Can we use a single question on attitudes to immigrants?
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What is it about?
Research on attitudes to immigrants often asks questions about generic 'immigrants', and here I ask whether this likely leads to valid results. I show that depending on the aim of the research project, often the answers is yes, a single question or scale can be enough. With this single question or scale, we can reliably identify who opposes immigrants more or feels more threatened by them. In other cases, we need multiple questions, because different immigrants evoke quite different reactions.
Why is it important?
We often assume that questions on 'immigrants' in the generic sense are valid; here I provide an empirical test.
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