TITLE

Focusing on Differences? Contextual Conditions and Anti-immigrant attitudes’ Effects on Support for Turkey’s EU Membership

AUTHOR(S)
Azrout, Rachid; van Spanje, Joost H.P.; de Vreese, Claes H.
PUB. DATE
December 2013
SOURCE
International Journal of Public Opinion Research;Dec2013, Vol. 25 Issue 4, p480
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
A key predictor of support for Turkey’s EU membership is citizens’ attitudes toward immigrants. How anti-immigrant attitudes relate to support is not obvious and has remained unclear thus far. We argue that the presence of immigrants in a country reduces support for Turkey’s membership. Second, the stronger this presence, the stronger the effect of anti-immigrant attitudes on support. Third, the more salient immigration issues in a country, the stronger the effect of anti-immigrant attitudes on support. Using cross sectional survey data (N = 26,344) from 20 EU member states, we find support for these claims. Our findings provide a prime example of how politicians and media can influence citizens’ thinking about specific issues, and, in doing so, can influence public opinion.
ACCESSION #
92875559

 

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