Public Opinion Research in Czechoslovakia

Otava, Jiří
March 1988
Social Research;Spring/Summer1988 Part II, Vol. 55 Issue 1/2, p247
Academic Journal
The article discusses the conflicting attitude towards public-opinion research of the decision-making center in Czechoslovakia, which is mainly the Politbureau and the apparatus of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia. The article says that the uncertainty is due to the contradiction between ideology and practice in the Eastern bloc countries of Europe. According to the article, the members of the decision-making organs are afraid that if public opinion contradicts official policy, the knowledge could be used against the center itself. Public-opinion surveys are conducted on the basis of representative samplings. The barrier of fear is encountered by those dissidents who have conducted "independent surveys of public opinion."


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