Citizen participation in a deliberative poll: Factors predicting attitude change and political engagement

Rachael A. Eggins*, Katherine J. Reynolds, Penelope J. Oakes, Kenneth I. Mavor

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In November, 2002, a randomly sampled body of citizens was brought together to participate in a deliberative poll on the issue of a bill of rights. Participation in deliberative polls is thought to cause attitude change and an increased sense of political engagement, but the underlying processes are little understood. We surveyed poll participants before and after the poll, proposing that either exposure to information, fair treatment or identification as a poll participant would predict attitude change and engagement. None of these affected attitude change but all three predicted political engagement. Results suggested that participation in the poll increases levels of political engagement through its capacities to (a) give people an opportunity to exchange views in a respectful atmosphere and (b) create or increase a sense of connection to a relevant social group.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)94-100
Number of pages7
JournalAustralian Journal of Psychology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2007



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