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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
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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.

Reaching the Uninterested by Referring to Valence Traits during Electoral Campaigns

Author: Wojciech Rafałowski
Institution: University of Warsaw
Year of publication: 2022
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Pages: 7-36
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PDF: apsp/75/apsp7501.pdf

Successful communication requires the sender of the message to adjust its content to the cognitive abilities of the receiver. Messages that are too complex or not interesting can be easily ignored. Failing to reach the voters with a message during a campaign is troubling for the parties competing in the election. In this study, I explore whether parties in countries in which the voters are less politically sophisticated are more inclined to emphasize their valence traits during campaigns – as these are deemed to be more cognitively accessible – at the expense of discussions of their policy propositions. The results obtained using data collected in ten European democracies show that parties in countries where the general public is less interested in politics tend to devote more attention to exhibiting their valence traits, especially honesty. The level of education of the electorate is not relevant to the relative salience of valence.

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