Electoral Chair’s Seminar – 27 February

Comparative Public Opinion Polarization in Europe

Tadeas Cely-Dartmouth

In my presentation, I will show you the most exciting findings from my dissertation research on public opinion polarization in Europe. First, I will argue the differences rooted in religious cultures and the historical church-state conflict best explain why culture wars emerged in some European countries, whereas others mainly contend on economic issues. Second, I will briefly describe the radical right paradox in belief alignment and how political preferences are sometimes insufficient to explain animosity between the partisan camps. You’ll also see three different methods of analyzing public opinion data with surveys and many more unanswered questions for future research.

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