Deliberative Polling® on a Single European currency for Denmark

Danish Currency photo (cc): David Ortmann flickr 2188585205In 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.

Deliberative Polling® on the Referendum to make Australia a Republic

Parliment House Canberra photo: (cc) Sam Ilić - flickr - 3253171814All around the globe, democracies have been deciding more and more policy and constitutional issues by referendum. Referenda present voters with more complex, less easily navigable decisions than elections for office. The relative merits of referendum versus representative democracy depends partly on the degree to which referendum voters can be expected to vote sensibly—in keeping with their own values and interests.