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The history of modern opinion surveys begins with the Gallup Institute in the United States in the 1920s and 1930s. Today politics, economics, and culture are inconceivable without such surveys: complex liberal democratic systems driven by a market model need a feedback instrument based on reliable systemic information to guide decision-making processes. The opinions of individuals are an essential part of such information; within limits, theoretically, these opinions reflect orientations that determine action. The published…

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Feige, Andreas, “Surveys/Polls”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 13 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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