Speaking Out on Immigration Policy in Australia: Identity Threat and the Interplay of Own Opinion and Public Opinion

Louis, Winnifred R., Duck, Julie M., Terry, Deborah J. and Lalonde, Richard N. (2010) Speaking Out on Immigration Policy in Australia: Identity Threat and the Interplay of Own Opinion and Public Opinion. Journal of Social Issues, 66 4: 653-672. doi:10.1111/j.1540-4560.2010.01669.x


Author Louis, Winnifred R.
Duck, Julie M.
Terry, Deborah J.
Lalonde, Richard N.
Title Speaking Out on Immigration Policy in Australia: Identity Threat and the Interplay of Own Opinion and Public Opinion
Journal name Journal of Social Issues   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0022-4537
1540-4560
Publication date 2010-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1540-4560.2010.01669.x
Volume 66
Issue 4
Start page 653
End page 672
Total pages 20
Place of publication Hoboken, NJ, United States
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract This article presents a survey of 667 Australian voters examining support for a new conservative social movement in relation to attitudes toward Asian immigration, involvement in an evolving anti-immigration debate, and willingness to speak out politically. Supporters of the new conservatives were motivated to get involved and speak out by perceived threat to White Australians, as well as the perception of a favorable normative climate. In contrast, for opponents, higher education and welcoming attitudes toward Asian immigration were associated with political involvement, as well as the perception that the social climate was changing against them (becoming more conservative). The data show that in a time of changing public opinion, people may speak out more when they perceive that their views are losing ground, providing evidence for active resistance rather than a spiral of silence on the part of the losing side. © 2010 The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues.
Keyword Asylum seekers
Group norms
False beliefs
One Nation
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences - Publications
Official 2011 Collection
School of Psychology Publications
 
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