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The Silent Majority in Communist and Post-Communist States

Opinion Polling in Eastern and South-Eastern Europe

Klaus Bachmann and Jens Gieseke

This book takes stock of opinion polls in communist and post-communist states, presents specific case studies and answers the question how opinion polls under conditions of censorship and lack of media pluralism differ from those in liberal democratic societies. These polls were mostly used by the ruling establishment to observe shifts in popular opinion and to anticipate protests. They were hardly presented publicly to inform citizens about the prevailing views in their society. Today, these polls often display stories about everyday life, opinion shifts and the legitimacy of state institutions which cannot be derived from other sources.

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A Amsterdam, 24 Ann Arbor, Michigan, 29 Austria, 111, 206 B Balkans, 30, 43, 227 Belarus, 10–13, 16, 79–87, 89–96, 98, 103, 106, 108, 226 Belgium, 28 Belgrade, 10, 46–48, 50, 52–58, 227 Berlin, 63, 89, 108, 109, 115, 198, 202, 225 Berlin (East) 64 Berlin (West) 63, 64, 201 Bohemia and Moravia, 26, 30, 35 Bielsko Biała, 140 Bonn, 67 Bratislava, 24, 26, 89 Brazil, 28 Brno, 24, 28, 33 Brussels, 24, 89 Budapest, 18, 24 Bytom, 188 C Canada, 28, 31 Chicago, 89 Copenhagen, 24 Cracow, 104, 135 Czechoslovakia (Czechoslovak Republic vs. ČSSR), 7, 10, 11, 16, 19, 24, 27, 28, 31–33, 35, 37, 40 Czech Republic (Czech lands), 9, 23, 24, 30, 35, 37 Częstochowa, 108 D Denmark, 28 Denver, 24, 211 Dunkirk, 30 E England, 29–31, 36, 108, 110 F Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany, FRG, BRD) 68, 72, 74, 75, 77, 197–199, 206, 211, 224 France 28, 30 G Gdańsk (Danzig), 108, 168, 170 Gdynia, 168 German Democratic Republic (GDR, East Germany), 8–18, 59–61, 63–71, 73, 74–77, 148, 197–211, 213–227 Great Britain, 28, 103 Greece, 46 Grunwald 107, 109 H Hague, The, 24 Helsinki, 24, 80, 82 Hungary 28, 30 I Italy 104, 107 Ivančice (Moravia), 30 K Katyń 101, 103 Index of Places234 L Leipzig, 8, 61, 201–205, 214 Lenino, 108–110, 114, 115 Lithuania, 12, 87, 93, 103, 106 Ljubljana, 50 London, 24,...

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