Method and Meaning in Surveys on Attitudes to Jews in Poland
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University of Warsaw
Publication date: 2014-01-07
Polish Sociological Review 2013;184(4):431-450
This article is a methodological commentary regarding surveys on attitudes in Poland to Jews and publications on that research. It is intended to help in interpreting survey results and to prevent conclusions being drawn on insufficient grounds. The article shows some of the problems with interpreting and determining the meaning of survey results. It analyses, in this light, the survey meaning of the word “Jew;” numerical questions and answers; questions about attitudes—like and dislike, closeness and distance; answers expressing belief in Jewish power; and questions and answers in international comparative studies.
The first version of this article was presented at the XIV Polish Sociological Congress in Kraków, September 8–11, 2010. The insightful comments of Ireneusz Krzemiński and the anonymous reviewer of PSR are greatly appreciated.
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