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|30 pages

Public opinion in a comparative perspective

chapter Chapter 1|13 pages


ByCameron D. Anderson, Mathieu Turgeon

chapter Chapter 2|15 pages

Defining and measuring public opinion

ByCameron D. Anderson, Mathieu Turgeon

part 2|184 pages

The individual-level determinants of public opinion

chapter Chapter 3|8 pages

Public opinion about immigration and immigrants

ByCameron D. Anderson, Mathieu Turgeon

chapter Chapter 4|22 pages

Age and public opinion

ByStephen White

chapter Chapter 5|17 pages

Gender and public opinion

ByAna Espírito-Santo, João Carvalho

chapter Chapter 6|25 pages

Immigration status and public opinion

ByKatrine Beauregard

chapter Chapter 7|24 pages

Class and public opinion

ByTyler Romualdi, John Kennedy, Cameron D. Anderson

chapter Chapter 8|23 pages

Religion and public opinion

ByPaul A. Djupe

chapter Chapter 9|21 pages

Personality and public opinion

ByKathrin Ackermann, Jan Eckardt

chapter Chapter 10|21 pages

Ideology and public opinion

ByPhilippe Chassé, Éric Bélanger

chapter Chapter 11|21 pages

Partisanship and public opinion

ByLaura Stephenson

part 3|142 pages

Context and complexity in determinants of public opinion

chapter Chapter 12|24 pages

Immigration and public opinion in Brazil

Taking stock of new waves of migration and polarization
ByRyan Lloyd, Amâncio Jorge de Oliveira

chapter Chapter 13|18 pages

The inflow of immigrants and natives' attitudes towards immigration in Japan

ByTetsuya Matsubayashi, Masateru Yamatani

chapter Chapter 14|25 pages

The impact of labour market vulnerability

Explaining attitudes towards immigration in Europe
ByAnthony Kevins

chapter Chapter 15|26 pages

Linguistic cleavages in public opinion

ByRuth Dassonneville, Nadjim Fréchet, Baowen Liang

chapter Chapter 16|21 pages

The news media organizations and public opinion on political issues

ByFrédérick Bastien

chapter Chapter 17|18 pages

Racial attitudes and opposition to immigration

ByAllison Harell, Robert A. Hinckley

chapter Chapter 18|8 pages


ByCameron D. Anderson, Mathieu Turgeon