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Anja Kruke

From the beginning of the West German state, a lot of public opinion polling was done on the German question. The findings have been scrutinized carefully from the 1950s onward, but polls have always been taken at face value, as a mirror of society. In this analysis, polls are treated rather as an observation technique of empirical social research that composes a certain image of society and its public opinion. The entanglement of domestic and international politics is analyzed with respect to the use of surveys that were done around the two topics of Western integration and reunification that pinpoint the “functional entanglement” of domestic and international politics. The net of polling questions spun around these two terms constituted a complex setting for political actors. During the 1950s, surveys probed and ranked the fears and anxieties that characterized West Germans and helped to construct a certain kind of atmosphere that can be described as “Cold War angst.” These findings were taken as the basis for dealing with the dilemma of Germany caught between reunification and Western integration. The data and interpretations were converted into “security” as the overarching frame for international and domestic politics by the conservative government that lasted until the early 1960s.

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What Do the French Think of Us?

The Deteriorating Image of the United States, 2000-2004

Richard Kuisel

What do the French think of Americans and the United States? This is a grand question whose answer reveals a crucial dimension of the current tension in Franco-American relations. It is also a question that can be answered reasonably well. Transatlantic troubles have stirred interest in ascertaining the state of public opinion. The result is an extraordinary number of comprehensive surveys conducted over the last five years. The US Department of State, for example, has systematically monitored French attitudes. So have many French and American polling agencies like SOFRES, CSA, and the Pew Center. Foundations like the French-American Foundation and the German Marshall Fund of the US have also sponsored research. Between fifteen and twenty thousand Frenchmen and women have recorded their opinion in such surveys. This evidence provides a unique opportunity for research into how the man- or woman-in-the-street views the United States.

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Never Mind the Ballots

The Edible Ballot Society and the Performance of Citizenship

Matthew Hayes

grievous a crime that the edible balloters offered to wash voters as they left the polling stations. “They responded more harshly to washing people clean after voting. It was pretty innocuous: standing outside with a bucket offering to wash people as they

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The Race for Third

Small Parties in the 2017 Bundestag Election

David F. Patton

debate. By spring 2017, the AfD was back polling in single digits. In the hot phase of the campaign, however, migration-related issues again received extensive media coverage. For instance, in the widely viewed television debate between Angela Merkel and

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Eric Langenbacher

delegates and (re-elected with 82 percent in December 2017). 5 Polling from February to April 2017, had the party at or above 30 percent—at one point even with or slightly ahead of the cdu . 6 But, from May onwards the party began to slip in the polls. Its

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Sarah Wiliarty and Louise K. Davidson-Schmich

would you vote for if the election were this coming Sunday?”—sees the cdu / csu receiving around 39 to 40 percent of the vote (up from 32.9 percent at the 2017 election and a low of 26 percent as recently as March). The AfD is polling around 8 to 9

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Dan Brockington

validity of political polling, how we measure and monitor the world is increasingly on the agenda. The prevalence of measurement is also partly due to the new possibilities and ways of knowing that are now being revealed through “big data” that track social

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Frédéric Sawicki

tool to mobilize the urban working classes and lead them to the polling stations on election day. Because Socialist Party members no longer live in these neighborhoods and are mobilized to distribute leaflets in public spaces, especially in open

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Heritage or hate?

A pedagogical guide to the confederate flag in post-race America

Cameron D. Lippard

privileged positions in the world (for example, that the U.S. flag can be a symbol of imperialism and genocide). The second phase of this activity is polling students on their views of the confederate flag now that they have looked at a variety of flags

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The Social Consequences of Brexit for the UK and Europe

Euroscepticism, Populism, Nationalism, and Societal Division

Steve Corbett

’s renegotiated EU membership to some extent echoed analysis of recent polling on the preferences of the public ( Vasilopoulou 2016 ). These include issues of freedom of movement within the EU—“the right to work and receive welfare in another EU country