TITLE

THE STRUGGLE FOR THE FREEDOM TO PUBLISH PRE-ELECTION POLL RESULTS: THE CASE OF POLAND

AUTHOR(S)
Sułek, Antoni
PUB. DATE
June 2008
SOURCE
International Journal of Public Opinion Research;Summer2008, Vol. 20 Issue 2, p129
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Case Study
ABSTRACT
Poland abolished, in 2001, its severe legal restrictions on the publication of pre-election polls that had been existing since 1991. This article presents the history of these restrictions-why they were introduced and then abolished, how they functioned throughout the years, causing disputes, and finally what led to their abolition. The role of sociologists and pollsters in the struggle for the freedom to publish poll results is underlined. A description of the case of Poland reveals the general problems that are related to the introduction of restrictions on publishing opinion poll results in democratic societies and highlights arguments that have led to the abolition of these restrictions. This article may be useful for opinion researchers in various countries where such restrictions still exist or where they are being introduced or exacerbated.
ACCESSION #
32789473

 

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