Some problems of policy-related attitude surveys — with examples from the Davis-Sinnott report

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Show simple item record McCullagh, Ciaran 2016-05-13T13:54:23Z 2016-05-13T13:54:23Z 1981-10
dc.identifier.citation MCCULLAGH, C. 'Some problems of policy-related attitude surveys - with examples from the Davis-Sinnott report', Economic and Social Review, 13 (1), pp. 43-57. en
dc.identifier.volume 13 en
dc.identifier.issued 1 en
dc.identifier.startpage 43 en
dc.identifier.endpage 57 en
dc.identifier.issn 0012-9984
dc.description.abstract This paper offers a criticism of some of the problems involved in policy-related attitude surveys. It argues that the assumptions made in order to generate information useful to policy-makers are difficult to defend. The four particular assumptions examined concern the nature of the problem towards which people are presumed to have attitudes, the nature of attitudes themselves, the belief that attitude research is descriptive and finally the relationship between the nature of public opinion and the choice of a research methodology. The argument is illustrated with examples from the report by Davis and Sinnott (1979) on attitudes to the Northern Ireland problem. en
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dc.publisher Economic and Social Research Institute en
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dc.subject Attitude surveys en
dc.subject Northern Ireland en
dc.subject Davis and Sinnott report en
dc.subject Public opinion en
dc.subject Research methodology en
dc.title Some problems of policy-related attitude surveys — with examples from the Davis-Sinnott report en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Ciaran McCullagh, Sociology, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: en
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dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Economy and Society en
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