One of the two leading political parties in Greece, PASOK, used Deliberative Polling® to select its candidate for mayor in the city of Marousi. Marousi is where the Olympics were held and is in the Athens area. This is the first time that a political party has used Deliberative Polling to democratize candidate selection. The Deliberative Poll serves the same function as a primary. If the experiment is successful, we anticipate wider use for the same purpose.
In August 2000, Denmark held it’s first national Deliberative Poll. A random sample of 384 Danes discussed whether the nation should participate in the single currency of the Euro. The Danish incarnation of the Deliberative Poll was unique at the time in that participants were polled four times throughout the process. The poll showed increases in knowledge and opinion change. The process and the results produced extensive media coverage before the vote.
On Friday 15 April 1994 in Manchester, England, a national probability sample of 301 British subjects met for the world’s first Deliberative Poll. The topic was crime, and for the next two days the participants considered and discussed a wide range of policy proposals. They thought aloud in small groups and assembled in larger ones to hear and put questions to panels of experts and representatives of the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democratic parties. At the end (as at the beginning), they gave their opinions. The proceedings were taped and edited down to a two-hour television program later shown on Channel 4