interest in politics

  • Individual Differences and Attitudes towards the Government’s Remembrance Policy

    Author: Ralph Schattkowsky
    Institution: Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń (Poland) & University of Rostock (Germany)
    Author: Gabriela Czarnek
    Institution: Jagiellonian University in Kraków (Poland)
    Author: Marek A. Muszyński
    Institution: Jagiellonian University in Kraków (Poland) & Educational Research Institute in Warsaw (Poland)
    Author: Patryk Wawrzyński
    Institution: Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń (Poland)
    Year of publication: 2015
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    Pages: 125-139
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    PDF: ppsy/44/ppsy2015010.pdf

    The paper presents results of the experimental study on the government's remembrance policy, attitudes towards it, and the influence of remembrance narratives. It discusses individual differences of participants on three different grounds: (1) interest in history or politics, and level of historical knowledge, (2) features of cognitive motivation measured by the need for closure questionnaire: preference of order, desire for predictability, discomfort with ambiguity, closed-mindedness and decisiveness, and (3) response to the presented narrative, including inspired emotions and an assessment of a story. Collected data and research observations offer an interesting and valuable insight into relationships between various factors and citizen's support for the remembrance policy. They also lead the team to formulate three conclusions which may be used to develop theoretical understandings of this aspect of politics within political science and related disciplines.

  • Zachowania polityczne mieszkańców Torunia. Raport z badań

    Author: Mateusz Uzarski
    Institution: Uniwersytet Mikołaja Kopernika w Toruniu
    Author: Krystian Witt
    Institution: Uniwersytet Mikołaja Kopernika w Toruniu
    Author: Maria Wincławska
    Institution: Uniwersytet Mikołaja Kopernika w Toruniu
    Year of publication: 2019
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    Pages: 123-141
    DOI Address:
    PDF: ksm/24/ksm201907.pdf

    Research report „Political Behavior of the People of Toruń” is a part of a research project „People of Toruń on Politics”. The aim of the project was to learn about opinions, interest in politics and political activity, including electoral behavior of people who live in Toruń. The sample was composed of 350 people who filled in questionnaires. The results show that young people (up to 24) are less interested in politics then the older cohorts, that the main source of political knowledge are: TV and the Internet, and that the people who live in Toruń are not very engaged in political activities except voting. Not many of them are members of political parties or other political organizations; they rarely take part in political manifestations or marches. Analysis of electoral behavior of the sample suggests that the Civic Platform is loosing its popularity and the new parties, which emerged during the last electoral campaign, are popular mostly among the youngest.

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