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Deliberative Polling®

The Institute of Sociology and Social Policy of the Corvinus University of Budapest conducted a research in Kaposvár and its area. The Institute has a long standing research background in this area and has conducted research projects in several themes in the past – various studies related to the information society, achievement of 14 year-old students, etc.

Previous researches, exploratory interviews and focus groups discussions (FGDs) with inhabitants, local decision makers and representatives of the civil society done in the region of Kaposvár have shown that the problematic that generates the most public interest is the question of unemployment, lack of workplaces, lack of job security and thus the lack of vision of the future especially among the younger generations. Exploratory fieldwork has also shown that the EU is rather distant from people in the everyday life of the area, they are not very well informed about it despite the fact that several development projects and investments (of different scale) financed by the EU have taken place recently in the area.

This way the following themes were addressed in this research:

  • Unemployment and job creation in the region of Kaposvár
  • The European Union and the employment policy

This research was part of the IntUne ( http://www.intune.it/ ) project which dealt with different aspects of European integration one of its objectives being to increase citizen’s participation, to mobilise public opinion. Thus, for this current project two participative research methods were used: Deliberative Poll and Citizens' Jury.

Deliberative Polling® was conceived by Professor James Fishkin in 1988. (Deliberative Polling® is a trade mark of James S. Fishkin. Any fees from the trade mark are used to support research.) The research program since that time has been a collaboration with Professor Robert C. Luskin. Deliberative Polling® is a technique which combines traditional random sampling public opinion polls with deliberation in small group discussions. A number of Deliberative Polls have been conducted in various countries around the world (e.g. Britain, Australia, Denmark, US, etc.) in various themes - some national and some local.
The main argument behind this technique is that citizens are often underinformed about key public issues, thus traditional public opinion polls represent the public’s shallow impressions on an issue. The public, according to the theory of "rational ignorance" in social sciences, does not invest time and effort in acquiring information or establishing a grounded opinion.
Deliberative Polling® is aiming to use public opinion research in a new way including the possibility of public consultation. A representative sample of people is first polled on the targeted issues. Then, a sub-sample of the original sample is invited to gather at a single place for a weekend in order to discuss the issue. The participants first receive a balanced briefing material prior to this event in order to gain information on the issue and then engage in dialogue with experts and political leaders based on questions they develop in small group discussions with trained moderators. After the event, the sub-sample is again asked the original questions. The resulting changes in opinion represent the conclusions the public would reach, if people had the opportunity to become more informed and more engaged by the issues.

Center for Deliberative Democracy

Last modified: 2018.11.30.

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