Populist Attitudes of Citizens and 2017 Elections

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Institute of Social Sciences

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Public Opinion in Serbia 2017


Political attitudes


Political and social attitudes of Serbian citizens, especially focused on the election behaviour in relation to 2017 elections.


The project was dedicated to researching social attitudes and political behaviour in the context of 2017 presidential elections. The primary goal of the project was to implement the CSES project’s Module 5 in Serbia, after the presidential elections held on 2 April 2017.

In addition to the questions from the CSES Module 5, the questionnaire involved a series of questions dedicated to topical social and political issues relevant for Serbia.

On the global level, the collection of data for the CSES Module 5 was realised between 2016 and 2021. The CSES Module 5 was focused on examining so-called populist attitudes of population and the way they shaped electoral behaviour. Central to the research was measuring of the three fundamental dimensions of populist ideology: attitude towards political elites, attitudes towards representative democracy and majority rule, and attitudes towards “others”, including ethnic minorities and immigrants.


For the purpose of this research, the ISS internet panel was established; the respondents’ sample was based on personal e-mail addresses, and suitable for multiple occasion surveys. Respondent recruitment was realised by sending e-mail invitations to the personal addresses of potential respondents. Particular attention was dedicated to covering the entire territory of Serbia.
A major part of the questionnaire involved questions from the CSES Module 5. Additionally, a series of questions relevant for the current social and political context in Serbia was included. Certain questions from the questionnaire were also asked in a number of subsequent ISS research projects, which has enabled monitoring of changes in certain attitudes and orientations.

The total number of questions in the questionnaire was around 140. To fill in the entire questionnaire lasted for 22.5 minutes on average (median).


The data collected in the JMS2017-CSESM5 research are available to all the interested researchers.

These data were used in analyses, the results of which were presented in scientific publications and at conferences. Since the sample on which the poll was realised is of the special-purpose type, the collected data would not be included in the official edition of the CSES data.

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