paper employs data from simultaneously-conducted elite and mass surveys carried out in sixteen European countries in 2007. The results show that masses and elites in Europe do appear to take cues from one another in forming their EU opinions. Political elites base their individual-level opinions on the average position taken by their respective (national) party supporters. Mass respondents base their opinions on the average position taken by elite members of the (national) party with which they identify. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2013 11:41
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2019 16:18
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/5923

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